I had my doubts, whether or not to review this record, for the following reason: It's a bootleg, and a better and complete recording exists in the Tangerine Tree fan project, which I review elsewhere. I do it anyway, because it was my first look into the delights of unofficially released concert recordings. And no bands have released better bootlegs than Tangerine Dream, to sound a little crude.
Concerts with Tangerine Dream were from their humble beginnings to their early eighties, very different compared to their recorded outputs. Either the music was completely improvised, or it was composed specially for the concerts. However, small well-known themes could crop up - in this case, from Tangram. All this, without overdubs, which is very exciting to listen to for a fan.
Staatsgrenze West contains the first set (plus an excerpt from the encore) and together with officially released 1986-album Pergamon - the second set - we get a good impression of one of the two shows, recorded on the 31st January 1981.
It was a legendary event, as Tangerine Dream was the first Western European band to play there. In DDR the authorities didn't mean they had a political message, as they were an instrumental band.
The music represented on this bootleg is very anarchic of an improvised 70's nature. New man Schmoelling hasn't really put his trademark sound into the music yet.
He later said, he wasn't ready to such a big concert at that moment, as he wasn't too familiar with the rock'n'roll business.
The rating has been based on the music only, and the fine FM-sound quality. The cover, track titles and album title hasn't been evaluated - they have nothing to do with Tangerine Dream, as I consider it disgusting DDR propaganda.