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3.47 | 164 ratings | 15 reviews | 14% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1981

Songs / Tracks 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)

Total Time: 36:32
On "Exit" the band worked on shorter pieces than previously.

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Line-up / Musicians

- Edgar Froese / organ, synthesizer, bass, guitar, guitar (bass), keyboards, Mellophonium, producer, Mellotron, VCS 3 synthesizer
- Christopher Franke / synthesizer, keyboards, Moog synthesizer, VCS 3 synthesizer
- Johannes Schmoelling / synthesizer, keyboards

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LP Virgin V 2212 CD Virgin CDV 2212 / CD Elektra 557-2

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3.47
(164 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(14%)
14%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(40%)
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Good, but non-essential (37%)
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Collectors/fans only (8%)
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Review by Sean Trane
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Prog Folk
2 stars six tracks on a Td release: Must be a double Lp! No ? Wow are they turning into new wave then . Well maybe not quite that far but they did try something different here and it did not work . Easily their worst album so far (and one of the worst all eras considered) this is about as close as dud as they will ever be. Not that this is that bad (Still a TD album) but it is lacklustre and this shows well that the inspiration had left them something that looking back started as Baumann had left after the double live Encore , but that Force Majeure (and Tangram to a much lesser extent ) had occulted for a few years. Best avoided.

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Review by Chris S
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3 stars Not sure what their objective was when releasing Exit. I do like the material being a biased TD fan but there is nothing dynamic on the album apart from ' Kiew Mission' and ' Exit'. Yes the compositions were shorter which had a negative impact on their creative energy. Also listening to tracks like ' Choronzon' now sound dated. Compare that to say ' Encore' and that era where the music was timeless makes you realize that this was a downward move.

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Posted Monday, September 20, 2004

Review by Peter
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars By the 1980s, German electronic music explorers Tangerine Dream had undergone some major changes. Many of the band's long-term fans were less than pleased with the path the group was now taking (see the previous reviews), while others, like myself, had no problem with an evolving TD, as popular music in general was changing with the new decade. (I still enjoy much 80s music -- perhaps not a majority stance here!)

1981's EXIT is a product of that change in direction. Peter Baumann, who had been an integral member of the trio for their vaunted Virgin years, had departed by 1980, to be replaced by Johannes Schmoelling (who had appeared on EXIT's excellent predecessor TANGRAM). In addition, the band's sound had widened to include more rhythmic, accessible and shorter numbers along with their trademark "spacey" material. Both aspects of this 80s TD are demonstrated on EXIT.

Album opener "Kiew Mission" has long been a favourite for me (and now, for my dear wife as well). This track, following a brief and somewhat scary intro which features the simulated sounds of a large gong and screaming fighter planes, morphs into a pleasant piece with a very sexy and breathy female voice chanting the names of the continents in German (there are other lyrics too, but I don't understand enough of the language to translate them). This dreamy number is a good choice for "amorous encounters" -- enough said! After the gentle, extended fadeout, which integrates some evocative synthesized voice into the mix, the band returns to a somewhat more "traditional" sound (for them!) on the understated "Pilots of Purple Twilight," which would readily lend itself to soundtrack use.

The third track, "Choronzon," typifies the newer, more universally approachable Tangerine Dream that is (apparently) anathema to so many freaked-out former fans. I however, really like this up-tempo, even uplifting song, and followers of rhythmic electronic acts like Kraftwerk should also find much to like here. (Many of TD's 80s and early 90s releases have such a track -- a shorter, faster, dare I say -- gasp! -- near "commercial" number, that might even move some to tap their feet -- nay, even to consider dancing! Perish the thought! Stop snickering so superciliously, Hugues!)

Sneering old acid heads can yet find some relief with the title track: "Exit" is another meandering number that evokes visions of slowly revolving space stations and other such futuristic technological undertakings. Great background music for reading science fiction, or envisioning other planets. (As an added bonus, the heavy rainfall sounds at the end make this another likely choice for erotic assignations!)

