Tangerine Dream ‎– Exit

Virgin ‎– V 2212, Virgin ‎– v2212
Vinyl, LP, Album


A1 Kiew Mission 9:18
A2 Pilots Of Purple Twilight 4:19
A3 Choronzon 4:07
B1 Exit 5:33
B2 Network 23 4:55
B3 Remote Viewing 8:20

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Recorded and mixed June-July 1981 in Berlin
℗ & © 1981 Virgin Records Limited
1st UK press came with poster

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A run-out area, variant 1): V 2212 A1 TOWNHOUSE
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B run-out area, variant 1): V 2212 B1 TOWNHOUSE
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A run-out area, variant 2): V-2212. A-1 10 TOWNHOUSE Λ
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B run-out area, variant 2): V 2212 B1 8 TOWNHOUSE Λ
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A run-out area, variant 3): V 2212 A2 TOWNHOUSE
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B run-out area, variant 3): V 2212 B1 TOWNHOUSE

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
TAND13, 7243 8 40519 2 1 Tangerine Dream Exit(CD, Album, RE, RM, Unofficial) Virgin (2), Virgin (2) TAND13, 7243 8 40519 2 1 Russia 2018 Sell This Version
5C5-557 Tangerine Dream Exit(Cass, Album, Dol) Elektra, Asylum Records 5C5-557 US 1981 Sell This Version
203 998, 203 998-270 Tangerine Dream Exit(LP, Album, RE) Virgin, Virgin 203 998, 203 998-270 Germany 1981 Sell This Version
VJCP-2521 Tangerine Dream Exit(CD, Album, RM) Virgin, Virgin Japan VJCP-2521 Japan 1990 Sell This Version
I-203.998 Tangerine Dream Exit(LP, Album) Virgin I-203.998 Spain 1981 Sell This Version


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November 1, 2018
A much, much better showing of early 80's Tangerine Dream then Tangram, IMO. While there are still lingering elements from that album that can be felt here, especially on Choronzon and Network 23, this album still has those amazing soundscapes that drew me to this group in the first place.


November 20, 2017
Mine looks exactly identical but has the matrix number: Side A: V 2212 A-2U-1-1-1 Aide B: V 2212 B-1U-1-1-2
I wonder if this is just a variation or mine is a different/later print that perhaps would need a different entry altogether...


September 9, 2014


August 7, 2013
edited over 5 years ago
One of the more sublime releases by one of the best known German electronica "group". Kraftwerk aside!
Exit is a literal "exit" from the overly layered previous releases and is more sparse, alien and mysterious with none of the mellotron overindulgence of their 1970s era work(Mellotron was VERY overused in their earlier music).
Exit almost comes across as music to a soundtrack that was never used for a soundtrack, tho it easily should have been used for another Friedkin flick. You can hear micro-melodies, atmospherics and a bit of straight ahead rock drumming(albeit with early drum machines) so as to not let listeners entry into terrains of boredom. Still one of the better TD releases of their post Baumann era and well worth owning for fans of electronic music with substance over style.


February 5, 2013
Yes, no debate! This is TD's most remarkable album from every point of view. Also try White eagle!


January 28, 2012
I consider Exit to be my all-time favorite TD release, and I have them all (really!). In a stroke of serendipity, it also happens to be the first TD I ever heard, bought on a blind purchase at a used CD store in '92. That could bias me, but I've had plenty of chances to change my mind -- and haven't.

The sound quality of the original CD release isn't great (the remaster ups the ante substantially, though has a few tiny digital glitches), but the music overcomes the 80's technical limitations. Everything here is very good. No clinkers. It's also quite unique in the TD pantheon. It contains the most sparse, staccato melodies and sequences out of any Virgin TD. The beats are some of the simplest, yet extremely effective. The sequences are some of the most driving and catchy. And the atmosphere the whole way through is very alien and dark, yet epic and energetic.

Then there is (I'm guessing Franke) flute-like melodies on Pilots, Network 23 and Remote Viewing. I love that timbre. Truly breathtaking.

My faves are Choronzon and Network 23 (try not head-bopping) with their sublime sequences and epic melodies; and Exit with its how-did-they-do-it-without-midi 16th/32nd(?) note sequence and massive chords and alien machine sounds that would be right at home in Blade Runner.

Remote Viewing is also amazing. Call it the ambient/downtempo track. The layers and transitions are masterfully executed. The first 2 minutes are the first "ambient / drone / noise" I was exposed to. It also must rank as some of the earliest music in that style outside of Eno. TD were the pioneers.

In '93 I had never heard anything like it; thousands of electronica albums later, I'm still not sure I have. I don't think anyone else can really make music like this.

The title is a bit of an enigma. Perhaps Froese has let the cat out of the bag, but I haven't read about it yet. I always thought it was in reference to Franke's leaving, but that wasn't for a few more years.

Stands the test of time. A must-buy! Give it your first listen in the dark (home or highway). Loud. Thank you Froese/Franke/Schmoelling for enriching the world.


June 30, 2011

My LP has matrix numbers V2212 A2 TOWNHOUSE / V2212 B2 TOWNHOUSE. Is this the standard matrix for the UK release or is it an early release?


June 27, 2010
edited over 7 years ago

I love Exit. Why? Because it seems to preceed important melodies in techno post it's release. Everything hinted at before in albums comes full force. for Tangerine Dream. Tangerine Dream fans will might say this album becomes a bit pop but i think its terrific bridge before their soundtrack material became to me, weaker. kiew Mission and Exit extreme highlights and some of the most memorable electronic music ever written by TD. Not only epic space music but music that will go down in history. 30 years since it was written that is saying allot