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Tangerine Dream

220 Volt Live

- Live/Studio, released 1993 -


CD release USA 1993

Japan release USA 1993 with obi

CD release Germany 1999
Design: Edgar Froese

CD release Germany 2009


1.Oriental Haze [1992 live version]6:52
2.Two Bunch Palms [1992 live version]5:48
3.220 Volt [1992 live version]9:02
4.Homeless [1992 live version]9:51
5.Sundance Kid [1992 live version]8:04
6.Backstreet Hero [1992 live version]8:49
7.The Blue Bridge [1992 live version]4:47
8.Hamlet [1992 live version]8:30
9.Dreamtime [1992 live version]3:48
10.Purple Haze [1992 live version]3:35
11.Treasure Of Innocence 3:37
Total running time72:43


Recording date1992
Recording engineer(s)Edgar Froese, Jerome Froese (under the pseudonym 'Ed Jefro')
Composer(s)Edgar Froese, Jerome Froese, Jimi Hendrix
Musician(s)Edgar Froese, Jerome Froese, Linda Spa, Zlatko Perica
Producer(s)Edgar Froese


"The best rulers are barely known to men.
The next best are charished and extolled.
The lesser are feared, and the least are scorned.
Distrust cannot summon trust.
The Sage acts without words
And the people take all for granted."

- Lao Tse Tao Teh King


Besides Livemiles, which had been completely remixed in studio, the 1993 album 220 Volt Live was TD's first real live recording since Poland, nine years ago. The album was recorded during the 1992 US tour and features more than 70 minutes of music, all compositions being previously unreleased with the exception Oriental Haze -- a studio version of this appears on Rockoon Special Edition (1992).


The music on 220 Volt Live is some of the most rock-oriented music the band has ever put out on record. Zlatko Perica on guitar plays a very prominent part, and on several tracks the rest of Tangerine Dream almost seems to be his backing group, supplying a solid background of firm sequencers and drum beats. As a special encore TD even had played Jimi Hendrix' rock composition Purple Haze. With this track TD got nominated for a Grammy Award in 1994 in the category of the best rock-instrumental.


Like most of Tangerine Dream's official live albums before, the music was slightly remixed for the album release. Furthermore the sequence of the tracks on this album differs from the concert, and several well-known compositions -- most of them from the previous studio albums Melrose (1990) and Rockoon (1992) -- that were played during the gigs have not been released on 220 Volt Live. On the other hand, the composition Treasure Of Innocence was not played live at all: It is a studio track, specially composed for release on this album. A complete, excellent recording of one of the gigs during the 1992 tour has finally been released in 2004 as Arizona Live.




In 1999, 220 Volt Live was re-released on TD's own record label TDI with a totally new cover artwork done by Edgar Froese. Remastered by Jerome Froese, the sound quality of this re-release is largely enhanced compared to the original Miramar version.


In March 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.


1993: Miramar/BMG
CD: MPCD 2804
1994: Miramar/In-Akustik
CD: 053-2804
1999: TDI/EFA
CD: 63018-2
2009: Membran
CD: 232650; digipack
1993: Miramar/ATOSS
CD: ATAC-020; same as regular US release with additional OBI
1993: Miramar
CD: MPCD 2804
220 Volt Live was also released as part of the set The Grammy Nominated Albums.

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