The Dreamtime Box
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2005 Timeroom Editions (CD)
Reviewed by Morpheus Music, Sonic Curiosity
Each uniquely hand-printed box contains the 2005 re-mastered version of DREAMTIME RETURN and the two new releases NEW LIFE DREAMING and POSSIBLE PLANET, to create THE DREAMTIME BOX. The box set is far less expensive than buying the elements individually. We're also selling just the empty box, for those who wish to combine POSSIBLE PLANET with NEW LIFE DREAMING and their own copy of DREAMTIME RETURN (the orange cover edition; the double-wide blue edition will not fit).
About the box itself: "Who would think finding and developing a box would be such a big deal? Late last year I pored over many ideas for creating a unique box, and finally found just the right thing: a nice sturdy earth-colored box which feels good in-hand and holds everything snugly. I wanted to make each box a unique one-of-a-kind offering. After a few months of playing with different ideas, I developed a way of hand-printing an Aboriginal-style dot painting directly onto each box. Each of the 1200 boxes will be a unique piece in the way the images are applied. The hand printing is being done by myself and my assistant Nate Youngblood here in my humble Timeroom Editions lair." -- Steve Roach
To read more about the 2005 re-mastered edition of DREAMTIME RETURN, or about NEW LIFE DREAMING or POSSIBLE PLANET, click on the links.
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2005 Projekt PRO175 (CD)
Reviewed by Linda Kohanov, Alternative Press, CD Review, Deep Listenings, Echoes, Electroambient Space, Exposé, e|i magazine, e|i magazine, Hearts of Space, Morpheus Music, Muze, Sonic Curiosity, Synth Music Direct
Since its release in 1988, DREAMTIME RETURN has earned its reputation as a genuine classic. The two-CD Magnum Opus is perhaps the most important, widely known and highly respected release in Steve Roach's vast body of work. it serves as an essential benchmark within the Ambient-Ethno-Atmospheric genre. DREAMTIME RETURN still sounds like a transmission from the near future and the very distant past. Roach's travels in the Australian outback, along with studies of the Aboriginal Dreamtime, and his desert walkabouts in California were the lifeblood for this recording which still defies the boundaries of genre classification 17 years after its release... This 2005 edition has been lovingly remastered using a 24-bit process, and sounds better than ever. It also features never-before seen photos from Steve's Australian adventure during the making of this recording.
"Steve Roach demonstrates that electronic music's greatest potential may lie in bringing our most elusive dreams and ancient memories into focus through potent, highly imaginative soundscapes. This is without question Steve Roach's masterpiece." -- 10-10 rating, CD Review
"Musically DREAMTIME RETURN richly deserves its classic status, but Roach also deserves credit for leading electronic musicians out of their sheltered studios and into an active relationship with the landscape, the wider world, and deep cultural history. The whole genre is stronger and more relevant for his example." -- Stephen Hill, Hearts of Space
24-bit digital remaster with additional artwork. Re-released February 2016 in a beautiful double-Digipak with booklet.
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1988 Fortuna 18055 (CD, Cassette, Vinyl)
Reviewed by Linda Kohanov, Alternative Press, CD Review, Echoes, Exposé, Hearts of Space, Muze, Synth Music Direct
"Steve Roach demonstrates that electronic music's greatest potential may lie in bringing our most elusive dreams and ancient memories into focus through potent, highly imaginative soundscapes. This is without question Steve Roach's masterpiece." 10-10 rating, CD Review
Perhaps the most important release in Steve's body of work. Since its release in 1988, DREAMTIME RETURN has proven to be a true classic recording according to countless testimonies of listeners, reviews and radio programmers worldwide. Roach's travels in Australia, along with studies of the Aboriginal Dreamtime and his desert walkabouts in California were the catalyst for this breakthrough recording that brought the atmospheric, contemplative and ethno-influenced rhythms into a common ground. It was also during this time Roach met up with Aboriginal didgeridoo master David Hudson who taught Steve to play the didg as well as create three didgeridoo recordings during the following ten years. Newcomers to Steve's music would be wise to start here for a moving look into the fabric that has become Roach's distinct style.
1-8, 2-1: CD-only bonus tracks; 2-1: CD extended version; re-released 1998 with new packaging, and 24-bit remastered in 2005