Updated April 9

The following is a listing and summary of one of my Music Library entries recorded since 1982. They are picked totally at random. Track number in blue highlight indicates that the track appears on one of my "special" series ("Best Of".."Decade".."Year End" and/or "500")...If a track appears on my "500"..its ranking is shown on the far right column.

 
#86
created August 14, 1988

Format: Cassette

Track

Artist

Title

Album

'500'
1

Mark O'Connor

Idle Rain (#41)

Elysian Forest

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2

Tangerine Dream

Atlas Eyes

Optical Race

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3

Pete Bardens

This Could Be Paradise

Speed Of Light

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4

Pete Bardens

Afterthought

Speed Of Light

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5

Act

The 3rd Planet

Laughter, Tears And Rage

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6

The Lilac Time

Rockland

The Lilac Time

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7

Patrick O'Hearn

April Fool

Rivers Gonna Rise

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8

Tangerine Dream

Sun Gate

Optical Race

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9

Peter Murphy

Indigo Eyes

Love Hysteria

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10

William Orbit

Heartbroken Highway

Orbit

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11

The Moody Blues

Here Comes The Weekend

Sur La Mur

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12

Act

Laughter

Laughter, Tears And Rage

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13

Patrick O'Hearn

Acadia

Rivers Gonna Rise

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14

Pete Bardens

Speed Of Light

Speed Of Light

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15

Tangerine Dream

Mothers Of Rain

Optical Race

216
16

Suzanne Ciani

Mosaic

Neverland

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17

Peter Murphy

All Night Long (video)

Love Hysteria

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18

Act

Certified

Laughter, Tears And Rage

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19

Pet Shop Boys

I Want A Dog

Introspective

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20

Patrick O'Hearn

Reunion

Rivers Gonna Rise

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21

Tangerine Dream

Optical Race

Optical Race

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#86
highlights

 

Tracks 2, 8, 15, 21
"Atlas Eyes".. "Sun Gate" .. "Mothers Of Rain" .. "Optical Race" - Tangerine Dream

Optical Race is the thirty-sixth album by Tangerine Dream. Optical Race is the inaugural album of the Melrose Years era, as it is the first appearance of the band on the Private Music label, founded by former Tangerine Dream member Peter Baumann. It was their first album without Christopher Franke since 1970's Electronic Meditation and the band's first to be programmed largely with a computer, an Atari ST using Steinberg/Jones software. The sleeve of the 12" release and the first release on CD and Compact Cassette features a die-cut outer sleeve with a multicolored inner sleeve. "Atlas Eyes" is in 5/4 time. "Mothers of Rain" first appeared two years before the album's release, during the band's 1986 European tour. "Turning Off The Wheel" was re-released on the Transsiberia album in 1998 under the title "The Golden Horn". One track of the album was co-composed by Ralf Wadephul who would become the third band member for a short period of time. Ralf was invited to Edgar's studio in Berlin for an initial meeting, and then to TD's larger working studio in Austria, where the three had extensive conversations about their ideas and concepts of their music. Ralf brought some demonstration cassettes with him of music he had composed and recorded in his home studio, including the piece now entitled as Sun Gate. The complete album Optical Race was re-recorded in 2002 and released as part of the 3CD set The Melrose Years, together with re-recordings of the albums Lily On The Beach (1989) and Melrose (1990). To promote the album Tangerine Dream performed an extensive US tour in August/September 1988, which my brother and I went to in Michigan.

 

"Optical Race"

Tracks 3, 4, 14
"This Could Be Paradise" .. "Afterthought" .. "Speed Of Light" - Pete Bardens

Pete Bardens was an English keyboardist and a founder member of the British progressive rock group Camel. He played keyboards, sang, and wrote songs with Andrew Latimer. During his career, Bardens worked alongside Rod Stewart, Mick Fleetwood and Van Morrison, and recorded solo albums. Speed of Light was his 6th solo album, released in 1988. Even though two tracks from the album earned "Best of" status on my Music Library ("This Could Be Paradise," "Afterthought") reviews were not too kind. Amazon stated, "Pete Bardens' follow-up to the popular Seen One Earth is a lightweight collection of new age instrumentals and sleepy pop songs. Speed of Light does feature a handful of nice melodies, none better than the atmospheric "Afterthought," but it's not enough to make this a compelling purchase (especially for Camel fans expecting a hint of the old organ magic to surface -- it never does). Synthetic songs like these live and die by the sounds at their disposal, and the fact is that the simulated flutes, saxophones, keyboards, and percussion used here only date the album. A couple of tracks, like "Westward Ho!" and "Gold," recall the southwestern sounds of Tangerine Dream (notably Oasis), though on a less grand scale. While the instrumentals are generally enjoyable, those with vocals suffer from pedestrian melodies." Pete Bardens died of lung cancer in 2002, at age 56.

 

"Speed of Light"

Track 6
"Rockland" - The Lilac Time

The Lilac Time is a British alternative folk-rock band that was originally formed in Herefordshire, England by Stephen Duffy, his brother Nick Duffy and their friend Michael Weston in 1986. The band's name was taken from a line in the Nick Drake song "River Man". Since its formation, The Lilac Time has gone through various lineup changes, with the Duffy brothers as mainstays. The band's activity has intertwined with Stephen Duffy's solo and songwriting career. Even though their last appearance on my Music Library was almost 30 years ago with "Return To Yesterday" (ML #99), the band is still active today. A new Lilac Time album, Return to Us was planned for release in late 2017. In fact, both of these early tracks was taken from their self-titled debut album, released in 1987. AllMusic described it as "the start of a perfect career. Right off the bat, Stephen Duffy and company mix poetry, pop melodies, and folk instrumentation to create songs of endless charm, mesmerizing passion, and tantalizing atmosphere". Trouser Press described the album as "unfailingly delightful".

 

"The Lilac Time"

 

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