Edgar Froese ‎– Epsilon In Malaysian Pale

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Tracklist

1 Epsilon In Malaysian Pale 16:27
2 Maroubra Bay 16:57

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Recorded in Berlin in June/July 1975. Originally released on LP in 1975. Track durations are misprinted on the CD as 17:00 and 17:15.

On tray card:
℗ 1974 virgin records ltd
© 1974 virgin records ltd
Manufactured in the U.K.

On CD:
Manufactured in the UK
Published by Virgin Music (Publishers) Ltd
℗ 1974 Virgin Records Ltd
© 1974 Virgin Records Ltd

The US edition on Caroline/Blue Plate differs only by the presence of an 017046162524 barcode sticker on the case, covering the barcode printed on the tray liner.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 5 012981 204020
  • Barcode (Scanned): 5012981204020
  • Matrix / Runout (Mirrored - Variation 1): CDV2040 · MASTERED BY NIMBUS
  • Matrix / Runout (Mirrored - Variation 2): CDV2040 :· 1:2 MASTERED BY NIMBUS

Other Versions (5 of 24) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
V 2040, v2040 Edgar Froese Epsilon In Malaysian Pale(LP, Album) Virgin, Virgin V 2040, v2040 UK 1975 Sell This Version
VJCP-23046 Edgar Froese Epsilon In Malaysian Pale(CD, Album) Virgin, Virgin Japan VJCP-23046 Japan 1991 Sell This Version
22S-31 Edgar Froese Ypsilon In Malaysian Pale(LP) Brain, Polystar 22S-31 Japan 1982 Sell This Version
VIL 12040 Edgar Froese Epsilon In Malaysian Pale(LP, Album) Virgin VIL 12040 Italy 1975 Sell This Version
1074 Edgar Froese Ypsilon In Malaysian Pale(LP, Album, RE) Brain 1074 Germany Unknown Sell This Version

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Millwood

Millwood

May 27, 2006
edited over 11 years ago
Edgar Froese's Epsilon In Malaysian Pale is well and truly a landmark in electronic music. Released in 1975, between the classic Tangerine Dream albums Phaedra and Rubycon, it stands well apart from anything the band's front man ever penned whilst working within the group.

Comprising just two long pieces, and using the mellotron (a very early sampling device) almost exclusively, Epsylon takes us on what could best be described as a guided tour around a desert island. The title track sets the scene almost instantly, opening to the sounds of birds chirping, a light breeze, and a train passing by. From here we are slowly lead into dense forest, as Froese establishes as a serene flute melody which will carry through the majority of the piece.

It's not all smooth sailing though. The second track, Maroubra Bay, opens with some of the darkest themes Froese has ever recorded. One could quite easily liken the passage to Mussorgsky's 'Night On Bald Mountain', as striking chords echo and oscillate over harsh wind samples and an unnerving drone effect. To continue with the 'guided tour' concept, it conjures up images of being stranded on a freezing cold, windswept, desolate beach in the middle of the night. Froese keeps us here for a few minutes, before allowing the sun to slowly creep over the horizon, delivering a strong sense of warmth, and what I could only describe as one of the most stunning passages of music I've ever heard.

Sadly, the CD edition of this album has been out of print for around ten years now, and seems to fetch some pretty crazy prices whenever it surfaces. Ironically enough, almost all of Froese's other solo efforts are still quite readily available through Virgin. 1974's Aqua is the only album that comes anywhere near the achievements of Epsylon.

This truly is an amazing album, and one of the most important early electronic works.

NOTE: Froese re-released the album in 2005 through his own record label, but not only did he change the cover art, he over-dubbed a whole bunch of ridiculously out-of-place, newly composed sequences to the old recording. Fans of Froese will know that he's notorious for doing this sort of thing, and as usual, the results are an absolute joke. It's unfortunate too, because any chance this album had of being re-issued has probably fallen by the wayside now.