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DAVID SYLVIAN

Crossover Prog • United Kingdom


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It is difficult to describe David SYLVIAN's music. It is ambient, dark, although not heavy with sombre vocal and very experimental playing. David SYLVIAN was born as David Batt in Kent, England on February 23, 1958. In 1974 he formed Japan, initially a glam rock band, which eventually evolved into a stylish synth-pop group. After a quite successful career, Japan was dissolved in 1982. SYLVIAN's first solo album "Brilliant Trees" was released in 1984 featuring besides others Richard Barbieri (ex-Japan) and Holger Czukay (ex-CAN). "Brilliant Trees" is a very atmospheric record, mixing funk, jazz, and ambient in beautiful although eclectic music.

David SYLVIAN's next solo album was "Gone to Earth" with Robert Fripp, Mel Collins and SYLVIAN's ex-Japan colleagues Barbieri and Steve Janson. Although brilliant like his previous record, it was less accessible thus got less favourable response from critics. In 1987 SYLVIAN released his most successful and critically acclaimed album "Secrets of the Beehive". A fine and gentle record made with the help of Ryuichi Sakamoto with beautiful songs and elegant arrangements.

After three solo records, David SYLVIAN undertook a number of collaborations with other musicians. In 1988-89 he released two albums with Holger Czukay. In 1993 saw "The First Day", one of the greatest prog records with Robert Fripp, which was followed by a live version "Damage", which also featured Trey Gunn and Pat Mastelotto, would-be members of KING CRIMSON. The superb "Dead Bees on a Cake" followed in 1999; "Approaching Silence", a collection of instrumental material, appeared later that fall. In fall 2000 SYLVIAN returned with the double-disc "Everything & Nothing", which made for an excellent introduction to some of SYLVIAN's projects.

In 2003 David SYLVIAN released "Blemish", a minimalist records, where he plays with Derek Bailey and Christian Fennesz.

DISCOGRAPHY:

1984 Brilliant Trees - 2003 Brilliant Trees (remastered)
1985 Alchemy: An Index of Possibilities
1986 Gone To Earth - 2003 Gone To Earth (remastered)
1987 Secrets Of The Beehive - 2003 Secrets Of The Beehive (remastered)
1988 Plight and Premonition (with Holger Czukay)
1989 Flux + Mutability (with Holger Czukay)
1989 Weatherbox (5 disc box set, includes all previously released solo albums)
1991 Ember Glance - The Performance of Memory
1993 The First Day (with Robert Fripp) produced by Robert Fripp
1994 Damage: Live (with...
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Alchemy: An Index of PossibilitiesAlchemy: An Index of Possibilities
Remastered
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The First DayThe First Day
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Gone to EarthGone to Earth
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Secrets of the BeehiveSecrets of the Beehive
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Caroline 2007
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Brilliant TreesBrilliant Trees
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Approaching SilenceApproaching Silence
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DamageDamage
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A Victim of Stars (1982 - 2012)A Victim of Stars (1982 - 2012)
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Dead Bees On A CakeDead Bees On A Cake
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Forbidden ColoursForbidden Colours
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3.71 | 76 ratings
Brilliant Trees
1984
3.17 | 34 ratings
Alchemy - An Index of Possibilities
1985
3.56 | 70 ratings
Gone to Earth
1986
4.18 | 120 ratings
Secrets Of The Beehive
1987
3.78 | 30 ratings
Plight & Premonition (with Holger Czukay)
1988
3.30 | 20 ratings
Flux + Mutability (with Holger Czukay)
1989
3.75 | 72 ratings
The First Day (with Robert Fripp)
1993
3.86 | 53 ratings
Dead Bees On A Cake
1999
2.54 | 21 ratings
Approaching Silence
1999
3.06 | 28 ratings
Blemish
2003
3.43 | 7 ratings
The Good Son vs The Only Daughter (The Blemish Remixies)
2005
3.84 | 36 ratings
Nine Horses: Snow Borne Sorrow
2005
3.84 | 16 ratings
Nine Horses: Money For All
2007
3.67 | 6 ratings
When Loud Weather Buffeted Naoshima
2007
3.78 | 22 ratings
Manafon
2009
2.46 | 10 ratings
Died In The Wool: Manafon Variations
2011
5.00 | 2 ratings
Uncommon Deities (with Sidsel Endresen and Arve Henriksen)
2012

