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Pilots Of Purple Twilight

The title of this composition most probably originates from the poem 'Locksley Hall' by Alfred Lord Tennyson:

"For I dipt into the future, far as human eye could see,
Saw the vision of the world, and all the wonder that would be;
Saw the heavens fill with commerce, argosies of magic sails,
Pilots of the purple twilight, dropping down with costly bales;
Heard the heavens fill with shouting, and there rain'd a ghastly dew
From the nations' airy navies grappling in the central blue;
Far along the world-wide whisper of the south-wind rushing warm,
With the standards of the peoples plunging thro' the thunder-storm;
Till the war-drum throbb'd no longer, and the battle-flags were furl'd
In the parliament of man, the federation of the world,
There the common sense of most shall hold a fretful realm in awe,
And the kindly earth shall slumber, lapt in universal law."

There are several official versions of this composition:
  • the original studio recording from 1981
  • three live recordings from 1986
  • a remix from 1994


Recording year1981
Composer(s)Edgar Froese, Chris Franke, Johannes Schmoelling


Tangerine Dream: Official Releases
1981Exit [a] 4:19
1994Tangents [a] [Titled Pilots Of Purple][1994 remix]4:49
1999Tangerine Dream [a] 4:17
2000i-Box [a] [1986 live version, wrongly titled Exit (Live)]4:32
2004Ottawa - June 20th 1986 [a] [1986 live version]5:13
2005Cleveland - June 24th 1986 [a] [1986 live version]7:44
2007Cyberjam Collection [a] [1986 live version, wrongly titled Exit]4:34
2012The Virgin Years 1977-1983 [a] 4:21
2015Supernormal - The Australian Concerts 2014 [a] [2014 live version, wrongly titled Exit]4:26
2020Pilots Of Purple Twilight [a] 4:20
Tangerine Dream: Bootlegs
1993Sonambulistic Imagery [a] [1986 live version, part of the track Imagery One]5:20
Sonambulistic Imagery [b] [1986 live version, part of the track Imagery One]5:20
Tangerine Dream: Fan Releases
2003Tangerine Tree Volume 24: Laguna Hills 1986 [a] [1986 live version]5:18
Tangerine Leaves Volume 12: Ottawa 1986 [a] [1986 live version]5:13
2004Tangerine Tree Volume 44: Toronto 1986 [a] [1986 live version]5:17
2005Tangerine Tree Volume 68: Montreal 1986 [a] [1986 live version]5:00
Tangerine Leaves Volume 42: Providence 1986 [a] [1986 live version]4:30
Tangerine Leaves Volume 63: Portland 1986 [a] [1986 live version]4:38
2006Tangerine Leaves Volume 72: Washington 1986 [a] [1986 live version]5:15
Tangerine Leaves Volume 80: Denver 1986 [a] [1986 live version]4:48

Live Performances

1986May 30 - Jun 29North America Tour 1986


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