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Instrumental electronic New Age with progressive elements


Heinz STOBL (aka GANDALF) can be called a "PAINTER OF MUSICAL LANDSCAPES", he is a composer, musician and producer of meanwhile numerous album releases. Taking his name from the good-hearted wizard in J.R.R. Tolkien's trilogy "Lord of the Rings", GANDALF's work often reflects his love of nature, as well as his commitment to preserving the environment. He plays a great variety of instruments (various guitars, sax, piano, keyboards such as lead and string-synths, and percussion) and blends acoustic, electronic and spherical sounds and weaves folk elements into a symphonic structure to create his unmistakable and unique musical style. The sound is full, rich, and colourful. In his travels, GANDALF has been touched by the realization that far more things unite than separate the various people and cultures of the world, and his goal in composing and recording is to create music that dissolves boundaries.

The goal of this multi-sided musician is, to dissolve the boundaries between musical categories and styles and to create a cross-cultural global music. On his journeys through Europe, North and South America and Asia he came in touch with most different cultures and found out, that there are more things that unite than seperate the folks on this planet.

His first few albums - 1980's "Journey to an Imaginary Land", 1981's "Visions", 1982's "To Another Horizon" (conceptual), 1983's "Magic Theatre" (conceptual), and 1984's "Tale From a Long Forgotten Kingdom" (concept work) contained a definite prog rock edge, before adding such instruments as flutes and saxophones to the equation and heading in a more new age-ish direction. "Reflection" is a collection of essential pieces from 1986 to 1990. It is a fine introduction to one of the foremost Austrian synthesists. "From Source to Sea" (1988) is still one of top selling imports, but overall is probably more NewAgey than most folks here would like. You could try "Gallery of Dreams" (1992), with Steve HACKETT on guitars. The result is quite majestic with an energy that favours relaxation. "Fountain of Secrets" (2002) is surely destined to become another top seller. It is a stunning flowing, mix of melodic variety and sound layering where the music travels but never loses sight of its functions.

"Between Earth and Sky" (2003) is a harmonious and meditative compilation of the artist´s most beautiful tracks recorded be...
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3.38 | 16 ratings
Journey To An Imaginary Land
1980
3.59 | 12 ratings
Visions
1981
3.50 | 17 ratings
To Another Horizon
1982
3.73 | 10 ratings
Magic Theatre
1983
2.07 | 8 ratings
More Than Just a Seagull
1983
2.44 | 11 ratings
Tale From A Long Forgotten Kingdom
1984
2.33 | 3 ratings
The Shining
1985
3.76 | 10 ratings
The Universal Play
1987
3.08 | 7 ratings
From Source to Sea
1988
3.53 | 6 ratings
Invisible Power: A Symphonic Prayer
1989
3.00 | 2 ratings
Labyrinth
1990
2.29 | 5 ratings
Symphonic Landscapes
1990
2.95 | 3 ratings
The Stones Of Wisdom
1992
3.48 | 19 ratings
Gallery Of Dreams (featuring Steve Hackett)
1992
3.67 | 3 ratings
To Our Children's Children
1994
1.32 | 6 ratings
Colours Of The Earth
1994
2.00 | 4 ratings
Echoes From Ancient Dreams
1995
2.17 | 5 ratings
Gates to Secret Realities
1996
3.87 | 6 ratings
Barakaya - Trees Water Life
1997
2.09 | 4 ratings
Into The Light
1999
3.00 | 2 ratings
Samsara
1999
3.40 | 5 ratings
The Fountain of Secrets
2002
2.40 | 6 ratings
Colors Of A New Dawn
2004
0.00 | 0 ratings
Der Prophet
2005
3.88 | 8 ratings
Sacred River
2006
3.89 | 9 ratings
Lotus Land
2007
3.89 | 10 ratings
Sanctuary
2009
3.43 | 7 ratings
Erdenklang & Sternentanz
2011
2.86 | 7 ratings
Dreamweaver
2013

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

4.50 | 2 ratings
Live in Vienna (CD + DVD)
2008

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0.00 | 0 ratings
Fantasia
1987
2.00 | 2 ratings
Reflection
1991
4.00 | 1 ratings
Magical Voyage
1995
0.00 | 0 ratings
Visions 2001 - 20 Years of Gandalf
2001
4.25 | 4 ratings
Between Earth And Sky
2003

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

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To Our Children's Children
1994

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 Journey To An Imaginary Land by GANDALF album cover Studio Album, 1980
3.38 | 16 ratings

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Journey To An Imaginary Land
Gandalf Crossover Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars Austrian multi-instrumentalist Heinz Strobl, performing and recording under the Gandalf moniker, has to be considered as one of the founders of New Age music.Born in 1950, Gandalf's travels all over the world not only broadened his musical horizons but gave him the opportunity to unite different music styles and cultures.Between August and October of 1980 Gandalf recorded his first solo album ''Journey to an Imaginary Land'', eventually released on WEA Records the same year.

