In summer 1976 Peter Baumann recorded his first solo album Romance 76, being quite different from TD's music of that period. That year Virgin had re-released the early TD records Electronic Meditation (1970), Alpha Centauri (1971), Zeit (1972) and Atem (1973), but the most important news was the August recording of Stratosfear (note the play on words!) at Audio Studios in Berlin. Besides the well-known instrumentation of mellotron and moog synthesisers, Tangerine Dream surprised their listeners with their use of acoustic instruments like harpsichord, acoustic guitars, grand piano and mouth organ. On the other hand, Peter Baumann used a new Project electronic rhythm computer which gave the percussive sequences a very dry, precise finish.
According to Edgar Froese, Stratosfear was the most complicated and nerve-wrecking of any TD production, as there were lots of technical problems with the equipment as well as a number of musical problems amongst the group about which tracks were to be chosen.
In 1984 the album was released on CD for the first time as part of a series by Virgin. With the exception of Exit, all releases of this series had a similar cover design, using only part of the original artwork in a monochrome border that featured the band and album title.
In 1995 Virgin re-released the album on CD in the so-called "Definitive Edition" series, featuring the original front cover artwork, but like most of the other releases of this series, it contains some little errors: The third track is misspelled 3AM At The Border Of The Marsh on the CD body, and Peter Baumann's name is misspelled Baummann in the booklet.
In 2009 the album was re-released in Japan with a cardboard sleeve featuring the exact replica of the original LP sleeve.
In 2011 the album was re-released as part of the compilation box The Virgin Years 1974-1978, and in 2012 it was re-released on vinyl.
Promo-LP: L 36052; multi-coloured labels, foc, sticker
LP: L 36052; multi-coloured labels, foc
LP: L 36052; green labels, foc
LP: 28 146; multi-coloured labels, foc
LP: 9124 135; red labels
LP: V 2068; multi-coloured labels, foc
LP: V 2068; red/green labels, foc
Promo-LP: V 2068; red labels with white stripes, gsc
LP: V 2068; red labels with white stripes
CD: 840 065-2
CD: 840 065-2; identical to UK version from 1995
2012: EMI Virgin
LP: VR 2068; multi-coloured labels; black inner sleeve; foc
LP: 940 533; multi-coloured labels, foc
LP: 2473 721; green labels with printing 'Made in France', foc
LP: 2473 721; green labels with printing 'Fabrique en France', foc
LP: 2473 721; black/silver labels, foc
LP: 2473 721; red/silver labels, foc
LP: 202 621; red/green labels, foc
LP: 70 040; red/green labels, foc
CD: CDV 2068; identical to UK version from 1984
LP: 28 146; green labels, foc
LP: 28 146; red/green labels, foc
LP: 28 146; red/green labels
LP: 28 146; white/gray labels
LP: 652 909; silver labels; this is a club edition
CD: 610 326; identical to UK version from 1984 with the German order number on a sticker fixed on the jewel case
CD: 786 092-2
LP: 062-VG 50054; red/green labels
LP: 2J 064-98572; multi-coloured labels, foc
LP: 2473 721; red/green labels
1976: Virgin/General Music
LP: BAN 2068; red/green labels
LP: VIL 12068; multi-coloured labels, foc
LP: VIL 12068; red/green labels, foc
LP: OVED 70; red/green labels, foc
LP: OVED 70; white/gray labels, foc
1977: Virgin/Nippon Columbia
Promo-LP: YX-7141-VR; green promo labels, foc, some copies include a poster and insert
LP: YX-7141-VR; green labels, foc; the first 10,000 copies included a poster
LP: VIP 4152; green labels
CD: VJCP-2516; some with wrapper 'British Rock History on CD'
Promo-CD: VJCP-2516; same as regular release, but with additional red promo sticker
CD: VJCP-68916; cardboard sleeve, obi
Promo-CD: VJCP-68916; same as regular release, but with additional numbered sticker on rear