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Tangerine Dream

The Bootleg Box Set Vol. 1

- Live, released August 2003 -

Covers


CD release Europe 2003
Cover of box

CD release Europe 2012
Cover of box

CD release Europe 2003
Cover of booklet

CD release Europe 2012
Cover of booklet

CD release Europe 2003
Cover of first CD

CD release Europe 2012
Cover of first CD

CD release Europe 2003
Cover of second and third CD

CD release Europe 2012
Cover of second and third CD

CD release Europe 2003
Cover of fourth CD

CD release Europe 2012
Cover of fourth CD

CD release Europe 2003
Cover of fifth and sixth CD

CD release Europe 2012
Cover of fifth and sixth CD

CD release Europe 2003
Cover of seventh CD

CD release Europe 2012
Cover of seventh CD


Tracks

[a][b][c]
1.Sheffield 74 43:5143:5141:27
2.London 75.1, Part One [Split in four or five tracks]50:0768:5150:12
3.London 75.1, Part Two [Split in three tracks]39:5639:5639:58
4.London 75.1, Part Three 13:5013:5013:50
5.Croydon 75, Part One 20:3520:3520:35
6.Croydon 75, Part Two 30:1530:1530:15
7.Croydon 75, Part Three 10:5210:5210:52
8.Bilbao 76, Part One 44:2844:2844:29
9.Bilbao 76, Part Two 42:4942:4942:51
10.Bilbao 76, Part Three 17:0617:0617:06
11.Bilbao 76, Part Four 9:399:399:39
12.Electronic Rock At The Philharmonics 31:2431:2430:33
Total running time354:52373:36351:47


Details

Recording dateOctober 29th, 1974, April 2nd, 1975, October 23rd, 1975, January 31st, 1976 & June 27th, 1976
Recording site(s)City Hall (Sheffield), Royal Albert Hall (London), Fairfield Hall (Croydon), Pabellón Casilla (Bilbao) & Philharmonie (West Berlin)
Composer(s)Edgar Froese, Chris Franke, Peter Baumann, Michael Hoenig
Musician(s)Edgar Froese, Chris Franke, Peter Baumann, Michael Hoenig


Notes

The most surprising release of 2003 for every Tangerine Dream fan was most probably The Bootleg Box Set Vol. 1. Sanctuary Music, well known for their numerous re-releases of TD material of the Pink and the Blue Years era, had been very successful with a series of bootleg boxes by ELP (Emerson, Lake & Palmer) and approached Tangerine Dream for the same type of thing. Since they wanted old material and were pressing to get these boxes into the pipeline as swiftly as possible, TD could not go into the process of scanning their own archives and restoring old tapes. So they chose to use readily available bootleg sources for the first two planned sets. One of the best and easiest sources was the Tangerine Tree fan project, hence Edgar Froese and Jerome Froese selected ten shows from the first two tree sets, which Jerome Froese then cleaned up and mastered with DQC without any overdubbing.

 


So The Bootleg Box Set Vol. 1 includes five concerts from the years 1974 to 1976, four of them with the line-up Froese/Franke/Baumann and one featuring Michael Hoenig instead of Peter Baumann. The sound quality is indeed even slightly better than the very good quality of the Tangerine Tree volumes, considering that these are no professional recordings but mostly fan audience tapes of the mid seventies.

 


More details about the concerts and the music can be found in the notes of the respective Tangerine Tree volumes:

 


Unfortunately, compared to these releases the official box set has two flaws: First, the very simplistic artwork that obviously tries to resemble the style of home-made bootleg artwork of the seventies: One of the highlights of the Tangerine Tree project is the very professional looking individual artwork for each volume that could not be better on an official release by TDI. The second (and more essential) flaw is the fact that on the first pressing of the set about 18 minutes of music are missing from the end of the first part of the 1975 London Royal Albert Hall concert. Apparently Sanctuary received a faulty master disc from TD. With the second pressing this error was fixed. Unfortunately both pressings are packaged identically. The only difference is the matrix number of the second disc (see details in the Releases paragraph below), so you have to open the box to check the pressing.

 


Anyway, the box is a nice and welcome opportunity to listen to these concerts using an official source, as the Tangerine Tree project is not totally legal, though tolerated by Tangerine Dream as it is a non-profit fan based project. And there is hope that Tangerine Dream will open their own archives to release untouched concert tapes if there is enough public interest in the first two box sets.

 


In late 2012 the box was re-released by Esoteric Records on their Reactive label as part of a re-issue of the TD back catalog of the Pink and Blue Years. The overall design of the box is similar to the one from 2003, but Esoteric's artist Phil Smee went back to the original "trade mark of quality" bootlegs for inspiration. This is the reason why there are colour differences -- with the new issue having a new sticker. The look of the CDs themselves is different (they are now coloured "vinyl"-style CDs), and there's also a slight change with the design of some of the card disc sleeves, especially the artwork is reproduced in black/white now and hence provides a better contrast now. Another change is that the rather cheap looking fold-out (including an essay) of the original has been dropped in favour of a new 16-page booklet with a new essay by Rock Journalist Malcolm Dome and numerous colour and b/w photographs. Regrettably, the new set repeats the mistake of the first edition of the older one, leaving out about 18 minutes from the London concert again.


Releases

Europe
2003: Sanctuary
7CD [a]: CMXBX770; matrix code on disc two: CMXBX770/2/1 01
7CD [b]: CMXBX770; matrix code on disc two: CMXBX770/2/1 02
2012: Reactive/Esoteric
7CD: EREACD 71031
USA
2003: Sanctuary
7CD [a]: 06076-81327-2; matrix code on disc two: CMXBX770/2/1 01
7CD [b]: 06076-81327-2; matrix code on disc two: CMXBX770/2/1 02
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