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Boxset/Compilation, released in 2006

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Day - Helen Lindhout and Bobby Simons
2. Excerpts from the Unknown Synthland - Dave Baxley
3. Who's Flying Over Me? - Kostarev Group
4. No Violintentions - Marcel Faas
5. Alysheba (3423) - Steve Robinson
6. Where it all Began/Slowdowns and Adrenaline - Marco Mattei
7. Goin' it Alone - Dogs Welcome
8. Bicycleride - Lennart Ståhle
9. Presto - Bobby Simons
10. Observatory - Paul Hartzog
11. Krimimusic - Ferry Zantman
12. Long-Haired Funky Friends of Jesus - Super Groovy Band
13. Rainfall - C.Cat
14. Uncharted Destination - Ben One
15. Night - Helen Lindhout and Lennart Ståhle

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TOA Records

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Review by erik neuteboom
4 stars This is a musical project from artists all over the world (USA, Germany, Netherlands, Rssuia, Sweden, UK, Italy, Canada and South-Africa), here is information I took from the website: (by Ben P. Stein): "Just a month after Eddie Jobson opened his first-ever official Internet message forum in January 2006, a few of us who congregated there (and got to know each other as if we had been friends for many years) decided to make this CD for Eddie. Rather than imitate or interpret his great works, we agreed to pay tribute to him by contributing original pieces, ones showing how he has inspired us to stretch beyond our limitations and strive for the amazing levels of excellence he has demonstrated in every aspect of his work. Over the course of seven months, we received 15 contributions from 9 countries. Most contributors created new music especially for this CD, while some drew upon previously composed works that proved especially fitting for this album. In the course of making this CD, it developed into something greater than we ever imagined. We hope you get a similar sense when listening to this album."

Well, congratulations to all who were involved in this daring project because this CD has become a very pleasant and varied musical experience in my opinion! The music alternates from minimal soundscapes and mellow keyboard layers to mid-tempo rock and bombastic keyboard driven compositions. Although you can read about the huge inspiration Eddie Jobson was for all those musicians, the music is no derivative of Eddie Jobson his musical heritage. My highlights on this CD are Who's Flying Over my by the Kostarev Group from Russia (captivating and experimental melodic blend of classical and symphonic prog with a fluent rhythm featuring flute, violin, fiery guitar and fat synthesizers), Alysheba by Steven Robinson from the USA (dynamic and catchy with powerful Jeff Beck/Allan Holdsworth inspired guitar and varied keyboards), Bicycleride by Lennart Ståhle from Sweden (catchy with vintage keyboards like powerful Hammond and fat Moog runs), Presto by Bobby Simons from the USA (wonderful Larry Fast-like electronic music), Krimimusic by Ferry Zantman from The Netherlands (exciting and dynamic, very elaborate track with sensitive guitar, powerful drums and strong keyboard work) and Uncharted Destination by Ben One from the USA (majestic and very tasteful keyboard sound with echoes from Vangelis). A funny song is Long-Haired Funky Friends Of Jesus by the Super Groovy Band from Canada delivering a hilarious atmosphere with violin, a funky bass and great vocals, it could have been composed by Frank Zappa! I enjoyed listening to this unique musical project but don't expect music like UK or Roxy Music!

Eddie Jobson his reaction after listening to the CD: "I was surprised how good this was. It was obviously a labor of love for all involved, and definitely touched Eddie. The music on this CD ranges from good to outstanding. If you are an EJ fan it is very well worth your while!"

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