DAVID SYLVIAN Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.01 | 57 ratings
Damage - Live (with Robert Fripp)
1993

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DAVID SYLVIAN Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.75 | 8 ratings
Weatherbox
1989
4.21 | 33 ratings
Everything And Nothing
2000
3.13 | 5 ratings
Camphor
2002
4.75 | 3 ratings
Monster - Original Soundtrack
2004
3.78 | 18 ratings
Sleepwalkers
2010

DAVID SYLVIAN Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

3.33 | 9 ratings
Darshan
1993
4.00 | 5 ratings
David Sylvian & Robert Fripp - Jean The Birdman
1993

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 Secrets Of The Beehive  by SYLVIAN, DAVID album cover Studio Album, 1987
4.18 | 120 ratings

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Secrets Of The Beehive
David Sylvian Crossover Prog

Review by Warthur
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4 stars David Sylvian's style of ambient pop takes the laid-back, almost sedated tone of the slower sections of Japan's Tin Drum and strips out the orientalism (and, indeed, anything reminiscent of human cultures whatsoever) to craft something wholly unique. It is not an accessible album and at first seems cold and unappealing, and will require several listens to reveal the warmth hidden within. Many will find this worthwhile, especially if you after something calming and soft to play in the background; those who know David Sylvian as a New Romantic frontman may find themselves bored with this artier and more serious incarnation, however.

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 Died In The Wool: Manafon Variations by SYLVIAN, DAVID album cover Studio Album, 2011
2.46 | 10 ratings

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Died In The Wool: Manafon Variations
David Sylvian Crossover Prog

Review by admireArt

2 stars Tiresome, inches away from boring.

The consequence of self-indulgence. David Sylvian's, self-aquired musical language does not save these "Manafon Variations" or the crumbs of that previous album, of being irrelevant. Even his best "discoveries" work against the music. The usually inviting and mysterious songwriting, is reduced to "raw" emotionless experimentations, that should never have been brought outside his private personal collection.

No attractive melodies, forget whole songs. His usual, charged with emotions, introspective "atmospheres" , sound as empty as repetitive. And the "melancholic" lyrical world it presents, is more exclusive than inclusive, therefore uninteresting for third parties. Go backwards and listen to the original "Manafon", that one is worth the ticket. This one not.

Really for "dye hard fanatics" only.

Dissapointing **2 PA stars. Skip!

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 Uncommon Deities (with Sidsel Endresen and Arve Henriksen) by SYLVIAN, DAVID album cover Studio Album, 2012
5.00 | 2 ratings

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Uncommon Deities (with Sidsel Endresen and Arve Henriksen)
David Sylvian Crossover Prog

