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Thursday, May 08, 2008

A Brief History of Ambient Volume 2: Imaginary Landscapes (1974-1993)

In December of 1993, Virgin Records released a second two-disc collection of ambient music as a follow-up to the commercially and critically successful first volume in the series A Brief History of Ambient. Interestingly, the liner notes state that the series title is "an affectionate nod in the direction of Stephen Hawking."

Once again culled exclusively from the Virgin vaults, this second collection is a bit more narrowly focused than its predecessor. On some level, though, it is mostly "more of the same," with many of the same artists (Brian Eno, Amorphous Androgynous, Tangerine Dream, David Sylvian, The Grid, Robert Fripp, Gong, Edgar Froese and Holger Czukay) making another appearance. 'Course, "more of the same" with artists of this caliber isn't really a bad thing. While Volume 1 did feature a track by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, it is Volume 2 that sports a more international roster, with tracks by Baaba Maal [Senegal], Ryuichi Sakamoto [Japan], The Guo Brothers [China], Prince Far I [Jamaica], The Dmitri Pokrovski Ensemble [Russia] and The Tsinandali Choir [Georgia]. Fans of the bands Gong and Soft Cell will be interested to note the solo track by founding member Daevid Allen. Also of probable interest to some is a track by U2's guitarist The Edge from the soundtrack to the obscure Euro thriller Captive.

Check out some fan-made clips featuring Tangerine Dream's "Rubycon Part 2," Ryuichi Sakamoto's "Nuages," Penguin Cafe Orchestra's "Wildlife" and The Verve's "Endless Life":









If you enjoyed my posting of the first volume, you're bound to enjoy this as well. Stay tuned for Volumes 3 and 4...

A Brief History of Ambient Volume 2: Imaginary Landscapes (1974-1993)
1. Baaba Maal - Call to Prayer [1989] (3:50)
2. Brian Eno - Tal Coat [1982] (5:05)
3. Amorphous Androgynous - In Mind [1993] (5:26)
4. Tangerine Dream - Rubycon Part 2 (Edit) [1975] (6:28)
5. David Sylvian - The Healing Place [1986] (5:12)
6. The Grid - Crystal Clear (The Orb Remix; Clear, Like an Unmuddied Lake) [1993] (6:08)
7. Ryuichi Sakamoto - Nuages [1991] (2:07)
8. Robert Fripp / Brian Eno - Wind on Water [1975] (5:17)
9. Penquin Cafe Orchestra - Wildlife [1987] (8:11)
10. Steve Jansen / Richard Barbieri - When Things Dream [1991] (2:40)
11. Gong - Magick Mother Invocation [1974] (1:31)
12. David Sylvian / Robert Fripp - Bringing Down the Light [1993] (8:16)
13. Jah Wobble - Not Another [1980] (3:11)
14. The Guo Brothers - One Flower [1990] (1:31)
15. God - Black Jesus [1992] (6:34)
16. Brian Eno / David Byrne - Mountain of Needles [1981] (2:28)
17. Phil Manzanera - You Are Here [1978] (1:44)
18. Prince Far I - Bendel Dub [1979] (3:03)
19. The Dmitri Pokrovsky Ensemble - Slow Kaliuki (Edit) [1991] (0:31)
20. Daevid Allen - Euterpe Gratitude Piece [1976] (9:22)
21. Robert Fripp - Water Music [1979] (1:13)
22. Rain Tree Crow - New Moon at Red Deer Wallow [1991] (5:04)
23. Bass-O-Matic - Attack of the 50 Foot Drum Demon [1991] (4:14)
24. Jam Nation - Mekong [1993] (5:09)
25. The Verve - Endless Life [1992] (5:14)
26. Klaus Schulze - Nachtmusik Schattenhaft [1993] (6:31)
27. Voyager - Arrival (Edit) [1993] (7:13)
28. Edgar Froese - Specific Gravity of Smile [1983] (9:26)
29. The Tsinandali Choir - Orovela [1993] (4:52)
30. Laraaji - The Dance No. 3 [1980] (3:03)
31. David Sylvian / Holger Czukay - Premonition [1988] (6:45)
32. The Edge - Island [1986] (1:46)

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21 comments:

Anonymous said...

groovy post but ain't workin' man, try it again.. o

Kevin Sartori said...

I just tried it and it's working fine. If Link-Protector is causing you problems, email me and I'll send you the direct Megaupload download link.

iammacio said...

hey. when i unpacked the file i got only first 8 songs. i tried it a couple of times but i can't get all the songs. what can be the problem?

LoungeTracks said...

Thanks Kevin, all unpacked fine for me. Great site, love many of your selections and many I own too - keep on, keeping on!

Used to be into this ambient stuff, albeit briefly, way back 25+ years ago - thanks for the serene memories...at least those I recall!

househead said...

Hi Kevin, thanks for posting. Some great stuff here.

Really strange, but I get an error too when trying to unpack Vol 2. Vol 1 worked fine. I've tried the recommended UnRarX (on a Mac) and get the message "Encrypted file: CRC failed in A Brief History of Ambient Volume 2 (1974-1993)"

Very odd.

househead said...

Ok.. never mind. Just tried it again but this time with Stuffit Expander and it worked fine. Going to enjoy the music now!

Anonymous said...

Thanks you! great compilation
=)

jopo said...

Hi,
Always was fiercely against downloading music because, ah well, you can guess... But somehow i ended up at your spot to check Madhouse's "16", which i was pondering to buy second hand on CD for a stunning amount. Happy to have checked that out, because it isn't way as good as their first... But then stumbled upon your "Brief History of Ambient" postings, which i used to have on tape! Great to have found those again and thanks for the notes that you wrote on the albums. Not a download convert yet, but getting there, thanks to you ;-)

the saucer people said...

Huge thanks for Volume 2, I had forgotten just how many classic tracks are on these compilations..thank the gods Richard Branson had the foresight to sign up nearly every German kosmische combo and a large slice of the English prog scene back in the early 70s!

Enjoyed reading the comment above about someone who was "against downloading" coming to your site to check something out before they bought it and it slowly dawning on them that just as the map is not the territory and the menu is not the meal, so the MP3 is not the record or CD!

So many obscure 70s and 80s artists have crawled up and out of the memory hole thanks to blogs like yours posting digital representations of their long out-of-print records and enjoying a new lease of life and increased sales...to put it country simple for the DMCA cabal, the more exposure on the net, the more product is sold either directly or indirectly!

Kevin Sartori said...

Share has been uploaded to MediaFire and is available now!

Rob said...

I'm digging this stuff. Nice share, man. Thanks again. :)

Kevin Sartori said...

Share has been uploaded to Rapidgator and is available now!

Guppy said...

Part 2 isn't unpacking right for me! I'm using WinRAR. Anything I should do? Or maybe you could re-pack it? Thanks in advance.

Kevin Sartori said...

Guppy, I just downloaded it myself to check it. I had no problems extracting with either WinRAR 4.20 or Windows explorer. Maybe your download got corrupted? Try downloading it again and let me know how it goes!

Guppy said...

Well, see, I downloaded it twice and still got the issue. Perhaps I need to try a different program. I'll d/l a third time and use 7-Zip.

Guppy said...

It worked. Thanks for the music!

Kevin Sartori said...

Share has been re-uploaded to Rapidgator and is available now!

Kevin Sartori said...

Rapidgator has become unreliable, so share has been uploaded to Game Front and is available now!

Kevin Sartori said...

The share has been moved to Uploaded.net and is available now!

Anonymous said...

Not found today :(

Kevin Sartori said...

Share has been uploaded to MediaFire and is available now!