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    Synthesizer Classics

    I just got my grubby, greedy, grabby, synth-lovin' paws on the latest Cleopatra Records various artists tribute album thingy, 'Synthesizer Classic', featuring Wakeman Downes & Moraz (synth heroes in their own rights) as well as others doing covers of commonly known synth-oriented pieces from pioneer synthsters like Vangelis, Jean Michel Jarre, Giorgio Moroder, Kraftwerk etc.

    On first listen: not bad at all! No horrible vocalists here, all instrumental (except for the cover of Tour De France). Wakeman's entry is cool. Geoff Downes does Vangelis 'Pulstar', the piece that apparently inspired Francis Monkman to create the piece that inspired Downes to go to the Ice Bridge. Curious if this was recorded after the whole Ice Bridge misunderstanding, it says all tracks recorded 2021. It would be amusing if he did choose Pulstar because of that, some slightly cheeky humor there.

    One quip is that the album is rather short - 8 tracks, and none of them particularly long. The version of Tubular Bells of course isn't a full 21-minute thing. Could have been more, but going by the basic digipack case with just basic info and no booklet it was probably slapped together rather quickly, hot on the heels of the latest Prog Collective disc - though this one is Billy Sherwood-free. Someone probably should have covered some Tangerine Dream material. It's a glaring omission. Perhaps a volume 2 would eventually come out down the line.

    All in all enjoyable enough though could have been longer. Anyone else heard this?

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    Just downloaded it but haven’t given it a listen. Will report back.

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      #3
      What is 'Tubular Bells' doing on a synth album? All of the instruments used to create it were non-synth, as I recall. And where is Dick Hyman, the creator of 'Topless Dancers of Corfu' and 'The Minotaur'? Or Tomita?
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        #4
        I know, glaring omissions. Maybe a Synthesizer Classics II would have some of these. This is obviously one of those slapped-together tribute albums you get from Cleopatra Records or Purple Pyramid. They can be hit or miss, but can have enjoyable stuff there as well. Only 8 tracks, surely a rushed affair. Some punchy things on there though, not much 'spacey' kinda ambient things. Why Tubular Bells? I'm assuming because they're going for mostly covers of the solo artist one-man orchestra type artists, and Mike Oldfield does have some synthy material in his catalogue. Tubular Bells isn't a synth piece but does lend itself to the synthesizer treatment. They were going for mostly well known stuff, so I guess Tubular Bells gets included because even though its more organic, it could be done with synths.

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          #5
          I listed to the first half of the album last night and enjoyed it. Four of my favorite keyboard players: Derek Sherinian, Rich Wakeman, Geoff Downes, and Jordan Ruddess. They all but their own unique stamp on the pieces.

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            #6
            Originally posted by Soundwaveseeker View Post
            I just got my grubby, greedy, grabby, synth-lovin' paws on the latest Cleopatra Records various artists tribute album thingy, 'Synthesizer Classic', featuring Wakeman Downes & Moraz (synth heroes in their own rights) as well as others doing covers of commonly known synth-oriented pieces from pioneer synthsters like Vangelis, Jean Michel Jarre, Giorgio Moroder, Kraftwerk etc.

            On first listen: not bad at all! No horrible vocalists here, all instrumental (except for the cover of Tour De France). Wakeman's entry is cool. Geoff Downes does Vangelis 'Pulstar', the piece that apparently inspired Francis Monkman to create the piece that inspired Downes to go to the Ice Bridge. Curious if this was recorded after the whole Ice Bridge misunderstanding, it says all tracks recorded 2021. It would be amusing if he did choose Pulstar because of that, some slightly cheeky humor there.

            One quip is that the album is rather short - 8 tracks, and none of them particularly long. The version of Tubular Bells of course isn't a full 21-minute thing. Could have been more, but going by the basic digipack case with just basic info and no booklet it was probably slapped together rather quickly, hot on the heels of the latest Prog Collective disc - though this one is Billy Sherwood-free. Someone probably should have covered some Tangerine Dream material. It's a glaring omission. Perhaps a volume 2 would eventually come out down the line.

            All in all enjoyable enough though could have been longer. Anyone else heard this?
            The 'full' Tubular Bells would be around 45 minutes...
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              #7
              Originally posted by Soundwaveseeker View Post
              Geoff Downes does Vangelis 'Pulstar', the piece that apparently inspired Francis Monkman to create the piece that inspired Downes to go to the Ice Bridge.
              No, a misunderstanding has occurred here. "Pulstar" didn't inspire "The Dawn of an Era", the Monkman piece that "The Ice Bridge" is built on. Rather, there's another piece on the same Monkman album as "The Dawn of an Era" that is clearly heavily influenced by "Pulstar". There's no reason Downes should even about this.

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