4hero* ‎– Two Pages

Label:
Talkin' Loud ‎– 568 879-1, Reinforced Records ‎– 568 879-1
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4 × Vinyl, LP, Album
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Chapter 1
A1 Loveless
Cello – Gay-Yee WesterhoffDouble Bass – Andy HamillDrums – Luke ParkhouseElectric Piano [Rhodes], Programmed By, Effects, Arranged By – 4 HeroFeaturing – Ursula RuckerViola – Sally WardViolin – Brian Wright, Everton NelsonVoice [Operatic Tones] – Face, Jill AlexandraVoice [Spoken Word] – Ursula RuckerWritten-By – 4 Hero, Ursula Rucker
5:53
A2 Golden Age Of Life
Bass, Acoustic Guitar – Leon MarCello – Helen ThomasChoir [Soul] – Collette (4), Enyonam, Ingrid (7), Julie (5), Merle (2), Vanessa (12)Drums – Luke ParkhouseHarp – C. Morris JonesLead Vocals – Carol CrosbyPercussion – Brad MunnSynthesizer [Mini Moog], Piano, Electric Piano [Rhodes], Programmed By, Arranged By, Written-By – 4 HeroViola – Naomi FairhurstViolin – Natalia Bonner, Sarah Button
6:03
A3 Planeteria (A Theme From A Dream)
Cello – Gay-Yee WesterhoffDouble Bass – Andy HamillDrums, Bongos – Luke ParkhousePiano, Electric Piano [Rhodes & Wurlitzer], Arranged By, Written-By – 4 HeroSaxophone – Chris BowdenViola – Sally WardViolin – Brian Wright, Everton NelsonVoice [Operatic Tones] – Samantha (3)
6:24
B1 Third Stream
Bass – Leon MarCello – Andy NiceDouble Bass – Andy HamillDrums – Luke ParkhouseFrench Horn – Judith GoodmanGoblet Drum [Tabla] – SuphalaGuitar [Rhythm] – Simon 'Da Vortexion' Wells*Piano, Arranged By, Written-By – 4 HeroSaxophone – Chris BowdenTrombone – Andy Rogers (7)Trumpet – Niles Hailstone*Viola – Sophie SarotaViolin – Catherine Browning, Everton NelsonVocals – Face
6:04
B2 Spirits In Transit
Bass, Guitar [Rhythm] – Leon MarCello – Anna ChalmersDrums – Luke ParkhousePercussion – Brad MunnPiano, Electric Piano [Wurlitzer], Synthesizer [Moog], Programmed By, Arranged By, Written-By – 4 HeroTrumpet – Quinton (2)Viola – Fiona GriffithViolin – Natalia Bonner, Sarah Button
5:27
Chapter 2
C1 Escape That
Cello – Gay-Yee WesterhoffDouble Bass – Andy HamillFrench Horn – Judith GoodmanLead Vocals, Backing Vocals – FacePercussion – Luke ParkhousePiano – Paul WeinrebPiano, Electric Piano [Rhodes], Synthesizer [Moog], Programmed By, Arranged By, Written-By – 4 HeroSaxophone – Chris BowdenTrombone – Andy Rogers (7)Viola – Maritza Bullock*Violin – Brian Wright, Everton Nelson
5:23
C2 Cosmic Tree
Cello – Gay-Yee WesterhoffDrums – Luke ParkhouseGuitar – Leon MarSynthesizer [Arp Solo] – Paul WeinrebSynthesizer [Arp, Mini Moog, Juno], Piano, Electric Piano [Rhodes], Percussion, Programmed By [Midi], Arranged By, Written-By – 4 HeroViola – Sophie SarotaViolin – Lucy Wilkins, Sarah MallockVocals – Ike Obiamiwe
5:40
C3 Universal Reprise
Bass – Leon MarCello – Andy NicePercussion – Brad MunnSaxophone – DJ HandSynthesizer [Tr808, Arp Strings], Electric Piano [Rhodes], Programmed By, Arranged By, Written-By – 4 HeroViola – Sally WardViolin – Brian Wright, Everton NelsonVocals – Carol Crosby
5:25
D1 The Action
Cello – Gay-Yee WesterhoffDouble Bass – Andy HamillElectric Piano [Rhodes], Programmed By, Arranged By, Written-By – 4 HeroFeaturing, Rap, Written-By [Rap] – Butterfly (3), Ish (3)Vibraphone – Roger BeaujolaisViola – Sally WardViolin – Brian Wright, Everton NelsonVoice [Operatic Tones] – Wendy Weir
3:18
D2 Wishful Thinking
Acoustic Guitar, Bass – Leon MarDrums, Percussion – Luke ParkhouseElectric Piano [Rhodes] – Brad MunnLead Vocals, Backing Vocals – Carol CrosbySaxophone – Chris BowdenSynthesizer [Moog Bass, Arp Strings, Arp Oddessey], Arranged By – 4 HeroWritten-By – Patrice Rushen
5:21
D3 Star Chasers
Cello – Helen L. Thomas*Drums – Alex StavvGuitar – Leon MarLead Vocals, Backing Vocals – FacePercussion – Brad MunnPiano, Bass, Electric Piano [Wurlitzer, Rhodes], Programmed By, Arranged By, Written-By – 4 HeroTrumpet – Quinton (2)Viola – Fiona GriffithViolin – Natalia Bonner, Sarah Button
4:52
Chapter 3
E1 We Who Are Not As Others 7:52
E2 Humans 3:31
F1 In The Shadows 6:21
F2 Mathematical Probability 6:26
Chapter 4
G1 Greys 2:09
G2 Pegasus 51 6:46
H1 Worlds End 6:11
H2 Wormholes 0:43
H3 Dauntless 2:46
H4 Mother Solar (Part One) 0:10
H5 Normal Changing World 0:12
H6 De-Sci-Fer 0:05

