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1976 LP album cover
Studio album by Tangerine Dream
Released October 1976
Recorded August 1976 at the Audio Studios, Berlin, Germany.
Length 35:39
Label Virgin
Producer Tangerine Dream
Tangerine Dream chronology
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Stratosfear is the eighth album by the German group Tangerine Dream.[2] It marks the beginning of the band's development away from their uncompromising early 1970s synthesizer experiments toward a recognizably more melodic sound, a trend they would pick up again in 1979's Force Majeure. The title track "Stratosfear" has been played live many times and has been released in a re-mixed form on a number of other albums.

Stratosfear combines Tangerine Dream's acoustic and electronic influences more tightly than before. For instance, at the end of the last track, "Invisible Limits", the deep piano/flute tune reveals the album's romantic flavour even after the earlier predominantly synthetic compositions (tracks #1 to last part of track #4).

The LP reached No.39 in the UK, in a 4-week chart run, and eventually reached silver status for selling in excess of 60,000 copies (£100,000+).

Nick Mason of Pink Floyd did the original mix of Stratosfear in April 1976 at Hansa by the Wall. Due to disputes between Tangerine Dream and Virgin, this mix was abandoned.[3]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Stratosfear" 10:04
2. "The Big Sleep in Search of Hades" 4:45
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "3 A.M. at the Border of the Marsh From Okefenokee" 8:10
2. "Invisible Limits" 11:40



A single was released in 1976 with excerpts from two tracks.[4]

No. Title Length
1. "Stratosfear" 4:14
2. "The Big Sleep in Search of Hades" 3:50


  1. ^ Bush, John. Stratosfear - Tangerine Dream at AllMusic
  2. ^ Berling, Michael (29 September 2016). "Stratosfear". Voices in the Net. 
  3. ^ Kirkman, Jon. Tangerine Dream Official Web-Radio. Event occurs at 32:30. 
  4. ^ Berling, Michael (29 September 2016). "Stratosfear/The Big Sleep in Search of Hades". Voices in the Net.