Edgar Froese, Klaus Schulze, Conrad Schnitzler, Jimmy Jackson, Thomas Keyserling
In autumn/winter of 1969 Edgar Froese, founder of Tangerine Dream, met Klaus Schulze and Conrad Schnitzler. This trio formed the line-up of Tangerine Dream to record the debut album Electronic Meditation. The band was supported by two other musicians: Jimmy Jackson (organ) and Thomas Keyserling (flute), but both were mysteriously left out of the credits of the original album.
Edgar Froese: "In 1969, I met Klaus in Berlin. He was a very bad drummer, but he had some sort of craziness about him that I was looking for. That is what has happened with Tangerine Dream over the past 10 years. All the people who went through the band came into the band because they had some sort of craziness about them. That's what I think. It's the sort of music you can't create if you're absolutely normal. [...] Electronic Meditation was done by absolute amateurs. We couldn't handle our equipment, and during that period of recording we couldn't get any record company interested in it. Rolf-Ulrich Kaiser was interested, and he gave us some money." (Interview with Neumusik, January 1980)
In 1987 the album was released on CD for the first time. While the USA release featured the reworked original cover artwork, the UK release had a total different cover design, originating from the boxed set In The Beginning.
Nine years later, in 1996, the CD was re-released again. For this release the music was digitally remastered from the original tapes, and the cover artwork was very similar to the original LP cover. The CD booklet features sleeve notes taken from the book "Krautrocksampler" by Julian Cope.
In 2004 the album was re-released in Japan with a cardboard sleeve featuring the exact replica of the original LP sleeves, including the balloon insert.
In early April 2012 the British Esoteric Records re-released Electronic Meditation as part of a re-issue of the TD back catalogue of the Pink and Blue Years. Like all other re-releases of the Esoteric series, the disc comes nicely packaged with a 16-page booklet, featuring the original artwork, credits, numerous photos and a very well-written essay by Andy King. Unlike some other re-releases of this series it comes without any bonus track.
Exclusively for the Record Store Day (on April 21st, 2012) Esoteric released two limited edition vinyl items -- available from local independent record shops in the UK on that day only. Besides a 7" re-release of Ultima Thule an LP of Electronic Meditation was issued, which comes with an exclusive full colour inner sleeve. It features the same essay as on the CD release, but with a different design and some extra photos. The album is limited to 1,000 copies worldwide and dedicated to Conrad Schnitzler who had passed away in 2011.
In late April 2012 the Japanese company Belle Antique re-released the remastered Esoteric version of Electronic Meditation as SHM-CD (Super High Material CD); this version once more comes with a balloon insert.
LP: ESMLP345; picture label/white label
CD: CMRCD565; standard jewel case with additional cardboard wrapper
CD: EREACD 1025; multicoloured disc
LP: EREALP 1025; gc; full colour insert; limited edition of 1,000 copies