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3.29 | 9 ratings | 1 reviews | 33% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1983

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Blue Sun (7:15)
2. The Prince And The Sage (6:19)
3. C.T. Kangaroo (5:34)
4. Mevlana Etude (3:02)
5. Wedding On The Streams (5:02)
6. Shadow Fountain (6:33)
7. Rumours Of Rain (11:02)

Total time 44:47

Line-up / Musicians

- Ralph Towner / Classical & 12-string guitars, piano, Prophet 5 synth, French horn, cornet, percussion, composer

Releases information

Artwork: Barbara Wojirsch

LP ECM Records - ECM 1250 (1983, Germany)

CD ECM Records - 829162-2 (1983, Germany)

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RALPH TOWNER Blue Sun ratings distribution

(9 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(33%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(22%)
Good, but non-essential (44%)
Collectors/fans only (0%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

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Review by Chris S
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3 stars Blue Sun marked the beginning of the 1980's for Ralph Towner. All instruments played by the multi instrumentalist but the classical guitar and 12 strings having the most impact. The opener Blue Sun is a beautiful moody song where his guitar work perfectly depicts the sun in all it's glory. Towner always has an inept skill at replicating climate and seasonal atmospheres to his musical pieces. The follow up " The Prince and The Sage" is another highlight to the album where his instruments play off against one another perfectly to create a lovely song. " C.T. Kangaroo" has always perplexed me, maybe it is Ralph Towner just having a bit of fun but the song is largely a throw away piece yet with clever interplays. My personal favourite is " Wedding of the Streams" where he evokes a cacophany of streaming rivulets of water all babbling in harmony at once. A truly elvish sounding piece :-). " Rumours of Rain" the closer is a brooding, slow, dark song. I am not sure whether it is titled from the anti apartheid novelist Andre Brink's book of the same name. If so one can definitely associate and relate to the sombre mood of this length song.

In summary a great album and almost a four star work but as this reviewer prefers to round down I am going to give this album a solid three and a half stars.

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