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Tangerine Dream


- Soundtrack, released 1977 -


CD release USA 1993

Counterfeit-CD release Russia 1997?

Counterfeit-CD release Russia 1997?

CD release Europe 2012


1.Main Title 5:33
2.Search 2:58
3.The Call 2:10
4.Creation 5:02
5.Vengeance 5:35
6.The Journey 2:02
7.Grind 3:00
8.Rain Forest 2:41
9.Abyss 7:13
10.The Mountain Road 2:00
11.Impressions Of Sorcerer 2:57
12.Betrayal (Sorcerer Theme) 3:44
Total running time44:55


Recording date1977
Composer(s)Edgar Froese, Chris Franke, Peter Baumann
Musician(s)Edgar Froese, Chris Franke, Peter Baumann
Producer(s)Edgar Froese, Chris Franke, Peter Baumann


"In the bottomless silence. Without warning
A curtain slowly ascends revealing
A midnight dawn. A whisper of chill wind
And white sun eclipsed by pale yellow moon.

Rumor of distant thunder trembles along the
edge of a galaxy
Cascading down infinite corridors of burning
mirrors reflecting and rereflecting
momentous oceans of stampeding
wild horses.
Glass shatters, shrieks and spins away
becoming clusters of starfall that scatter
from hidden places. Pulsating. Relentless
like a recurring nightmare.

Centaurs throb within the blood crossing
arteries of storming cavalries that
crash though the top of your head
Recycle and recur
Again and again
Reminding of white suns eclipsing oceans of
stars shrieking through the midnight dawn.
Never ending. Without warning."

- William Friedkin


After the European tour in 1976 Tangerine Dream started to work on a soundtrack for William Friedkin, the director of "The French Connection" and "The Exorcist". Sorcerer was a remake of Clouzot's "The Wages Of Fear" from 1953 about a risky truck transport, featuring now Roy Scheider, Bruno Cremer, Francisco Rabal, Amidou and Ramon Bieri. William Friedkin had decided to make a film around whatever music TD would produce.


More information about this movie is available at The Internet Movie Database.


Chris Franke remembers: "William Friedkin had heard our music in Los Angeles. He rang up and said he liked it, that it was innovative and new, and that he'd like to do a film with it. He was interested in having the music playing for the actors on set. We felt very independent from all of this as the music was created with us in a room in Berlin, with an eight-track tape recorder and the script."


And Edgar Froese later recalled: "The Sorcerer soundtrack was recorded on an old eight-track Ampex tape machine in Berlin. It was one of the four machines that were in Abbey Road Studios in London, which were sold after the Beatles era. We had rented an old movie theatre in Berlin and made a small studio out of it. The Moog was very useful, and by this stage we were quite versed in its use. We also used a Fender Rhodes piano, guitars, and even Revox tape machines as delay units."


From the original liner notes by William Friedkin:"I first heard Tangerine Dream while in Munich for the opening of 'The Exorcist'. Had I heard them sooner I would have asked them to score that film. A year later, we met in Paris. I told them the story of the film and gave them a script. It took more than two years to make Sorcerer. One day in the middle of a primeval forest in the Dominican Republic, about six months into shooting, a tape arrived from the Dream, containing ninety minutes of musical impressions. It is from this tape that the film has been scored, though the musicians had not then nor even now as this is written seen any of the footage. Yet somehow they were able to capture and enhance every nuance of each moment where the music is heard. The film and the score are inseparable."


According to the original cover, TD used the following equipment:
  • Edgar Froese: Fender Stratocaster & Gibson Les Paul Custom Guitars, Twin keyboard Mellotron Mark V, Steinway Grand Piano, Oberheim Polyphonic Synthesizer, ARP Omni String Synthesizer, PPG Synthesizer, Modified Moog Synthesizer
  • Chris Franke: Moog Modular Synthesizer, Projekt Electronic Sequencer, Computerstudio Digital Sequencer, Mellotron, ARP Soloist Synthesizer, Elka String Synthesizer, Oberheim Sequencer
  • Peter Baumann: Projekt Electronic Modular Synthesizer, Projekt Electronik Sequencer, Fender Rhodes Piano, ARP Soloist Synthesizer, Mellotron


Though the film was no great success, the soundtrack went Top 25 in the UK charts and was a milestone in TD's future career as film composers.


