LIST OF THE TIMELESS BEST

Here you find the ultimate best releases ever in electronic music.
These CDs have to be in every collection!

LIST OF THE TIMELESS BEST
Bo Hansson - Lord of the Rings Extended Remastert

Artist: Bo Hansson
P: 1970 / 1993
These musical visualizations by the Swedish composer-musician almost seem to have arisen from the very pages of the book. The track titles bear the names of chapters from the story in sequence ; "Leaving the Shire, the Fog on the Barrow Downs, the Black Riders,& the Flight to the Ford", & so on until the ending "the Grey Havens".
I admit to being a fan of Bo Hansson since the appearance of this album & I would go as far as accrediting him with having introduced storybook fantasy music to the broad realm of rock. Other artists soon followed with their own rock music adaptations of popular stories, historic,& folklore themes.
It must be remembered this music was created way before state of art digital electronic keyboards & computer enhanced sound. These were the days of the Hammond organ & the original Moog synthesizer. On this album Hansson plays organ, Moog, guitars,& bass, & most of it was compiled whilst he lived reclusively on an island off Stockholm.
It is worth noting that Bo was held in high regard in the British music scene in the late sixties when he played & recorded with fellow Swede Janne Karlsson. This unusual rock duo released their own albums under the name "HANSSON & KARLSSON" [see my review] & had a number of jams with none other than Jimi Hendrix. Bo's organ playing was considered by many to be ground breaking at a time when keyboard provided mainly backing for most rock bands.
Bo was one of the very first rock musicians to put the keyboard up front, often without an electric guitar anywhere in sight,& was one of the earliest to make full use of the Moog synthesizer as an exciting new lead instrument. In 1970 a tiny number of artists were just beginning to use electronic keyboard for this kind of musical imagery. These were really pioneering times & this album was a milestone at the start of an era of many keyboard masters & solo multi-instrumentalists, so one can see how many have been influenced by Hansson.
If you enjoy the "Lord of the Rings" story &/or you have a sense of fantasy consider this classic album from a very creative man.
This release contains some more tracks from the two albums: Magician's Hat and Attic Thoughts.

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Brainwork - Back to the Roots

Artist: Brainwork
P: 1993   
Berlin School its very best! Chris Franke (Tangerine Dream) Sequenzing in a modern Style

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Brian Eno - Apollo: Atmospheres + Soundtracks

Artist: Brian Eno
P: 1983
If you ever wondered what ambient music is all about, you could do worse than listen to the soundtrack by Brian Eno that accompanied the stunning visuals of NASA's Apollo missions to the moon. Created with an intoxicating mixture of acoustic and electronic, the music makes the now-classic space travel images more magical and memorable, introducing a dreamlike element to scenes of cold reality. "An Ending (Ascent)" is about as close to an actual tune as you'll get, but, as with every track, a shining example of what ambient music reveals about itself--slowly and carefully.
If you've ever wanted to experience weightlesness, buy this recording. It is truly atmospheric, elegant, and downright beautiful. There are also some rather frightening moments (I think)contined in "Matta" which is worthy of the best sci-fi soundtracks. The ultimate piece on this CD is "An Ending (Ascent)". It is simply one of the most breathtakingly beautiful "songs" I have ever heard. The first time I heard it, I knew I wanted to become a musician. It's simplicity and aching beauty is something I've tried to recreate in my music, but haven't quite topped this. I've listened to this piece I would estimate in the thousands of times, and it still takes my breath away.

 

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Brian Eno - Music for Films

Artist: Brian Eno
P: 1978 / 1987
This is one of the origins of the style: ambientmusic. Brian Eno played this style for the first time way back in 1978 and this is still a milestone in history of ambientmusic.

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Christopher Franke - Pacific Coast Highway

