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Springtime In Nagasaki

Part One From The Five Atomic Seasons

- Studio, released April 2007 -


CD release Germany 2007
Artwork: Edgar Froese & Bianca Froese-Acquaye

Download release 2007
Artwork: Edgar Froese & Bianca Froese-Acquaye

HQCD release Japan 2009 with obi

CD release Germany 2009



Recording dateFebruary 2007
Recording site(s)Eastgate Studios (Vienna)
Recording engineer(s)Christian Gstettner & Gerd Palkovits
Composer(s)Edgar Froese, Thorsten Quaeschning
Musician(s)Edgar Froese, Thorsten Quaeschning
Producer(s)Edgar Froese


Without much prior announcement, fans were surprised in early 2007 by Springtime In Nagasaki, a new release by Tangerine Dream.


This is the first album of the 'Five Atomic Seasons' cycle by Tangerine Dream that includes the following albums:



The Eastgate Music Shop about the CD release"In November 2006 TD got the offer from a Japanese Business Manager, who turned 82 last year, to compose and record the so-called 'Five Atomic Seasons'. As it was clear that this was a real serious assignment, TD were told that the person who ordered the composition did study during his youth in the two cities which had been destroyed by atomic bombardments back in 1945, Nagasaki and Hiroshima. The five compositions had to be in length 54 minutes each. Part one and two -- Spring and Summer 1945 -- the client spent living in Nagasaki, while he lived in Hiroshima in Autumn and Winter of 1945, where he survived one of the most lunatic and barbarian war crimes ever done by mankind. Spring and Summer will describe the normal atmosphere in a Japanese city with some of the rising premonitions of what will happen on August 9th 1945. Autumn and Winter in Hiroshima will musically mirror what happened after August 6th 1945. The Fifth Season supposes to be the 'time after', the so-called 'endless season'."


The six compositions float seamlessly one into the other; three of them are composed by Edgar Froese, the other three by Thorsten Quaeschning. According to the album's theme, Springtime In Nagasaki has a somewhat dark mood, stylistic it is much more a 'classic' TD album, quite different to Madcap's Flaming Duty, which can be regarded as the 'major' TD release of the year.


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.


According to information from the Eastgate Music shop, Springtime In Nagasaki is a limited pressing, but the number of copies is unknown at time of writing.


In June 2007 this release became available as MP3 download at the Tangerine Dream Download Shop.


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, and in May 2009 it was re-released in Japan as part of a series of HiQualityCDs with mini LP paper sleeves.


2007: Eastgate
CD: eastgate 014 CD; blue/white disc; matrix code: EMX70301
Download: complete release or individual tracks as MP3
2009: Membran
CD: 232607; digipack
2009: WHD Entertainment
HQCD: IECP-10172; cardboard sleeve, obi; limited edition
Promo-HQCD: IECP-10172; same as regular release, but with additional red promo sticker
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