Review by admireArt

5 stars Turns out that, my favorite up to this day prog-albums, are collaborations between two extraordinary musicians, in a single project. Colin Edwin & Jon Durant-2012-Burnt Belief, Steve MacLean & Chris Cutler - 2012 - The Year Of The Dragon and this a 3 musicians project. In fact David Sylvian's name is a bit overshadowed (in a gesture of humbleness, I suppose), being that it is more like some kind of guest appearance for Jan Bang and Erik Honore (also featuring-Sidsel Endresen and Arve Henriksen), but these guys are not included in the PA's page. So, whatever, who cares , this is a 5 star masterpiece of music. The musical language is daring, without having to be ingenious or innovative perforce. The conceptual context it attempts, its heights and pretentions, are counter-balanced by a sober performance, of a sometimes, almost naked, musical environment. So each of these, "unworshipped" deities, inspire a song, for their own, uncommon "attributes". Therefore, every composition is crafted especifically, music-wise, to the humour or somberness of the deity chosen. As far as this sounds, super-pretentious, David Sylvian's earthy and ethereal voice, in a closer to reading than singing style, brings everything down to earth, enhancing every aspect of Jan Bang and Erik Honore 's electronic/acoustic-musical backdrop, which in turn offers some uncommon kind of raw and deep beauty, close sometimes (in its own proportion, of course) to Hildergard von Bingen's medieval compositions. So, this is not , really an easy to tag or compare with something project. All I can think of, is the two albums, mentioned above, but as a reference of approaches, not musically... Its own conception and execution, sets it apart. If you like or are close to Sylvian's career, this will blow your mind. *****5 "without blinking", PA stars!!

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 Monster - Original Soundtrack by SYLVIAN, DAVID album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2004
4.75 | 3 ratings

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Monster - Original Soundtrack
David Sylvian Crossover Prog

Review by VOTOMS

5 stars "I was attracted to the Monster material by the moral dilemma faced by its central character. The calm surface of the music giving way to darker undercurrents signifying the conscience of the lead protagonist and the themes of morality, fate, resignation, and free will." - David Sylvian quote in the booklet of Monster - Original Soundtrack.

I was presented to David Sylvian music when I was looking for the OST from the thriller seinen (adult anime series) Monster. I fell into David Sylvian official website catalogue, since my favorite song, and probably the song that made me search for the OST, was For The Love Of Life. David Sylvian was a cooperator to the Monster animated series soundtrack, but the only track that was really written by him is For The Love of Life, and this one can't be found on any other Sylvian release, so I will focus my review on this single, but DEEP track. This song is one of the most brilliant songs that I have ever heard in terms of soundtrack composition. Genial. It's some kind of spacey atmospheric music, calm but with a thriller background. The beauty singing and vocal melody is just wonderful. At the first time I have heard For The Love of Life, i thought that the song was weird and I didn't get it. The good side of being an "ending theme" is that I had to listen to it after every single episode, and 'slowly I realise', this fits perfect! The song transmits exactly what it should! The background painting of a monster (something like a green witch) at the ending of the animated series is freak as hell, and makes the song very much more darker. Talking about this music as single, it's still an awesome 5/5 track. Trippy and catchy. Is a hard listening song, maybe you need time to understand the whole thing. A masterpiece.

The rest of the album is very well done, the soundtrack works perfect as a thriller soundtrack, dark and elaborated. The plot of the series is one of the most intelligent and one of my favorites, and the music there is brilliant as well.

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 Dead Bees On A Cake  by SYLVIAN, DAVID album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.86 | 53 ratings

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Dead Bees On A Cake
David Sylvian Crossover Prog

Review by sinslice

4 stars David Sylvian is one of my weaknesses. His class is unique, his voice and singing style is inimitable. Maybe not as progressive or changeable as some would like or somewhat monotonous, but imposing your style with authority. And creator of sublime atmospheres, within emotional or spiritual context. Difficult to fit into a specific musical concept. His work includes songs rarely interrelated.

'I Surrender' is slow and repetitive, but subtle and moving, passionate. Smooth Jazz intelligent, distinctive, with a touch of Soul. Café Europe, Thalheim, Wanderlust are held in the same pillars. Krishna Blue is a bit more intimate and ethnic feel.

Other songs are introspective as Dobro, Alphabet Angle and The Shining of Things. Midnight Sun and its course Blues. Darkest Dreams is a grand finale. And some songs inconsistent for me as Godman, Pollen Path and Praise.

I couldn´t choose two or three references as a parameter to help someone who has never heard an idea of ​​how found, or who resembles his voice. Is David Sylvian, trademark....

