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Tangerine Dream


- Live/Studio, released June 1980 -


LP release GDR 1980

CD release USA 1986
Artwork: Monique Froese

CD release Europe 1996
Artwork: Monique Froese

CD release Europe 2012
Artwork: Monique Froese


1.Quichotte, Part One 23:33
2.Quichotte, Part Two 22:38
Total running time46:11


Recording dateJanuary 31, 1980
Recording site(s)Palast der Republik (East Berlin)
Recording engineer(s)Juergen Lahrtz
Composer(s)Edgar Froese, Chris Franke, Johannes Schmoelling
Musician(s)Edgar Froese, Chris Franke, Johannes Schmoelling
Producer(s)Edgar Froese, Chris Franke, Johannes Schmoelling


Johannes Schmoelling made his first public appearance as a member of Tangerine Dream during their January 31st, 1980 concerts at the 'Palast der Republik' in the former East Berlin, particularly notable since TD was the first Western "rock" band allowed by the Communist government to perform there. The few tickets made available to the general public had been changing hands on the black market for up to two months' wages.


In an interview with Jonathan Miller Edgar Froese remembered: "The Palast der Republik was where parliament sessions were held and important political speeches made, so we had to agree not to make any political statements and just play music -- nothing that would collide with the political system. Since it was the first concert of a Western band in East Berlin and in such a high profile place, all the international press were outside with cameras everywhere, because 80% of the tickets were given away to officials and organisations connected with the East German government. The remaining 20% sold out in about five minutes. About half an hour prior to the show there was a very delicate moment because 900 people were pressing against the venue's huge glass windows trying to get in. Inside, we had to make a decision: Did we want lots of publicity by allowing the windows to be damaged -- maybe people would be hurt or worse -- and blowing the gig? A public relations company would say we were stupid, but from my perspective of performing our music, it was very simple: I told the officials we would not perform unless they let those people in for free, thus preventing any trouble. They did and that was the first time I found out exactly what political journalism was all about: Writing something sensational and extraordinary brings success, but at what expense? On the other hand, we had a wonderful concert. As far as the music was concerned it was just great, but for political international journalism it was a total disappointment. The entire gig just got one small mention in a daily newspaper the next day -- no-one was really interested. If we were to do it again today, I would make exactly the same decision."


An album recording of highlights of the evening concert, titled Quichotte, was released that year on the East German label Amiga only. It consists of two long tracks of partly improvised music. Themes from the album Tangram can be heard throughout the album, as the concert took place during the process of preparing material for that studio album. Edgar Froese and Chris Franke had remixed and edited the music in East Berlin as part of the original deal: so they cut the 100 minutes down to the length of a 45 minute vinyl album and replaced some live parts with studio creations. The complete evening concert (taken from a radio broadcast) has been fan-released as Tangerine Tree Volume 17: East Berlin 1980 and later officially released as part of The Official Bootleg Series Volume Two (2016). It is considerably different from the official album release.


From 30 Years Of Dreaming

The first big assignment for Johannes Schmoelling as a member of Tangerine Dream was a special concert in East Berlin. As one of the first western rock bands the band was invited to perform behind the "Iron Curtain". But this only happened after years of negotiations with the East German authorities. When they finally agreed, it might have been because Tangerine Dream were a purely instrumental band with anonymous musicians, who did not appear as the usual western decadent rock stars. They were allowed to play on the other side of the Wall.

Froese: "...we could assure them not to use words in any way!" (TDIFC newsletter #7)

Actually, there were two concerts, but both on the same day; they were held on 31st January 1980 in the afternoon and in the evening. The concerts were broadcast on the East German radio, but even so, the concerts were sold out and the tickets were traded at very high prices on the black market.

The official East German radiostation [...] had the rights to the music recorded at the concerts, and one of the conditions was that it would not be released on any label in the western world for a period of 6 years. Excerpts from the concerts were then released with the title Quichotte on the East German record label Amiga Records. This album was also given new life in the studio, but not to the same extent as the earlier live albums.

Several years later Virgin Records bought the rights to this music [...], and in 1986 it was released with the title Pergamon.

As Tangerine Dream were beginning to prepare the recording of a new album, the music on these live releases was obviously a testground for the new material; you can hear much of the forthcoming Tangram in free form -- if not improvised. It is not a bad album at all!

© 1999 by Kent Eskildsen




In 1988 a counterfeit (an illegal pirate re-release) of the original Quichotte album was released in a few hundred copies in Germany. The pressing quality is lousy, and the record is only interesting for its big, foldout-poster-cover, showing a black and white photo of the band in East Berlin. Some copies include a sticker with the title "Don Quixotte". Copies on multicoloured vinyl were announced, but have not yet been spotted.




Six years after its initial release, in April 1986, the album was made available to the rest of the world by Virgin both on vinyl and CD. It was now titled Pergamon (after the impressive museum in East Berlin) and featured a completely different cover. The music material and its mix is identical to that of Quichotte.


In early April 2012 the British Esoteric Records re-released Pergamon 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. There are no bonus tracks.


1986: Virgin
Promo-LP: VL 2381; titled Pergamon; red labels with white stripes, gsc
LP: VL 2381; titled Pergamon; red labels with white stripes
1996: Essential/Castle
CD: ESMCD413; titled Pergamon
2012: Reactive/Esoteric
CD: EREACD 1026; titled Pergamon; standard jewel case with additional cardboard wrapper; multicoloured disc
1981: Amiga
LP: 855 819; dark-red labels
LP: 855 819; blue labels with layout identical to dark-red labels
1986: Amiga
LP: 855 819; blue labels with different layout
1986: Virgin/Ariola
Promo-LP: 207 684; titled Pergamon; red/green labels; promo insert
LP: 207 684; titled Pergamon; red/green labels
CD: 257 684; titled Pergamon
1988: -
Counterfeit-LP: -; black vinyl; white labels; foc
Counterfeit-LP: -; transparent, dark-red vinyl; white labels; foc
1993: Virgin
CD: 788 002-2; titled Pergamon
1986: Virgin/Dischi
LP: VDI 113; titled Pergamon; red/green labels
1986: Caroline
LP: CAROL 1333; titled Pergamon; blue picture labels
CD: CAROL CD 1; titled Pergamon
1992: Relativity
CD: 88561-1056-2; titled Pergamon
1996: Sequel/Castle
CD: 1047-2; titled Pergamon
2000: Castle
CD: CMACD576; titled Pergamon
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