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ABSOLUTE ELSEWHERE is basically a solo effort by one Paul FISHMAN. He wrote it all, arranged it, played all the instruments (synths, sequencers, flute, pianos, mellotron) except guitars & percussion. "In Search of Ancient Gods" is an instrumental album that's a musical interpretation of Erich Von Daniken's books. This is a real fine album of HELDON meets CRIMSON and Alan PARSONS with tons of mellotrons. This is recommended to diehard fans of BRUFORD on drums or to fans of early synthesizer albums.

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1976

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 In Search Of Ancient Gods by ABSOLUTE ELSEWHERE album cover Studio Album, 1976
2.67 | 47 ratings

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Review by VOTOMS

3 stars Featuring Bill Brufford on drums, In Search of Ancient Gods doesn't sound like Yes. Actually, Absolute Elsewhere was a project by Paul Fishman, the brainchild who wrote it all. He plays almost everything here (synths, flute, pianos, mellotron...), but drums and guitar. The album is very ecletic, including symphonic / electronic suites, trippy and atmospheric songs and some cheesy moments, but the spacey mood of the album wasn't that bad for me, as many other reviewers have been describing along the years. This is a concept album, inspired by Eric von Däniken books and theories about supposed aliens that came down to earth in distant ancient times. I'm not a believer, but I totally agreed that Däniken works are great material to study and write a conceptual suite about it, since I wrot a song with a similar concept (Protoculture), but influenced by a theory from a sci-fi series.. For sure, you will find a big s booklet together with the music, full of quotes and stuff, and pics from places that Däniken claims prove his ideas. My favorite moment of the album is the short analog synth solo The Gold Of The Gods, and the hypnotic progression of Chariots Of The Gods. Absolute Elsewhere's one shot "In Search of Ancient Gods is not an essential album, but the SCI-FI development together with the enjoyable suites and rarity level to find this piece nowadays, make this one a valuable album for any progressive rock collection.

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Review by Lieven Van Paemel

4 stars This is an album I didn't know at the time. Like much of the Italian prog music, I never saw it in the shops over here. It's not too bad an album. I actually have the impression that the French band "Air" found some inspiration here from "Earthbound/Future past".

The music varies from mellow strings to now and then darker passages. Everyone seems to drewl by the name of Bill Bruford here... He's a decent drummer true, but this is not HIS album. I didn't really know what to think at first hearing but music holds together well. Beautiful flute, good bass..

I always loved Von Dainikins books, I think I read them all at the time and the music quite fits them. And the artwork is just too beautiful!!! A 4 star.

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Review by Robert Beriau

4 stars Absolute Elsewhere was just formed to put music behind the story written by Eric von Däniken, a Swiss author known for his claims about extraterrestrial influences on early human presence on earth (his ideas are mostly rejected by scientists and academics ...but who cares...the story behind the facts was good !).

The music had to be in such context, and sometimes melodies with deep «background sentiments» and fewer notes is much more inherent to similar writings than fast «riffs».

From my view, musicians on this album were of great talent. Melodies are appropriated and well played. I discovered (at that time) Phillippe Saatchi, on electric guitar, who played really nice lines. Saatchi was a jazz guitarist and I can assure you his play was not that easy as it could looks at first.

Of course the presence of Bill Bruford add a special tempo and mood to this album, but overall it still is a really nice piece of «vinyl» to keep in a collection.

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Review by andrez067

5 stars what can i say about this AMAZING album???

the first time i hace this in my hands was when i was 12 o 13 years old :-P remember those PETROLEUM discs????? XDD it sounded interesting quite a bit because i have hear some old great YES stuff...and i wanted to hear anything related to YES...needless to say, the grat Bull Brufford played drums on this album

it was like and ENDLESS circle....the more i hear this album, the more i wanted to read about Erich Von Däniken books....and the more i read, i wanted to keep listening this album

Starting with EARTHBOUND, is just an amazing SPACE VOYAGE (no drugs needed XD) with all the mellotron sequences....back to earth with MOON CITY and its prog sound

MIRACLES OF THE GODS...retakes the amazing and LONG journey (11:49 MIN) throug space with tons of mellotro, synthesisers and sequencers

THE GOLD OF THE GODS...man...this reminds me CLOSE ENCOUNTERS...the part when they make CONTACT :-P

TOKTELA take you to another lavel with meoldic and peacefull mellotron sounds...to bad this song last just 1 and a half inute :-(

CHARIOTS OF THE GODS...amazing SPACE SOUNDS along with melodic and depressive piano notes...the bass solo lines put some heaviness the the song and the drums add some progressive sound to the song along witht the forth and last part of the song...VERY prog...

RETURN TO THE STARS...space sounds, synthesysers, sequencers...this one reminds me the beginning of XANADU´s RUSH

NO VOCALS WANTED or NEEDED for this album

one of my very very fav prog albums

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Review by João Paulo

4 stars Very nice album. Very balanced and calm and I really apreciate this work. To me, this album is not in Jazz Fusion family that I realy apreciate to, but is in Psichedelic Space Rock vein. The works of keiboards create a space melodic atmosphere, and the guitar, made the synergy of all power of this album. The drums are nothing special but the necessary to made all calm music and space. I like this work. I think that we can listen a really Progressive album of the best of 70 years. If you don't like calm music you don't like this. Not for metal fans but is a album for who like the Progressive melodious music of 70 décade. 4 to 4.5 stars.