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 Nine Horses: Money For All by SYLVIAN, DAVID album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.84 | 16 ratings

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Nine Horses: Money For All
David Sylvian Crossover Prog

Review by admireArt

4 stars Clean, intelligent, AUSTERE and subversive Rock and Prog....."Freedom has its price"

Low profile by nature, David Sylvian's offerings have. also by nature. a certain elegance in both his songwriting and arrangement skills. The recording studio, as such, has always been, also part of his game. Intelligent and attractive poetry, is of course his main attribution to prog, rock, folk, you name it. Therefore when such a "great dish" is presented, with all its ingredients in top shape of substance and flavor, will seem senseless to just let go.

Every time, I play this "Nine Horses:Money for All", extended EP, it still thrills me, as the first time, so by logic, this is the kind of effort that I know, has become in my play ground, an evolving "essential" masterwork, or in "rating" language the 4.5 star deserving kind of album.

It really does not amaze me, the few ratings or attention given to such an uncomparable artist as David Sylvian is. A shame that it happens in such a "universal" page of Prog is. But still it ain't no surprise.

Now, to round things up, by subversive, I don't mean RiO, or Metal music, I mean, non-mainstream music that defies the "markets" because it never compromises, artistry for money, less subdue intelligent and emotional compositions, in able to become accessible to every "market". But otherwise completely appealing to non-mainstream, Prog/Rock audiophiles, who are kind of tired of the same old "new"? Prog repetitions and cliches.

4 becoming a 5 PA star work.................. Climb the ladder!

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 Damage - Live (with Robert Fripp) by SYLVIAN, DAVID album cover Live, 1993
4.01 | 57 ratings

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Damage - Live (with Robert Fripp)
David Sylvian Crossover Prog

Review by admireArt

4 stars The label Eclectic-Prog suits perfectly. Now that I am getting aquainted with the tag; and the recent music bands which turn out to be under this genre. By chance. Anyway this introduction serves the purpose to distance this David Sylvian effort as merely "crossover" in its strict sense. Even better/worse; the other guy (Robert Fripp) simply cannot be tagged down. Considering his vast amount of collaborations with any kind of bands; known and not; prog and not. At least 100 other than Crimson & solo projects. I follow the guy closely; I have to admit! This is one of the best live collaborations (dates) among these guys. Accompanied by close to both musicians (Trey Gunn, Pat Matellotto). Most!.. underline most;.. not all of course; front-men/women vocalist in this style of music (with all its sub-cats) and in general; suffer of what I call "The "Dylan- Syndrome" they get this weird idea that just because they sing in a band whatever f...k they sing is relevant to audiences and the rest of the world. Well Dylan did; and had an ugly voice...so by divine intervention "my thoughts are poetry because I AM the singer!!!of a Prog/Rock/?/band.!!!"...Not David Sylvian (founder of the 80´s proto-prog band "Japan" and apparently "early unclaimed Eclectic-Prog pioneer").. Styles come and go but; when you have nurtered, your naturally born wisdom with words; beyond music academies, more with real life "academies"; raw, dirty, real life! (like Dylan did, actually), you discover and construct your own-language, your mean of expression, and poetry, like Mr. Sylvian does, pure and deep poetry. There are things that simply cannot be taught at school; any school.... A great combination between already written songs ("The First Day" with Fripp) some personal prior "solo" work songs, some from earlier collaborations also with Fripp "Gone to Earth"; and the unmistakable- "Frippertronics" here and there. ..But above all; and best if you like surprises; when required Fripp shows a Hard/Rock guitar approach (like in the studio effort.) he normally does not show (opposite to the Crimson Metal one and his "normal" one). What makes also; this work very relevant; is the perfectly woven "live" performance of great and real intelligent songs. So Eclectic-Prog followers you should ALSO, appreciate this work, I guess. I did entirely! Just because, the whole thing is a perfect combination of songs played amazingly up-front "live"in a ****4.5 "my kind" of live album-Stars............. Every Colour You Are!

