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Tangerine Dream

Blue Dawn

- Studio, released May 2006 -


CD release Germany 2006
Artwork: Edgar Froese

Download release 2007
Artwork: Edgar Froese



Recording date1988 / 2006
Recording site(s)Copeland Villa (Los Angeles), Sunset Marquee's Hotel & Eastgate Studios (Vienna)
Recording engineer(s)Edgar Froese, Ralf Wadephul
Composer(s)Edgar Froese, Ralf Wadephul
Musician(s)Edgar Froese, Ralf Wadephul
Producer(s)Edgar Froese


In May 2006 the album Blue Dawn was released, featuring previously unreleased studio material by Edgar Froese and short time member Ralf Wadephul, dating back from the US tour 1988.


This is the third time material that did not make it to a proper release when composed has been released many years later, giving a hint on what TD (or individual members) were working on besides the released albums. The other two are the last CD of The Dream Roots Collection (1985/86, released 1996) with Chris Franke and Kyoto (1983, released 2005) with Johannes Schmoelling.


The inner side of the 2-page front insert says: "The material of this album was composed during Tangerine Dream's North American tour back in August/September 1988. Weeks after weeks in tourbusses, planes, hotels and various locations gave the two guys here the opportunity to get musically into something different off stage. The plan was to release the stuff as an on and off the road album later in the year. The road feeling as well as the summertime in the states had been a strong influence for these compositions. The album was completed while hanging out after the tour at a friend's place in LA. Because of various reasons the album had a delay for over about seventeen years before it now will be presented to the public."


On his homepage Ralf Wadephul tells about the making of Blue Dawn: "After many years I got a call from Edgar asking if I would be interested in collaborating again on a studio project regarding unfinished sketches from off days during the 1988 US tour. I guess he had already in mind to release the material under specific circumstances. But how could it work? After the split I continued working for years in the same field of music. So I started digging into my library of various work in order to find some 88 stuff. After weeks I found these tapes on one of my hard disk. The result sounded very much 'tourlike' so I had to give it quite a bit of polish treatments as well as adding some newer sounds. But it wasn't too different from the old TD tracks back then. At the same time Edgar did the same to some of his older 'tourlike' material. One of TD's technicians knew a way of cleaning up the stuff with some special technical treatments -- thanks Christian! So we met in Vienna in 2005 to check all the material -- and what a surprise, most of the music did merge together so smoothly, that it didn't take more than two weeks to complete the record. And it was there -- the phatt and powerful old analogue sound! But before finishing work, we had to make the decision: leaving the tracks as they are or adding something? Should we change sounds? Should the stuff being remixed? Would it violate the composition if we change it? Finally we've felt that the old versions were uncompleted and so we decided to give the music some of these extra colours which definitely would bring it up to a better level. We just wanted to do it right! After all these years, I still love Sun Gate and Edgar's guitar. So I asked him to play guitar on some of my tracks and I think it was a good idea! And, of course there has been much more 'sketchy' stuff from that tour which couldn't be released on Blue Dawn -- so we will consider working on it if our both schedule will allow it. In the meantime enjoy some 'off day' memories from the late eighties!"


The album consists of ten tracks, six of them composed by Ralf Wadephul, the others by Edgar Froese. While the latter tracks are not that different from other solo compositions by Edgar Froese and might well be recorded in recent time, the material by Ralf Wadephul obviously origins from the late eighties, and though it has been slightly reworked for this release it gives a hint of what TD could have become if he had not left shortly after the tour. Band member Paul Haslinger apparently was not involved in composing any of the material.


Some of the material composed by Ralf Wadephul was later re-released, arranged differently, on his solo album When Aliens Meet A Drop Of Water (2008).


Regarding the initial Eastgate CD release, neither CD nor the paper inserts show any order number or barcode, but the number given below is the order number the Eastgate Music Shop lists this release.


In January 2007 this release became available as MP3 download at the Tangerine Dream Download Shop.


2006: Eastgate
CD: eastgate 010 CD; blue/black/silver disc; matrix code: 8077
2007: Eastgate
Download: complete release or individual tracks as MP3
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