Alpha Centauri is the second album by the German electronic music group Tangerine Dream. The music on this album is quite different from Tangerine Dream’s first album Electronic Meditation, partly because of a heavier reliance on keyboards and electronic technology, although they still mostly remain in the background: the dominant instruments on the album are organ and flute.
This album sold 20,000 copies in their native Germany, nearly four times as many as their later classic Phaedra.
A nowadays extremely rare single "Ultima Thule" was released in the same year. Side 1 employs the same guitar riff as "Fly ...", but the single was at the time otherwise an unconnected release. Re-releases of Alpha Centauri in the 2000s have however included either or both parts of Ultima Thule as bonus tracks.
That means already the only thing Tangerine Dream had in common with their debut and "Alpha Centauri" is Edgar Froese himself. With this album, the band decided to drop the guitars and most of the drums and went for an exploratory brand of space "music" that would define them for their next two albums.
The music is quite a bit more lengthy than before, no more raw, aggressive psychedelic guitar jams here.
01. "Sunrise in the Third System" 04:21
02. "Fly and Collision of Comas Sola" 13:23
03. "Alpha Centauri" 22:04
04. "Oszillator Planet Concert" 08:03
05. "Ultima Thule, Part One" 03:24
06. "Ultima Thule, Part Two" 04:24