During 1982, Edgar Froese worked on the soundtrack for a rather surrealistic film by Wolf Gremm, called Kamikaze 1989, starring Rainer Werner Fassbinder.
Fassbinder, who himself had been one of the most innovative and controversial film directors in the last decades in Germany, died shortly after in 1982, and a memorial concert took place in June 1983 at the German Opera in Frankfurt to commemorate his death a year before. Being asked by the concert organizers, TD played a musical tribute of about 30 minutes. For more then twenty years there had been no official release of this event on record, though the concert had been available as a bootleg recording titled Fassbinder Memorial Concert. In 2003 a much improved record of this concert was fan-released as Tangerine Tree Volume 5: Frankfurt 1983 and re-released in 2004 as part of The Bootleg Box Set Vol. 2.
In 2007 a slightly reworked version of the album has been released. Unlike most other re-releases of the recent years, most of the tracks are virtually untouched and kept in their original 1982 version. All tracks of the original release are featured, though in a different order.
The track Snake Bath is cut down by about half its length and ends quite abruptly. According to Eastgate Music "the abrupt ending of the song is no mistake, because it has exactly the length which it had in the film. It was not modified because of reasons of authenticity -- it's film music and was used in the film like that. The director Mr. Fassbinder was a very unusual man."
The 2007 re-release is is a virtual album, available from the Tangerine Dream Download Shop only. At time of writing no proper 'physical' CD release of this version does exist.
LP [a]: 204 864; red/green labels
LP [a]: 204 864; red/green labels; German cover text and track titles
CD [a]: 254 864; identical to UK version; sticker with German number on jewel case
CD [a]: 787 216-2; identical to UK 1988 version; sticker with German number on jewel case
Download [b]: complete release or individual tracks as MP3