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Saturday, August 16, 2008

A Brief History of Ambient Volume 3: The Music of Changes (1976-1994)

In May of 1994, Virgin Records took another trip to the ambient music well, releasing the third two-disc collection in their commercially and critically successful series A Brief History of Ambient. For the final time, Virgin Records mined exclusively from their back catalog to present this collection of tracks.

This third volume is as enjoyable to listen to as the first two, but, in all honesty, things are starting to get a bit repetitive. Take a look at the track list below and you'll find a selection of the usual suspects making yet another appearance. Some of the more interesting tracks are the quiet ones from the artists whose output is mostly outside the genre. This, certainly though, is the least essential volume of the four. That being said, don't let my grousing detract overly much; if you enjoyed the first two, it's an absolute guarantee that you'll dig this as well.

Check out Holger Czukay, Jah Wobble & Jaki Liebezeit's "Mystery RPS (No. 8)," Harold Budd & Brian Eno's "Wind in Lonely Fences" and Brian Eno's "2/2":







Virgin Records eventually released one final volume in the series, this time dedicated to the darker Isolationism sub-genre. This last volume was also the only to feature tracks licensed from other labels. Keep your eyes peeled, as I'll be completing the collection by posting it here (fairly) soon.

A Brief History of Ambient Volume 3: The Music of Changes (1976-1994)
1. Shu-De - Sygyt, Khoomei, Kargyraa [1994] (1:07)
2. Irmin Schmidt / Bruno Spoerri - When the Waters Came to Life [1990] (4:23)
3. David Sylvian / Robert Fripp - Darshana (Reconstructed by The Future Sound of London) [1993] (9:53)
4. William Orbit - Gringatcho Demento [1993] (6:20)
5. Rain Tree Crow - Red Earth (As Summertime Ends) [1991] (3:34)
6. Ryuichi Sakamoto - The Last Emperor - Theme Variation 1 [1987] (2:19)
7. Robert Fripp - 1988 [1981] (10:27)
8. David Sylvian - Epiphany [1991] (1:28)
9. Amorphous Androgynous - A Study of Six Guitars [1994] (3:08)
10. Trisan - May Yo I [1992] (5:48)
11. Bill Laswell - Kingdom Come [1988] (7:27)
12. Seigen Ono - You Will Be All Right [1989] (2:43)
13. Laraaji - Meditation No. 2 [1980] (7:34)
14. Bark Psychosis - Pendulum Man [1994] (9:52)
15. Michael Brook - Distant Village [1985] (3:55)
16. Holger Czukay / Jah Wobble / Jaki Liebezeit - Mystery RPS (No. 8) [1992] (8:23)
17. Prince Far I - Throw Away Your Gun [1980] (4:30)
18. Harold Budd / Brian Eno - Wind in Lonely Fences [1980] (3:40)
19. King Crimson - Nuages (That Which Passes, Passes Like Clouds) [1984] (4:44)
20. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan - Mustt Mustt (Remixed by Massive Attack) [1990] (5:29)
21. Stephan Micus - Concert for Gender, Shakuhachi and Zither (Edit) [1976] (1:21)
22. Robert Fripp / Brian Eno - Healthy Colours III [1994] (5:35)
23. The Future Sound of London - Cascade - Parts 2 & 3 [1993] (13:26)
24. Robert Quine / Fred Maher - Summer Storm [1984] (4:00)
25. John Hassell / Brian Eno - Rising Thermal [1980] (2:43)
26. David Sylvian / Holger Czukay - Mutability (A New Beginning Is in the Offing) (Edit) [1989] (8:43)
27. Brian Eno - 2/2 [1978] (9:25)

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24 comments:

amnesia said...

Really looking forward to vol.4

Thanks in advance

r said...

Hi there - the link is dead. Could you retry? Thanks.

Kevin Sartori said...

Download link was expired/deleted. Re-uploaded and available for download again!

Anonymous said...

Hey ... thanks by link and now i can listen hi compiled ....

Anonymous said...

Hey ... thanks by link and now i can listen hi compiled ....

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your continued posts on this series. Love em. Still waiting on Volume 4. Any updates yet?

DoctorPepperOz said...

Link seems to be dead - could you upload again please? Love all the others.

Kevin Sartori said...

I just checked the link and it's fine. Try again!

Jon said...

Thanks for the ambient stuff. I recall having some of this on tape way back 20 years ago, so it's great to come back to it.

the saucer people said...

Nearly three years on and the link to volume 3 of Virgin's ambient compilation still works fine..thank the download gods for Megaupload and Mediafire!

Some "killer cuts" on this as the young people used to say ;)

Huge thanks again for sharing such essential releases...to be honest I am surprised a reissued CD box set does not exist of these compilations...recycle for the third time, come on Branson, space flight ain't cheap, you need all the pennies you can get..though I guess he could go back to how he got his start selling hash to the student scene allegedly! ;)

Kevin Sartori said...

Share has been uploaded to MediaFire and is available now!

Rob said...

Thank you, sir. I'm still kind of new to ambient and these are really helping me get a feel for the genre. Your blog rocks. :)

Anonymous said...

zatoichi lead me here...thought i would check out the ambient but part 2 of volume three says..This file has been identified as a copyright protected work and cannot be distributed using MediaFire.

thanks for the postings

Kevin Sartori said...

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

Kevin Sartori said...

Share has been uploaded to Rapidgator and is available now!

Kevin Sartori said...

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

Kevin Sartori said...

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

Anonymous said...

Hi Kevin,
I'm sorry but both Ambient 3 & Ambient 4 links are no longer working. can you please help?
TIA
Edmond

Kevin Sartori said...

Share has been uploaded to Uploaded.net and is available now!

Deppaldi said...

hey, thanks for your great uploads, this link here seems to be down. part 2 & 4 are still working though! greetings!

Kevin Sartori said...

Share has been uploaded to MediaFire and is available now!

john griffiths said...

Kevin

How do I download a brief history of ambient volume 3?

Kevin Sartori said...

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

Hingehead said...

I bought all four back in the day. Surprised you think this is the least worthy, it's by far my favourite (followed by vol 2) - and worth the price for Darshana alone.

Although I find it hard to consider a lot of the tracks in this series 'ambient'.