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Tangerine Dream

Mars Mission Counter

- Re-release, released January 2007 -


Download release 2007
Artwork: Edgar Froese

CD release Germany 2009

HQCD release Japan 2009 with obi


1.Deep Space Cruiser 4:45
2.Elysium Basin 4:34
3.Mars Mission Counter 5:47
4.Marte Vallis 6:17
5.Rim Of Schiaparelli 6:17
6.The Red Gate 4:14
7.The Silent Rock 7:33
8.Tharsis Maneuver 4:33
9.Spiral Stardate 6:15
10.Dies Martis [Alternate version]4:02
11.Helium County 5:45
Total running time60:02


Recording date1999


Of all compilation albums released with the launch of the Tangerine Dream Download Shop in late December 2006/January 2007 this one might be the biggest surprise. It is in fact a re-release of the dubious Mars Polaris - Original Motion Picture Space Reality (1999) which was allegedly a mispressing, as it compiled tracks from the official releases Mars Polaris - Deep Space Highway To Red Rocks Pavilion and Great Wall Of China (both 1999). See The Mars Polaris Mystery for for further information about this issue.


This re-release features all tracks of the original release, though in a different order. TD fans who consider to buy this album or to download individual tracks should bear in mind that the tracks that were officially released on Great Wall Of China got different names to match the 'Marsian' theme of this album. The only really rare track on this album is the version of Dies Martis (TransMercury) which is different from the one on the official release. Otherwise, this album contains no new material, regardless of the uncommon track titles. At least the backside of the downloadable artwork states: "Parts of this album previously released under different titles".


Initially, this has been a virtual album release, available from the Tangerine Dream Download Shop only. In March 2009 the album was finally released on a proper CD with different cover design as part of an extensive digipack series (consisting of a total of more than 60 CD and DVD releases) by the Germany based Membran record label, and in June 2009 it was re-released in Japan as part of a series of HiQualityCDs with mini LP paper sleeves.


The Eastgate Music Shop about this release"Mars Mission Counter is a different version from Mars Polaris -- different enough to create a special ambient atmosphere and a tribute to the original version which celebrated an immense success in 1999 -- the year of the NASA's Mars Polar Lander developed for the first Mission to Mars."


2009: Membran
CD: 232617; digipack
2009: WHD Entertainment
HQCD: IECP-10181; cardboard sleeve, obi; limited edition
Promo-HQCD: IECP-10181; same as regular release, but with additional red promo sticker
2007: Tangerine Dream Download Shop
Download: complete release or individual tracks as MP3
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