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Epsilon In Malaysian Pale

by Edgar Froese

- Studio, released September 1975 -

Covers


LP release Germany 1975
Photo: Monika Froese

CD release UK 1987
Photo: Monika Froese

CD counterfeit release Russia 1997
Photo: Monika Froese

CD release Germany 2005
Artwork: Edgar Froese

Download release 2007
Artwork: Edgar Froese

CD release Japan 2009
Artwork: Edgar Froese


Tracks

[a]
1.Epsilon In Malaysian Pale 17:00
2.Maroubra Bay 17:15
Total running time34:15
[b]
1.Epsilon In Malaysian Pale [2005 remix]18:27
2.Maroubra Bay [2005 remix]17:33
Total running time36:00


Details

Recording dateJune - July 1975
Recording site(s)Berlin
Recording engineer(s)Edgar Froese
Composer(s)Edgar Froese
Musician(s)Edgar Froese


Notes

Edgar Froese recorded his second solo album, Epsilon In Malaysian Pale after returning from Tangerine Dream's Australian tour 1975. Obviously the music reflects his impressions of south-eastern Asia and Australia. According to Edgar Froese, "Epsilon" was the synonym for a person who is completely enveloped by his environment, and the "Pale" stood for the ever-present heavy humidity.

 


Epsilon In Malaysian Pale was recorded in Berlin, Cologne, Bonn and Hamburg. The main instrument was the Mellotron for which Edgar Froese had recorded various tape segments in London, but also the VCS 3 synthsiser, modified organs and modular synthesiser have been used.

 


Backtracking with Tangerine Dream

Edgar Froese: "I don't like choosing favourite albums. It's as if you have ten children, you love them all, and someone asks which one you love most. Still, I loved doing Epsilon, because it was so simple, just took three days. I played it right away with the mellotron, no tricks, no effects, just played what I felt. The title refers to a couple of journeys I took to Malaysia and Australia, so it's very personal to me. Even a bit mystical."

(Interview with Johnny Black, thisBEAT, issue 17, April 1986)

 


A counterfeit CD version of Epsilon In Malaysian Pale was released in Russia (probably in 1997). The outer sides of the four page booklet is actually based on the backside of the Virgin CD booklet; the catalogue number CDV2040 from the original release can still be seen. The front cover is a mirror image of the backside cover, with the catalogue number being mirrored (in the lower right corner). Therefore a new font face is placed on top of the front cover, simply saying "EPSILON IN MALAYSIAN PALE - EDGAR FROESE" compared to the original "epsilon in malaysian pale by edgar froese". The colour is also paled. The booklet inner sides, showing a photo of young Jerome Froese seem unchanged from the Virgin CD. The outer tray cover is based on the inner back cover once again. This time the cover notes have been added in small lettering, with a few typos. The spine has "Tangerine Dream" in brackets after "Edgar Froese". The sound quality of the CD is acceptable, though most probably it was mastered from an mp3 download.

 


In January 2005 a reworked version of this album has been released by Edgar Froese. Both tracks have been 'tangentized', that is, remixed and partially re-recorded in a similar way like on Beyond The Storm and the Ambient Highway series, which results in an overall warmer sound. Anyway, like with similar reworkings Edgar Froese has done before, it is left to the subjective opinion of the listener whether he prefers the original or the new versions. Though the inner page of the 2-page insert clearly states that the material is re-recorded and remixed, this fact is not recognizable from the outside.

 


Like on all releases since 2003, the artist's name now includes his middle initial W. on the cover and in the credits. The cover artwork is completely new, using a photo that reminds of the original artwork. The order number is neither printed on the package nor the CD, but the number given below is the order number the Eastgate Music Shop lists this release. Copies sold in the UK have been found with an additional barcode sticker showing the TDP number listed below.

 


The Eastgate Music Shop about the CD re-release"Epsilon In Malaysian Pale has been composed during one of Edgar's long journeys through the jungles of Malaysia, the Philippines and Australia back in 1975. Edgar's second solo release supposed to be a pure environmental piece of music and became one of the very first ambient albums. Lots of international artists acknowledged that they have strongly been influenced by this partly new recorded and re-mixed album."

 


In January 2007 this release became available as MP3 download at the Tangerine Dream Download Shop.

 


In June 2009 Epsilon In Malaysian Pale was re-released in Japan as part of a series of HiQualityCDs with mini LP paper sleeves featuring a slightly changed cover artwork, changing the album title to Epsilon In Malaysian Pale 2004 and leaving out Edgar Froese's middle initial again.

 


In 2012 the original album was re-released as part of the compilation box Solo (1974-1983) - The Virgin Years.


Releases

Australia
1975: Virgin
LP [a]: L 35677; multi-coloured labels, foc
France
1975: Virgin
LP [a]: XBLY 940 510; multi-coloured labels, foc
197?: Virgin/Polydor
LP [a]: 2933 732; green labels, foc
Germany
1975: Brain/Metronome
LP [a]: 1074; yellow labels; titled Ypsilon In Malaysian Pale
LP [a]: 1074; black labels; titled Ypsilon In Malaysian Pale
1987: Virgin/Ariola
CD [a]: 258 463; identical to UK version; sticker with German number on jewel case
1993: Virgin
CD [a]: 787 215-2
2005: Eastgate
CD [b]: eastgate 003 CD; white/silver/red disc; matrix code: 49003
Italy
1975: Virgin/Dischi/Orrizonte
LP [a]: ORL 8546; red/green labels
1975: Virgin/Dischi
LP [a]: VIL 12040; multi-coloured labels, foc
Japan
1975: Virgin/Nippon Columbia
LP [a]: YX-7077-VR; multi-coloured labels, foc
1975: Brain/Polystar
Promo-LP [a]: 22S-31; white/black labels; album title and track 1 are misspelled Ypsilon In Malaysian Pale on cover while track 2 is misspelled Maroubra Day on labels and obi
LP [a]: 22S-31; multi-coloured labels; album title and track 1 are misspelled Ypsilon In Malaysian Pale on cover while track 2 is misspelled Maroubra Day on labels and obi
1990: Virgin
CD [a]: VJCP-23046
2005: Arcàngelo
CD [b]: ARC-1096; obi; additional japanese insert
2009: WHD Entertainment
HQCD [b]: IECP-10184; cardboard sleeve, obi; limited edition
Promo-HQCD [b]: IECP-10184; same as regular release, but with additional red promo sticker
Russia
1997: -
Counterfeit-CD [a]: ; silver/black disc
Spain
1975: Virgin/Ariola
LP [a]: 89 580-I; multi-coloured labels, foc
LP [a]: 89 580-I; red/green labels, foc
UK
1975: Virgin
Promo-LP [a]: V 2040; light-brown promo labels, foc
LP [a]: V 2040; light-brown labels, foc
LP [a]: V 2040; green labels, foc
1984: Virgin
LP [a]: OVED 22; red/green labels, foc
1987: Virgin
CD [a]: CDV 2040
2005: Eastgate/TDP
CD [b]: TDP CD009
USA
1987: Caroline
CD [a]: CAROL CD 1625
Worldwide
2007: Tangerine Dream Download Shop
Download [b]: complete release or individual tracks as MP3
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