Tangerine Dream's second album of 1975, Ricochet, once more featured two long compositions, each of them filling one side of the vinyl album. Officially it was described as live album, mixed from tapes of their 1975 French and 1975 UK tour. According to Chris Franke, the concerts were much too long to use in one context, so Tangerine Dream had to edit about 40 to 50 hours of music, kilometres of tape, to find the most important parts to be eventually released on their first live album.
In fact Ricochet is a for the major part a studio recording except for about ten minutes of Ricochet, Part Two, which were taken from their gig in Croydon with only few overdubs. While the intro of Ricochet, Part One strongly resembles some of the music played in Croydon as well, it was completely recreated in the studio, with additional applause from the Croydon gig to make it appear 'live'. Thus, Ricochet is the first item in a long list of TD albums that were advertised being live but turned out to be (more or less) studio creations -- see Encore (1977), Quichotte (1980), Logos Live (1982), Poland (1984) and Livemiles (1988).
Furthermore, Ricochet is an early instance of Tangerine Dream replaying (or sampling) material of other artists. The metallic hammering sounds starting about the 13 minute mark apparently are a somewhat sped up sample from the composition Va-Et-Vient by French composer André Almuro (1927-2009) from his album Musiques Experimentales (1969).
The photography on the front cover was taken by Monique Froese on the ocean shore at the Dune Of Pilat near Bordeaux; the three photos of the band members on the back side were taken during the french tour mentioned above.
In 1984 the album was released on CD for the first time as part of a series by Virgin. With the exception of Exit, all releases of this series had a similar cover design, using only part of the original artwork in a monochrome border that featured the band and album title.
In 1995 Virgin re-released the album on CD in the so-called "Definitive Edition" series, featuring the original front cover artwork. On previous releases, Ricochet, Part Two had started with a very soft clapping of two hands right a the beginning of the piano part to give the measure for the music. This clapping has been deleted from the "Definitive Edition" CD, perhaps being regarded as a disturbing noise.
In 2009 the album was re-released in Japan with a cardboard sleeve featuring the exact replica of the original LP sleeve.
In 2011 the original album was re-released as part of the compilation box The Virgin Years 1974-1978, and in 2012 it was re-released on vinyl.
In 2019 the album was re-released with two bonus tracks. In fact, this version is identical to disc twelve of the In Search Of Hades box set, featuring the original album, newly remastered by Ben Wiseman from the original tapes, as well as the album remix by Steven Wilson based on the original multi-track tapes. The Japanese re-release of the same year included an additional bonus disc (in fact disc seven of the box set mentioned before), containing (only) the first part of TDs 1974 concert debut in the UK.
LP [a]: L 35736; multi-coloured labels
LP [a]: 89 679; red/green labels
LP [a]: V 2044; multi-coloured labels
LP [a]: V 2044; red/green labels
LP [a]: V 2044; red labels with white stripes
CD [a]: 840 064-2
CD [a]: 840 064-2; identical to UK version from 1995
2012: EMI Virgin
LP [a]: VR 2044; multi-coloured labels; black inner sleeve
CD [b]: 774 788-8; multi-coloured disc; sticker
LP [a]: 940.517; multi-coloured labels
LP [a]: 2933 718; green labels
LP [a]: 2933 718; black/silver labels
LP [a]: 2933 718; red/silver labels
LP [a]: 202 620; red/green labels
LP [a]: 70 039; red/green labels
CD [a]: CDV 2044; identical to UK version from 1984
CD [a]: 2-90932
LP [a]: 89 679; multi-coloured labels
LP [a]: 89 679; green labels
LP [a]: 89 679; red/green labels; some with matte finish, others with gloss finish covers; some have the label code (LC symbol) on cover back side, others not
LP [a]: 89 679; red/green labels
LP [a]: 89 679; white/grey labels
CD [a]: 610 376; identical to UK version from 1984 with the German order number on a sticker fixed on the jewel case
CD [a]: 786 063-2
LP [a]: 2J 062-97623; multi-coloured labels
LP [a]: 062-VG 50055; red/green labels
1975: Virgin/General Music
LP [a]: V 2044; red/green labels (sometimes exchanged)
LP [a]: V 2044; two green of the red/green labels
LP [a]: V 2044; two red of the red/green labels
LP [a]: VIL 12044; multi-coloured labels
LP [a]: VIL 12044; red/green labels
LP [a]: OVED 26; red/green labels
LP [a]: OVED 26; white/grey labels
1975: Virgin/Nippon Columbia
LP [a]: YX-7090-VR; multi-coloured labels
LP [a]: VIP 4151; green labels
CD [a]: VJCP-2515
Promo-CD [a]: VJCP-2515; same as regular release, but with additional red promo sticker
CD [a]: VJCP-68915; cardboard sleeve, obi
Promo-CD [a]: VJCP-68915; same as regular release, but with additional numbered sticker on rear