Tangerine Dream - Fan Releases
The Tangerine Tree was a worldwide fan project which had been launched in December 2001 by some members of the Tangerine Dream Mailing List. The purpose of this project was to release unofficial Tangerine Dream recordings in the best possible sound quality by using only master tapes or low generation sources of each concert recording. The source material (audience, soundboard or broadcast recordings) came from the most authoritive TD collectors worldwide. The sound quality of each recording got enhanced by people which are considered to be real experts in remastering. This project operated on a strictly non-profit basis (this is why "never sell or buy - trade freely" is stated on the back cover of each artwork). Everyone can trade for discs by either sending blank CD-Rs to the sender in advance, or by covering the costs in other ways. These basic rules distinguish this fan project from 'regular' bootlegs which are released most often by people who want to make easy money from other people's work and who do not care about quality.
Ten sets of the Tangerine Tree have seen the light of day:
- Tangerine Tree I:
Volumes 1 to 8 (incl. 10 CD-Rs), released in February 2002
- Tangerine Tree II:
Volumes 9 to 16 (incl. 14 CD-Rs), released in July 2002
- Tangerine Tree III:
Volumes 17 to 26 (incl. 17 CD-Rs), released in January 2003
- Tangerine Tree IV:
Volumes 27 to 37 (incl. 20 CD-Rs), released in August 2003
- Tangerine Tree V:
Volumes 38 to 48 (incl. 20 CD-Rs), released in April 2004
- Tangerine Tree VI:
Volumes 49 to 61 (incl. 19 CD-Rs), released in August 2004.
- Tangerine Tree VII:
Volumes 62 to 71 (incl. 18 CD-Rs), released in August 2005.
- Tangerine Tree VIII:
Volumes 72 to 79 (incl. 14 CD-Rs, plus 5 CD-Rs replacing discs of former volumes), released in November 2005.
- Tangerine Tree IX:
Volumes 80 to 87 (incl. 11 CD-Rs, plus 6 CD-Rs replacing discs of former volumes), released in March 2006.
- Tangerine Tree X:
Volumes 88 to 92 (incl. 9 CD-Rs, plus 5 CD-Rs replacing discs of former volumes), released in September 2006.
Tangerine Leaves was a side-project of the tree. It was aimed at the die-hard collectors and consists of concert recordings of lesser sound quality than those usually found in the Tangerine Tree. It also covers additional performances from tours where the band played a prepared setlist with little or no improvisation.
Seven sets of Tangerine Leaves have been released:
- Tangerine Leaves I:
Volume 1 to 12 (incl. 21 CD-Rs), released in May 2003
- Tangerine Leaves II:
Volume 13 to 27 (incl. 25 CD-Rs), released in December 2003
- Tangerine Leaves III:
Volume 28 to 40 (incl. 22 CD-Rs), released in January 2005
- Tangerine Leaves IV:
Volume 41 to 53 (incl. 24 CD-Rs), released in August 2005
- Tangerine Leaves V:
Volumes 54 to 66 (incl. 21 CD-Rs, plus 2 CD-Rs replacing discs of a former volume), released in November 2005.
- Tangerine Leaves VI:
Volumes 67 to 78 (incl. 22 CD-Rs), released in March 2006.
- Tangerine Leaves VII:
Volumes 79 to 91 (incl. 24 CD-Rs), released in September 2006.
In October 2006, after almost five busy years, the Tangerine Tree (as well as the Tangerine Leaves) project was officially ceased due to personal and legal reasons, so no more sets will be released.
For all concerts released as part of this fan project, please refer to the Chronological Concert Listing.
Each volume of Tangerine Tree and Tangerine Leaves has individual high quality cover artwork and label stickers that can be downloaded from the internet for free.