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Exit marked the start of a significant new chapter in the long, complex saga of electronic adventurers Tangerine Dream. Presumably, part of the shift had to do with Johannes Schmoelling, who'd only been part of the synthesizer trio for about a year when the album was made. Changing tastes, times, and technology are likely also responsible, but whatever the reasons, Exit was the album on which the band definitively bid farewell to the epic-length cosmic excursions they'd cut their teeth on in the '70s. Here they embraced a more concise, conventionally melodic framework favoring steady grooves. Synth-pop was exploding at the time, and its echoes bounce off the beats of instantly accessible tracks like "Chronozon," which coincidentally isn't a huge distance from what T. Dream's synth-wielding countrymen Kraftwerk were doing at the time. The sound that much of the world at large associates with Tangerine Dream came into its own here, showing that the veteran Krautrockers still had some tricks up their collective sleeve.

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TD at their best

If you only buy one TD album I'd recommend this one as the first. It's amazing how well it's held up over the years as being just a great album. The band was clearly ahead of their time and if you listen you will hear their influence in music all over the place. Much of electronica has a debt of gratitude to bands like TD as they were they were really the first to attempt rock with something more than an organ. For a moment realize that they had to invent each and every 'instrument's sound'. With a guitar you pick it up and it sounds like a guitar. These guys had huge analog synthisizers that had to be programmed as they played. Sequencing was in its infancy. Anyways, buy the album. You'll enjoy it.


This was one of those albums that became part of the soundtrack to my college years in the mid- eighties. A great find and a great compilation of their work as it transitioned musically. If you only knew thier music from the soundtrack of Risky Business, this is a great introduction into the workd that is Tangerine Dream.

Excellence in Transition

I remember buying this on vinyl upon release in '81. It was a joy to find it here on iTMS, especially at the listed bargain price. I've been rediscovering it all over again... and it is just as I recall: fresh and different, yet captures the zeitgeist of the early 80's. It is both the TD of the past and what they were to become. The tracks are shorter and range over more ground than earlier works. An enjoyable listen, presented here for a great price.


Formed: 1967 in Berlin, Germany

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Without doubt, the recordings of Tangerine Dream made the greatest impact on the widest variety of instrumental music during the 1980s and '90s, ranging from the most atmospheric new age and space music to the harshest abrasions of electronic dance. Founded in 1967 by Edgar Froese in Berlin, the group progressed through a full three dozen lineups (Froese being the only continuous member with staying power) and four distinct stages of development: the experimentalist minimalism of the late '60s and...
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