Free System Projekt & Dave Brewer
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(Excerpt from track 'Billy's Island')
'Ibis Flight' begins with vast 'tron type sounds then we get a sort of spooky warbling section then at just one minute into the track the most awesome 'Rubycon' / 'Ether' bass sequence surges forth, mutating all the time from a fast throb to an almost out of control helter skelter of notes. We now get some great 'Encore' / 'Stratosfear' atmospheric sounds with bits of 'Epsilon in Malaysian Pale' thrown in for good measure. In other words, we don't only have brilliant sequencing but the atmospheric backdrop is also nothing short of stunning. Already this is one of the best tracks I have heard all year! 'Billy's Island' is even more in the 'Encore' mode with even hints of 'Ages'. There is a lovely meandering piano intro but then the speakers start to rumble and here we go again as yet another top quality sequence spews forth. Take all the best moments from your favourite sequencer / analogue albums 1974 through 1979 and you will find them here condensed onto one ecstatic track. There's even a guitar sound near the end that is a dead ringer for Edgar's technique during this period.
OK so we've had three stunning numbers already and yet we still have the thirty two minute 'A Night at the Museum' to come. We begin with the sound of the wind rather energetically blowing across the landscape which then develops into quite a storm. Dark brooding drones emerge as we enter a rather atmospheric section. The next sequence emerges out of a bed of distorting bass rumbles. A second sequence enters and quickens in pace. They surge forward and the excitement just continues to build. More mellotron sounds swell to add to what was already perfection. Just sit back and let yourself be carried away on the avalanche of notes.
Quite simply, if you are into "retro" this CD is not only essential but should take a very prominent place in your collection. It was in fact a live performance at the first Okefenokee gathering of Tangerine Dream fans and they certainly played a set which would have been bound to leave the faithful with huge smiles on their faces. (DL)
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