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3.12 | 6 ratings | 2 reviews | 17% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2000

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Nature 'L' (3:28)
2. The Tide Of The Century (8:09)
3. St. Dolay (5:17)
4. Crystal Island (8:23)
5. Byzantium Dancing (9:14)
6. Sarajevo (Remember) (5:16)
7. Tribulations (3:57)

Total Time 43:04

Line-up / Musicians

- Tim Blake / performer, composer & producer

- Min Tse Chou / guitar (5,7), programming (7)
- Christophe Kovacs / analogue synthesizer (5)
- Christiane Vitard / vocals (4,7)
- Marie-Anne Vitard / vocals (7)
- Loys Kerhoas / rap (7)

Releases information

Recorded live in-studio

Artwork: Corinne Pousse

CD Blueprint ‎- BP340CD (2001, UK)
CD Esoteric Recordings ‎- ECLEC 2591 (2017, UK) Remastered

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(17%)
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Review by Easy Livin
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator / Retired Admin
4 stars "There's a new wave growing for the next thousand years"

Tim Blake may not be a household name, but those who enjoy the music of Gong and/or Hawkwind should be aware of him. Blake has been a member of both those bands during his long career, and even today is still touring with the latter. In the early 1970's, Blake was one of the pioneers of the use of synthesisers by a rock band, and was one of the first to use one on stage.

Blake's solo career has been a stop go one to say the least. After a pair of albums, including the acclaimed "Crystal machine" in the early 70's, it took Blake until 1991 to release his third solo effort. A further 9 years then elapsed until the appearance of "The tide of the century", appropriately in the year 2000. The album was some four years in the making. It is fair to say that time has moved on since those early solo albums, and those familiar with them should not simply expect more of the same here.

"The tide of the century" is an album of diverse influences, with modern electronic sounds and trance like rhythms finding harmony with ambient beauty. The opening "Nature 'L' " forms an appealing overture, with distorted vocals interplaying with an electronic beat and synthesiser motifs. The title track is the first of three longer pieces on the album. This beautiful mid-paced song features a fine blend of piano, vocals, lead guitar and synth. While never ambient, there is an unhurried mood to the song which is both captivating and stimulating. The icing on the cake is the mellotron like synth which provides the framework for this majestic opus.

On "St. Doolay", Blake sound a bit like Chris De Burgh (the early years when he was good!), as he sings accompanied only by piano. The track incorporates a delightful piano and synth duet. The second of the longer pieces is "Crystal island" the title bringing to mind Blake's debut. Here, Blake adds a little light rapping to a song which is a bit like a cross between Ian Dury and Kevin Ayers. The mood is decidedly more wispy here, and girlie backing vocals add a pop feel. Nevertheless, the track builds superbly, its hypnotic rhythm supporting some more fine synth work.

At just over 9 minutes, " Byzantium Dancing" is the longest track on the album. Here, Blake is supported by Min Tse Chou on guitar and Stof Kovaks on analogue synthesiser. This is one of just two genuine instrumentals on the album, the piece being very reminiscent of Tangerine Dream around the time of "Rubicon". "Sarajevo (Remember)" features highly effective bagpipes like synth, the song dealing sensitively with the tragic war in the Balkans. The song blends influences such as "Biko" (Peter Gabriel), and "Belfast Child" (Simple Minds) in a piece of great emotion. The album closes with "Tribulations", a reggae style song with rapping by Loys Kerhoas. It is not quite as bad as at sounds, but if you leave the album after track six, you will not have missed anything!

In all, a superb album by Blake which sees him blending a diverse range of styles and sounds into a highly enjoyable set. There is plenty of good old fashioned monophonic synth to enjoy, along with a fine array of other sounds. Recommended.

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1 stars Well, well, well... What have you done, Tim Blake... And where are you now, Hi Ti Moonweed, GONG's synth wizard, a superb performer and composer, one of the founders of the band's unique sound? No more space magik. An experienced listener can find nothing exiting and intriguing on this album, just ... (read more)

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