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Eddie Jobson


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3.29 | 55 ratings

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4 stars Eddie Jobson has certainly gotten around in the progressive music world, but oddly enough, has just two self-titled albums. The Zinc album (unless I'm very much mistaken it is Zinc and not Zink) is notable for having Gary Green of Gentle Giant fame on it. Zinc seems a bit dated these days, very much an '80's album. Theme of Secrets has a more timeless quality to it. It was released on Peter Baumann's (Tangerine Dream alumnus) Private Music label, which tended to have more "new age" oriented artists on it.

This is an entirely Eddie Jobson solo effort. Not only that, but it was entirely performed on the Synclavier, which was a cutting edge instrument at the time (The credits say just Synclavier but most likely it was Synclavier II). Not having played one myself, but being familiar with the work of other musicians using the instrument at the time, I get the impression that Eddie was doing a great job exploring what this synthesizer was capable of.

From Peter Baumann in the liner notes "On this album Eddie did not try to develop ideas or concepts of how the record should sound, he simply created the music in the studio, inspired by sounds he developed on a synclavier music computer, (some of the most intriguing and vibrant ones that I've ever hear.)" I agree with that even despite all the advances in keyboard instruments that have been made to this day.

By the way, Eddie has a new web site, just opened in 2007 and under construction as I write.

P.S. I've always been pronouncing that instrumet the "syn clavier", it's supposed to be pronounced "sync laveer"

Slartibartfast | 4/5 |


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