The ''Departure'' introduction shows in a general way what Gandalf's concept was all about.Acoustic guitars blended with floating synths and electronics in a composition able to give birth to a whole new music genre.''Foreign landscape'' though is more diverse and inventive.A mix of MIKE OLDFIELD-guitar instrumentals, TANGERINE DREAM-like spacey electronics and again simple-sounding acoustic guitars in a unique mix of Electronic Prog and Space Rock.''The Peaceful Village'' is a really peaceful piece of music.Acoustic crescendo with obvious Eastern influences and background synthesizers, occasionally bursting out some energy with percussion and more doninant synths.''March Across the Endless Plain'' is maybe too long for the idea it serves.Repetitive percussion sounds and synths will take too long to give their place to some cool atmospheric musicianship with fine electric solos and this soundscape is repeating twice with no particular surprises.Good but overstretched inspiration in the vein of DAN AR BRAZ.''The Fruitful Gardens'' contains the most dreamy, symphonic and emotional keyboard work by Gandalf, while some of his passages recall the moog parts of GENESIS.Another lovely title, ''Sunset at the Crystal Lake'', is represented by some cool,spacey and pure Electronic Music with some Eastern vibes here and there, (again) not far from TANGERINE DREAM, a calm way to close the debut of Gandalf.

Maybe the historical importance of this album is even bigger than its true musical value.Still fans of Electronic Prog and followers of MIKE OLDFIELD and DAN AR BRAZ have plenty of reasons to like this one, not to mention everyone fond of instrumental New Age soundscapes.Recommended.

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 Sanctuary by GANDALF album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.89 | 10 ratings

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Sanctuary
Gandalf Crossover Prog

Review by cutsofmeat

4 stars I took a chance on this album not knowing anything other than it may be more new age than prog without vocals. Well folks, this is one of the most beautiful albums I have ever heard. The soundscapes are amazing and I can't help but picture the most grand images of nature that my mind can conjure up. I don't typically listen to a lot of this type of music as the norm, but for a change of pace this is perfect. I will go back and visit some of Gandalf's past releases as I see there are a lot. But this was a perfect place to start. I have been using this album as background music when I read or do work and it sets a great mood. But it can also be used as wonderful forefront music, especially while driving through picturesque landscapes or if you need a little peace after a stressful day at the office. Not much more that I can say about it other than if you need a change of pace to the softer side, don't hesitate to go here. 4 stars!

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 Journey To An Imaginary Land by GANDALF album cover Studio Album, 1980
3.38 | 16 ratings

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Gandalf Crossover Prog

Review by memowakeman
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars This wizard has created nice atmospheres!

It is predictable to know that this musician from Austria took the name of Gandalf from Tolkien's writings, and also, what he creates could get on well with the same books, or actually in some of the film's moments.

Though I don't really know anything more about this artist, I can mention that he has released a lot of albums since 1980, he is a prolific musician well recognized in his country. His debut album is entitled "Journey to an Imaginary Land", featuring six compositions and a total time of 45 minutes. Heinz Strobl (Gandalf) is a multi-instrumentalist, or if you prefer, a one-man- band.

This album kicks off with "Departure"; some kind of explosion introduces you to the music, but secons later the atmosphere becomes gentler due to the acoustic guitar and the synthesizer effects. Then, keyboards appear as foreground and produce a friendly sound that is always accompanied by that nice acoustic guitar and bass sound. This track has some interesting passages, especially where the short keyboard solo appears, giving it a symphonic sound.

I wanted to put that word "symphonic" because most of the album might be considered as a "new age" or "ambient music", though those symphonic parts make it fit under the progressive realm. The second song is "Foreign Landscape" which has an electric guitar that along with those synth effects, remind me in moments of both, Vangelis or Mike Oldfield. This longer track could work as a movie soundtrack, or also work while you are reading a nice book. The music is soft and gently, so you can relax and enjoy it.

