Suite Bergamasque; Clair de Lune, No 3.  -  Isao Tomita

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Suite Bergamasque; Clair de Lune, No 3. - Isao Tomita

No doubting that Japanese guru Tomita was a pioneer of synthesised electronica. I bought this album way back in 1977, when it was already three years old. So, proper old fashioned space music here, though the lush stringed sound is helped by being allied to a classical rearrangement of Debussy…

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Dave Dudley – Tosca

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Dave Dudley – Tosca

Tosca are a mixing double act including Richard Dorfmeister – as in trip-hop masters Dorfmeister and Kruder - who released five lush albums in the early 2000’s before changing style most recently away from downtempo. “Dave Dudley” comes from “Dehli9” (2003)…

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Brothers & Sisters - Bongmaster inc

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Brothers & Sisters - Bongmaster inc

Bongmaster Inc are in fact a spin-off from New Zealand chillers Fat Freddy's Drop...and in truth is really one person - Dallas Tamaira - who is the brains behind the whole outfit. Check out "Dark Days" by FFD as a track if you want to hear more.

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The Ballad of Bill Hubbard - Roger Waters

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The Ballad of Bill Hubbard - Roger Waters

The biggest compliment I can pay this track is that it is absolutely MADE for this curation! I love the jangling atmospherics of Waters’ guitar, and when the spoken vocals from an old man remembering a trip into No Mans Land during the First World War kick in, it’s really most affecting…

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The Trainer Shuffle - Blue States

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The Trainer Shuffle - Blue States

Blue States are a UK electronica band headed by Andy Dragazis, and this soundscape track is pretty typical of their first couple of albums, “Man Mountain” and “Nothing Changes Under The Sun” from the early 2000’s.

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Space Walk - Lemon Jelly

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Space Walk - Lemon Jelly

Master samplers from the UK at the beginning of the millennium, Lemon Jelly, like a comet, raced over the filament before disbanding, but not before recording two stunning albums – “Lemon Jelly.ky” and “Lost Horizons” which features this song.

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I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings  -  Buckshot LeFonque

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I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings - Buckshot LeFonque

OK it’s a mouthful of a name for a band, but in 1994 when Branford Marsalis decided he wanted to mix things up fusing mainstream jazz with hip hop and rap he also decided to exploit a name previously used by Cannonball Adderley, one of the 1950’s great saxophonists.

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Orange Peel - Sopwith Camel

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Orange Peel - Sopwith Camel

 "Imagine a jazzy John Sebastian who's into Eastern culture and vaudeville. This is pleasant, unambitious hippie groove music for a lazy, sunny afternoon. If you're in that mood, it will take you to a warm, fuzzy place." So wrote US music mag “Allmusic” way back in the 60’s and who am I to disagree?..

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Aqua Marine - Santana

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Aqua Marine - Santana

Let’s face it, I could fill this curation with Santana…amazed I’ve waited this long to put one in! Think of that amazing double album “Moonflower”. In fact I’ve gone for a lesser known piece from his tenth studio album –“Marathon” - that came from 1979 when Santana was maybe “in between” places. (“the beginning of his commercial slide” as someone once wrote…)

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Theme from Boat Weirdos - Joe Walsh

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Theme from Boat Weirdos - Joe Walsh

From the album “But Seriously Folks” released in 1978, this is my favourite track and features cameos from Don Henley and Glenn Frey…of course Walsh was a member of The Eagles for a while. The album’s best known perhaps for the tongue in cheek hit “Life’s Been Good To Me.”

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Dream Within A Dream  - Propaganda

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Dream Within A Dream - Propaganda

Never heard of them? Well, Propaganda are a German synth band formed in the early 80’s, and influenced by Frankie Goes To Hollywood, I first heard this en passant as background music, and had to make a point of asking ‘who’s this?’…

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Goodbye Pork Pie Hat - Pentangle

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Goodbye Pork Pie Hat - Pentangle

Straight out of folk roots in the 60’s and into the electrification period of the 70’s, Pentangle were something of a folk supergroup, what with John Renbourn and Bert Jansch heading up the guitar sounds, Danny Thompson on bass and Jacqui McShee on lead vocals. In some ways they were forerunners of Fairport Convention, Fotheringay etc...

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New York Minute - Don Henley

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New York Minute - Don Henley

Released in 1990, “New York Minute” features Eagles drummer/singer Don Henley…he of “Boys Of Summer” fame when he eventually went solo for a while. His session musicians were equally impressive – Toto legends Jeff Porcaro and Davis Paich.

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Aerial Boundaries - Michael Hedges

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Aerial Boundaries - Michael Hedges

Well I do love a guitar virtuoso, and Hedges doesn’t disappoint. He’s said to have bridled at being labelled “smooth” instead describing his music as…wait for it… “violent acoustic”, or “new edge” or “heavy mental” or “deep tissue gladiator guitar.”  And who am I to argue?

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This Sky - The Derek Trucks Band

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This Sky - The Derek Trucks Band

American Derek Trucks reckons his Christian name might have been inspired by Eric Clapton’s Derek and The Dominoes! If not exactly born with a guitar in hand, he certainly had one by the time he was nine years old, bought for 5 bucks from a garage sale. By the age of twenty he was a part of the legendary Allmann Bros.

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Recurring - Bonobo

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Recurring - Bonobo

This is my second Bonobo – aka Simon Green – track. Really, I could fill the entire curation with his stuff. As UK ambience goes, for me, he’s the brightest light. This comes from a mid period – taken from the 2006 album “Days To Come.”

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Destiny - Zero 7

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Destiny - Zero 7

Taken from the album “Simple Things” released in 2001 and generally regarded as “trip-hop” this track turned me on to the album as a whole, and really was part of a UK explosion of trip-hop, chill-out bands at the turn of the millennium...

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Embryonic Journey - Jefferson Airplane

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Embryonic Journey - Jefferson Airplane

Pioneers of psychedelic rock, formed in 1965, and – naturally – from California, Airplane’s most iconic line-up included Grace Slick and Paul Kantner before splits took place and Jefferson Starship and Hot Tuna emerged as two different bands. Airplane’s break-out album from 1967 was “Surrealistic Pillow” from which this instrumental track emerged...

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The Windfall - Joni Mitchell

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The Windfall - Joni Mitchell

Joni Mitchell! Amazingly prolific! This is taken from her fourteenth album, “Night Ride Home.” “The Windfall” is actually about wealth and more particularly about a maid who tried to sue Joni. (“you want everything for nothing…”)

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