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Stuntman

by Edgar Froese

- Studio, released October 1979 -

Covers


CD release UK 1988
Photo: Monika Froese

CD release Germany 2005
Artwork: Edgar Froese

Download release 2007
Artwork: Edgar Froese

CD release Japan 2009
Design: Edgar Froese
Photo: Monika Froese


Tracks

[a]
1.Stuntman 4:13
2.It Would Be Like Samoa 10:40
3.Detroit Snackbar Dreamer 6:26
4.Drunken Mozart In The Desert 9:55
5.A Dali-esque Sleep Fuse 8:26
6.Scarlet Score For Mescalero 4:12
Total running time43:52
[b]
1.Stuntman [1995 remix]4:15
2.It Would Be Like Samoa [2005 remix]10:48
3.Detroit Snackbar Dreamer [1995 remix]6:36
4.Drunken Mozart In The Desert [1995 remix]9:35
5.A Dali-esque Sleep Fuse [2005 remix]8:42
6.Scarlet Score For Mescalero [1995 remix]4:55
Total running time44:51


Details

Recording dateSummer 1979
Recording site(s)Amber Studios (Berlin)
Recording engineer(s)Edgar Froese
Composer(s)Edgar Froese
Musician(s)Edgar Froese
Producer(s)Edgar Froese


Notes

For his 1979 album Stuntman Edgar Froese used for the first time digital sounds, wave tables created by the German angineer Wolfgang Palm from Hamburg, based on the analysis of waveforms.

 


In 2005 a reworked version of Stuntman has been released by Edgar Froese. All tracks have been 'tangentized', that is, remixed and partially re-recorded, though the differences to the original releases are not as distinct as on the re-releases of the earlier albums up to Ages -- which is not surprising as according to interviews Edgar Froese was very pleased with the original album. Four of these remixes appear to be identical to the versions that have previously been released as part of Beyond The Storm or the Ambient Highway series, while the other compositions, It Would Be Like Samoa and A Dali-esque Sleep Fuse, had not been remixed previously. As always, it is left to the subjective opinion of the listener whether he prefers the original or the new versions. Though the inner page of the 2-page insert clearly states that the album contains new recordings, this fact is not recognizable from the outside.

 


Like on all releases since 2003, the artist's name now includes his middle initial W. on the cover and in the credits. The early cover previews of the forthcoming 2005 re-releases used an identical style of artwork, featuring the same typeface and the reduced original artwork (or an excerpt of it) in a monochrome, wide frame, which made these re-releases some kind a of series. Of the final releases only Ages and, to a certain degree, Epsilon In Malaysian Pale used this artwork style. The re-release of Stuntman now features a completely new design using some collage-esque artwork and abstract shapes by Edgar Froese instead of the original photo by his wife Monika, though the shapes clearly resemble the helmet of the original cover. 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. Copies sold in the UK have been found with an additional barcode sticker showing the TDP number listed below.

 


The Eastgate Music Shop about the CD re-release"Re-recordings mixed with new arrangements of one of the Edgar W. Froese's all time classic. At a time when electronic high tech computer equipment was still in its infancy, Edgar managed to create a wall of new sounds most people never heard of before. It is the beauty of these sound textures and melodies which makes this record a must for every TD and Edgar W. Froese fan."

 


In January 2007 this release became available as MP3 download at the Tangerine Dream Download Shop.

 


In June 2009 Stuntman was re-released in Japan as part of a series of HiQualityCDs with mini LP paper sleeves featuring a completely different artwork (re-using the original cover photo) and leaving out Edgar Froese's middle initial again.

 


In 2012 the original album was re-released as part of the compilation box Solo (1974-1983) - The Virgin Years.


Releases

Australia
1979: Virgin
LP [a]: L 37134; red/green labels
Benelux
1979: Virgin/Ariola
LP [a]: 201 036; red/green labels
Finland
1979: Virgin/Polarvox
LP [a]: V 2139
France
1979: Virgin/Polydor
LP [a]: 2933 789; red/silver labels
LP [a]: 2933 789; black/silver labels
19??: Virgin/Eurodisc/Arabella
LP [a]: 201 036; red/green labels
Germany
1979: Virgin/Ariola
LP [a]: 201 036; red/green labels; some copies with sticker
1988: Virgin/Ariola
CD [a]: 251 036; identical to UK version; sticker with German number on jewel case
1993: Virgin
CD [a]: 787 218-2
2005: Eastgate
CD [b]: eastgate 006 CD; green/white disc; matrix code: 49006
Italy
1979: Virgin/Dischi
LP [a]: VIL 12139; red/green labels
Japan
1979: Virgin/Victor
LP [a]: VIP 4102; green labels
2009: WHD Entertainment
HQCD [b]: IECP-10186; cardboard sleeve, obi; limited edition
Promo-HQCD [b]: IECP-10186; same as regular release, but with additional red promo sticker
New Zealand
1979: Virgin/RTC
LP [a]: V 2139; red/green labels
South Korea
1985: Virgin/Yeh Eum
LP [a]: YVPL-055; red/green labels
Spain
1979: Virgin/Ariola
LP [a]: I 201 036; red/green labels
UK
1979: Virgin
LP [a]: V 2139; red/green labels
1984: Virgin
LP [a]: OVED 21; red/green labels
1988: Virgin
CD [a]: CDV 2139
2005: Eastgate/TDP
CD [b]: TDP CD012
USA
1979: Virgin/JEM
Promo-LP [a]: VI 2139; skin-coloured labels; sticker on cover
LP [a]: VI 2139; skin-coloured labels
1988: Caroline
CD [a]: CAROL CD 1628
Worldwide
2007: Tangerine Dream Download Shop
Download [b]: complete release or individual tracks as MP3
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