The disgruntled old "heads" had best leave the room at this juncture, or simply skip "Network 23" altogether, as this is another one that will have your household robots getting up to ponderously dance about the domicile, metal feet labouriously clunking, and thereby disturbing the Soma-induced repose of your neighbours in the unit below. "Far out! Cut a rug, R-2! No! Not literally, you metalloid moron! Aargh -- my simulated plastic Persian! That cost me 10,000,000 Earth Credits!"

The final song may just soothe the jangled nerves of the addled old hippies in attendance, and possibly even placate peevish progholes. All is not lost for the nostalgically backward-gazing denizens of this alien 80s "Brave New World" (that has such wonders in it!); for this set, "Remote Viewing" has perhaps the closest kinship to the "melting music" of the band's classic mid 70s era. Very spacey! Is that a gigantic electrical storm I descry upon the planetary surface far below?

Thus, EXIT is a fine choice for those more open-minded Tangerine Dream fans who supported the band in their 80s incarnation, but the disc still retains examples of TD's classic sound for those who would have wanted them to stick to formula. I really like EXIT, but (despite the attempts at humour above) I can understand why many long-term fans were less than enthusiastic with the new direction. Was it progress? Was it all a horrible mistake? Decide for yourself, but I still think that this is very good electronic music.

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Posted Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Review by greenback
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4 stars Exit is one of the most accessible and rythmic album of the Schmoelling-era. The rythmic part definitely sounds a bit like Thief; the difference is that here there are more surrounding keyboards arrangements which add more some subtle and melodic elements. Johanness Schmoelling has created his best catchy, sustained & powerful rythmic keyboards here, as revealed by tracks like Network 23 and Choronzon. The miscellaneous multi-layer keyboards also produce melodies so that they work very hard to create a pleasant futuristic ambience. The relaxing "Remote Viewing" is very interesting, with its endless interlocking melodic sequencers. Surprisingly, many bits sound a bit like the Poland album (1984). The tracks are short, and some of them made the music themes of popular TV series in the early 80's.

Rating: 4.5 stars

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Posted Thursday, February 17, 2005

Review by russellk
PROG REVIEWER
3 stars Enter the dance beat, exit prog rock.

Shorter songs feature here, two ('Chronozon' and 'Network 23') riddled with a disco beat, and precious little of the avant-garde effects that made TANGERINE DREAM such a heady experience. That said, 'Exit' is still an excellent album. The tracks have a personality to them: 'Kiew Mission' is spacey and ethereal, sombre backing for an unnamed vocalist declaiming about the end of the world in nuclear war. 'Chronozon' is a splendid track, all melody and rhythm, the nearest the DREAM had come to a pop song. The highlight for me, though, is the title track, a ponderous thing, a slow, metronomic rhythm providing the platform for some fine synth noodling.

The other three tracks are a little less successful. Nevertheless, SCHMOELLING was exerting his influence, and his tinkering with the trademark TD sound kept them relevant for a few more years. This is, however, light-years short of the magnificence they demonstrated only a couple of years previously.

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Posted Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Review by ZowieZiggy
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3 stars This line up was already well established and had released the superb ''Tangram'' album.

This one is of course different by substance but not too much when you look deeper than just a quick listening. Some tracks are of decent length (even by TD standards) and the opener ''Kiew Mission'' is quite an interesting piece of music. Of course, the ''vocals'' (or better said wording) could have been avoided, but they don't last for too long, fortunately.

This song shares the bill with several good TD ones. Not a masterpiece, but nothing to complain about either. Even if shorter in format, ''Pilots of Purple Twilight'' also has its moments: spacey and tranquil although the typical background synth sounds are so delicious?

The story is dramatically different with the synth-pop ''Chorozon''. Might be OK if the band sitting behind it was not TD. I guess that they were willing to access a new kind of fans. But some oldies like me are quite upset to say the least. A much more commercially oriented track. I wouldn't say ''press next'' but the temptation still does exist.

''Exit'' is not too bad an album, even if the best territories of the band are not investigated. None of the tracks can compete with their great works, but apart from ''Chorozon'' and the dance ''Network 23'' none of these tracks can be considered as weak.

