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Tangerine Dream


- Studio, released February 1978 -


CD release Europe 1995
Painting: Edgar Froese

CD release UK 1984
Painting: Edgar Froese

CD release USA 1995

CD release Japan 2009
Painting: Edgar Froese


1.Bent Cold Sidewalk 13:00
2.Rising Runner Missed By Endless Sender 4:55
3.Madrigal Meridian 20:32
Total running time38:27


Recording dateJanuary 1978
Recording site(s)Audio Studios (Berlin)
Recording engineer(s)Ottmar Bergler
Composer(s)Edgar Froese, Chris Franke, Steve Jolliffe
Musician(s)Edgar Froese, Chris Franke, Steve Jolliffe, Klaus Krüger
Producer(s)Edgar Froese, Chris Franke, Steve Jolliffe


After Peter Baumann had left Tangerine Dream, Edgar Froese and Chris Franke were joined by Steve Jolliffe and Klaus Krüger, two musicians Edgar Froese knew since the sixties. This quartet recorded TD's most controversial album Cyclone, as Steve Jolliffe's vocals broke from the otherwise pure instrumental music of TD. Although Jolliffe was also a skilled wind instrumentalist, most TD fans disliked this kind of music -- as did Edgar Froese himself.


Edgar Froese: "After Phaedra we took off. We only had one record which was more or less unsuccessful, although not sales-wise -- just what we put on record. I couldn't identify myself with that record. [...] We booked the studio for January two years ago [...] and met up with an English guy, Steve Jolliffe, and a German drummer, Klaus Krüger. But then we ran into a tremendous trouble because everybody in the band wanted to do different melodies and things. And when we got a good track down, everybody wanted to do different things over the top of it. At last we decided Steve could sing -- the last way out. So he sang, and it was so terrible! [...] A few parts I like, but since the end of March '78 I haven't listened to that record anymore, and I never will." (Interview with Neumusik, January 1980)


After the album release and the following European tour Steve Jolliffe again left the group, and Tangerine Dream did not again use vocals on their records until 1987 (with the only exception of the spoken Russian words on Kiew Mission in 1981).


In an interview with Jeff Filbert in 1994 Steve Jolliffe remembers about Cyclone: "It was conceived totally from scratch in a 48-track recording studio that was booked 24 hours a day for a month. We all went in together at first, trying lots of ideas and improvising, but we had some difficulty focusing our musical vision collectively. At that point I went in and did Rising Runner Missed By Endless Sender. I did most of the tracks on it except for the bass and drum parts, which were performed by Chris and Klaus. After that, things seemed to go much smoother and our ideas jelled better. On the other two pieces [...] everyone contributed equally. For Madrigal Meridian, Chris worked out some nice bass and sequencer patterns, and we just sort of began jamming over the top of that. The drums were put on last, and I remember that Klaus had some minor problems trying to maintain that exact drum pattern repeatedly. But he did some great playing, with some really nice things in the quieter sections of the piece. I wrote all the lyrics on the album, although some of them were improvised, especially on Bent Cold Sidewalk. 'I die to fight!' just kind of came out, as did the titles of the pieces themselves. However, the spoken vocoder part the the beginning was not written by me, but was something we found and thought would be appropriate to the album.


Steve Jolliffe about Bent Cold Sidewalk: "What I was trying to say [...] was how the music was going to take you on a journey and guide you into parts of your mind that you wouldn't necessarily be able to get to. The music was to be your transport, as in 'a rush of sound is heard inside, creating dreams that pass you by.' That whole section, 'Bent cold sidewalk, open the gate, I may be late but I can no longer wait,' had to do with my re-involvement with Tangerine Dream, and with Edgar especially. 'Playing the god to fix your gaze, I'm holding you firm on another day,' has to do with that creative power -- wherever it comes from -- and the power that it has on people to hold their attention."


And about Rising Runner Missed By Endless Sender: "The opening is about the spirit's individual search or quest -- running, searching, never looking back. Whereas Bent Cold Sidewalk has a line about standing still ('You're walking forward as you look behind'), the message [...] is the freedom of the human spirit running headlong into whatever adventure awaits it, and the exhilaration and vitality that one feels as a result -- life on the edge, so to speak. 'Treading lightly colored stones, often losing sight of goals', these are the stumbling blocks that could distract or stop the runner from moving on, to embrace patterns or ruts and never move forward. The patterns are old and dead -- you've got to leave them and move on, keep running."


