Edgar Froese, Chris Franke, Peter Baumann, Florian Fricke, Steve Schroyder, Christian Vallbracht, Jochen von Grumbcow, Hans Joachim Brüne, Johannes Lücke
Edgar Froese, Chris Franke, Peter Baumann
In 1972 the line-up Edgar Froese/Chris Franke/Peter Baumann got down to work on a huge double album called Zeit with Franke and Baumann on VSC3 synthesisers, Froese on Mellotron, organ and guitar, Florian Fricke of Popol Vuh on the big Moog, and four cello players. It was called a "Largo in Four Movements" and was completely experimental.
Edgar Froese: "That was a big step, because that's when I gave up playing the guitar. Peter Baumann joined the band, and Chris didn't want to play drums any more. [...] They [the cellists, ed.] were four students. All they had to play was A-440 and just vary 1/4 tone out of it." (Interview with Neumusik, January 1980)
In October of the same year Tangerine Dream played their shortest gig ever: They had just given up 'normal' instruments (like guitar, drums, bass etc.) and replaced them with self-built electronic equipment. In the Bavarian city of Bayreuth they were booked as a support act for some Blues band to headline the evening. Shortly after they opened the show, juice cans, apples and other waste started flying across the stage. Finally, after 15 minutes the noise from the audience had become much louder than any music played on the stage. TD had to walk off, they did not get paid and thereby learned an early lesson about what was to be an ongoing unattractive relationship between their music and their home country.
15 years later, in 1987, Zeit was released on CD for the first time. While the USA release featured the reworked original cover artwork and the complete music material on two CDs, the UK release had a total different cover design, originating from the boxed set In The Beginning; furthermore the music material was shortened by about two minutes to fit on the CD. Nine years later, in 1996, the CD was re-released again, carefully remastered from the original tapes. The cover artwork was very similar to the original LP cover. The CD booklet features sleeve notes taken from the book "Krautrocksampler" by Julian Cope.
In 2004 the album was re-released in Japan with a cardboard sleeve featuring the exact replica of the original LP sleeves.
A very special edition of Zeit was released in May 2011 by the British Esoteric Records as part of a re-issue of the TD back catalogue of the Pink and Blue Years. The album was released as a double CD, the first disc featuring the original album, while the second one, titled "The Klangwald Performance", is a completely remasterered version of the recording that before had been fan-released as Tangerine Tree Volume 52: Cologne 1972, featuring a concert of almost 80 minutes, supposedly recorded in Cologne in 1972 (though there are some doubts whether this information is correct -- see the remarks for the Tangerine Tree release). That live recording perfectly fits to the mood of Zeit, thus this is a great companion to the studio album and doubles the running time of this unique spacey journey. Like all other re-releases of the Esoteric series, the discs come nicely packaged with a highly informative 16-page booklet, featuring the original artwork, credits, numerous photos and a very well-written essay by TD collector Andy King.
Furthermore, Esoteric released a special package of Zeit as a limited edition of 1,000 copies. Besides the double CD as described above, it contains 2 blue vinyl LPs with the original recording, coming in a full colour gatefold sleeve, a 7" x 7" full colour book (with many more photos) and three postcards (two of them replicating the promo postcards that OHR/Metronome produced in 1972). This release did not go to general distribution but had to be ordered dirctly from Esoteric Records.
In April 2012 the Japanese company Belle Antique re-released the remastered Esoteric version of Zeit as double SHM-CD (Super High Material CD).
2LP [a]: L 45747/8; green labels, foc
2LP [a]: VMD 2221; light-yellow labels, wide single sleeve cover
CD [a]: ESMCD347
2LP [a]: ESDLP347; picture label/white label on each LP
CD [a]: CMRCD490; standard jewel case with additional cardboard wrapper