Although DREAMTIME RETURN has been in print most of the last decade, it is fitting to reissue this on its tenth anniversary, Roach's first major epic and one of the most important electronic albums of the 80's. This one has aged like fine wine, a musical impression of dreamtime specifically influenced by Steve's voyage to Australia. Celestial Harmonies has reissued the album virtually intact, changing the border color to red (from blue) and putting the package in a much more handy duo-box. Much has been said about this long double album. It's certainly a lofty standard for electronic music, representing Roach's first forays into transcultural fusions and the birth of a genre.
The first CD portrays a wide variety of moods in nine pieces of varying length – space, atemporality, outer expanse, longing, meditation. Some pieces drift on clouds of sound, others ride bubbling sequencers, some are much harder to describe. All are crafted with a strong sense of tonal coloring, the scope of the album firmly under control.
The second disc becomes far more introspective, mostly because of the classic "Looking For Safety," a half-hour soundscape that is an evolutionary jump on his QUIET MUSIC and STRUCTURES FROM SILENCE styles. It seems the heart of the album and describes a powerful meditation, an expression of imminent creativity. Four smaller pieces round off the set, moving into gatherings of transcendental reverence, including "Red Twilight With The Old One" featuring recordings of aboriginal songmen, a remarkable fusion of past, present, and future. I can imagine, in future years, that this will continue to earn the respect held for 70's classics like "Timewind" and "Rubycon."