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Tangerine Dream

Under Cover

Chapter One

- Studio, released December 2010 -


CD release Germany 2010
Photo: Ralf Strathmann
Artwork: Edgar Froese & Bianca Froese-Acquaye
Note: Part of the printing is almost invisible on this scan due to its reflective nature.

Download release 2010
Photo: Ralf Strathmann
Artwork: Edgar Froese & Bianca Froese-Acquaye

CD release USA 2012
Photo: Ralf Strathmann
Artwork: Edgar Froese & Bianca Froese-Acquaye


1.Cry Little Sister 5:40
2.Everybody Hurts 5:06
3.Precious 4:20
4.Space Oddity 5:34
5.The Model 5:30
6.Wicked Game 4:28
7.Hotel California 7:39
8.Suzanne 5:23
9.Heroes 4:35
10.Forever Young 5:40
11.Iris 4:08
12.Norwegian Wood [2010 live version]5:33
13.Hallelujah 6:19
14.Wish You Were Here 6:53
Total running time76:48


Recording date2010
Recording site(s)Eastgate Studios (Vienna)
Recording engineer(s)Edgar Froese, Thorsten Quaeschning
Composer(s)Michael Mainieri & Gerard McMahon; Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Michael Mills & Michael Stipe; Martin Gore; David Bowie; Ralf Hütter, Emil Schult & Karl Bartos; Chris Isaak; Don Henley, Glenn Frey & Don Felder; Leonard Cohen; Brian Eno; Marian Gold, Bernhard Lloyd, Frank Mertens; John Rzeznik; John Lennon & Paul McCartney; David Gilmour & Roger Waters
Musician(s)Edgar Froese, Thorsten Quaeschning, Linda Spa, Iris Camaa, Bernhard Beibl, Christian Hausl
Producer(s)Edgar Froese


"Music, once admitted to the soul, becomes a sort of spirit, and never dies.
It wanders pertubedly through the halls and galleries of the memory,
and is often heard again, distinct and living as when it first displayed the wavelets of the air."

- Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton


Under Cover, though regarded a 'just-for-fun' project by Tangerine Dream themselves might become TD's most controversial album of recent years -- using vocals once more and being the first album consisting of only cover versions of well-known rock and pop songs. TD have done a handful of cover versions over the years, but most of them instrumental versions mostly played as encores during their concerts, including Jimi Hendrix' Purple Haze or The Beatles' Eleanor Rigby, Back In The U.S.S.R. and Tomorrow Never Knows.


The compositions, originally interpreted by international renowned artists like R.E.M., David Bowie, Kraftwerk, The Eagles or Pink Floyd were re-arranged and performed by TD's current live line-up, supported on eight tracks by vocalist Christian Hausl who already had performed with TD on Madcap's Flaming Duty (2007).


Each band member had the choice to select three songs to be recorded; according to the booklet they chose:
  • Edgar Froese: Everybody Hurts, Space Oddity, Heroes
  • Thorsten Quaeschning: Cry Little Sister, Precious, Hallelujah
  • Linda Spa: The Model, Suzanne, Forever Young
  • Iris Camaa: Wicked Game, Hotel California, Iris (sic!)
  • Bernhard Beibl: Norwegian Wood, Wish You Were Here


Given the subtitle 'Chapter One' there might be the intention to release another album of the same kind, but at time of writing nothing has been confirmed so far.


The Eastgate Music Shop about the CD release"There was a bet between TD's American promoter and the band in a small Sushi restaurant in Los Angeles during TD's performance on the West Coast end of 2008. The Promoter just joked around by asking how it would sound like if TD would record all time top 40 stuff. After a big laugh, everybody thought about the 'impossible' project. What a surreal idea if TD could do a most modern cover version of songs lots of people know, love and would have chosen as their own soundtrack for various parts of their life. 'If you do it I've got a good offer, if you fail, all of you have to ride the distance LA - Las Vegas by bike -- so it's a bet...' The rest will become history -- here it is, TD's 'just-for-fun' project: Under Cover!!"


The album comes with an 8-page booklet containing a two-page essay by Tangerine Dream's webmaster Einstein's Barber about origin and development of the album, extensive credits (including information about each members' contribution to the respective song) and the track listing. The photos featured in the booklet seem to origin from the Madcap's Flaming Duty sessions.


The Under Cover Postcard

The first 200 orders of the CD received a special high quality postcard signed by all band members (see left and below). The front side shows the CD cover artwork plus the following imprint:

"Thank you very much for being a loyal fan and following Tangerine Dream on this unusual project. From all the band members with seasonal greetings and best wishes for a successful year 2011."

The back of the card shows the imprint below plus the autographs of Edgar Froese, Bernhard Beibl, Thorsten Quaeschning, Iris Camaa and Linda Spa:

"Please take these original autographs as a thankful gesture for following Tangerine Dream on all those eventful years. With all the best, Vienna, December 2010"

(Click on the images to see larger versions of the postcard in a new browser window)


Only a few days after its initial CD release the album became available as MP3 download at the Tangerine Dream Download Shop as well.


2010: Eastgate
CD: eastgate 046 CD; multicoloured disc; matrix code: 0F23; no order number on disc or sleeve
Download: complete release or individual tracks as MP3
2012: Purple Pyramid/Cleopatra
CD: CLP 9334-2
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