"The Peaceful Village", I think the name speaks for itself, what you will find here is music in the same tenor, peace and calm in all their extension. The delicate acoustic guitar always helps creating an ambient of harmony and tranquility. The song begins slowly until minute two and a half, where a new and pastoral structure appears, giving again a gentle sound that may put a smile on you. I like very much his keyboard sound.

The longest track is "March across the Endless Plain" with a ten-minute length; however it does not necessarily means that this would be neither the best track, nor the most complex or elaborated. It is good, it has good elements and a pretty nice structure, the fact is that after a few minutes one may feel bored, actually some of the moments here are pretty similar to previous song, so that repetition does not really help. What I can point out, is that he knew how to combine the percussion with the atmospheres.

"The Fruitful Gardens" shares several atmospheres, though the music could sound pretty repetitive with the acoustic guitar and keyboards, the second part of the song becomes better after a short stop, where the guitar and synth slowly begin to progress and gradually becomes a new piece. The album finishes with "Sunset at the Crystal Lane", whose sound reminds me to some Popol Vuh moments: atmospheres, colors, textures, etc. Though the music begins slowly (again), the volume is increasing with the seconds and it creates some tension that will lead you to keep listening until it finishes.

Journey to an Imaginary Land is a pretty good effort by Gandalf, a progressive rock fan may enjoy it, though it is not the best example of what progressive rock is, actually it is strange to see him under the crossover genre, but well, if you like some ambient, soft electronic music with symphonic hints, you may try it, if not, you will not like it. My final grade is three stars, nice music to sit comfortable and relax.

Enjoy it!

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 Gallery Of Dreams (featuring Steve Hackett) by GANDALF album cover Studio Album, 1992
3.48 | 19 ratings

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Gandalf Crossover Prog

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

2 stars Steve Hackett goes Mike Oldfield by Gandalf's magic power

It is fair to say that had it not been for the presence of one of my all time favourite guitar heroes - Mr. Steve Hackett - on this album, it is highly unlikely that I ever would have come into contact with Gandalf - an Austrian New-Age composer and multi-instrumentalist that has been releasing albums since 1980. Gallery Of Dreams is also the only Gandalf album I have ever heard (and most probably the only one I ever will hear!). Hackett adds both some of his very distinctive electric guitar sounds and some tasteful Classical guitar playing, but the music is mostly dominated by soothing, keyboard-generated soundscapes with some occasional piano and some more exotic instruments.

The album is almost wholly instrumental, but Tracy Hitchings does add some vocals to some tracks, including the title track. The music of Mike Oldfield is probably a very good reference point, but we are not talking about Tubular Bells here, but rather some of Oldfield's more recent and more New-Age oriented albums. This is overall a very relaxing and much understated type of music and it is very hard, not to say impossible, to relate this in any way to progressive Rock.

The value in this music lies, for me, not surprisingly, in Hackett's guitars; particularly, when he is allowed to shine on his electric guitar which is not too often. When he is allowed to contribute some nice acoustic playing, the mood is not that dissimilar to Hackett's Classical albums, but Gandalf's music is not really Classical. Needless to say, there are much better places to look if you want to witness Hackett's amazing guitar talents. Those looking for anything similar to Hackett's Rock albums or anything musically related to Genesis, are obviously looking in the wrong place here. But for those who enjoy relaxing, New-Age type music, Gallery Of Dreams is probably a nice addition.

For me personally, on the other hand, this is not particularly interesting at all even if I do see some soothing beauty in it. This is simply too understated and uneventful for my taste despite some lovely moments.

This album can only be recommended for fans of New-Age music and Steve Hackett completionists.

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 Gallery Of Dreams (featuring Steve Hackett) by GANDALF album cover Studio Album, 1992
3.48 | 19 ratings

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Gandalf Crossover Prog

Review by amir

4 stars well I must admit that the only reason I buy this cd is that its include Steve Hackett ,Mr. Hackett is one of my favorite guitarist and any album that Mr. Hackett is play in I should get so finally I find it ,it was quit expensive but it worth the price ,it is a beautiful piece of music ,I didn't know for what to expect from this album because I didn't hear any gandalf album before and the most new age album I know I didn't like ,so this album surprise me how beautiful it is ,there is some tracks that I find a little boring especially the acoustic tracks but most of the album is beautiful and the including of Mr. Hackett with his electric guitar make this album a superb album that any music lover should get,so if you like good music and if you love electric Hackett like me don't think twice,you don't disappoint,

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 Gallery Of Dreams (featuring Steve Hackett) by GANDALF album cover Studio Album, 1992
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Gandalf Crossover Prog

Review by Gatot
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars A peaceful music .

