Tangerine Dream ‎– Atem

Esoteric Reactive ‎– EREACD 21019, Esoteric Recordings ‎– EREACD 21019
CD, Album, Reissue, Remastered


Atem (Remastered)
1-1 Atem 20:25
1-2 Fauni-Gena 10:43
1-3 Circulation Of Events 5:49
1-4 Wahn 4:34
The Deutschlandhalle Concert
2-1 The Deutschlandhalle Performance 40:00

Companies, etc.



Definitive remastered edition.
24-bit digital remastering at The Audio Archiving Company, London.
"Atem" was recorded at Dierks Studios, Stommeln, Cologne, Germany in December 1972 and January 1973.
"The Deutschlandhalle Concert" was recorded in Berlin, 29th November 1973.

Early distributed copies had a cardboard slip sleeve.

Original release 1973.

disc one ℗ 1973 Eastgate Music
disc two ℗ 2011 Eastgate Music
This compilation © 2011 Cherry Red Records Ltd.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 5 013929 711938
  • Barcode (String): 5013929711938
  • Matrix / Runout (CD1): | EREACD21019/A | *067124 |
  • Mastering SID Code (CD1): IFPI LD11
  • Mould SID Code (CD1): IFPI 5Q84
  • Matrix / Runout (CD2): | EREACD21019/B | 048635 |
  • Mastering SID Code (CD2): IFPI LD12
  • Mould SID Code (CD2): IFPI 5Q85

Other Versions (5 of 32) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
OMM 556 031 Tangerine Dream Atem(LP, Album) Ohr OMM 556 031 Germany 1973 Sell This Version
CMACD 551 Tangerine Dream Atem(CD, Album, RE, RM) Castle Music CMACD 551 US 1999 Sell This Version
ESM CD 348, GAS 0000348ESM ACO Tangerine Dream Atem(CD, Album, RM) Essential, Essential, Castle Communications PLC, Castle Communications PLC ESM CD 348, GAS 0000348ESM ACO UK 1996 Sell This Version
YX-7126-AX Tangerine Dream Atem(LP, Album, Promo, Gat) Ohr YX-7126-AX Japan 1976 Sell This Version
EREACD 21019 Tangerine Dream Atem(CD, Album, RE, RM + CD) Esoteric Reactive, Esoteric Recordings EREACD 21019 UK Unknown Sell This Version



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December 10, 2014
Following Zeit must have been a tricky prospect: once you've taken a freakout psych rock outfit and stripped it down to abstract drone, almost entirely devoid of melody and rhythm, where do you go next? Instead of moving forwards, or even backwards, Tangerine Dream decided instead to go sideways. The title track re-incorporates the heavy percussion found on the first two TD albums, which is then used at varying points throughout the rest of the record. The overall feel is considerably different, however: percussion is used in a more textural way which is less about driving the music forward than making it darker and more imposing.

Elsewhere, the record follows similar themes to Zeit, with slow moving organ drones and whooshes, pulses and bleeps from the VCS3. The main difference is the addition of the mellotron, an instrument that immediately became an integral part of the Tangerine Dream sound. Throughout much of Atem, its looping string sound is as obvious as the organ, adding a richer, more orchestral feel to the music. Edgar also uses it in a more conventionally melodic manner than listeners will have been used to from the band; indeed, parts of the album look ahead to the group's more accessible period as melodic ambient pioneers.