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Tangerine Dream


- Compilation/Studio, released 1980 -


LP release UK 1980


1.Alpha Centauri [Excerpt]8:20
2.Nebulous Dawn [Excerpt]6:30
3.Wahn 4:31
4.Phaedra 17:33
5.Sequent C' 2:13
6.Ricochet, Part Two 21:13
7.Rubycon, Part Two [Excerpt]9:58
8.Stratosfear [Excerpt]8:38
9.Betrayal (Sorcerer Theme) 3:38
10.Desert Dream [Excerpt]3:47
11.Cherokee Lane [Excerpt]8:16
12.Monolight (Single Version) [1977 remix]3:14
13.Search 2:54
14.The Mountain Road 1:53
15.Impression Of Sorcerer 2:55
16.Baryll Blue 7:20
17.Chimes And Chains 4:45
18.Haunted Heights 6:10
19.Cloudburst Flight 7:21
20.Madrigal Meridian [Excerpt]11:08
21.Grind 3:01
22.Tangram, Part One 19:47
Total running time165:05


Recording date1971 - 1980
Composer(s)Edgar Froese, Chris Franke, Peter Baumann (previously unreleased tracks only)
Musician(s)Edgar Froese, Chris Franke, Peter Baumann (previously unreleased tracks only)


In 1980 Virgin released a four-album box set entitled '70-'80 to celebrate the first decade of recording activity by Tangerine Dream. The box contains material of the albums listed below:



Notably, no track from TD's very first album, Electronic Meditation (1970) was selected.


'70-'80 features album material only, with the exception of the 7" remix of the track Monolight, taken from Monolight (1977). This one was unavailable elsewhere until it was re-released as part of the compilation box The Virgin Years 1977-1983.


Additionally, one vinyl side features previously unreleased solo material by Edgar Froese, Chris Franke and Peter Baumann, respectively, which had not been re-released on any official album since, until these tracks finally appeared in the In Search Of Hades box (2019), almost fourty years after there initial release. Baryll Blue, the solo composition by Edgar Froese stems from 1978 and might be a leftover from his Ages solo album. Chris Franke's track Chimes And Chains, recorded in 1979, might have been intended for his first solo album that he was apparently working on during the late seventies, but which never saw the light of day. (His first album, Pacific Coast Highway (1991), apparently consists of different material, all recorded after his departure from the band in 1987.) Finally, the track Haunted Heights, composed by Peter Baumann, originally was planned to be a part of the collagesque studio composition Desert Dream from Encore (1977) but apparently had been refused by the other band members.


Most copies of the box contained a LP sized 28-page booklet with a discography, a biography and many photographs of the band.


This box has never been released in CD format.


From 30 Years Of Dreaming

1980 was [...] the year when Tangerine Dream could celebrate their first 10 years as recording artists. This event was celebrated by their record company Virgin Records with the release of a box containing four LPs.

The music consisted of excerpts from most of the albums that Tangerine Dream had put out up to that point. As an extra bonus, one side of the album had three solo-tracks by Froese, Franke and Baumann, respectively. None of these tracks had been released previously. This vinyl release was made in the absolute best pressing and had a very good sound quality. Besides, the box contains a 28-page book; on a single page the history of the band is briefly summarised and the rest of the book is filled with pictures from the many tours, concerts and from the recording sessions.

This compilation of four albums was to become the first in a long line of compilations and re-issues to carry the name Tangerine Dream on the cover. In recent years all too many of this sort of compilations has been put out by various record companies -- just reissues of old material and nothing new.

© 1999 by Kent Eskildsen


1980: Virgin/Ariola
4LP: 301 407; identical to UK version with the German order number on a sticker fixed on the box back side
1980: Virgin/Dischi
4LP: AORL 48 444; red/green labels, sticker, booklet
4LP: AORL 48 444; red/green labels, no sticker, no booklet
1980: Virgin
4LP: VBOX 2; red/green labels, sticker, booklet
4LP: VBOX 2; red/green labels, no sticker, no booklet
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