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Tangerine Dream

Tangram

- Studio, released May 1980 -

Covers


CD release UK 1984 (red)
Photo: Monika Froese

CD release UK 1984 (purple)
Photo: Monika Froese

CD release Europe 1995
Photo & Design: Monika Froese


Tracks

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1.Tangram Set One 19:47
2.Tangram Set Two 20:28
Total running time40:15


Details

Recording date1980
Recording site(s)Polygon Studios (Berlin)
Composer(s)Edgar Froese, Chris Franke, Johannes Schmoelling
Musician(s)Edgar Froese, Chris Franke, Johannes Schmoelling
Producer(s)Edgar Froese, Chris Franke


Notes

In 1979 Edgar Froese met Johannes Schmoelling, who joined Tangerine Dream to reestablish the trio status of the group. This lineup would come to be regarded by many fans as the strongest in the band's history. The first record project of the new line-up was Tangram (the title originating from a very old Chinese puzzle), released in the spring of 1980. It was recorded in Chris Franke's new Polygon studio complex in Berlin, and once again the music filled up two complete sides of an LP and had a warmer, almost symphonic sound than previous TD albums. Tangram is regarded to be one of the most dramatic albums ever released by the group. The mixture of smoothness with familiar TD elements landed the album in the British Top 40.

 


In 1995 Virgin re-released the album on CD in the so-called "Definitive Edition" series, featuring the original front cover artwork. The sound quality of this release, using the Super Bit Mapping technology, is probably the best up to now, but like most of the other releases of this series, it contains some little errors: Peter Baumann's name is misspelled Baummann in the booklet; the spelling is correct on the backside insert, but anyway this is the wrong place: Johannes Schmoelling should appear as composer instead of Peter Baumann.

 


In 2008 a completely reworked version of this album has been released as Tangram 2008.

 


In 2012 the original album was re-released as part of the compilation box The Virgin Years 1977-1983.


Releases

Australia
1980: Virgin/CBS
Promo-LP: V 2147; white promo labels, gsc
LP: V 2147; red/green labels
Promo-LP: L 37268; white/red picture labels with Tangram symbol and sticker
LP: L 37268; white/red picture labels with Tangram symbol
Benelux
1980: Virgin/Ariola
LP: 202 169; yellow/red picture labels with Tangram symbol
LP: 202 169; white/red picture labels with Tangram symbol
Canada
1980: Virgin/Polygram
LP: VL 2205; red/green labels
198?: Virgin
LP: VL 2205; red/white labels
1995: Virgin/EMI
CD: 840 263-2
Europe
1995: Virgin
CD: 840 263-2; identical to UK version from 1995
Finland
1980: Virgin/Polarvox
LP: V 2147; white/red picture labels with Tangram symbol and sticker
LP: V 2147; red/green labels
France
1980: Virgin/Polydor
LP: 2473 756; black/silver labels
1981: Virgin
LP: 202 169; red/green labels
1984: Virgin
CD: CDV 2147; identical to UK version from 1984
Germany
1980: Virgin/Ariola
Promo-LP: 202 169; white/red picture labels with Tangram symbol, insert
LP: 202 169; white/red picture labels with Tangram symbol, coloured picture inner sleeve with Tangram photos
LP: 202 169; white/red picture labels with Tangram symbol, black/white picture inner sleeve with Tangram photos
LP: 202 169; red/green labels, white inner sleeve
1984: Virgin/Ariola
CD: 610 380; identical to UK version from 1984 with the German order number on a sticker fixed on the jewel case
1993: Virgin
CD: 786 681-2
Greece
198?: Virgin/Polygram
LP: 2473 756; red/green labels
Israel
1980: Virgin/General Music
LP: BAN 2137; two green of the red/green labels
Italy
1980: Virgin/Dischi
LP: VIL 12154; red/green labels
198?: Virgin/Dischi
LP: OVED 112; red/green labels
Japan
1980: Virgin/Victor
Promo-LP: VIP 6957; white promo labels
LP: VIP 6957; red/green labels
1990: Virgin
CD: VJCP-2519
Promo-CD: VJCP-2519; same as regular release, but with additional red promo sticker
New Zealand
1980: Virgin/RTC
LP: V 2147; red/green labels
Portugal
1980: Virgin/VADECA
LP: VV-33054Y; white/red picture labels with Tangram symbol
Russia
1997?: Spurk
Counterfeit-CD: UL 98411; white/black disc
Spain
1980: Virgin/Ariola
LP: I 202 169; white/red picture labels with Tangram symbol, cover stating release year 1978 (sic!)
LP: I 202 169; white/red picture labels with Tangram symbol, cover stating release year 1980
1981: Virgin/Ariola
LP: I 202 169; white/red picture labels with Tangram symbol, cover stating release year 1981
UK
1980: Virgin
LP: V 2147; white/red picture labels with Tangram symbol
1984: Virgin
CD: CDV 2147; red insert and booklet
CD: CDV 2147; purple (maybe a printing error) insert and booklet
1985: Virgin
LP: OVED 112; red/green labels
LP: OVED 112; white/gray labels
1995: Virgin
CD: TAND 11
USA
1980: Virgin/JEM
Promo-LP: VI 2147; skin coloured labels, cover with promo sticker
LP: VI 2147; skin coloured labels
1991: Caroline
CD: CAROL 1805-2; purple insert and booklet; matrix code: 1805 (V) Mastered by Nimbus
1995: Caroline
CD: CAROL 1805-2; purple insert and booklet; matrix code: 1805 01 02-03-95 SP 1-1-2 EMI JAX
1997: Caroline
CD: CAROL 1805-2
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