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 The First Day (with Robert Fripp) by SYLVIAN, DAVID album cover Studio Album, 1993
3.75 | 72 ratings

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David Sylvian Crossover Prog

Review by admireArt

4 stars The perfect combination of 2 original composers/performers; from different backgrounds (King Crimson; you know / /Japan; an early 80's electro-pop band) ; who had already played together, here and there; in some Sylvians´s, way out; by then, of Japan, solo projects. With Robert Fripp as invited guest solely. (David Sylvians´s Alchemy /An Index of Possibilities-1985 and David Sylvian; Gone To Earth-1986; mainly); So; Fripp only as collaborator; as he has done in 100's of projects; alongside the Crimson projects, his solo albums, and his DGM biz label participation; among other things. But the connection was made and notoriously, beyond mere musical bases. So both; like alchemy; and all the index of possibilities in language and structure; came out in 1993 with these completely original proposal for us audiophiles. Really! ; one of the best things about Robert Fripp, is his always, self-demanding creative process, to outdo and try, even in his own guitar playing approach, different outlooks, different perspectives (with not always; as rule; great; results but DARING always, at least), to which I am so fond of; in every genre, in every artist. David Sylvian, of course by the time, had setted some standards in his own musical language and genre. Both artists by their own right, have aquired a personal-musical language, and both offer the best of each, as a single entity, that will travel the route, but would not spare expenses, to try different ones along the way. Accompanying them in this endeavor; we find out an all star band- close to them and others. Trey Gunn; former Crimson member who also co-writes some songs here . Jerry Marotta: well known drummer in this prog-circle and other circles. Marc Anderson: percussions;.. David Bottrill: wiz-kid in all kinds of engineering "treatments". And close to Sylvian, back then, Ingrid Chavez: choruses/vocals, among other collaborators. Now; how all this sounds around the basically written Sylvian/Fripp compositions?.. to put it simply: Formidable;.. like told; the best of both worlds brought to one perfect result. 4.5**** PA Stars;...so why not 5? Just because personally; I think; "Jean the Birdman" is quiet weak; in comparisson to the rest of his sisters; as "Firepower", "Darshan","20th Century Dreaming (A Shaman's Song)" and "Gods´s Monkey" (great name!). Add up to that bunch; the beautiful 8 minute closing "Frippertronics" piece "Bringing Down the Light". So,besides the song mentioned above; I will think of it as "flawless"; but then; that is me!;....... Climb the ladder, Gods´s monkey!....4.5-near to perfect PA-Stars.

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 Damage - Live (with Robert Fripp) by SYLVIAN, DAVID album cover Live, 1993
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David Sylvian Crossover Prog

Review by Vinyl Connection

4 stars It dawned on David Sylvian (Japan) and Robert Fripp (King Crimson) that a creative partnership might be nice: 1993's excellent "The First Day" was the fruit. Putting together a high-quality touring band, they went on the road and "Damage" tells the tale. As well as live treatments of a big chunk of the studio album, several songs from Sylvian's "Gone To Earth" are included (Fripp collaborated on that under-rated 1986 album too). There is even a song from the (also under-rated) almost-Japan "Rain Tree Crow" (1991). Throughout, the musical energy ebbs and flows around Sylvian's languid voice; guitar textures are woven by Fripp and Michael Brook, while the rhythm section of Trey Gunn and Pat Mastelotto are limber and powerful (Fripp would work with them extensively in the later KC ProjeKcts). Despite the aching melancholy that characterises much of Sylvian's singing, this is not a grey album at all, more a day of many seasons. www.vinylconnection.com.au

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 Gone to Earth by SYLVIAN, DAVID album cover Studio Album, 1986
3.56 | 70 ratings

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David Sylvian Crossover Prog

Review by octopus-4
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3 stars The funky and the fretless bass of the first track identify immediately this album in its decade, but even if in the middle of the 80s, between the first notes we can appreciate how in advance Sylvian was. The jazzy chill-out of "The Healing Place" together with his baritone vocals, like a low pitched Bowie, would be more well placed in the 90s. Another thing that comes to mind is the ZEE underrated album. Respect to that album we have a very impressive lineup: Mel Collins and Fripp and his Frippertronics, above all.