The title track offers some peaceful and ambient spacey and melodic moments and the closing numbers is all of Eastern influences mixed together with truly ''old'' sounds coming from the middle seventies. I guess that you know what I mean?It is by far my favourite track and should be including in any ''best of'' from the band. But a ''best of '' from TD sounds almost as an heresy to me. Or it should be a six CD boxest?

In all, this short album rates three stars on my scale (let's call it seven out of ten). Could have got another half one if some of these tracks would have been expanded (the closing ''Remote Viewing'' being a wonderful ''item'' to have pursued a little more) and two tracks deleted from the list.

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Review by Bonnek
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Prog Metal Team
4 stars Exit sees Tangerine Dream incorporating new digital equipment very successfully. The result is more disco pop then electronic prog, but Exit is nevertheless full of lush and almost ecstatic new sounds. It's Tangerine Dream with full focus and passion.

Especially for the nostalgic fans, I can recommend the melancholic closing track which is every bit as good as what you can find on Stratosfear. In my book, this album stands miles above the by the numbers dross they have produced ever since. If you can stomach the style switch they took here, you will be able to appreciate it as a true treasure and the last necessary album they ever made. 3.5 stars

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Review by kenethlevine
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4 stars In 1981, the new age genre, which later claimed TANGERINE DREAM as one of its darlings, was not yet a force for the preservation of accessible if unchallenging music, TD was not yet the de factor soundtrack composer they would become, and the new romantic movement was bending the floorboards at local clubs, so what was a serious band to do? Luckily, simply marking time was not an option, so TD shed a few lbs and shook its booty, quite successfully I might add.

On "Exit", tellingly, the best cuts are those that yield to the 80s, because the band was tiring of their late 70s sound, as evidenced by the rehash of "Tangram", and they sought to upgrade their technology in every sense, while retaining integrity if not all their fans. The opener is a surprisingly warm ode to the globe, replete with sultry feminine voice reciting the world's continents. It starts, builds, and releases. "Pilots of Purple Twilight" and "Choronzon" represent the peak, as the group struts about with new found enthusiasm and rock spirit. The first is more ambient but leads into the electronic power pop of the latter, which features a powerful main melody and sound effects. Only in the last cut does the album falter, as the group veers back towards the minimalism of early releases almost as an afterthought.

Something of a departure for TD, "Exit" is an illuminating and entrancing artifact from a dark era.

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Review by octopus-4
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3 stars I like it, but I like newage too so I had to wonder about how much prog is this album. Listening to the opener, it's not much different from the 80s things of the prog-related Vangelis (at least on PA is only prog-related), even with the square waves that are a distinctive sound since Zeit.

It's unusual that on an album that's not a movie soundtrack TD release just 5 minutes long tracks, but if you listen to some of the previous masterpieces looking at the clock, you'll see that they are used to move from one theme to another inside the same track more or less every 5 minutes.

So while "Kiew Mission" can remind to Vangelis, "Pilots of Purple Twilight" is pure electronic and makes me think to the late Pete Bardens instrumental works, also because of the equipments used. I mean "Seen One Earth" as reference.

"Choronzon" doesn't seem to have much to do with Tangerine Dream. I can imagine David Sylvian in Japan's style singing on bass pitch over this track, but with Jarre instead of Japan behind. Nice to listen but the 80s are full of stuff of this kind.

The title track "Exit" could be good for a soundtrack. The slow tempo end the repetitive bass notes are a touch of old TD, but the melody comes from the 80s.

"Network 23" is a sort of smooth disco-electronic song, but if you survive to the first seconds is not so bad. Not worse than some Kraftwerk stuff of the same period, at least.

Only "Remote Viewing" has some real interest to me for its spacey sound. The rest of the album can work in background while you drive, this track seems to have been put here to ask the old fans to forgive the band for the actual direction taken. At least the first 2 minutes have a Pink Period flavour and also what follows is not too different from Froese's solo masterpieces like Aqua or Epsilon In Malaysian Pale, or from Ricochet.