The music offered by this album is to me more on classical music with progressive touch, rather than progressive rock per se. All tracks contained herein are mellow in style, using long sustain keyboard work, piano as main rhythm section while guitar (acoustic and electric) serves as lead melodies. If your mood is into this kind of music, I am very sure that you would enjoy this album in its entirety. The music flows nicely right from the beginning of the track to the end, presents you a stream of notes and chords in slow tempo that gives you ( I can imagine!) a peace of mind. This is best listened to after 10:00 PM to get full comprehension of the music subtleties, play it loud with a dim of light (better to turn the light off!). You would then find a joy of peaceful music that accompanies you explore your mind, capitalize your brain power. In a nutshell, what I am telling you is that this music is suitable for meditating your life either in retrospective of digging the lessons of the past days and crafting better future for your life. Oh.. what am I saying here? Why am I connecting the music with "crafting" your life? Is it my business to give a word or two about your life? Of course not! - you might say so! But . you might miss my point that actually I am sharing what I experienced with listening to this beautiful stream of music this album offers. And this is not about something about life philosophy. Rather, it's confirming my belief, my proposition, my opinion that ."music is emotion". That is to say, the music this album offers has helped me uplift my emotion, increase my motivation towards life. And I am not offering joke here, this is true, my friends.! I have never treated music as a "commodity". Rather it's a contemplating vehicle to help me move forward with ever increasing life challenges and obstacles. With music, especially prog rock, I can move forward bravely, confidently. That's why I treat music so special. What about you, my friends? How do you treat music?

Let's back to business! This album opens the music beautifully with "Face In The Mirror" in ambient nuance through the sound of keyboard / guitar with classical style, stunning howling guitar work by Steve Hackett. You might associate this kind of music with Kitaro even though it's not totally similar, especially the excellent guitar work by Hackett. It's so compelling and peaceful. When I rode my bicycle for going to work last week while playing this album at my MP3 player, I truly found joy with the music amidst crowded traffic. It helped me wipe out all the uncomfortable feeling with traffic jam and strengthened my motivation. The continuing track "Willoman-Watcher Of The Waters" (4:46) opens peacefully with nice piano work with great string section at background using long sustain keyboard sound. Piano is the main thing with this track while acoustic guitar provides a rhythm section and fills. The music moves gradually into uplifting parts especially when the piano solo is combined with stunning electric guitar work by Hackett. It's really cool ..

The short track "Alone Again" (1:53) which contains catchy piano notes serves as bridge to next track. I am impressed with the power of melody this short track has through the sounds of piano coupled with excellent acoustic guitar work. This is a short track that kills! Do you remember "Hairless Heart" by Genesis? How do you feel when you listen to this short track comprising mostly keyboard work by Tony Banks? If you feel good and consider the melody is catchy, I bet you like this "Alone Again". "Between Different Worlds" (5:54) showcases how Hackett's guitar exploration and string section opens this track wonderfully. While in "Another Dream" (3:16) you would find nice oboe work by Andrea Krauk which brings the music in peaceful way. It somewhat reminds me to the nuance of King Crimson "Three of a Perfect Pair" album. Yeah, I do remember how Robert Fripp played his guitar that sounds like a keyboard; it's like Alan Holdsworth's synthaxe.

"Song Of The Unicorn" (4:23) starts with catchy piano work in ambient nuance followed by stunning acoustic guitar work by Steve Hackett. Oh man .. you must listen this album because until track 6 I have not found something which does not sound nice to me and I assure you that the rest of the tracks are all excellent because I have listened to this album (in its entirety) more than 5 times. And I do not want to review at track b track level, I just want you to trust my words that all tracks are good especially if you have passion in classical music. But I just want to add another track that worth mentioning, i.e. the album title track "Gallery of Dreams". It's because of due to the fact that this track has vocal line by Tracy Hitchings whereby the music provides similar nuance with Steve Hackett "Voyage To The Acolyte" album especially the parts with female voice.

Overall, this is for sure an excellent addition to any prog music collection. This album serves very well to those of you who love (or who can appreciate) classical music. But it might work fine with those of you who can appreciate the light side of progressive music. This album is highly recommended.