Finally, about the album: "We all had a go at the mixing. We used two 24-track recording machines synced together to make the needed 48 tracks. I remember at one point we all became ill, one after another, being stuck in the studio all the time without proper ventilation. Edgar would be mixing and get sick, and while he was laid up I'd try mixing. Then I would be laid up, and Chris would try mixing. This process went on for some time. We filled up all of those 48 tracks. There were things going on in all of them, so everytime we would mix, it would be like a new album. Cyclone was the result of several different mixes, or at least the best part of them. We could have made three albums out of those sessions. I'd love to go back and remix it with some of the tracks that we didn't use. There were flute quartets on some sections, and some other things as well -- all that was lost."


In 1995 Virgin re-released the album on CD in the so-called "Definitive Edition" series, featuring the original front cover artwork, but like most of the other releases of this series, it contains some little errors: The first track is misspelled Bent Cold Side Walk on the CD body, and drummer Klaus Krüger's name does not appear in the booklet credits and on the backside insert at all.


In the same year, like Force Majeure, the album was re-released in the USA on CD with a completely different artwork. In 2009 the album was re-released in Japan with a cardboard sleeve featuring the exact replica of the original LP sleeve.


In 2011 the original album was re-released as part of the compilation box The Virgin Years 1974-1978.


1978: Virgin/Festival
LP: L 36555; red labels, foc
1978: Virgin/Ariola
LP: 25 843; green labels, foc
LP: 25 843; red/green labels, foc
LP: 25 843; red/green labels
1978: Virgin/Polygram
LP: 9124 137; red/green labels
1978: Virgin/Polydor
LP: V 2097; multi-coloured labels
LP: V 2097; red/green labels
1984: Virgin
LP: V 2097; red labels with white stripes
1995: Virgin
CD: 840 251-2; identical to UK version from 1995
1978: Virgin/Polydor
LP: 2473 744; green labels, foc
LP: 2473 744; black/silver labels, foc
1983: Virgin
LP: 70 042
1984: Virgin
CD: CDV 2097; identical to UK version from 1984
1978: Virgin/Ariola
LP: 25 843; green labels, foc
LP: 25 843; red/green labels, foc
LP: 25 843; red/green labels
LP: 25 843; white/gray labels
LP: 343 483; green labels; this is a club edition
LP: 343 483; red/green labels; this is a club edition
1984: Virgin/Ariola
CD: 610 379; identical to UK version from 1984 with the German order number on a sticker fixed on the jewel case
1993: Virgin
CD: 786 093-2
1978: Virgin/Phonogram
LP: 2473 744; green labels
1978: Virgin
LP: 062-VG 50013; red/green labels
1978: Virgin/Dischi
LP: VIL 12097; red labels, foc
LP: VIL 12097; red/green labels, foc
1984: Virgin
LP: OVED 71; red/green labels, foc
1978: Virgin/Victor
Promo-LP: VIP-6912; white promo labels, foc
LP: VIP-6912; green labels, foc
1990: Virgin
CD: VJCP-2517
2009: EMI
CD: VJCP-68918; cardboard sleeve, obi
Promo-CD: VJCP-68918; same as regular release, but with additional numbered sticker on rear
1978: Virgin/Disco Libro
LP: LA-121; multi-coloured labels, foc
LP: LA-121; multi-coloured labels
1978: Virgin/Bertelsmann
LP: LA-121; multi-coloured labels
New Zealand
1978: Virgin/RTC
LP: V 2097; red labels
LP: V 2097; red/green labels
1997: CD Media
Counterfeit-CD: 051497; white/black/blue disc
1978: Virgin/Ariola
LP: 25 843 I; green labels, foc
LP: 25 843 I; red/green labels, foc
1980: Virgin/Ariola
LP: 25 843 I; red/green labels, foc
1982: Virgin/Ariola
LP: 25 843 I; red/green labels, foc
1978: Virgin
LP: V 2097; green labels, foc
LP: V 2097; red/green labels, foc
1984: Virgin
LP: OVED 71; red/green labels, foc
LP: OVED 71; white/gray labels, foc
CD: CDV 2097
1995: Virgin
1981: Virgin/JEM
LP: VI 2097; skin-coloured labels
1988: Virgin
Promo-LP: 791 011-1; black labels with blue triangle, gsc
LP: 791 011-1; black labels with blue triangle
CD: 791 011-2
1993: Virgin
CD: V21Y 86 093-2
1995: Virgin/CEMA/Griffin
CD: GCD-246-2
Cyclone was also released as part of the set (3).

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