Artist: Christopher Franke
P: 1991

This 1991 release was Chris Franke's first CD as a solo musician, after splitting from Tangerine Dream in 1988.
Recorded in January 1991, "Pacific Coast Highway" is the first studio album of Christopher Franke solo. Exactly at that time, Tangerine Dream burned out as an ensemble, and Franke has already tasted freedom from the band, having scored a few films on his own with the help of Berlin Symphonic Film Orchestra he founded. A studio album was due, and Chris was full of ideas as to where he might travel in the sound space. He was always associated with the heavier touch within Tangerine Dream - he was the man behind the rhythmic section, he operated the sequencers, he provided the arpeggiated pulsating background, and did much of the underlying compositional work in the 80s. Thus I am not exactly surprised that for his first album, an album by which he would be judged, he chose something completely different, undertook a different musical path - the lightness of touch. Indeed, "Pacific Coast Highway" is a very light album, almost easy listening, one might say. With an ossacional guitar and orchestral touch, this album is mostly a selection of light electric piano songs. Every song has its own soul, and is perfectly executed, and let's face it - pleasurable to listen to. Millions of Tangerine Dream fans bought this album either expecting him to continue where he broke off at Tangerine Dream (and thus failed in their assumption), or expecting him to create something new, explore new lands with his music; take a step further. "Pacific Coast Highway" does just that. It's a small beautiful album, which to this day is a sweet collection of light songs that brighten my life so much. It bears the compositional stigma of Christopher Franke, and yet it's completely new. When I first heard this album, and the following live album, "The London Concert", I felt close to getting wet. Great music is alive again.'Black Garden View' provides a short overview of the garden where Franke roams with his musical ideas. Excited, we move to 'Mountain Heights', which with a light touch of basso continuo, introduces us to the mysteries of the green land. The third composition, 'Lontano Mystery', is one of the most beautiful electronic ballads ever composed. Harpsichord-like oscillating melody, pulsating, but delicate bass, and electric violin synthesizer. 'Big Sur Romance' is a miniature for piano. Just piano. And I have always thought that only Schmoelling can compose small pearls for piano... I strongly associate this music with America - perhaps this was intended? Driving into Blue is another, syncopated piano tune, this time more cheerful and more dynamic, a classic Franke composition, which hints at his later exploration on "The Celestine Prophecy" of 1996. The sixth track, 'Purple Waves' is a comeback to the times of heavier compositions. In his concert later in the year, Purple Waves was expanded and augmented with a long dynamic arpeggio which tore at our hearts, and convinced the reich of Tangerine Dream fans that the music is alive, that Franke is in fact the sole carrier of Tangerine Dream tradition. 'Malibu Avenue' is another piano song, with electric flutes providing the rhythm. Franke is fond of dynamic piano songs, where like a butterfly, the sounds vibrate in the sunny air. 'Cinnamon City Cliff', recorded with the help of his orchestra, is a sad composition, which hints at his later soundtrack work (at the time we were unaware of his continuing efforts in this arena). Violins provide the desired suspense, and then the bass metronome measures the remaining time to the finale, just like on "Force Majeure" or "Near Dark". After that brief adventure with orchestration and the past, Franke delivers 'Wheels on Beach Park', another light piano song, this time accompanied by the delicate percussion rhythm. After two minutes of a dreaming variation on a theme, 'Sunset Destination', we are treated to 'Crystal Tree', a classic Franke composition, as it later turned out. This track summarizes what "Pacific Coast Highway" is about, and what Franke mostly wanted to achieve. Hinting at his electronic roots, not forgetting his inspirations of the past, he created something completely new, a concept album with a very bearable lightness of being, so to speak. A fascinating collection for summer listening. The album ends with 'Electric Becomes Eclectic', where a misty flute melody waves us goodbye, much like on Tangerine Dream's 1973 album "Phaedra".

 

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Harald Grosskopf - Synthesist

Artist: Harald Grosskopf
P: 1999

This music was composed and played 1980, just during and after his collaboration with Klaus Schulze. This was his first solo CD and all his musical forces he learned since the seventies was melt into this powerful music. Even the famous radiostation WDR 1 with the radioshow Schwingungen selectet his track: "So weit, so gut" as intro. So what to say about this all:
it is one of the best synthesizer CDs ever made.

 

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Helmut Teubner - Heavens Light

Artist: Helmut Teubner
P: 1995  
Helmut Teubner presents here an ingenious masterpiece: synphonic electronic music with progressive influences skillfully accompanied by an enrapturing saxophone and a mind-blowing E-guitar. Whatever the sleeve promises, the content of the CD exceeds it by sparkling with ideas that are most accurately performed and never boring but with bombastic string arrangements building up an unrivalled atmosphere. It’s hard to imagine how Helmut Teubner should ever again come up to the quality of this majestic masterpiece which is one of the best volumes in this series. Only those listeners completely devoted to the rough krautrock of the seventies may find problems in understanding this opus. By the way, the saxophone is played by Ralf Nowy, famous for his solo albums as well as for his guest appearances with Drosselbart and Improved Sound Limited.