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Review by Eetu Pellonpää
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3 stars Only thing I originally knew about this album was that it deals with some von Däniken's stuff, and Bill Bruford plays in it (later case was the main attractor). Spacey sounds introduce the mellow bluesy synth rock sound of this record, reminding a slightly more cosmic version of mid 1970's Pink Floyd sounds. The rhythms are not very unconventional, so the drum maestro is not highly in front. Somekind of reference of the sound could also be Alain Goraguer's music from the film "La Planète Sauvage", and some moments of Camel's "Moonmadness" record.

In the songs there is usually some quite simple theme as leading them, and then the solos for melodic harmonies are introduced for supporting it. Though there are longer tracks on the album, they are built from very simple elements which do not construct very ambitious compositions. So quite easy-listening stuff, but not irritating to my ears in anyway, more like some kind of proto-new age record for relaxation and amusement due some symphatetic playful fooling detected from the music. This works also as perfect background music for playing Commodore 64 games (especially song "The Gold of The Gods" for Commodore 64's "Montezuma's Revenge" game). The last song "Return to The Stars" is really great, an open calm aural space with minimal amount of events, just distant harmony.

I would recommend this for fans of vintage keyboard sounds, retrogamers. and certainly all those interested of von Däniken's fantastic books... Well, maybe the album titles reffering to them do not have any impact to the music, but in this case I do not see it as anykind of trouble, but actually underlining the deep meaningfulness of this all. But I warn, DO NOT buy this due the famous great drummer included in it! His presence does not make this record anything special, nor does it ruins it, he just IS there. I encourage to try to approach the record without any preliminary demands, if descripted charateristics appear appealing.

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Review by Trademark

3 stars Composition/Creativity: 18/25 The concept is interesting, if not particularly inspiring. It was certainly more in keeping with the times (1976) than it would be now. Compositions are not particularly well structured, a bit too meandering.

Musicianship: 17/25

It is a bit hard to tell just what the capabilities of the players on the album (besides Paul Fishamn) are.

Production/Sound: 22/25 Just what you'd expect ca. 1976.

Overall Effect: 18/25 In spite of some shortcomings I rather like this record. It has a nice peaceful vibe and the tracks Earthbound and Chariots of the Gods are particularly good.

Total Score: 75

Letter Grade: C / 3 Stars

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Review by kenethlevine
Special Collaborator Prog-Folk Team

1 stars I have never been a completionist as far as Bruford goes, so I think the reason I bought this back in the 70s, apart from its low sticker price, was because I had loved the film "Chariots of the Gods", and in particular its majestic soundtrack, which enthralled me as a 13 year old. Imagine my disappointment when I discovered a repetitive disc of hackneyed synthesizer themes that sounds more like a cheap porn soundtrack than anything. The best track is probably the first, but it's pretty dispensable even with lowered standards, and what follows is of less interest still.

This really isn't even good enough to compete with most of the new age music that followed a decade or more later. At least that often had some sense of beauty about it. While this might be taken as inoffensive background listening if you are concentrating on something else, my rating is based on the fact that it really is only for the committed collector and has very little to distinguish or recommend it, ie- the compositions, the playing, and the arrangements are all mediocre at best, but more often abysmal. The "progressiveness" is virtually non-existent, as the pieces remain buried in their opening chords, unable to emerge in any meaningful way.

I suspect the high vinyl value in today's market is due to a combination of poor collective memory, an irrational love for all things Bruford, and the likelihood that most outlets had to throw out their abundant excess in much the same way as our crazed mothers disposed of our comic books back in the day. Only our comics actually had artistic merit.

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Review by ZowieZiggy
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1 stars The influence of Bruford on this album (whom attracted me at first) is close to none. He is playing his part on what is Paul Fishman's project. Music is experimental and sounds like improvisions throughout the album.

Reminiscence of Tangerine Dream is there, but with less quality. Lack of passion to say the least. Several tracks starts only after a minute or so ("Chariots of the Gods", "Return to the Stars").

"Earthbound", "Moon City" are very quiet tracks : something similar to "Moonchild" from KC : same kind of impro and goes absolutely nowhere. It is really difficult to put attention from start to finish of this LP. I have tried several times and definitely there is not a lot to remember from this.

Skip this one and keep your money for more interesting stuff. Sorry guys, one star.

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Review by nick.rali

5 stars Three of us guys shared a flat in Shepards Bush in the eary '70s, we had a good sound system with 6 speakers hooked up, we were experameting with all sorts of weird and wonderfull resins and grass, including LSD and used to 'get off' with this record, especially the track where the 'spaceship' lands... I still have the album and play it now and then to remember 'the good ol' days' - would love to get it on CD as the albuim is getting a bit worn out.

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