Optical Race

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Optical Race
Optical Race.png
1988 LP album cover
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust, 1988
RecordedApril–May, 1988, in Berlin and Vienna
GenreElectronic music
LabelPrivate Music
ProducerPaul Haslinger, Edgar Froese
Tangerine Dream chronology
Optical Race
Miracle Mile
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]

Optical Race is the thirty-sixth album by Tangerine Dream. Optical Race is the inaugural album of the Melrose Years era, as it is the first appearance of the band on the Private Music label, founded by former Tangerine Dream member Peter Baumann.[2] It was their first album without Christopher Franke since 1971's Alpha Centauri (album) and the band's first to be programmed largely with a computer, an Atari ST using Steinberg/Jones software. The sleeve of the 12" release and the first release on CD and Compact Cassette features a die-cut outer sleeve with a multicolored inner sleeve.

"Atlas Eyes" is in 5
. "Mothers of Rain" first appeared two years before the album's release, during the band's 1986 European tour. "Turning Off The Wheel" was re-released on the Transsiberia album in 1998 under the title "The Golden Horn". "Optical Race" was played by the group on German TV-Show "Wetten daß?" (moderated by Thomas Gottschalk) in 1988.

Track listing[edit]

2."Atlas Eyes"4:04
3."Mothers of Rain"5:13
4."Twin Soul Tribe"4:28
5."Optical Race"3:13
6."Cat Scan"5:35
7."Sun Gate"4:44
8."Turning Off the Wheel"6:11
9."The Midnight Trail"5:54
10."Ghazal (Love Song)"5:00


  • Paul Haslinger – composer, musician
  • Edgar Froese – composer, musician
  • Ralf Wadephul – composer
  • Christian Gstettner – studio technician
  • Monica Froese – cover concept
  • Norman Moore – art direction and design


  1. ^ Batdorf, Rodney. Live Miles - Tangerine Dream at AllMusic
  2. ^ Berling, Michael (29 September 2016). "Optical Race". Voices in the Net.