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Standing Stones of Callanish
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Jazz, New Age, Pop, Rock
Off the northwest coast of Scotland on the Isle of Lewis, rise the Standing Stones of Callanish. The main ring of these stones is often called the Scottish Stonehenge. The importance and purpose of the stones is not kno... more »
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Off the northwest coast of Scotland on the Isle of Lewis, rise the Standing Stones of Callanish. The main ring of these stones is often called the Scottish Stonehenge. The importance and purpose of the stones is not known. Theories suggests possibilities such as a transducer for healing energy, an astronomical observatory, a place of sun-moon worship, or an entryway to places that exist in Celtic myth.Jon Mark's The Standing Stones of Callanish conveys the mystery and otherworldly quality of these stones. The melodies have a gentle Celtic quality and repeating themes drift dreamily through various harmonic backgrounds. The music is intelligently constructed and deeply inspired. Using synthesizers, Jon Mark creates a delicate and rich orchestral sound that seems to arise directly from the misty Isle of Lewis, the hallowed site of the Standing Stones of Callanish.
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Second Attention | England | 01/28/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Ignore the new age ....
Jon Mark has a unique sonic signature in the world of new age music. 'His' sound is realised, beautifully, on this CD. Unfortunately he has milked it for all it's worth on many projects after and this sound has worn thin, very much like Enya's music.
That aside, The Standing Stones of Callanish is a very unique and haunting work. The whole piece is produced using synthesizers to create an ethereal drone of simple melodies and deep atmosphere that captures the imagination and transports the listener to ancient times. It's the subtle use of sounds and textures coupled with beautiful melodies that really makes this CD stand out from the majority of new age dross.
The track 'Coming of the North Wind' in particular is utterly spellbinding in its hypnotic force and movement. The music really does conjur up a feeling of distant times and romantic scenery.In 1989 I travelled to the Lake District (England) for the first time and looked over Ullswater in the late afternoon as the steel grey clouds gathered in an early autumn sky.
The lake reflected the distant mountains and the moving clouds. A light, chill breeze blew over the water.
At that moment the music from this album entered my mind and the whole scene connected. Everytime I listen to this CD I think of those days and that particular memory.
I appreciate that this is a personal thought but I feel it is relevant in illustrating the emotional and atmospheric feel of Jon Mark's work."
Moody, somber and haunting!
Distant Voyageur | Io | 08/28/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This 1988 debut album from New Age guru Jon Mark is a haunting tribute to the distant Ancient past and is a vivid musical portrayal of the Standing Stones of Callanish in the British Isles. The music is dark, melancholy, and ambient. "Chloe's Day" is my favorite song on this album having a celtic tone to it and a gray cloudy-evening atmosphere to it. Not all of this album is dark. "A Journey Across the Crystal Sea" is a very pleasant song with a much sunnier mood than the rest of this album. The last song "Remembering" is a tear-jerking closer with an eerie mood. This is one of the best New Age electrnoic albums of the 1980s and is highly recommended."
David F. Mamrak | Pennsylvania | 03/22/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"For anyone who loves ambient, "new age" type music, this disc is a must. The pieces here are very soothingly played on synthesizer. This album is one that is great to play after a long taxing day. I have had this in my collection for 15 years and it always close to my CD player. The songs "Chloe's Day" and "Journey Across the Crystal Sea" are worth the price of the disc alone. Highly recommended!"