Peter Baumann, Members of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by H. Baumann
Peter Baumann's first solo album, Romance 76, was released in 1976, while he was still a member of Tangerine Dream.
The first three tracks (forming side one of the original vinyl release) are stylistically quite similar to the music that can be heard on TD's albums Stratosfear (1976) and Sorcerer (1977). Listening to these solo tracks its quite easy to notice Peter Baumann's contribution to those TD records -- including the particular high frequency beat and the melodic and rhythmic keyboards patterns.
The latter three tracks are quite more experimental, forming an epic, orchestrated suite: the arrangements consist mainly of floating female vocal, string, and flute sounds, incorporating the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir. Atonal voices, spare electronics, and driving percussion all combine into an eerie neo-classical experiment more suitable for the soundtrack of an imaginary sci-fi movie. Peter Baumann did not pursue anything similar on his subsequent albums.
A CD version of Romance 76 was finally released in 1990 but went out-of-print only a few years later and is now a very rare item to find.
Finally, in May 2016 the album has been remastered and then re-released by the UK based Reactive Esoteric label, the booklet featuring the original artwork and a new essay. Later the same year, the German Bureau B label, who had previously issued the 2016 album Machines Of Desire, re-released the Romance 76 both on CD and vinyl.
2016: Esoteric Reactive
CD: EREACD 1035
LP: 2473 713; black/silver labels
LP: 2473 713; green labels
LP: 2473 713; blue Virgin labels; sticker 'PETER BAUMANN / de / Tangerine Dream / premier album solo / no 2473 713' on cover
LP: 202 708; red/green labels
LP: 28 311 XOT; green labels
LP: 28 311 XOT; red/green labels
CD: 260 975
2016: Bureau B
CD: BB 250
LP: BB 250
LP: 14C 062-98896; multi-coloured labels
LP: VIL 12069; red/green labels
Promo-LP: YX-7173-VR; green labels with Kanji promotional symbols, insert, obi
LP: YX-7173-VR; green labels, insert, obi
Promo-LP: VIP-6917; white promo labels with Kanji promotional symbols, insert, obi
LP: VIP-6917; green labels, insert, obi
LP: 5028 311; red/green labels
LP: 28 311-I; multi-coloured labels
LP: 28 311-I; light green labels
LP: V 2069; green labels, black paper and plastic inner sleeve
LP: OVED 197; red/green labels
CD: CDV 2069
Promo-LP: PZ 34897; gsc with DJ timing strip on front cover, multi-coloured labels, purple sticker on front cover, insert
Promo-LP: PZ 34897; gsc with DJ timing strip on front cover, black/white labels, purple sticker on front cover, insert
LP: PZ 34897; multi-coloured labels, purple sticker on front cover