Back in summer 1973 Peter Baumann had left Berlin to travel in Nepal and India, so TD were reduced to the duo Edgar Froese and Chris Franke. Virgin Records in London were impressed by the burgeoning following of the group and wanted to sign them up. In Peter Baumann's absence, Edgar Froese and Chris Franke entered the Skyline Studios in Berlin to record Green Desert, using such devices as a rhythm controller and phaser along with the usual synthesisers and keyboards. As Chris Franke remembers: "The rhythm controller came from Italy and looked like something from science fiction with its console of 128 buttons which all lit up. It could be programmed, it was analogue and it was polyphonic! The lights blinked, I had hands on control and later I used it as a sequencer to trigger other synthesisers."
After Peter Baumann had returned, Green Desert was not completed; instead TD began to work on Phaedra that would become their next release. Eventually in 1984, the music material that was to become Green Desert was "found" by Edgar Froese in the archives and reworked to form a complete album. It was remixed using some sounds from the mid-80's, thus the music is more rhythmic and melodic than TD's works from the early 70's. In 1986 the album was released for the first time in album format and as part of the set In The Beginning. The album releases had a totally different cover artwork in the USA and the UK.
Ten years later, in 1996, the CD was re-released, now featuring a completely new cover artwork by Edgar Froese, based on a photograph by Monique Froese. This cover was used for all re-releases during the next years.
In February 2012 the album was re-released by Esoteric Records on their Reactive label as part of a partial re-issue of the TD back catalogue. The album was completely remastered and comes with a nice 16-page booklet including numerous photos plus an essay written by journalist Malcolm Dome. Unlike most of the albums of this re-release series, Green Desert comes without any bonus track. This version features most of the cover artwork of the previous releases: the cardboard wrapper shows the balloon photo by Monique Froese that was used first in 1996; the booklet shows the cover that initially had been used by Relativity Records for the US vinyl release in 1986, while the cover of the UK 1986 version is printed inside the booklet.
CD: CMRCD633; standard jewel case with additional cardboard wrapper
CD: EREACD 1022; standard jewel case with additional cardboard wrapper; multicoloured disc
LP: ZL 74110; blue labels
Counterfeit-CD: Z 1084; black/green disc
CD: C TANG 1
LP: HOP 226; blue labels
1986: Relativity Theory
CD: TRCD 8072
Promo-LP: 88561-8072-1; black labels, gsc
LP: 88561-8072-1; black labels, some copies with sticker