Lighthouse: An Anthology 1973 - 2012 3CD+DVD Box
- Order number: 27086
- Band/Artist: BLAKE, TIM
- Format: CD
- Genre: PROGRESSIVE
- Erscheinungsdatum: 14.12.2018
Neu remasterte 4CD Box Anthologie mit den besten Songs von Tim Blake, dem Pionier der Synthesizer und elektronischen Ambient Musik. Mit Songs von Gong, Saratoga Space Messengers und Hawkwind sowie Solo Stücken.
8 unveröffentlichte Tracks, darunter “The Birth Of Crystal Machine” Demos. Die Bonus DVD (NTSC – Region Free) enthält einen unveröffentlichten Auftritt aus April 1979 im französischen TV. Von den Original Masterbändern remastert. Booklet inklusive neuen Linernotes.
Tim wurde bekannt als Mitglied von Gong und Hawkwind (1979 – 1980, ab November 2007). Nach seinem Ausstieg bei Gong in 1975 gründete er mit dem französischen Lichtdesigner Patrice
Warrener die Band Crystal Machine . Erstmalig brachten sie Laser und Synthesizers in einem Live Setting ein. Diese neue Anthologie widmet sich Tims Zeit bei Gong und Hawkwind, aber auch seiner Solokarriere. Besonders interessant wird Lighthouse durch die unveröffentlichten Songs, darunter drei aus “The Birth of Crystal Machine” (späte 1970er), die sogenannten “Forgotten Tapes” und zwei Stücke, die live in Amsterdam (2006) und Exeter (2009) aufgenommen wurden. Das finale Highlight bildet die DVD mit Auftritten aus dem französischen TV (April 1979) und den ‘Generator (Laser Beam)’, ‘Passage Pour La Cité Des Révélations’, ‘Lighthouse’ und ‘New Jerusalem’.
Esoteric Recordings is pleased to announce the release of a new re-mastered 3CD and DVD clamshell boxed set anthology celebrating the career of celebrated synthesiser and electronic ambient music pioneer TIM BLAKE.
Tim first came to prominence as a member of Gong where his synthesiser experimentation and mastery was demonstrated on albums such as “Flying Teapot”, “Angel’s Egg” and “You”. He would also join Hawkwind from 1979 – 1980 and from November 2007. After departing Gong in 1975 he teamed up with French lighting designer Patrice Warrener to form Crystal Machine, pioneering the use of lasers and synthesisers in a live setting. Blake’s debut album, “Crystal Machine”, was originally released in 1977 on the French experimental label Egg and featured two pieces recorded live in the UK and in France. This work was followed by arguably his finest work, “Blake’s New Jerusalem” in 1978. Unlike his previous work, the album featured songs and the lengthy title-track would dominate the album’s second side. “New Jeru salem” also featured the guest appearance of Jean-Philippe Rykiel on mini-moog. Tim Blake would later perform both “Lighthouse” and “New Jerusalem” as a member of Hawkwind when he joined the band the following year. He remained with the group for just over a year before returning to France and moving away from music. Tim returned to the music scene with the album “Magick” in 1991, recorded at his home studio in a windmill in Brittany. Although he made occasional live appearances, it would be nine years before he would return with a new album, “The Tide of the Century”. Recorded once again at his Windmill studio, the album featured a host of fine songs and music. In 2002 Tim recorded and released “Caldea Music II”, a work especially commissioned by the Caldea Spa centre in Andorra. The album saw Tim return to his purely instrumental roots, cited by some as a modern equivalent of his classic “Crystal Machine” album. Recorded once again at his Windmill studio, the album featured wonderfully evocative music and guest appearances by Christian Boule (Glassando Guitar) and Konan Mevel (Catalan Bagpipes, Flute).
Joining Hawkwind once more in 2007, Tim recorded his most recent solo album “Noggi Tar” in 2012, an album which he described as “A digital theses on virtual lead guitar”. This new anthology celebrates Tim’s work both as a member of Gong and Hawkwind and as a solo artist and includes tracks from all stages of his career. Most interestingly, Lighthouse also features eight previously unreleased recordings, including three from “The Birth of Crystal Machine” in the 1970s, along with three recordings from the so-called “Forgotten Tapes” and two tracks recorded live in Amsterdam and Exeter in 2006 and 2009 respectively. As a final highlight, the anthology includes a bonus DVD featuring a previously unreleased recording of Tim Blake’s appearance on French television in April 1979 performing ‘Generator (Laser Beam)’, ‘Passage Pour La Cité Des Révélations’, ‘Lighthouse’ and ‘New Jerusalem’. “Lighthouse” is a fine celebration of a fine musician.