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Mark Shreeve (2 June 1957 - 31 August 2022) was an electronic music composer. After initially releasing his early work on cassette through the Mirage label he went on to sign for the newly formed Jive Electro in the early eighties and released the albums Assassin, Legion and Crash Head. His last solo album to date, Nocturne, was released in 1995 though a live CD, Collide, was released in 1996 featuring Mark's live performance at EMMA in 1994. Mark has also composed the score for several feature films, recorded a number of library music CDs and achieved success as a songwriter most notably for Samantha Fox during the eighties.

In 1996 Mark formed the group REDSHIFT with his brother Julian Shreeve, James Goddard and Rob Jenkins. The group have recorded nine albums to date and played live in the UK and Europe including a concert at Jodrell Bank Observatory.

The music provides many atmospheric contrasts, dense analog synthscapes, sci-fi spiralling hypno grooves and arpeggiations. Next to Ian Boddy's musical journey it represents the british answer to the Berlin Kosmische school.

Similar artists in the archives : Redshift, Ian Boddy, Robert Rich, Klaus Schulze, Baffo Banfi, Cybotron.

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 Oracle by SHREEVE, MARK album cover Studio Album, 1986
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Mark Shreeve Progressive Electronic

Review by Matti
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— First review of this album —
2 stars Mark Shreeve, 2 June 1957 -- 31 August 2022(!), was a British electronic music composer. His discography of 15 albums is sadly totally unreviewed here, just a handful of practically useless ratings without reviews. There are reviews for the electro-band REDSHIFT which he founded in 1996 with his brother Julian Shreeve, James Goddard and Rob Jenkins. Having only listened to a couple of Redshift albums (lengthy pieces of music comparable to Tangerine Dream and Klaus Schulze), I didn't know what to expect from this album I found from Youtube.

Oracle is the eighth album of Mark Shreeve. It starts with the highly energetic 'Blade Runner' which doesn't really have much to do with the marvelously sensual VANGELIS soundtrack. Vangelis never "rocks" like this piece. [In addition to the catchy Blade Runner theme, his album Direct (1988) Vangelis did approach this kind of a pop direction, but certainly not to a degree of this music.] It seems Shreeve has sampled details from 'Welcome to the Pleasure Dome', the 1984 hit of Frankie Goes To Hollywood, to a great effect. Also 'Myriad of Colours' has a powerful drive and even a fuller soundscape. Heavy drum programming and all kinds of synth crashes that make the ones in 'Owner of a Lonely Heart' sound lame. Very catchy this is, but frankly too hyperactive for me to enjoy without reservations. Think of adrenalin-fuelled early THOMAS DOLBY without vocals.

'Mephisto' (the longest track of the seven, at 7:12) continues with the rhythmically and sonically muscular direction. I begin to miss more dynamic variety and, most of all, more sensitivity. The second vinyl side begins with 'Shadowplay' that brings nothing new to the table. BTW, Chris Franke of Tangerine Dream is guesting on it.

Admittedly the music is well produced, much better actually than a lot of synth-centred popular music of the time. But sad to say, the term over-produced wouldn't be out of place here. 'The Ice Queen' gracefully slows the tempo and thus gives the moody melody the deserved attention. Shreeve's cool guitar playing is a nice additional ingredient to the synthetic soundscape. 'After the Silence' is fairly similar to 'The Ice Queen'. The use of synthesizers is delicious here, from the trumpet-like melody line to a particular bright riff that reminds me of a song on the album Il Sole Nella Pioggia (1989) by ALICE, the Italian singer. Oracle's final piece 'Thunderdome' perhaps namely nods to the second Mad Max movie (1985). Stylistically it's a return to what was heard before the previous slower pieces.

So, if you want some really catchy and bold synth-centred instrumental music, try this one. I feel disappointed to the album whole, because production-wise there would have been opportunities to make a great and dynamic album. Two or three stars? Maybe two's enough, despite all the strengths heard on this album.

Thanks to Philippe Blache for the artist addition. and to NotAProghead for the last updates

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