Tangerine Dream ‎– Atem

Ohr ‎– OMM 556 031, Ohr ‎– OMM 556.031
Vinyl, LP, Album


A Atem 20:25
B1 Fauni-Gena 10:43
B2 Circulation Of Events 5:49
B3 Wahn 4:31

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Quadrophonische Produktion
Nur stereo und mono abspielbar

Recorded [at Studio Dierks] Stommeln-Koeln in December '72 and January '73.

Distribution by Metronome Records GmbH Hamburg
Equipment used by Farfisa and EMS Electronic/London

Printed in Germany
Made in Germany

Comes in gatefold sleeve.
First catalog number on sleeve (spine, rear), second one on B-side label.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A stamped runout): 1 Ⓟ 1973 0664 298 S1 OMM 556031 A 320 R
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B stamped runout): 0664 298 = 2 S2 OMM 556031 B Ⓟ 1973 320 1 R
  • Rights Society: GEMA

Other Versions (5 of 32) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
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
CLE 33003 Tangerine Dream Atem(LP, Album, Quad, Gat) Cosmic Music (2), Clementine Disques CLE 33003 France 1973 Sell This Version


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February 6, 2018
this is an awesome album! the first time i listened to it was when i was out in the cold at my brother's sledding race


November 9, 2011
Atem is often regarded as their best album from the Ohr label, and I can't find much argument in that. It's more accessible than Zeit, that's for sure, in that it's just a single disc with one side-length cut and three somewhat shorter cuts. While this isn't the first TD recording with Mellotron (1972's Ultima Thule, released before Zeit, was), this was the first where the Mellotron was now more permanent in the band's gear (at least until the late '70s). I remembered when I first bought this, as a two-for-one package deal on Virgin Records with Alpha Centauri (I then was lucky to acquire the German original on Ohr) being disturbed by the artwork. Playing it, I was simply blown away! I loved those big Mellotron passages and big drumming from Chris Franke that opens the title track, and I love how it builds to this intense climax before it mellows out big time with this hypnotic pulsing, and near the end, what sounds like really sinister sounding helicopters. "Fauni-Gena" is Edgar Froese's piece, sounds to me like a blueprint for his 1975 solo album Epsilon in Malaysian Pale. Full of what sounds like a tropical jungle, and just absolutely loaded with Mellotron. Tron strings, brass, and flute, it's all over it, but has a more sinister overtone than on Epsilon. "Circulation of Events" features this really strange droning sounds that really trip me out, while "Wahn" features a lot of screaming and startling percussion, before it ends with a nice Mellotron theme. Great stuff, though, like their other albums from Ohr, it's not an easy listen, but this album, as well as the other three they did for Ohr have been favorites of mine for years.