Edgar Froese - Macula Transfer (Original CD)
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Edgar Froese's third solo album, Macula Transfer (the title referring to the sun spots), was recorded just before Tangerine Dream's Stratosfear in summer 1976 by Edgar Froese just on his own using an old 4-track Ampex tape machine that Tangerine Dream had bought from Abbey Road Studios. According to Edgar Froese, there were some differences at the time in TD dynamics and Edgar Froese recorded Macula Transfer just for fun.
Macula Transfer was released 1976 in Germany only, and furthermore fans had to wait nearly 22 years for the first official CD release of this rare album in 1998. After all other solo albums by Edgar Froese had been re-released by Virgin on CD, the only missing one, Macula Transfer, had now become available by Manikin Records. This Berlin-based label has become well-known due to some releases of material by Klaus Schulze and Ashra. Even if this CD release cannot be considered a bootleg, Edgar Froese took steps to stop distribution of it, as the rights had been sold to Manikin Records without informing him. Edgar Froese's position was that he should have been offered the rights first. They had been kept by a company in Hamburg, which had taken over the back-catalogue of Metronome/Brain. Manikin bought the rights from that company directly, while Edgar Froese already had plans to release Macula Transfer in a new version on his own. Thus, after the first bulk of 1,000 copies was sold, Manikin did not re-release the CD to avoid legal action. So the CD version of Macula Transfer became as rare as the original vinyl release.