Vangelis, Blue Oyster Cult, Son Volt, Latin Quarter, Tangerine Dream, and more
“I think it was inevitable that I get into synthesizer music. I always wanted to deal with sound more than anything else. I couldn't get the sounds I wanted out of the piano.” - Vangelis
Vangelis spoke with great affection about his wonderful work Beaubourg in several interviews, while Fire of Unknown Origin remains an incredible piece from the golden era of the Blue Öyster Cult. Son Volt's Trace retraces Uncle Tupelo's trademark style with fiddles and banjos, fast rhythms, and power chords. Another great release is Radio Africa (Best Of), an album full of gems by the British band Latin Quarter. For our electronic music fans, we have Tangerine Dream's Destination Berlin, another great piece by the electronic music pioneer Edgar Froese. UB40 Collected has captured all the different phases of the band in one complete album! Into remixed versions of Nina Simone's Little Girl Blue? check out DJ Maestro's reworked album. We're ending this newsletter with a beautiful At The Movies title, the new red vinyl version of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.
Beaubourg is an expressionistic work, consisting almost exclusively of strange, unearthly sounds. Ring modulators, noise, and weird effects are unleashed in wide stereo spaces. The album is often referred to as anti-commercial, because of its non-melodic - even consonant - nature.
A moment comes when you stop dreaming, start living, and discover your destiny. The 2013 big-screen rendering of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty features Ben Stiller directing and starring in the role of a day-dreamer who escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance, and action. Its score is composed by Theodore Shapiro, augmented on some tracks by world-renowned Swedish Folk artist José Gonzáles.
Trace is the debut album by the alternative rock band Son Volt, released in 1995. The album reached #166 on the Billboard 200 chart and was in the top 10 of Rolling Stone's 1995 critics' list.
Blue Öyster Cult's eighth album Fire of Unknown Origin includes their Top 40 hit "Burnin' for You" (#1 on Billboard's Album Rock Tracks chart). They brought back their successful writers team, including musician Patti Smith and dark-fantasy writer Michael Moorcock. "Veteran of Psychic Wars” can be placed among Cult's best work, both in length as consistency.
Bethlehem Records' most famous release is the 1958 debut album by Nina Simone, Little Girl Blue. When Dutch DJ Maestro got the chance to remix this album, he was thrilled. Soon he got the idea to ask some of his favorite producers to collaborate, like Mop Mop, Renegades of Jazz, Gramophonedzie, Fab Samperi, The Reflex, and Mees Dierdorp.
This collection features tracks taken from the three albums 'Modern Times', 'Mick And Caroline' and 'Swimming Against The Stream'. Among the many highlights on this album are “A Slow Waltz For Chile”, attacking the Pinochet regime in that country, “Sandinista”, taking up the Nicaraguan cause from The Clash, “No Rope As Long As Time”, which illustrated the futility of violence in South Africa (and the West's concern for Mandela and Soweto).
Early 1980, UB40 scored their first success with "Food For Thought", reaching high positions in the charts. By the time they released their first album they were already so successful that they had signed off on unemployment benefit, leading to the stamped Signing Off featured on form 40, for the sleeve of their debut album. UB40 Collected has captured all the different phases of the band in one complete album, classic hits combined with the new!
The 1989 soundtrack album Destination Berlin by Tangerine Dream was composed to support the 360° movie by the same name. The movie was shown at the premier of the Imagine 360 theater in West Berlin. All the tracks are jaunty, bouncy pieces of cheery pop music with not a heavy thought in sight.