14,90 EUR
 
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Jean Michel Jarre - Equinoxe

Artist: Jean Michel Jarre
P: 1978 / 2014
Equinoxe was released back in 1978 and synth albums from that period often sound outdated because of the progress with computers and synths in general, but Equinoxe will never become outdated. Jarre has a unique eye for detail. The album is complete, meaning that it never loses the atmospheric feel. The music isn't just in the room when you listen to it - it surrounds and embraces the room. Many have tried to recreate the feel of this album and all of them have failed miserably, no one has ever come close - except for Jarres own Oxygene. The "hit" songs of this album would be Equinoxe 4,5 and 7.

12,90 EUR
 
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Jean Michel Jarre - Oxygene

Artist: Jean Michel Jarre
P: 1976 / 2014
Digitally remastered edition of this influential Electronic album. Famed for it's melodic lushed spaced-out Electronica, this is the album that captured keyboard maestro Jarre at his zenith. The lead single 'Oxygene IV' is one the most recognizable Electronic pieces in recent history. With Oxygene, Jean-Michel Jarre brought electronic music to the masses and he did so without compromising the music. Oxygene, split into six parts, is a musical journey through surreal ambient soundscapes, electro-minimalism, synth-pop, and proto-techno. Even today the sound as well as the compositions stand out, so if you want to know how techno, ambient music, and trance started out, you definitely need to listen to this masterpiece!

12,90 EUR
 
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John Kerr + Ron Boots - Offshore Islands

Artist: John Kerr & Ron Boots  
P: 1990 / 1998 / 2015 

"Offshore Islands," by Ron Boots and John Kerr, was originally released in 1990. The unlikely pairing of John, known for his classical approach, and Ron, known for more cosmic soundscapes, was a stroke of genius. The resulting sound is a dramatic crescendo of energy and waves of unabashed sonic panache. The islands referenced in the title are offshore oil rigs, presumably in the North Atlantic. The album pays homage to the crews working the rigs and the hardships that they endure.
The music is crisp and clean. The diametric styles clash and conjoin, emphasizing the mutual respect that these artists have for each other and for their theme. The floating, gentle synthesizer washes of Ron Boots permeate this release, paving the way for his solo efforts to follow. John Kerr clearly influences this disc in terms of more melodic structure, and more than occasional new age leanings. However, Kerr and Boots seem to strike a balance, such that electronic purists who shy away from new age should not be too put off by it.



 

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Kitaro - Oasis

Artist: Kitaro
P: 1979 / 1982
Still one of his best releases so far. This album was way ahead at its time of release back in 1979. Here Kitaro wanted to produce something new and the sounds and the melodies are really dramatic.

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Kitaro - Silver Cloud

Artist: Kitaro
P: 1984
This is one of Kitaro's most beautiful CDs. Beautiful in the sense that the sounds of simple harmony create endless waves of emotions.

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Klaus Doldinger - Constellation

Artists: Klaus Doldinger
P: 1983 / 1992
Some of the most dynamic, melodic synthesizer compositions that are analog-based you are likely to listen to from Passport's leader. Imagine concise (with some atmospheric pieces to balance things out...)soundtrack-type works free of cliches with excellent sequencer & drum/percussion programming and you'll have an idea what this CD represents. Doldinger's choice of colors and his lyricon wind synthesizer playing is outstanding. A great work! Time signature will leave you breathless in and of itself. This is a must-own work that also is very well recorded.

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Klaus Schulze - Mirage

Artist: Klaus Schulze
P: 1977/ 2005 / 2016

Mirage, initially released in 1977, is often cited as one of Schulze’s best albums. The album is a strange pastoral landscape creating a frozen wonderland with vast shifts in color and texture, rather than the layered melodic and harmonic structures of Schulze’s previous albums. Mirage consists of two main pieces, Velvet Voyage and Crystal Lake, each broken down into six separate and chilling movements. The previously unreleased 20 minute epic In Cosa Crede Chi Non Crede? has been added as a bonus track to the new edition.

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Klaus Schulze - Timewind

Artist: Klaus Schulze
P: 1975 / 2006 / 2016

Originally released in 1975, Timewind is one of the most revered and mesmerizing recordings in the extensive Klaus Schulze catalogue and certainly the best known globally. Says Mike DeGagne on The All-Music Guide: "Dedicated to Richard Wagner, Timewind is a 60-minute electronic expedition that is broken up into two half-hour tracks, Bayreuth Return and Wahnfried 1883. The first 30 minutes involves icy pulsations and lengthy tonal flights that unnoticeably converge into each other. While one rhythm gains momentum, the other one slowly fades into a bubbly electronic bath of bright swirls and meandering keyboard waves. Similar to early Tangerine Dream, the music here rises and falls above a distant sonic horizon, and the effect is truly mesmerizing. One specific flow can last for minutes, while small, detailed noises adhere themselves to the main electronic run. On the second track, more of the same far-off synthesized altering takes place, but the washes of keyboard become inoculated with a sharper, more precise sound. Longer notes build into resilient pieces with the same comforting result. This album will sketch a barren wasteland in the mind through the wispiness of the wind-like effects. Timewind serves as splendid mood music, and the ears are forever kept busy following Schulze's electronic wandering."

