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Musique Mechanique
Various Artists
Musique Mechanique
Genres: Dance & Electronic, World Music, Special Interest, New Age, Pop, Rock
  •  Track Listings (4) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (7) - Disc #2


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All Artists: Various Artists
Title: Musique Mechanique
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Celestial Harmonies
Release Date: 2/13/1995
Genres: Dance & Electronic, World Music, Special Interest, New Age, Pop, Rock
Styles: Ambient, Electronica, Meditation, By Decade, 1990s, Progressive, Electronic
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaCD Credits: 2
UPC: 013711410228

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M. Watkins | 01/06/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"One look at the play list and you should
(unless you are very new to ambient)
know where you are. Analogueville baby!

We get a little bit of everything with this
package. It really is a sample of different styles
from the 70s "Departure From the Northern Wasteland",
(which I recall listening to on Philadelphia's
WXPN) through the post-analogue mid-90s.

Disk One emphasizes the classical/synth motiff of
several European artists and has several long tracks
which may not be up to current tastes or trends
at this point, but which are interesting from the
perspective of the music's history (the disk comes with
a booklet with an essay written by John Diliberto).
"Aguirre" by Popul Vuh certainly stands its own
against the waters of time. Those more heavily invested
in the works of Klaus Shultz will probably at least have
heard of Eberhard Shroener.

Disk Two starts off with "labyrinth" by Michael
Stearns and rolls comfortably into bed with Kevin Braheny's
"Desert Walkabout." This is followed by two
well known Steve Roach tracks and then two by David
Parsons (more etherial and less teutonic). Chances are,
if you like any of this stuff you already have it.
I already had most of it when I bought this, but i
wanted a few select tracks from otherwise somewhat more
obscure artists.

Celestial certainly didn't 'experiment' or strike
any new territory with this release, and its therefore
never likely to get much attention (the art department
responsible for the disk's cover certainly won't get any prizes).
However, I like this compilation well enough
and find most of it listenable and enjoyable.
Its cheap so you won't break the bank on it, but if
you're unsure, go with an album's worth of almost
any artist listed.