"Life is pretty simple: You do some stuff. Most fails. Some works. You do more of what works. If it works big, others quickly copy it. Then you do something else. The trick is the doing something else." - Leonardo da Vinci
The Anthology Decades is a compilation of older studio material which has been previously unreleased, though some of the tracks seem to be remixed ('tangentized') or alternate versions of some well-known material: Sunset In The Fifth System obviously bases on an excerpt from Alpha Centauri, Exit To Heaven is very similar to Edinburgh Castle, and Landing On 51 essentially overlays Astral Voyager with some new melody lines. On the other hand, official information from the Tangerine Dream Forum state: "Speculations on so-called 'tangentized' material or the use of some 'overwashed' production methods are completely false. They are compositions out of the 70ies and 80s which have been recorded for the first time or have been taken from Edgar's personal sound library." So the listener may make up his own mind... In any way, the album contains more than enough unheard music to be of interest to any TD fan, especially to those who prefer TD's style of the eighties, as most tracks seem to origin from that time.
The booklet contains some liner notes by a certain Gideon Mckinnley (publisher); an edited version of these were used by the Eastgate Music Shop to advertise the release.
According to the booklet, all tracks have been composed and performed by Edgar Froese and compiled by Bianca Acquaye. Unfortunately, the booklet gives no information about the origin of the compositions at all (but see The Electronic Magic Of Tangerine Dream for further details).
Regarding the initial Eastgate CD release, neither CD nor the paper inserts show any order number or barcode, but the number given below is the order number the Eastgate Music Shop lists this release.
In April 2008 this release became available as MP3 download at the Tangerine Dream Download Shop as well.
The compilation The Electronic Magic Of Tangerine Dream, released later the same year, contains all tracks of this album (except Boat To China) plus a number of additional tracks, some of them previously unreleased.
In September 2009 the album was re-released with different cover design as part of an extensive digipack series (consisting of a total of more than 60 CD and DVD releases) by the Germany based Membran record label.
Given the subtitle of the album, this release was planned to be the first of a series titled The Space Years, but no second volume has been released at time of writing, though in late 2009 a second part was announced by the Membran label in their catalog, but then disappeared again.