Backtracking with Tangerine Dream

Edgar Froese: "This was the first time we'd been asked to do a movie soundtrack. William Friedkin, who produced 'The Exorcist', just gave us the script and told us to write music. The film hadn't even begun shooting! We were astonished, but some of it worked well, some of it didn't."

Chris Franke: "Making a film soundtrack is different from recording a studio album. You have to follow ideas of characters, plot, action, the meaning behind the film. You have to take into account the feeling of the producer and director."

(Interview with Johnny Black, thisBEAT, issue 17, April 1986)


Fans had to wait nearly 16 years to get a CD release of the soundtrack. Finally, after several delays, it was released in early 1993.


In February 2012 the album was re-released by Esoteric Records on their Reactive label as part of a partial re-issue of the TD back catalog. The album was completely remastered and comes with a nice 16-page booklet including numerous photos plus an essay written by journalist Malcolm Dome. Unlike most of the albums of this re-release series, Sorcerer comes without any bonus track.


LP: MCA 2277; black rainbow labels
197?: MCA
LP: 4C 064-99194; black rainbow labels
LP: 4C 064-99194; brown labels
1980: MCA/Ariola
LP: 201 315; black rainbow labels
197?: MCA
LP: MCA 2277; black rainbow labels
2012: Reactive/Esoteric
CD: EREACD 1023; multicoloured discs
1977: MCA/CPF
LP: 414 012; black rainbow labels
1977: MCA
LP: 0062.085; black rainbow labels
LP: 62.085; black rainbow labels
LP: 250 451-1; blue rainbow labels
1980: MCA/Ariola
LP: 201 315; black rainbow labels
LP: 201 315; blue rainbow labels
1993: MCA
CD: MCD 10842
197?: MCA
LP: 14C 062-99194; black rainbow labels
Hong Kong
1977: MCA/Chiang Huat
LP: MCF 2806; blue rainbow labels
1977: MCA/Dischi
LP: 4002 (MCA-2277); black rainbow labels, cover with imprint "Il Salario Della Paura"
LP: 4002 (MCA-2277); black rainbow labels
1977: MCA/Virgin
Promo-LP: VIM-6149; white promo labels
LP: VIM-6149; black rainbow labels
1977: MCA/EMI-Bovema
LP: 5C 062-99194; black rainbow labels
New Zealand
1977: MCA/Phonogram
LP: MCA 2277; black rainbow labels
1977: MCA/Phonogram
LP: 6328 837; light brown labels
1997?: CD Media
Counterfeit-CD: 501997; silver/black/blue disc; booklet with subtitle misspelled "MUSIK..." instead of "MUSIC..."
Counterfeit-CD: 501997; silver/black/blue disc; insert without subtitle; see-through jewel case spine
1977: MCA/Fonogram
LP: 6328 837; black rainbow labels
1980: MCA/Ariola
LP: I-201 315; black rainbow labels
LP: LB 250 451-1; blue rainbow labels
1984: MCA/WEA/Ariola
LP: LB 250 451-1; blue rainbow labels
1977: MCA/EMI
Promo-LP: MCF 2806; black rainbow labels, promo sticker
LP: MCF 2806; black rainbow labels
1982: MCA
LP: MCL 1646; blue rainbow labels with title misspelled as 'THE SCORCHER'
LP: MCL 1646; blue rainbow labels with correct title
1993: MCA
CD: MCLD 19159
2002: MCA/Spectrum/Universal
CD: MCAD 10842
1977: MCA
Promo-LP: MCA 2277; black rainbow labels, promo sticker
LP: MCA 2277; black rainbow labels
8 track tape: T 2277
1993: MCA
CD: MCAD 10842
1981: Beograd Disk
LP: LPS-1031; orange labels
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