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

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 Magic Theatre by GANDALF album cover Studio Album, 1983
3.73 | 10 ratings

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Magic Theatre
Gandalf Crossover Prog

Review by progrules
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4 stars Interesting. That's the word that comes to mind thinking about this artist. I mean: look at his discography ! This man has had a very productive career and he is not even 100% progressive and that makes him even more versatile and interesting. In my favourite music store they placed an album by him under new age. I stated at that moment that he was supposed to be progressive but the salesman said: not this album, this is entirely different. I can't remember which album it was, he made quite a lot. But it's what I mean: he is a universal artist and is intriguing because of that.

This particular album is intriguing too. To me this is pure prog, high standard composing and execution resulting in a wonderful album. At first I picked out the longest track (2nd door) for my mp3 and so I know that one best. I loved it immediately, the music is kind of quiet, very melodic and very suitable as background music but meant in the most positive way possible. When I decided to check out all the other tracks I was anxious to discover they couldn't live up to the magnificent 2nd door but suprisingly they did. At least almost. The whole album is in the same style, to me that was a plus because it's a very soothing style. You have to be in the mood for this but when you are it's more than an enjoyable listen for over 50 minutes.

With all this positive information it will be no surprise I value this with 4 stars. Very well deserved !

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 Lotus Land by GANDALF album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.89 | 9 ratings

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Lotus Land
Gandalf Crossover Prog

Review by Gog/Magog

4 stars Time to put on the slippers and put your feet up and relax after a hard day doing whatever you do, put on a Gandalf CD and you are transported to a different place every time, this time to the Far East. Imagine yourself spirited away to ancient Chinese times, probably ideal for a yoga session.

Beautiful melodies are the key to Gandalf he never resorts to endless, repetitive noodling (excuse the pun) and never allows a tune to get boring.

Perhaps the sitar sound doesn't really fit for me on this album, but that's just a personal opinion, all other parts of the album work perfectly, so not for teenage boys with a grudge against the world, because they can't get a girlfriend, but I recommend anybody who like a bit of ambient/new age to try, you shan't be disappointed.

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 The Universal Play by GANDALF album cover Studio Album, 1987
3.76 | 10 ratings

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The Universal Play
Gandalf Crossover Prog

Review by eMTee

3 stars While the best part of the previous Gandalf release 'Tale From A Long Forgotten Kingdom' still falls the same category as his earlier albums, starting with 'The Universal Play' Gandalf completly arrives to the second period of his musical carrier. This period (which lasts to the early '90s) consist of series of albums with music based on mostly electronic instruments rather than accustics.

'The Unversal Play' is still a concept album though; but now with longer mellow, meditative parts than before, especially in tracks like 'World Within' (5/10) and 'Ocean Of Time' (5/10). Fortunately this isn't true for the majority of the album. The opener 'Earthbound' (8/10) is a pretty nice ambient styled one with various great percussions. It's an interesting track and a different new sound ,one of my favorites. 'Cosmic Circle Dance' (5/10) is a rythmic one - what else would you expect from the title - a bit repetitive really but it fits here after the slowly floating second track.

The best moment of the album is definitely 'Gate To Infinity' (10/10) - the grand piano gets the lead role here and is simply a masterpiece; not only the highlight of this album, this song should be among the top 5 compostions of Gandalf's 30 year long musical carreer.

The last phase, 'Pure Love' (6/10) is an accustic guitar melody that finishes the album nicely.

This new period of Gandalf's starts well with this album - but later almost complete stuctures were reused from this material in the forthcoming 2-3 releases - which is a bit dissapointing.

Anyway, this is a nice production overall, sounds professional as always and gives a great listening experience. As I stated in my reviews of other Gandalf albums: newcomers to this artist should better start with albums like 'Visions' or 'Magic Theater' to get the the best impressions from the works of Austria's magician of sounds.

3,5 stars.

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 Reflection by GANDALF album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1991
2.00 | 2 ratings

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Reflection
Gandalf Crossover Prog

Review by eMTee

4 stars This the second compilation album in a then 10 year old career of Gandalf. It contains the most popular tracks from the previous 4 studio albums, from a period when Gandalf went for a more electronic oriented sound than before. This period sometimes suffers from reusing structures from one album to another but these usually fill the gaps between great compositions but don't worry, you won't find this selection repetitious at all. Some tracks are excerpts or slightly different remixed versions of the original, those are marked as single edit.

This album is a nice chance to get some taste of Gandalf's late 80's work; although it has the common problem of compilation albums as it contains the most popular tracks not the best ones.

However, this album has its own atmosphere and contains some of the most beautiful Gandalf compositions ever made such as "The River Of Permanent Changes" or "Gate To Infinity".

Worthwhile, but there are better original studio albums from the early 80's...

3,5 stars

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