The previously unreleased bonus tracks, Echos Of Time and Solar Wind, were recorded in 1975 at Klaus' home in the same sessions as Timewind while Windy Times was taken from a session twenty five years later. The definitive version of Timewind is remastered and housed in a stylish digipak with deluxe booklet with new liner notes and is numbered for collectors and an additional Bonus CD with 3 more Tracks.


 

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Les McCann - Layers

Artists: Les McCann
P: 1972 / 2002
Les McCann plays every instrument except percussion on this 1972 album which features memorable moments including 'Sometimes I Cry', 'Before I Rest' and 'Never Stopped In My Hometown'. 2002. You know I wouldn't be at all surprised if Stevie Wonder was
listening to Les McCann's "Layers" album HEAVILY when he recorded his mid 70's triumphs because the electric piano sounds and textured melodies on this album bare the stamp of no one else-the overall record ranking in artistic influence right up there with Wonder's,Gaye's and Isaac Haye's recent work.But for historical note Les McCan did it first and very uniquely.First of all McCann literally "layered" moogs,clavinet's, the electric piano and varrious synthesizers to create this unique mastersrtoke of electronic funk-paving the way not only for the synthesizer onslaught to come but to every artist to come.Nevertheless there is a very abscract feel to the suite even if it's very accessible-the melodies drip and drip like a leaky faucet until they sink into the memory.Listing any particular highlites are pointless-every track is excellent o it's on and are trancendant as a whole;remarkable!
We list this record, because it is the favourite music by our good friend Winfried Trenkler.


 

16,80 EUR
 
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Michael Garrison - In the Regions of Sunreturn and Beyond

Artist: Michael Garrison
P: 1979 / 1991
This is the new version of the vinyl release of the year 1979.
It contains all titles of the vinylrelease, except
"The Distance from Here", which was released later on the CD "Tranquility Cove" for the first time.
In addition the CD has three more tracks, which had been originally released on the vinyl "Eclipse". And one more Bonustrack, which was never released before.
The Musik was played on the famous Moogs and Arps from Michaels studio.
This was the first of the 3 greatest releases of Michael.

13,90 EUR
 
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Michael Hoenig - Departure from the Northern Wasteland

Artist: Michael Hoenig
P: 1978 & 1987 
Departure from the Northern Wasteland was first released in 1977. It represents Michael Hoenig's return to a more compositional approach to music after working solely with improvisational music for five years. Each piece is developed largely from a mood, and though the music begins here, it is music that is finished in the mind of each listener. On this album, Hoenig works with the compositional concepts of a single tonal center and a basic rhythmic pulse. The rhythmic element is very important to him and he utilizes various pulse units as well as drifting downbeats. Musically complex and an electronic classic, this CD consistently provides the listener with new experiences each time it is heard.

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Michael Rother - Flammende Herzen

Artist: Michael Rother
P: 1976 / 1993
Digitally remastered reissue of 1976 solo album by this bassist/ guitarist/ keyboardist for Krautrock duo Neu & early member of electronic pioneers Kraftwerk. Includes all five cuts from the original release, plus two bonus tracks, 'Flammende Herzen' (1993) (Film Remix) & 'Vorbei' (1993) (Flammende Herzen - Chill Remix).
The' best album from Michael Rother, if there's such a thing as a perfect record then this one is damned near, it's got everything, Michael's multitracked emotional guitar, Jaki's metronomic drumming, solid keyboard work and nice effects. It's a great album, especially the title track and Zyklodrom.
Hypnotic, pulsating, drums like a drum machine, but played live by MrRobot, Can's Jaki Liebezeit.

15,40 EUR
 
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Popol Vuh - Nosferatu (Soundtrack)

Artist: Popol Vuh
P: 1978 / 2004
The new issue of Nosferatu contains more than 20 additional minutes of material left off the original release and for the first time appears as the complete soundtrack in the correct running sequence. Nosferatu contains four pieces which rank among the best in the Popol Vuh catalogue, thanks to a serene, mystic, deeply personal stance that basically transposes Hosianna Mantra into gothic music.

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