Michael Mainieri & Gerard McMahon; Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Michael Mills & Michael Stipe; Martin Gore; David Bowie; Ralf Hütter, Emil Schult & Karl Bartos; Chris Isaak; Don Henley, Glenn Frey & Don Felder; Leonard Cohen; Brian Eno; Marian Gold, Bernhard Lloyd, Frank Mertens; John Rzeznik; John Lennon & Paul McCartney; David Gilmour & Roger Waters
"Music, once admitted to the soul, becomes a sort of spirit, and never dies. It wanders pertubedly through the halls and galleries of the memory, and is often heard again, distinct and living as when it first displayed the wavelets of the air." - Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
Under Cover, though regarded a 'just-for-fun' project by Tangerine Dream themselves might become TD's most controversial album of recent years -- using vocals once more and being the first album consisting of only cover versions of well-known rock and pop songs. TD have done a handful of cover versions over the years, but most of them instrumental versions mostly played as encores during their concerts, including Jimi Hendrix' Purple Haze or The Beatles' Eleanor Rigby, Back In The U.S.S.R. and Tomorrow Never Knows.
The compositions, originally interpreted by international renowned artists like R.E.M., David Bowie, Kraftwerk, The Eagles or Pink Floyd were re-arranged and performed by TD's current live line-up, supported on eight tracks by vocalist Christian Hausl who already had performed with TD on Madcap's Flaming Duty (2007).
Each band member had the choice to select three songs to be recorded; according to the booklet they chose:
Edgar Froese: Everybody Hurts, Space Oddity, Heroes
Thorsten Quaeschning: Cry Little Sister, Precious, Hallelujah
Linda Spa: The Model, Suzanne, Forever Young
Iris Camaa: Wicked Game, Hotel California, Iris (sic!)
Bernhard Beibl: Norwegian Wood, Wish You Were Here
Given the subtitle 'Chapter One' there might be the intention to release another album of the same kind, but at time of writing nothing has been confirmed so far.
The album comes with an 8-page booklet containing a two-page essay by Tangerine Dream's webmaster Einstein's Barber about origin and development of the album, extensive credits (including information about each members' contribution to the respective song) and the track listing. The photos featured in the booklet seem to origin from the Madcap's Flaming Duty sessions.
Only a few days after its initial CD release the album became available as MP3 download at the Tangerine Dream Download Shop as well.
CD: eastgate 046 CD; multicoloured disc; matrix code: 0F23; no order number on disc or sleeve
2012: Purple Pyramid/Cleopatra
CD: CLP 9334-2
2010: Tangerine Dream Download Shop
Download: complete release or individual tracks as MP3