The most popular phase of Tangerine Dream is the Froese, Franke, Baumann iteration of the electronic band. That line-up held sway from 1971 through 1977 producing Zeit (1972), and Atem (1973) before being signed to the new and exciting Virgin Records. On Virgin, the band climbed even higher creating Phaedra (1974), Rubycon (1975), and the magnificent Stratosfear (1976). In addition, there is the excellent Sorcerer soundtrack from With that lineup, there were two excellent live sets that include Ricochet (1975), and the 2LP Encore (1977).
At the end of this extraordinary Tangerine Dream cycle, Peter Baumann left the band. He recorded a solo effort before leaving the band, Romance ’76. He followed up that gem with Trans Harmonic Nights (1979).
On February 19, Virgin Records will reissue those two classic as digital download format only. While I normally do not bring up digital downloads on their own, I felt this bit of news important enough to ambient fans who have grown up with this core group who may desire a fresh copy of these two important solo efforts.