The slow ambient jazz of "Laughter & Forgetting" features a flugelhorn, a sound that sends my mind to the atmosphere of Blade Runner Blues or Mark Isham's Tibet. Short and very nice.

"Before the Bullfight" starts with ambient electronics, on which the electronic drums first, then a clean jazz guitar seem to be just waiting for the flugelhorn in the background. After few less than three minutes the warm voice of Sylvian arrives. The song develops on a different chords sequence, but sometimes the flugelhorn comes back. About 10 minutes of chill-out, not properly "dark ambient", but there's some darkness inside, enhanced by the bass vocals.

The title track is the one I suppose Fripp is more responsible of. It's like the melody has been composed on a "normal" base, then the chords and the sounds have been "frippertroniced" to transform it into something different. I'm not sure about Fripp playing on this song, but he is in the album and I think to hear him here.

Another "long" track, for the album's standards, comes. Also "Wave" has some dissonances inside which give it a more avantgarde feeling repsect to just 80s darkness. This song reminds me of the late Rick Wright's efforts on Broken China. Regardless the similarities with an album that I love, this song is not really my fav.

"Riverman" proceeds on the same line. The lazy proceeding of percussion setup a dreamy environment. Taken along this is a good song, but the whole album is made of this dark chill-out and this makes it suitable as background music, except for the short flugelhorn intermissions. This is an instrument which surely adds value to all the song it's present in.

The first LP is closed by "Silver Moon" which is a more "normal" song. Less dark and more radio-friendly than the rest of the album it has an unusual quantity, for Sylvian, of major chords. Mel Collins is excellent as always on his sax.

The second LP is instrumental only, but this fact gives more room to the clean lead guitar. "The Healing Place" could have had lyrics, but this dark and slow blues is really more effective without. Fans of late Floyd and of Porcupine Tree can find this track very appealing. Surely a highlight.

"Answered Prayers" is very borderline with newage, as well as many other artists during those years. If it wasn't for the guitar I could think of Vangelis, Isham, or even Lucia Hwong.

"Where the Railroad Meets the Sea" is another slow bluesy track based on few guitar repeated notes. A bit too dark to be called newage.

"The Wooden Cross" Sounds like a Tangerine Dream track of the Pink period. I mean Zeit, mainly. Of course I like it.

It's followed by "Silver moon over sleeping steeples" which is more newage oriented, even though some dissonances makes it sound more like the already mentioned Lucia Hwong. It looks like we are used (I am at least), to call newage the ambient music when it's not dark.

"The following track "Camp fire : Coyote country" Is even more calm, positive and relaxing. It's strange thinking to how far this music is from what he was doing with Japan.

With a title like " A bird of prey vanishes into a bright blue cloudless sky" one could have expected something different, but the track is not bad. Still this positive ambient music. If you like Yoga or other kinds of meditation it's fine. For my tastes I'd prefer something more intriguing.

"Home" is leading us to the end of the second LP. Looking at the vinyl surface it appears quite slick. Who comes from the vinyl days knows what I mean. Not bad, really. Only this IS newage.

"Sunlight seen through towering trees" sounds newage even in the title. A good test for the pickups quality. I have the impression of a Shakuyaki below, adding an oriental touch in the second half of the track.

The only voices that can be heard on this LP are on the closing track: "Upon This Earth". It's a speech that combined with the repetitive chords is very pleasant. It reminds me of Vangelis on China but again also Lucia Hwong comes to mind. this is the best track of the second LP in my opinion and a perfect closer if you have been able to survive up to here.

Depending on your tastes you can love the first and hate the second or vice versa. Complexively I think a correct rating is 3 stars as none of the two albums is fundamental in its genre. And we are effectively speaking of two different albums.

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