In December 1983 Tangerine Dream once again performed behind the 'Iron Curtain': After they had played in East Berlin in January 1980 (released on the album Quichotte), now they performed in Poland's capital Warsaw.
The album Poland was the first one released by the British Jive Electro label -- 'The Blue Years' had begun. It was remarkable that this double album contained once again only previously unreleased material -- there was no crossover music from their previous live recording Logos Live (1982). Like that album, Poland was essentially one continously-segued composition, split into for parts of about 20 minutes each due to the limitations of the vinyl format. TD's ability to smoothly join one distinct section of music to another was once again evident.
Tangerine Dream played two concerts at the Warsaw Ice Stadium on December 10th, 1983: There was an afternoon and an evening concert. The music was remixed and some overdubbing with new parts and bridges was made in early 1984 to provide a typical TD live album with very little noise from the crowd, and, of course, providing the usual excellent sound quality.
While the original release of Poland featured about 80 minutes music, divided into four tracks, most of the mid-80's CD releases did not feature the complete music material because of limitations of the 1-CD format. They were shortened by nearly 25 minutes, leaving out the track Tangent (and Rare Bird) and shortening Barbakane. Only the US double CD release featured the complete material.
In 1996 and 2003 Poland was re-released on CD, but again the record company did not take the chance to release the complete version of Poland on two CDs. Barbakane was shortened like on the former CD releases, but at least the composition Tangent (including Rare Bird) was included in full length.
Finally, in 2011 the British Esoteric Records started to re-release the TD back catalogue of the Pink and Blue Years. The first album to be re-released at end of May has been Poland as a so-called "expanded double CD version", that is, the complete material as released on the original LP. Unlike on previous releases, the track Tangent has been split into its main part and the Rare Bird encore, which is quite reasonable, as these two are indeed distinct compositions. This album contains no further extra material; which is a pity, as there would have been plenty of room to include the remixed versions from the Warsaw In The Sun single, for example -- at least those have been released on the compilation album Ride On The Ray from the same label a few months earlier. Most (though not all) listeners agree that this version provides the best sound quality of this album (the strongest competitor being the Ralativity release from 1992, which has become quite rare over the years); moreover the CDs come with a 16-page booklet including numerous photos, parts of the original inner artwork and both extensive and excellent liner notes by TD aficionado Andy King.
2LP [a]: JV 6616/2; world map labels, foc
2LP [a]: JL 2-6616; world map labels, foc
CD [c]: ESMCD365
CD [c]: CMRCD641; standard jewel case with additional cardboard wrapper
2LP [a]: HIP 22; world map labels, foc; there exist two different covers
2LP [a]: HIP 22; blue labels, foc
2Picture-LP [a]: HIPX 22
CD [b]: CHIP 22
CD [c*]: CDHIP 22; * the composition Rare Bird is included twice: once as part of Tangent and once as a single track not mentioned in the track listing; this version might be not an official one released by Jive but a pirate release
2LP [a]: 88561-8045-1; picture labels, foc
2LP [a]: 88561-8045-1; black labels, foc
2CD [a]: 88561-8045-2; standard double jewel case
2CD [a]: 88561-8045-2; silver/brown/black disc; slim double jewel case
2CD [a]: 88561-8045-2; silver/blue/black disc; slim double jewel case; the composition Tangent is split in two tracks of 15:50 and 4:09 (Rare Bird) but labelled as single track
CD [c]: 1044-2
CD [c]: CMACD568
CD [c]: 06076-81296-2
Poland was also released as part of the set Collection.