In 1972, the double album "Zeit" came out, and this can be said to be Tangerine Dream's longest step away from the rock-orientated music.
15 years later, in 1987, "Zeit" was released on CD for the first time. While the UK release had a total different cover design, originating from the boxed set "In The Beginning" and music material, shortened by about two minutes to fit on the CD, the USA release featured the reworked original cover artwork and the complete music material on two CDs.
The sound of the two releases is also strikingly different, the original Relativity release having a much brighter and more detailed sound and is slightly longer by a few seconds, mainly because of longer inter-track gaps.
The double CD set has a light blue border on the front and back covers.
"Zeit" (German: Time) is the third album by Tangerine Dream. A double LP, it was the first release featuring Peter Baumann, who joined Chris Franke and Edgar Froese.
The style of this album is slower and more atmospheric than TD previous albums. Its atmospheric drone music tone is similar to ex-member Klaus Schulze's solo album "Irrlicht" (released the same month) as it stemmed from a common idea that Schulze and Froese couldn't agree on and parted ways about. Florian Fricke from the Munich-based group Popol Vuh, playing Moog synthesizer, and four cellists appear on the first track. The album cover depicts a solar eclipse.
Esoteric Recordings' Reactive label is proud to announce the release of the first volume of an official bootleg series by the legendary Tangerine Dream. Featuring recordings made at Reims Cathedral, France in December 1974 and at the Mozarthalle, Mannheim, West Germany in October 1976, this 4 CD set has been compiled with the official approval of Tangerine Dream and features two concerts that were voted as some of the finest bootlegs in existence in a recent poll of fans. The concert at Reims Cathedral has gone down in Tangerine Dream history as a legendary event. The music performed by Edgar Froese, Christopher Franke and Peter Baumann was exemplary, although the circumstances surrounding the staging of the concert led to a ban on further performances in Cathedrals by The Vatican…
In 1992 one more compilation was released with well-known music from 'The Pink Years' and 'The Blue Years'. Although the name of the CD set is The Story Of Tangerine Dream, the booklet does not contain any story or information on the band or its history besides the track listing. This compilation contains no new material; furthermore, the music material on disc one is absolutely identical to the 1989 Compilation The Best Of Tangerine Dream - just a kind of re-commercialization.
Encore - Tangerine Dream Live, 1977 is one of the better concert albums from Tangerine Dream. As with most of their live releases, this disc features all new material. Each of the long-form (over 16 minutes) pieces has its own set of movements. In effect, it is like listening to four electronic symphonies. This is also one of the strongest TD lineups. The set features Edgar Froese, Christopher Franke and Peter Baumann on synthesizers, effects and other electronic devices. (It is Baumann's last recording with the band.) The music ranges from dirge-like drones to piano solos to crashing experimental textures. There are echoes of progressive and avant-garde rock. The set is uniquely Tangerine Dream, however, with similarities to Genesis, Pink Floyd and other art rock practitioners of that era.
Turn of the Tides is a concept CD by Tangerine Dream. It is based on an excerpt from The Coachman's Tales by Edgar Froese. The disc opens with a beautiful synopsis of Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition," one of Tangerine Dream's strongest tracks ever. The samples are timely and the arrangement is flawless. This Tangerine Dream lineup has Edgar Froese and Jerome Froese on keyboards, synths, sound design, guitars, and programming; Linda Spa on saxophones and sound design; and Zlatko Perica on lead, acoustic, and rhythm guitars. The opening track sets the stage as the refrains from "Promenade" lead into the story as the journey begins. Tangerine Dream paints the pictures as this soundtrack to no movie unfolds. (The liner notes do, however, have a recap of the story.)
Simply put, this box set is a reissue of Tangerine Dream's first four albums. Nebulous Dawn: The Early Years includes Electronic Meditation (Ohr, 1970); Alpha Centauri (Ohr, 1971); the double-disc Zeit (Ohr, 1972), and Atem (Ohr, 1973). Also enclosed in the three-disc package are the A- and B-sides of the single "Ultima Thule" (in two parts), released in February of 1972, and lastly, the very beginning of Edgar Froese's first band the Ones.
Tangerine Dream's final album for Ohr Records, "Atem", released in early 1973, was much more accessible than "Zeit". The British DJ John Peel was a big fan of "Atem" and wrote and phoned Edgar Froese to tell him how much he loved their music. "Atem" became his album of the year 1973, and this might be the reason TD got a contract with the London-based Virgin Records.