Tim Blake: Blake's New Jerusalem (CD, 39:25); 2002 Voiceprint VP212CD Blake played synths with Gong, Hawkwind, Steve Hillage, and other similar projects before going solo synthesizer performer and recorder. This was Blake's first studio release versus his recordings of live gigs. He really polishes things up a great deal, adding guitars, and singing in the style of Gong's Daevid Allen and Steve Hillage's solo offerings. Blake's vocals would never be his strong point. His blessing to the ears was and always will be his ethereal and spacey synthesizer expertise. As Gong and Steve Hillage all preached the New Age and tuning into earth vibes and aligning one's soul with earth energies to bring in a world of light and love -- so Blake also crooned. No doubt, the '70s drug culture and disenchantment with organized religion had an immense influence on philosophy and music. So when you mix it all together into altered states of consciousness you get such evangelistically naive but sincere musical expressions such as this release. Laying aside all criticisms of the lyrics and the "message" being given here one will find dreamy, tripped-out synth work that stands as some of the very best of its era. Blake's 16:11 whole-album side, odyssey "Blake's New Jerusalem" is the only reason I own this release. It alone is worth hearing over and over again as it is an assured head-trip needing no chemically altered states. This piece alone is as good, if not better, than any of the sequenced synthesizer work of Jean-Michel Jarre or Tangerine Dream. Blake's embellishments and melody-line, improv solos are a matchless beauty. In other words -- this song is other-dimensional, universally metaphysical, and deeply moving for those of any faith in some great beyond. ~ John W. Patterson, EER-MUSIC.com Personnel: Blake, Tim/Synthesizer, Guitars, Vocals Rykiel, Jean-Philippe/Mini Moog Tracks: 1. Song for a New Age~Blake 2. Lighthouse~Blake 3. Generator~Blake 4. Passagesur la Cite de la Revelation~Blake 5. Blake's New Jerusalem~Blake
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