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Condition: Very good : Split the cost with friends
An item that is used but still in very good condition. No damage to the jewellery case or item cover, no scuffs, scratches, cracks, or holes. The cover art and liner notes are included. The VHS or DVD box is included. The video game instructions and box are included. The teeth of disk holder are undamaged. Minimal wear on the exterior of item. No skipping on CD/DVD. No fuzzy/snowy frames on VHS tape. See the seller’s listing for full details and description of any imperfections. See all condition definitions- opens in a new window or tab

Dance & Electronica

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Near Mint (NM or M-)


Ambient, Experimental/Avant-garde

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LP (12")

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Near Mint (NM or M-)


33 RPM

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Tangerine Dream Alpha Centauri & Atem 2LP 1976 gatefold double NM


Original Australian pressing on Virgin in gatefold sleeve.


Klaus Schulze and Conrad Schnitzler left the band after the debut. They were replaced by Christopher Franke and Steve Schroeder. "Alpha Centauri" became the only album from this line-up of the band, and was tremendously closer to what Tangerine Dream would be all about than what their debut had been. Sure, it still sounded rather primitive and low-budget, but the band had now clearly discovered that spacey, atmospheric and dreamy experimental electronic music was the way to go for them. The two tracks on side one, "Sunrise in the Third System" and "Fly and Collision of Coma Sola", were both based around a flowing farfisa-organ, surrounded by electronic effects, flute and a wailing, spooky guitar-tone from Froese. The title-track took up the whole second side, and is an interesting improvisation based around spacey electronic sounds, organs and Froese's earlier mentioned guitar. The more earthly flute makes a fine atmospheric contrast. At the very end the track goes into a poem spoken in German, and it finally climaxes into one of the very few cases of human vocal-harmonies on a Tangerine Dream album. The structure of the album would prove to be very representative for several of records to come from the band, with one side-long title-track and a couple of "shorter" tracks on the other side. So despite some technical shortcomings, "Alpha Centauri" was an important release in the musical evolution of Tangerine Dream.


"Atem" turned for several different reasons out to be a very important album in Tangerine Dream's history. It was their first record to receive some serious attention outside Germany, something that soon would reward them with a lucrative contract with Virgin and launch their international career. The legendary British DJ John Peel also had "Atem" as his choice for "LP of the year" in 1973, and he played it regularly on his radio show. But the record was important for the band's further musical development to, as it was their first record where they used the Mellotron, an instrument that would prove to be a very important part of their sound in the years that followed. "Atem" starts with its 20-minute title-track that in my opinion probably was the best and most flawless piece of music that Tangerine Dream recorded for Ohr. It opens very powerful and loud with thundering drums and majestic, grandiose Mellotrons. This music has a kind of a mysterious and epic ancient feel to it. The drums pick up the pace after a while, and distorted electronic sounds join in to increase the tension and drama of the music. But then suddenly, it all stops and quickly slows down to a quiet, flowing and very atmospheric piece of spacey dream music that just seem to float along for some time. It gets gradually a bit more sinister toward the end, with some mysterious thumping sounds and an overall darker mood. This is very mind-expanding stuff that will take you to places you never thought you would go. Another reviewer described the 10-minute "Fauni-Gena" as the sounds from a forest of an alien planet, and that's a very accurate description. It blends the sounds of birds and other creatures with Mellotron and flute. "Circulations of Events" is basically nearly six minutes of humming and gloomy electronic sounds, building up lots of tension. The three guys toys around with their voices on the first minute of the closer "Wahn" before it turns into a powerful finale with drums and lots of Mellotron. "Atem" was the band's masterpiece on Ohr. (reviews borrowed from





               Alpha Centauri

A1         Sunrise In The Third System              4:20

A2         Fly And Collision Of Comas Sola        13:05


B            Alpha Centauri             22:00



C            Atem   20:25


D1         Fauni-Gena     10:43

D2         Circulation Of Events               5:49

D3         Wahn   4:31









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