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Tangerine Dream

Force Majeure

- Studio, released 1979 -

Covers


CD release Europe 1995
Painting & Design: Monika Froese

CD release UK 1984
Painting: Monika Froese

CD release USA 1995


Tracks

[a]
1.Force Majeure 18:18
2.Cloudburst Flight 7:21
3.Thru Metamorphic Rocks 14:15
Total running time39:54


Details

Recording dateAugust - September 1978
Recording site(s)Hansa Studios (Berlin)
Recording engineer(s)Eduard Meyer
Composer(s)Edgar Froese, Chris Franke
Musician(s)Edgar Froese, Chris Franke, Klaus Krüger, Eduard Meyer
Producer(s)Edgar Froese, Chris Franke


Notes

After Steve Jolliffe had left the group, Edgar Froese and Chris Franke recorded the album Force Majeure on their own in Berlin. Klaus Krüger played drums again before changing to the band of Iggy Pop. Force Majeure was critically acclaimed and went Top 30 in the UK. Up to now this album is one of the most famous among Tangerine Dream fans.

 


Backtracking with Tangerine Dream

Chris Franke: "There's one piece, Cloudburst Flight, which I still enjoy playing. Sometimes doing something again and again, it loses its power, but this still means a lot to me. It's hard to say what you try to achieve when you make music. Different words come to mind like...room, landscape, painting, A combination of all the things that make up life."

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

 


In 1995 Virgin re-released the album on CD in the so-called "Definitive Edition" series, featuring the original front cover artwork. The sound quality of this release, using the Super Bit Mapping technology, is probably the best up to now.

 


In the same year, like Cyclone, the album was re-released in the USA on CD with a completely different artwork.

 


In 2012 the original album was re-released as part of the compilation box The Virgin Years 1977-1983.


Releases

Australia
1979: Virgin/CBS
Promo-LP: V 2111; white promo labels, gsc
LP: V 2111; red/green labels
1979: Virgin/Festival
Promo-LP: L 36641; red/green labels with sticker
LP: L 36641; red/green labels
Benelux
1979: Virgin/Ariola
LP: 200 347; picture labels
LP: 200 347; picture labels; mispressing with side A being Dutch songs by unknown artist and side B being Tangerine Dream
Canada
1979: Virgin/Polydor
LP: V 2111; picture labels
1984: Virgin
Promo-LP: V 2111; red labels with white stripes, gsc
LP: V 2111; red labels with white stripes
1995: Virgin/EMI
CD: 840 259-2
Europe
1995: Virgin
CD: 840 259-2; identical to UK version from 1995
Finland
1979: Virgin/Polarvox
LP: V 2111; picture labels
France
1979: Virgin/Polydor
LP: 2473 764; red/silver labels
LP: 2473 764; black/silver labels
1981: Virgin
LP: 200 347; red/green labels
1983: Virgin
LP: 70 003; red/green labels
1984: Virgin
CD: CDV 2111; identical to UK version
1985: Wake Music
CD: 330 252
Germany
1979: Virgin/Ariola
LP: 200 347; picture labels, cover with textured surface
LP: 200 347; picture labels, regular cover
1984: Virgin/Ariola
LP: 200 347; picture labels
CD: 610 371; identical to UK version from 1984 with the German order number on a sticker fixed on the jewel case
1993: Virgin
CD: 786 094-2
Greece
19??: Virgin/Polygram
LP: 2473 764; picture labels
Israel
1979: Virgin/General Music
LP: BAN 2111; red/green labels; covers with incorrect colours exist
LP: BAN 2111; two green of the red/green labels; covers with incorrect colours exist
Italy
1979: Virgin/Dischi
LP: VIL 12111; picture labels
1985: Virgin/Dischi
LP: OVED 111; red/green labels
LP: OVED 111; white/gray labels
Japan
1979: Virgin/Victor
Promo-LP: VIP-6932; picture promo labels
LP: VIP-6932; picture labels
1990: Virgin
CD: VJCP-2518
Promo-CD: VJCP-2518; same as regular release, but with additional red promo sticker
2009: EMI
CD: VJCP-68919; cardboard sleeve, obi
New Zealand
1979: Virgin/RTC
LP: V 2111; picture labels
Portugal
1979: Virgin/VADECA
LP: VV-33008-V; red/brown vinyl, blue/red labels
LP: VV-33008-V; blue/red labels
LP: VV-33008-V; red/green labels
Russia
1997: CD Media/Spurk
Counterfeit-CD: 426797; white/black/blue disc
Spain
1979: Virgin/Ariola
LP: 200 347-I; picture labels, cover with textured surface
LP: 200 347-I; picture labels, regular cover
1980: Virgin/Ariola
LP: 200 347-I; picture labels
1987: Virgin
LP: E 200 347; red/green labels
Sweden
1979: Virgin
LP: V 2111; picture labels
UK
1979: Virgin
LP: V 2111; picture labels, cover with textured surface
LP: V 2111; picture labels, regular cover
LP: V 2111; clear vinyl, picture labels, cover with textured surface
LP: V 2111; clear vinyl, picture labels, regular cover
1984: Virgin
CD: CDV 2111
1985: Virgin
LP: OVED 111; red/green labels
LP: OVED 111; white/gray labels
1995: Virgin
CD: TAND 10
USA
1981: Virgin/JEM
Promo-LP: VI 2111; skin-coloured promo labels
LP: VI 2111; skin-coloured labels
1988: Virgin
LP: 790 012-1; black labels with blue triangle
CD: 790 012-2
1993: Virgin
CD: V21Y 86 094-2
1995: Virgin/CEMA/Griffin
CD: GCD-350-2
Yugoslavia
1979: Virgin
LP: LSVIRG-70898; red/green labels
Force Majeure was also released as part of the set (3).

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