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Christopher Franke

Pacific Coast Highway

- Studio, released September 1991 -


Promo-CD release USA 1991

CD release Japan 1991 with obi
Photo: The Douglas Brothers
Design: Bill Smith Studio

CD release UK 1991
Photo: The Douglas Brothers
Design: Bill Smith Studio



Recording dateJanuary 1991
Recording site(s)Christopher Franke Studio (Berlin) & Los Angeles
Recording engineer(s)Edgar Rothermich (under the pseudonym 'Richard E. Roth')
Composer(s)Chris Franke
Musician(s)Chris Franke, The Berlin Symphonic Film Orchestra (cond. by Brynmor Jones)
Producer(s)Chris Franke, Edgar Rothermich


Four years after Chris Franke had left Tangerine Dream he released his first solo album, Pacific Coast Highway. It was initially released by Private Music in the USA and by Virgin in Europe.


Pacific Coast Highway is a quite calm album, with more than some hints to a "New Age" style, extremely melodic and only distantly reminiscent to his former work with Tangerine Dream.


In 1996, the album was re-released by Chris Franke's own label, Sonic Images.


The Sonic Images site about the album"If you have ever driven along the Pacific Coast Highway, you will understand why Christopher was inspired to create this piece of work, paying homage to what is certainly one of the most beautiful stretches of highway in the United States. The music accurately recreates the emotion and awe as you journey up the coastline with its green rolling hills and tree-lined cliffs on one side, then with just the turn of your head, the other lays forth an ocean sunset that, as this music will, take your breath away."


1991: Virgin
LP: 211 592
CD: 261 592
1991: Virgin
CD: VJCP-28050; obi
Promo-CD: VJCP-28050; obi; same as regular release, but with additional red promo sticker
1991: Virgin
LP: V 2661
CD: CDV 2661; silver/brown/black disc
1991: Sonic Images
Pre-release CD: SID 4100
1991: Private Music
CD: 01005 82094-2
1996: Sonic Images
CD: SI 8507-2
CD: SID 6507
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