557-2 Exit
Produced by Edgar Froese and Chris Franke
Released on September 1981
UK CHART POSITION #43 . . . US CHART POSITION #195
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E xit is a departure from the side-long tone poems of the past. The six songs are self contained, largely static, featuring sampled sounds from Schmoelling while Franke’s sequencer patterns (which propelled their earlier work) are audibly absent. Because Exit’s individual achievements don’t serve a greater whole, it doesn’t feel like the grand artistic statement of Force Majeure. Instead, Exit feels like a conscious movement toward krautrock, especially on “Choronzon.” But behind the cool exterior, it’s the same dark Dream at work. Choronzon is actually the name of a demon cited in both Enochian magic and the writings of Aleister Crowley (thank you, Wikipedia). “Pilots of the purple twilight” is lifted from Tennyson’s forward-looking “Locksley Hall.” Remote viewing refers to out-of-body observation. If this is robot music, it’s of a mystic order on an altogether different plane than Kraftwerk. The more I listen to Exit and slip into miniature worlds like “Remote Viewing” and “Exit,” the more I’m convinced the Dream isn’t over yet. However, parsing their magic into little pieces does result in a few dry spells, such as “Pilots of the Purple Twilight” and “Network 23.” These two songs feel like electronic placeholders to me, stagnant observations in a universe where swift-running currents and oases of beauty were once the norm. In describing their earlier music, one had to look for new words in new worlds. Exit is a series of tangible dreams, interesting but also able to be placed on the critical scales and quantified. Ultimately, the magical outweighs the mundane, and Tangerine Dream emerges from Exit intact as digital champions. Not completely unscathed, but intact. There’s also a review of this on allmusic.

557-2 back picture sleeve
557-2 back picture sleeve

TRACK LISTING

  1. KIEW MISSION    9:18
  2. PILOTS OF PURPLE TWILIGHT    4:19
  3. CHORONZON    4:07
  4. EXIT    5:33
  5. NETWORK 23    4:55
  6. REMOTE VIEWING    8:20

    All compositions written by Edgar Froese/Chris Franke/Johannes Schmoelling

CREDITS

CHRIS FRANKE --
EDGAR FROESE --
JOHANNES SCHMOELLING --
Monique Froese -- sleeve design

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
FRA/GER 1981 Virgin LP 203998-320  
UK September 1981 Virgin LP V 2212 poster
US September 1981 Elektra LP/CS 5E/C5-557  
CAN 1981 Virgin LP VL-2229  
JPN 1981 Virgin LP VIP-6983  
MEX 1981 Virgin LP LA-419  
UK   Virgin LP/CS OVED/OVEDC 166  
UK   Virgin CD CDV 2212  
US March 1989 Elektra CD 557  
UK 1995 Virgin CD TAND-13 digital remaster
GER July 28, 1995 Virgin CD 840 519 digital remaster

 

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