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Tangerine Dream


- Studio, released September 1981 -


CD release Europe 1995
Photo & Design: Monique Froese

CD release USA 1989
Photo & Design: Monique Froese


1.Kiew Mission 9:18
2.Pilots Of Purple Twilight 4:19
3.Choronzon 4:07
4.Exit 5:33
5.Network 23 4:55
6.Remote Viewing 8:20
Total running time36:32


Recording dateJune - July 1981
Composer(s)Edgar Froese, Chris Franke, Johannes Schmoelling
Musician(s)Edgar Froese, Chris Franke, Johannes Schmoelling
Producer(s)Edgar Froese, Chris Franke


The 1981 studio album Exit contained six tracks produced with the then latest equipment, including the Fairlight Computer Instrument. According to Edgar Froese, the band built everything around the MCI mixing console, because they needed to have all the instruments quite near. They did not use acoustic instruments much at all and they did not need an recording engineer. The three musicians just had everything around them, the same way as onstage.


The opening title Kiew Mission featured a Russian actress reciting words about world peace and communication. In the album's press release Edgar Froese commented: "The words are directed at people in Russia. It's a very spiritual message we hope will ease the situation over here. If you're in Europe right now you would see that all people talk about the Third World War. As musicians we can use our music to say something about the positive side and hope our message gets through."


Edgar Froese was very engaged in the anti-nuclear cause and had organised that thousands of copies of Exit were shipped and distributed free "to different people in Russia; people in the political power structure, in the arts and just to the ordinary Russian people too." A short time before Exit was released, Tangerine Dream had played a special disarmament concert at the Reichstag building in West Berlin in front of about 100,000 people.


Exit was released by Virgin Records worldwide, with the exception of the USA where Elektra Records was responsible for release. Elektra chose a different cover layout, using the artwork of the backside of the Virgin releases on its front and a completely different back side.


Backtracking with Tangerine Dream

Edgar Froese: "One piece on this album, Kiew Mission, feels different than the rest. We were using some new instruments, and it still sounds very modern to me."

(Interview with Johnny Black, thisBEAT, issue 17, April 1986)




In 1984 the album was released on CD for the first time as part of a series by Virgin. While the release of Exit featured the original cover artwork, all other releases of this series had a different cover design, using only part of the original artwork in a monochrome border that featured the band and album title.


In 1989 Arista re-released the album on CD in the USA, again using the alternative artwork of the US vinyl release.


In 1995 Virgin re-released the album on CD in the so-called "Definitive Edition" series, again featuring the original front cover artwork, but like most of the other releases of this series, it contains some little errors: The composition Pilots Of Purple Twilight is misspelled Pilots Of Purple Twighlight on the CD body, in the booklet and on the CD backside insert, the track Remote Viewing is misspelled Remote on the CD body and on the CD backside insert (in the booklet it appears correctly), several names are misspelled in the booklet (Edgar Froese appears as Frose, Johannes Schmoelling as Schmoeling, and Monique Froese as Frosse), the backside insert features the name of Peter Baumann instead of Johannes Schmoelling, and the studio album is alleged to be a 'Live' CD on the backstrip.


In 2012 the original album was re-released as part of the compilation box The Virgin Years 1977-1983.


In 2020 the album was newly remastered by Ben Wiseman from the original tapes and re-released both as part of the Pilots Of Purple Twilight box set and as individual album.


1981: Virgin/CBS
Promo-LP: V 2212; white promo labels, gsc with at least two different texts
LP: V 2212; red/green labels
1981: Virgin
Promo-LP: VL 2229; blue labels, gsc
LP: VL 2229; blue labels (ranging from a very light blue-grey to blue) with two different layouts (one with the words 'Exit' and 'Tangerine Dream' in big black letters, the other with the words in blue on a black beam), two diffrent covers (one mentions only Virgin on the back side, the other also Polygram)
1995: Virgin
CD: 840 519-2; identical to UK version from 1995
2020: Virgin/Universal
CD: 089 770-2; multi-coloured disc
1981: Virgin/Polarvox
LP: V 2212; red/green labels
1981: Virgin
LP: 203 998; red/green labels
1983: Virgin
LP: 70 068; red/green labels
1984: Virgin
CD: CDV 2212; identical to UK version from 1984
1981: Virgin/Ariola
LP: 203 998; red/green labels; slightly differing covers (e.g. one version with order number and Virgin logo in blue colour)
1984: Virgin/Ariola
LP: 203 998; white/grey labels
CD: 610 025; identical to UK version from 1984 with the German order number on a sticker fixed on the jewel case
1993: Virgin
CD: 786 684-2
1981: Virgin/General Music
LP: BAN 2212; red/green labels
LP: BAN 2212; multi-coloured labels with printing '10 years Virgin'
1981: Virgin/Dischi
LP: VIL 12212; red/green labels; the first edition includes a poster
198?: Virgin/Dischi
LP: OVED 166; red/green labels
1981: Virgin/Victor
Promo-LP: VIP 6983; white promo labels
LP: VIP 6983; red/green labels
1990: Virgin
CD: VJCP-2521
Promo-CD: VJCP-2521; same as regular release, but with additional red promo sticker
1981: Virgin/Bertelsmann
LP: LA 419; red/green labels with differing layouts
198?: Virgin
LP: 203 998; red/green labels
New Zealand
1981: Virgin/RTC
LP: V 2212; red/green labels
1997?: Spurk
Counterfeit-CD: UL 98217; violet/silver disc
1981: Virgin/Ariola
LP: I-203.998; red/green labels
198?: Virgin/Shang Yang
LP: V 2212; red/green labels
1981: Virgin
LP: V 2212; red/green labels; the first edition includes a poster
1984: Virgin
CD: CDV 2212
1985: Virgin
LP: OVED 166; red/green labels
LP: OVED 166; white/grey labels
1995: Virgin
1981: Elektra/Asylum
Promo-LP: 5E-557; white promo labels with two different layouts, consecutive numbered gsc (some starting with 'A', others with 'S')
LP: 5E-557; red labels
LP: 5E-557; black/red labels
1989: Elektra/Asylum
CD: 557-2
198?: Betarecord
LP: LPBS-1054; blue labels
1982: Virgin/Jugotron
LP: LSVIRG 70957; red/green labels
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