Dreaming... Now, Then: A Retrospective 1982 - 1997
Outsight
April 1999


Steve Roach's selections and programming from his Fortuna and Celestial Harmonies catalog present a near-chronological picture of this prolific comploser's development of a personal ethno-electronica. Not deserving to be only the keep of New Age enthusiasts, Roach's sonic experimentation is some of the most interesting ambient music available incorporating diverse world music elements. Spread over two CDs and taken from about a dozen albums, the set begins with a twelve-selection timeline beginning with "The Ritual Continues". This 1982 piece is simple and effective, mating a reverberated, synthesized snare with a slow, sci-fi dance beat and exotic chants. The disc takes us on up to a previously unreleased blend of live and recorded material entitled "Dreaming Now". A densely woven tapestry, this sound collage is a kaleidoscopic look wooden flutes and synthesizer fantasy, desert soundscapes and subtle rainsticks.

Mostly atmospheric, disc two is about style, not chronology. The final, ninth track here, "Passing Time", is the other previously unavailble recording in the collection. Peaceful, "Passing Time" suggests the vision of a moonlit respite, canyon side. The entire Roach oeuvre, represented in its breadth and depth here, is the worthy consideration of any that appreciate organic collaborations between the technology of the studio and the wealth of cultural motifs employed in making most enjoyable that human endeavor of "passing time".



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Dreaming... Now, Then: A Retrospective 1982 - 1997
Steve Roach
1999 Fortuna 14163 (CD)
Reviewed by Eclectic Earwig Reviews, Exposť, Insite: Atlanta's Entertainment Magazine, Muze, Outsight

This double CD presents selected pieces from Steve Roach's large body of work on the Fortuna Records label. Carefully selected and sequenced by the artist himself, and remasterd by Roger King, Disc 1 presents the rhythmic-electro-tribal-trance side of his work in nearly chronological order, starting with "The Ritual Continues" from 1982 and winding down with a previously unreleased live montage from 1997.

Disc 2 presents an overview from the vast atmospheric soundworlds that only Steve can brew up. A stirring, spiraling, unreleased archive piece closes the second disk in a subtle yet profound way, illustrating why this influential artist continues to inspire listeners worldwide.
 
Disc 1: The Ritual Continues
1. The Ritual ContinuesMP34:50 
2. ComebackMP32:10 
3. Something in TearsMP35:20 
3. SeekingMP35:25 
4. ConquestMP36:09 
5. The Breathing StoneRealAudioMP36:47 
6. FlatlandsMP34:50 
7. Towards the DreamMP37:09 
8. The ContinentMP34:51 
9. Steel and BoneRealAudioMP32:38 
10. ArtifactsMP311:43 
11. Dreaming NowMP37:27 
12. Ancestral HorizonMP37:49 
Disc 2: Looking For Safety
1. Magnificent GalleryMP36:15 
2. The Slow TurningRealAudioMP37:15 
4. Quiet FriendRealAudioMP313:23 
5. Cloud MotionMP35:11 
6. The MemoryMP35:57 
7. Temple of the FrogMP38:55 
8. DriftMP37:43 
9. The Passing TimeMP312:13 



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