Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: New Age, Pop
Something of a "greatest hits" collection, this disc from one of the New Age genre's finest composers is a soundtrack looking for a movie. Although the tracks are all from Arkenstone's previous albums, they're arranged to ... more »
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Something of a "greatest hits" collection, this disc from one of the New Age genre's finest composers is a soundtrack looking for a movie. Although the tracks are all from Arkenstone's previous albums, they're arranged to flow smoothly from one to the next, allowing the listener to construct an accompanying story in his or her head. Arkenstone's style is so cinematic that one wonders why he hasn't written movie music. He explores the possibilities of modern synthesizers, and the results are impressive: a mix of his rock roots and a classical sensibility that makes several pieces sound as if they were performed by a full-blown symphony orchestra. Eternal Champion is an excellent introduction to this composer's work. --Genevieve Williams
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Jesse D. Watson | North Dakota | 03/12/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is actually a compilation CD of lots of David's best stuff. If you plan to get all his stuff anyway, it's best to skip this one, since it'll become obsolete when you have all his other CDs.That said, it's a still a very GOOD compilation, and you could always give it away later once you have all of its songs on other CDs.This isn't just music for music's sake. It has a theme and a message, even without lyrics, if you'll really listen. You're free to create your own theme and message. Just listen and go with it. If you're a fan of video game music, particularly in Japanese RPGs like the Final Fantasy series, David's stuff is MUST-HAVE. Heck, it's must-have anyway! :-) If I could give it 6 stars, I would. If you have an open mind and like pretty, instumental music, you'll love this guy. Honestly."
Great Intro to Music for Your Mind's Movie
Holly Ingraham | Honolulu, HI USA | 09/24/1998
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I took a chance on this having never heard anything by Arkenstone, and now I want more. I'm not the standard listener to New Age, though I was collecting Berber folk music albums and 'Tibetan Bells' back in the LP days. Still, I've always enjoyed instrumental soundtrack music for background when I write fiction, and these fill the bill without attaching any images except the ones in my head. Some cuts like "Explorers" are very symphonic, some like "From the Forge to the Field" or "The Palace" are distinctly jazzy. Take a chance on this: it's good stuff."
My Favorite CD
Merlin Douglas Larsen | West Jordan, Utah United States | 08/26/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I first discovered David Arkenstone by getting one of his albums from the library: Citizen of the World. I enjoyed it so well that I bought it, and at the same time Eternal Champion - on a hunch that I would like it too. It immediately became my favorite: and even though I have quite a few of Arkenstone's albums now, I still play Eternal Champion more than any other. I think the selections for this CD collection actually place the music in a better setting than the original albums from which they are taken."