In November 2005 another compilation of the solo work of Edgar Froese has been released, titled Orange Light Years. Similar to the releases Beyond The Storm (1995) and the Ambient Highway series (2003; see Ambient Highway Vol. 1 for details) this double cd features a handful of new tracks among well-known tracks of former albums.
Not surprisingly, the compilation has a strong focus on the most recent studio album Dalinetopia (2005), featuring four tracks of that album alone. With the exception of Aqua, all solo albums which were re-released in 2005 are featured with one or two tracks: Epsilon In Malaysian Pale, Macula Transfer, Ages, Stuntman, and Pinnacles (all 2005). Furthermore, two tracks were taken from the soundtrack album Kamikaze 1989 (1982) which has not been re-released so far. One more track, originally released as part of the Tangents box by Tangerine Dream (though it is a solo recording by Edgar Froese), and five tracks, being originally part of the compilation Beyond The Storm (1995), had already been re-released as part of the Ambient Highway series; two more tracks were originally introduced with that series. Remaining are five compositions with a total running time of little more than 30 minutes which were previously unreleased and are new with this compilation.
Collectors will for sure buy this album due to these previously unreleased tracks; for others, especially those who missed the more recent releases, this album might be a good opportunity to get acquainted with the current work of Edgar Froese, as they get two full-packed cds at a reasonable price.
Uncommon for Edgar Froese's solo releases, a handful of guest musicians (all well-known as guests from Tangerine Dream albums or live appearances) is listed in the booklet, but without mentioning on which tracks they do appear, so it may be that they already contributed to older tracks released on former albums without being mentioned there. The album was compiled by Bianca Acquaye.
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. The number given in brackets is the order number the Eastgate Music Shop lists this release. At least one mispressed copy of this album has appeared, the first CD being a printed plastic disc only, missing the CD layer.
In January 2007 this release became available as MP3 download at the Tangerine Dream Download Shop.