Rubycon is the sixth studio album by German electronic music group Tangerine Dream, released in 1975. It is widely regarded as one of their best albums. Rubycon further develops the Berlin School sequencer-based sound they ushered in with the title track from Phaedra.
|Studio album by|
|Released||21 March 1975|
|Recorded||January 1975, The Manor, Shipton-on-Cherwell|
|Tangerine Dream chronology|
Rubycon: Part 1"
Although not quite matching the sales figures for Phaedra, Rubycon reached number 10 in a 14-week run, their highest-charting album in the UK.
The album consists of two long tracks, each just over 17 minutes long. “Rubycon, Part One”, the A side of the LP, “ebbs and flows through tense washes of echo and Mellotron choirs, as primitive sequencer lines bubble to the surface”. The B side, “Rubycon, Part Two”, “opens in a wonderfully haunted way” before “the synthesizer arpeggios return to drive things along”.
Tom Moon includes Rubycon in his 2008 book 1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die: "This voyaging vision of sound, ever-unfolding and not quite ever arriving, has been imitated endlessly since 1975. But somehow its admirers haven’t quite captured the openness and faraway grandeur of Tangerine Dream."
In his book Digital Gothic: A Critical Discography of Tangerine Dream, music journalist Paul Stump praises the album, noting: “Rubycon is simply a refinement of its predecessor—but to an acme of excellence, and demonstrates a mastery of primitive technology breathtaking in its audacity, tenacity and sheer artistic vision. It is probably the best album the band have made…” 
|1.||"Rubycon, Part One"||17:18|
|2.||"Rubycon, Part Two"||17:35|
- Edgar Froese - mellotron, guitar and VCS 3 synthesizer on "Rubycon, Part One" ; organ, mellotron, guitar, gong and VCS 3 synththesizer on "Rubycon, Part Two"
- Christopher Franke - double Moog synthesizer, Synthi A, organ, modified Elka organ and prepared piano on "Rubycon, Part One" ; double Moog synthesizer, gong, Synthi A, and organ on "Rubycon, Part Two"
- Peter Baumann - organ, EMS Synthi A, electric piano (Fender Rhodes) and prepared piano on "Rubycon, Part One" ; electric piano (Fender Rhodes), organ, EMS Synthi A, voice and ARP 2600 on "Rubycon, Part Two"
- Monique Froese – photography
- Mick Glossop – engineer
- Roland Paulick – technical assistance
A single titled Extracts From "Rubycon" was released in March 1975.
|1.||"Extracts From "Rubycon""||3:07|
|2.||"Extracts From "Rubycon""||3:09|
Both tracks of this single were included as part of the compilation The Virgin Years 1974–1978 in 2011.
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- Swan, Glenn. Rubycon at AllMusic
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- Moon, Tom (2008). 1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die: A Listener’s Life List. New York: Workman Publishing Company. p. 762. ISBN 076113963X.
- Stump, Paul (1997). Digital Gothic: A Critical Discography of Tangerine Dream. Trowbridge: SAF Publishing Ltd. p. 67. ISBN 0946719187.
- Prendergast, Mark (1994). "Tangerine Dream: Changing Use of Technology, Part 1: 1967-1977". Sound On Sound.
- Berling, Michael (29 September 2016). "Extracts From "Rubycon"". Voices in the Net.