Top Line: Love on a real train. Sometimes you gotta say “What the fuck” and make your move.
I originally became aware of Tangerince Dream via their soundtrack to the 1983 Paul Brickman film Risky Business. Say what you will, I still love that movie. And it inspired a lifelong appreciation and love of these German electronic pioneers.
This classic live recording was originally released as Tangerine Dream in 1980. It was also released as Quichotte in 1981 on the Amiga label in East Germany. It was first released as Pergamon in 1986 on Virgin’s Caroline imprint. Now Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the Reactive re-press of Esoteric’s 2012 remaster of Pergamon. Esoteric’s Reactive imprint is dedicated to reissues of classic German progressive, electronic, experimental and ambient music.
Recorded at the Palast der Republik, East Berlin, this is is a selection from the two live concerts held on 31 January 1980, widely held to be the first documented performances by a western band in East Germany. The ’81 Amiga release title Quichotte is a reference to Don Quixote, a film version of which was being screened in a nearby cinema as one of the concerts was performed, while the 1986 retitle is a reference to the Pergamon Museum located in East Berlin near the Palast der Republik.
- Edgar Froese – synthesizers, electric guitar
- Christopher Franke – Synthesizers, electronic percussion
- Johannes Schmoelling – Synthesizers, piano