Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography


Tim Blake

Progressive Electronic

From, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Tim Blake Caldea Music II album cover
3.50 | 11 ratings | 3 reviews | 18% 5 stars

Write a review

from partners
Studio Album, released in 2002

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Caldea (4:27)
2. Floating (9:22)
3. Om Beach (1:25)
4. The Great Pool (19:44)
5. Across The Sea Of Dreams (4:52)
6. Jacuzzi Surfing (9:07)
7. Caldea II (4:34)

Total Time 52:11

Line-up / Musicians

- Tim Blake / performer, composer & producer

- Christian Boulé / glissando guitar (2)
- Konan Mevel / Catalan veuze (bagpipes) & Celtic flute (7)

Releases information

Artwork: Pep Faura (X Tretze)

CD Synergy Records ‎- SRCD 55303 (2002, Spain)
CD Esoteric Recordings ‎- ECLEC 2592 (2017, UK) Remastered

Thanks to PROGMAN for the addition
and to Quinino for the last updates
Edit this entry

Buy TIM BLAKE Caldea Music II Music

TIM BLAKE Caldea Music II ratings distribution

(11 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(18%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(18%)
Good, but non-essential (64%)
Collectors/fans only (0%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

TIM BLAKE Caldea Music II reviews

Showing all collaborators reviews and last reviews preview | Show all reviews/ratings

Collaborators/Experts Reviews

Review by Easy Livin
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator / Retired Admin
3 stars Getting into hot water

Having captivated us with his album for a new millennium, "The tide of the century", Tim Blake wasted little time in recording his fifth solo album, "Caldea music 2". This time though, we have a commissioned work, the music being written for the Caldea Thermo-Ludique Center in Andorra. This was the second set of music commissioned by the centre, hence the "2" in the album title (so don't look in Blake's discography for "Caldea music 1"!) Caldea means "hot water", the location in Andorra being a source of natural hot water which is used for " thermal bathing, relaxation, and steaming". The building housing the Caldea was designed like a "Crystal city" in the centre of Andorra's capital, Valdez. While bathing, guests are soothed by piped new age music, hence the commissioning of this work.

With that background in mind, it is important that fans of Blake do not approach this album expecting something similar to his previous solo efforts. That said, while this is Blake's first totally instrumental album in many years, it would be wrong to simply assign it to a new age classification. Admittedly, there is a relaxed quality to the music, but the blending of Celtic influences and strong electronic rhythms on some tracks results in a diversity which new age music does not usually boast.

On the second track, "Floating", Blake's Tangerine Dream like synth passages are complemented by some glissando guitar played by Christian Boule. The blending of the two forms a highly effective wash of floating sounds and melodies.

The feature track of the album is "The Great Pool" which runs to a shade under 20 minutes. The track sounds like it may have been lifted form one of Tangerine Dream's later albums, when the early solo synth performances had been replaced by smoother waves of polyphonic sounds. While the track has definite new age leanings, it is altogether too rock orientated to be dismissed as such.

On the final track, which is called "Caldea II" (the opening track is titled "Caldea"), Blake is joined by Konan Mevel playing Catalan bagpipes and Celtic flute. The piece is a powerful, anthemic number, the kaleidoscope of sounds coming together delightfully in a Celtic cacophony.

In all, an album which, while largely devoid of rock influences which are a usual feature of Blake's work, is much more than simply an hour of new age noodling. The music here certainly has ambient, relaxing qualities, but it also stands up to closer scrutiny than many of its peers of a similar type.

Latest members reviews

4 stars 4.5 stars. This is my kind of modern progressive electronic. Blake definitely celebrates his electronic mastery on this work commissioned for Caldea Thermo-Ludique Center in Andorra. Water and its healing properties in all forms is the inspiration here, and this work contains no filler. Bla ... (read more)

Report this review (#1949500) | Posted by WFV | Wednesday, July 18, 2018 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Its easy to critique Mr Blakes fantastic work in Gongs best known works like the Flying Teapot trilogy as some of his best work but Caldea Music II still retains his ideas and compositional attitudes. Tim is NOT a rock and roller tho his aesthetics in the keyboard department might at times hint ... (read more)

Report this review (#289283) | Posted by betawave31 | Monday, July 5, 2010 | Review Permanlink

Post a review of TIM BLAKE "Caldea Music II"

You must be a forum member to post a review, please register here if you are not.


As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: — jazz music reviews and archives | — metal music reviews and archives

Donate monthly and keep PA fast-loading and ad-free forever.