To summarize, this is not completely my pot. I don't think and I don't care about how much "commercial" it is. What I can say is that it's still a good album, but doesn't add anything to what TD have already done at that times, so it fits perfectly in the definition of "Non- essential".

3 stars are rounded up.

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Review by colorofmoney91
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3 stars Exit is often criticized for being less progressive overall than Tangerine Dream's previous efforts, which is true, but that doesn't mean that this album is particularly horrible. I feel the same way about this album as I do about Goblin's Phenomena soundtrack, and the two really are kind of similar - they've stayed at their progressive roots, but have ventured slightly into the pop domain in an effort to appeal more to the mainstream crowd. Again, that doesn't mean this is a bad album.

The sound of the '80s affected a lot of great progressive groups, and it's definitely apparent on Exit, which consists of much shorter tracks than usual on a Tangerine Dream album a with far less progression throughout. "Kiew Mission" and "Remote Viewing" are the only tracks on Exit that really have any progression in the song structures, and the latter really sounds like a missing track from Phaedra. The other four tracks are simple, short, individual tracks that create a decent electronic listening experience, but doesn't have the same strength as any of the albums prior to this one.

This seriously isn't a terrible album, and is only slightly less quality in structure than the best of Tangerine Dream's output with an added hint of the '80s.

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Posted Sunday, April 24, 2011

Review by Warthur
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4 stars After the rather lacklustre Tangram, Tangerine Dream updated their sound for the 1980s with Exit, taking careful notes of the advances of other artists in the electronic field and reacting accordingly. With hypnotic, pulsing electronic rhythms running through the album it's an extremely listenable piece, and whilst it does resemble a lot of their 80s soundtrack work it is at least on a par with their best soundtrack pieces. With a sleek, cyberpunk sound to the album, all of a sudden Tangerine Dream were cool - who'd have ever thought it possible? - and so as a whole this strikes me as a pretty important album to the course of their career.

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Posted Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Review by GruvanDahlman
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4 stars Electronic prog. That is what "Exit" is all about. It was my first love of the genre and continues to be so. Brilliantly executed with an amazing 80's feel to it I can't but help falling madly in love with it every time I return to its bossom.

Growing up in the 80's I remember the Cold war. I remember the electronic extravaganza of digital watches, Walkmans and every other gadget known to be essential for the evolution of mankind, or not. Whatever. This album brings it all back to me like the 80's was yesterday or this morning. But don't get me wrong, it is not a question of pure nostalgia. Certainly not, my dear boy or girl. It is a fitting tribute to a decade so littered with good music it is ridiculous. (As if not other decades are littered in the same way...)

The music is full of ambience and emotion, though cold emotion. There is a chilly atmosphere on "Exit" which is not uncommon in music of the time. I will not discuss every track, just stating that he tracks are all great. (That's making it easy, eh?) Anyway, I urge you to listen to "Pilots of purple twiligt", "Kiew mission" and the title track. Then you'll know. Then you will know.

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4 stars Ok, I admit to a strong sentimental streak when it comes to Exit, as it was the first TD album that I owned, discovering the band in college from an astronomy professor who liked playing electronic music before class as the students filtered in. I asked him who the band was, he told me, and I w ... (read more)

Report this review (#200120) | Posted by PhilPDX | Wednesday, January 21, 2009 | Review Permanlink

5 stars For someone that had been following the Tangs previous offerings for a long time, this showed a major change of direction. I suspect most people listening to the music were unaware of the dramatic changes in technology, equipment and music technology, but up until this point, most synthesisers we ... (read more)

Report this review (#184990) | Posted by Tryptych | Tuesday, October 07, 2008 | Review Permanlink

3 stars Maybe this is not the essential record in TD's production, but Exit has got very good moment (as well as some boring 1980s synth pop relics). "Pilots of purple twilight" and "Choronzon" are the ideal candidates for the most useless stuff by Tangerine Dream. Their synths sound so outdated and l ... (read more)

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