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3.80 | 41 ratings | 2 reviews | 22% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1990

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. 1er mouvement (8:47)
2. 2ième mouvement (8:58)
3. 3ième mouvement (8:50)
4. 4ième mouvement (10:01)
5. 5ième mouvement (20:27)
6. 6ième mouvement (9:25)

Total Time: 66:36

Line-up / Musicians

- Cyrille Verdeaux / synths (Kurzweil K1000/PX1000, E.Max, DX7), Roland drum machine, programming, composer & producer

- Richard Prezelin / guitar (excl. 5)
- Christian Boulé / Synthi EMS synth (excl. 5)
- Steve Hillage / guitar (5)
- Tim Blake / synthesizers (5)
- Didier Malherbe / flute, sax (5)

Releases information

New version on the 1973 album, entirely re-recorded (except track 5) and extended with new parts

Artwork: Jean-Claude Michel

CD Mantra ‎- MANTRA 044 (1990, France)

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CLEARLIGHT Symphony II ratings distribution

(41 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(22%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(46%)
Good, but non-essential (29%)
Collectors/fans only (2%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

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Review by hdfisch
4 stars In 1990 Cyrille Verdeaux continued the main theme of CS and created CS II using synthesizers, a computer and digital recording techniques. Honestly I'm usually not a huge fan of digital keyboard sounds but I've to say that this album is a very positive exception of this rule. In fact there arn't exclusively synth sounds on here but as well some excellent electric guitar by Richard Prezelin and apart from electronic kb tunes which sound throughout very tasteful and not cheesy at all Verdeaux used also some analogue ones like piano or Mellotron. This work is certainly not to be compared with Rick Wakeman's pseudo-classical and romantic renditions done in the 80's and much more enjoyable than those ones. Fifth movement actually must be identical (if I remember correctly) with part one of CS I with Steve Hillage and Didier Malherbe. Although I still prefer their later release "Infinite Symphony" with more "real" instruments included I can say that CS II should be considered an excellent supplement to their debut album. I'd read on their website that there's a double cd available where both symphonies are combined and I think that one would be a worthy purchase for anyone who doesn't own CS yet. I wouldn't hesitate to rate this excellent work with 4 stars!

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3 stars This 1990 release is one long piece really,but is listed on the lp as several cuts or movements.Features ex GONG members STEVE HILLAGE and TIM BLAKE,but don't expect a GONG clone,because it is not! Much more in the line of MIKE OLDFIELD ( circa TUBULAR BELLS era). This is spaceyer and more lo ... (read more)

Report this review (#1489) | Posted by bob x | Sunday, November 21, 2004 | Review Permanlink

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