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Tangerine Dream Virgin Recordings 80-83 box set announced

Edgar Froese in 1981
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German electronic prog pioneers Tangerine Dream will have the follow-up to 2019's In Search of Hades box set released on October 30.

Pilots Of The Purple Twilight - The Virgin recordings 1980–1983 will be a 10-disc set featuring newly re-mastered versions of the albums Tangram, Thief, Exit, White Eagle, Logos Live, Hyperborea along with the previously unreleased soundtrack for The Keep from the 1983 movie directed by Michael Mann, something of a holy grail for Tangerine Dream fans. All audio has been drawn from the original master tapes and has been enhanced by new stereo mixes by Ben Wiseman.

Pilots of Purple Twilight also features previously unreleased material across four discs, including the full concert at The Dominion Theatre, London (November 1982). In addition, it includes four tracks from White Eagle and Daydream - Moorland that are released for the first time on CD and digitally. Thief includes Dr. Destructo (extended version), previously only used for promotional use only. The Tangerine Dream tracks featured on the Virgin soundtrack LP for the movie Risky Business are also included in the box set, including the band’s biggest streamer, Love On A Real Train and from the Virgin archive, the unreleased songs from the soundtrack to the 1982 movie The Soldier, which was scored, composed and performed by the band. It will also feature a hard-back book with a new essay and rare photographs and memorabilia.

Single-disc versions of Tangram, Thief, Exit, White Eagle, Hyperborea and Logos Live are also set for release with the audio taken from the 2020 remasters and feature bonus tracks from the box set. A direct-to-consume edition of the box set will also be available which includes a reproduction of a rare poster. 

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This new Tangerine Dream Box set will be spread across 10 discs and focus on the band's output between 1980 and 1983. It'll include newly re-mastered versions of Tangram, Thief, Exit, White Eagle, Logos Live, Hyperborea and the previously unreleased soundtrack for 1983 film The Keep.

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Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock, as well as sleevenotes for many major record labels. He lives in North London and happily indulges a passion for AC/DC, Chelsea Football Club and Sydney Roosters.