Upstairs at Eric’s – Don’t Go.
I fell in love with this album from the very beginning and this led to my interest in Alison Moyet’s music and sound. her voice is exceptional, especially in these early days, and the slightly punky, but very different sound that Yazoo generated was something very refreshing the early 80s.
This track is a classic of the genre and the time, but has stood the test of time very well and still sounds different and very fresh – why do we never hear this on the radio?
Sugar Tax – Sailing on the Seven Seas.
I have already reviewed favourite tracks from three other albums by OMD, so I guess you know I like the sound of this band. The simple keyboard-driven synthetic sound appeals to me (despite the fact I usually don’t go for synthetic sounds). This album (CD) is a good collection of their music from the early 90s with a mixture of upbeat sounds and some more gentle melodies..
I like this upbeat opening track and the beat that opens the song is really good, there are some interesting bells and sounds, but it is the singing I like most. The lyrics are really good, but it is the sound of the harmony that works best for me.
Stratosfear – The Big Sleep in Search of Hades.
This album (vinyl) was the first Tangerine dream album I bought and it has always been my favourite. I like all of the tracks and it is really difficult to pick a single one, but….
This track is very melodious and the opening, in particular, is really nice to listen to. After hearing this track for the first time I was “sold” on Tangerine Dream thereafter.
Rubycon – Part I.
This album by Tangerine Dream is my most recent purchase (MP3 download) by them and comes the closest to the sound I loved so much in Stratosfear. It is also the music that they played when I saw them live way back in the mid-70s.
I picked the first half of the album as I think the introduction section is excellent and love the way the rhythm quickens through the track. there is some excellent synthesiser sounds developed in this music – try it, you may learn to love it!
Another Green World – Title Track.
I bought this album (MP3) when I finally discovered the title of a piece of music played at the beginning of the TV art documentary “Arena”. That piece of music is in fact the title track of this album by Eno (ex Roxy Music).
In terms of electronica (or Synthetic Music) this is one of nicest tunes I have heard and stands out from the rest of this album. It is a very gentle sound and very simple, but at the same time catchy and very effective as a soundtrack.