On July 18th, 2008 Tangerine Dream performed an open air concert as part of the "Night Of The Prog Festival" at the Loreley Rock at the river Rhine in Germany. On this occasion, they released Das Romantische Opfer, a limited edition containing just one single composition of some 14 minutes running time.
This release is the first of a series of so-called 'mini cupdiscs'. Like the regular 'cupdiscs' they are packaged in simple cardboard sleeves instead of jewel cases, but they only have a playing time of about 15 minutes each (compared to 40 minutes of a regular cupdisc). In fact, those 'mini cupdiscs' just continue a series of EPs in similar packages that were issued during the rescent years, including Space Flight Orange (2005), 40 Years Roadmap To Music, Metaphor (both 2006), Sleeping Watches Snoring In Silence, Bells Of Accra, and One Night In Space (all 2007). By now, the series includes the discs listed below:
It is one of the rare occasions that TD used a title in their native German language. Roughly translated into English the cover states: "The Romantic Offering -- metro madrigal for the useless of all times". The backside shows the famous ode "Lore-ley" by German poet Heinrich Heine (1824).
Neither CD nor the cardboard sleeve show any order number or barcode, but the number given below is the order number the Eastgate Music Shop lists this release.
In September 2008 this release became available as MP3 download at the Tangerine Dream Download Shop as well.