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Rainforest
Robert Rich
Rainforest
Genres: Dance & Electronic, New Age, Pop, Rock
 
On his first widespread release, Rich contemplates the ravaged state of the world's rain forests, and the music herein reflects both the beauty and mystery of those gradually disappearing environments. These aspects of bea...  more »

      
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All Artists: Robert Rich
Title: Rainforest
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Hearts of Space
Release Date: 7/1/1991
Genres: Dance & Electronic, New Age, Pop, Rock
Styles: Ambient, Electronica, World Dance, Meditation, Progressive, Electronic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 025041101424, 025041101448, 025041101424

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On his first widespread release, Rich contemplates the ravaged state of the world's rain forests, and the music herein reflects both the beauty and mystery of those gradually disappearing environments. These aspects of beauty and mystery are represented by pulsating, rhythmic tracks and denser atmospheric works, respectively. The former is epitomized by opening piece "Mbira," a playful dance of xylophone-like percussion and bamboo flute accompanied by a fretless bass gently gliding over them; while the latter is best showcased in the ghostly flute free fall which builds during the eerie, airy "Sanctuary." The composer has such an uncanny ability to conjure vivid musical imagery that can transport listeners into his vision of a rain forest. One can practically feel the dampness of the vegetation, envision the evergreen locale, and connect with the pulse of life within its dense ecosystem. Rainforest was Rich's first breakthrough album, and it remains his most commercially successful. --Bryan Reesman

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Spell Binding
EternalSeeker | Albuquerque, NM USA | 10/03/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I was overjoyed to find this sensational album/CD. I have been truly enchanted by it since I got my first cassette of it 10 years ago. Spell binding, Rich weaves a a lush path of musical inner vision through the essence of all you imagine the rainforest to be. Here are the shadowed, secret trails deep through the jungle, the jaguar's lingering gaze, the dazzle of dappled sunlight over head in a catherdral of trees; crashing intensity of tropical rain, and the steamy mist rising all around you, shot through with the flaming colors of tropical flowers, birds and orchids. This recording is beyond New Age or Ambient alone, and to me is the benchmark against which I measure all other "rainforest" recordings."
The best of everything
EternalSeeker | Albuquerque, NM USA | 09/30/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I was overjoyed to find this terrific recording in a CD. All other 'rainforest' recordings I have ever heard - and there've been many - pale in comparison to this one by Robert Rich. I got the orginal cassette when it was first released in 1989, and to me it's still the benchmark against which I measure all others. It has just enough of everything: birds, animals, rain, variety, nice emotional progression, and truly haunting music."
Rainforest Riches
musicfan28if | 06/08/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This album is an early release from the Hearts of Space label known for great new-age music. It really captures the feel of a rain forest, and has a very natural, resonant vibe. He was inspired by the rain forests of the Pacific Northwest.

"Mbira" - a fast-paced rhythmic song with vibraphone samples and bamboo flute,
"Rainforest Suite (a)Forest Dreams of Bach" - slow tempo with mysterious sound which reminds me of a Thailand monastery, "(b)Drumsong" -a drum sound with a beautiful tone(I believe it's a keyboard sample)and bamboo flute, "(c) Surface" - quiet and peaceful with percolating environmental sounds,
The other songs are great, too, loaded with environmental sounds. Highly recommended!
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