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Credits

  • ArtworkSami Khan, ©eed
  • Artwork [3D Rendering]Dominic Weir (2)
  • Artwork [Execution, Digital Expression]Sami Khan
  • Design [Graphic Design]Sami Khan
  • EngineerDego (tracks: E1 to H6), Leon Mar (tracks: A1 to D3), Mark Mac* (tracks: E1 to H6)
  • Engineer [Assistant]Brad Munn (tracks: A1 to D3)
  • Engineer [Pre-production], Programmed By, Producer, Arranged By [String Arrangement]Dego (tracks: A1 to D3), Mark Mac* (tracks: A1 to D3)
  • Painting, Typography [Organic Scribe]©eed
  • Producer, Arranged By, Effects [Sounds Freaked & Twisted], Programmed By, Written-By4 Hero (tracks: E1 to H6)
  • Voice [Human Voice]Peter Guinness (tracks: E1 to H6)
  • Written-By [Human Voice]Elliott 'Mystery' Taylor* (tracks: E1 to H6)

Notes

Gatefold Sleeve

Chapters 1 & 2:
Recorded at da Kasbar Studio.
Drums on "Star Chasers" recorded at Dollis Hill.
All pre-production engineering & programming at Dollis Hill.
All tracks produced for Reinforced Productions.
All tracks published by Reinforced Music / Westbury Music.
"Loveless" & "The Action" published by Reinforced Music / Westbury Music / Copyright Control.
"Wishful Thinking" published by Copyright Control.
℗ 1998 Mercury Records Ltd (London). A Polygram Company.

Chapters 3 & 4:
Recorded at Dollis Hill Studio.
All tracks published by Reinforced Music / Westbury Music.
℗ 1998 Mercury Records Ltd (London). A Polygram Company.

℗ 1998 Mercury Records Ltd (London). Except Side A, chapter one, tracks 1 & 3, ℗ 1997 Mercury Records Ltd (London), chapter four, Side B ℗ 1997 Mercury Records Ltd (London)
© 1998 Mercury Records Ltd (London). A Polygram Company.

D1: credited as Ish aka 'Butterfly'.
The title of track H1, "Worlds End", actually appears as strange symbols (aka "organic scribe" in credits) on the release.

BPM:
Chapter 1
A1: 158 | A2: 160 | A3: 160
B1: 123 | B2: 160
Chapter 2
C1: 161 | C2: 161 | C3: 160
D1: 94 | D2: 71/142 | D3: 140
Chapter 3
E1: 162 | E2: 120
F1: 166 | F2: 160
Chapter 4
G1: 83 | G2: 80/160
H1: 164 | H2: - | H3: 166 | H4: 129 | H5: 162 | H6: -

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 731456887913
  • Label Code: LC 6521
  • Rights Society: BIEM
  • Rights Society: MCPS
  • Other (PolyGram distribution code): PY 281
  • Other (A/B labels cat#): 568 881-1
  • Other (C/D labels cat#): 568 883-1
  • Other (E/F labels cat#): 568 885-1
  • Other (G/H labels cat#): 568 887-1
  • Matrix / Runout (A etched): 568 881-1 A² MPO
  • Matrix / Runout (B etched): 568 881-1 B² MPO
  • Matrix / Runout (C etched): 568 883-1 A² MPO
  • Matrix / Runout (D etched): 568 883-1 B² MPO
  • Matrix / Runout (E etched): 568 885-1 A² MPO
  • Matrix / Runout (F etched): 568 885-1 B² MPO
  • Matrix / Runout (G etched): 568 887-1 A² MPO
  • Matrix / Runout (H etched): 568 887-1 B² MPO

Other Versions (5 of 13) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
558 462-2 4 Hero Two Pages(CD, Album + CD, Album, Enh) Talkin' Loud 558 462-2 UK 1998 Sell This Version
314 558 465-2 4hero* Two Pages(CD, Album) Talkin' Loud 314 558 465-2 Canada 1998 Sell This Version
TKCJ 21 4hero* Two Pages (Page Two)(CD, Album, Promo) Talkin' Loud TKCJ 21 UK 1998 Sell This Version
558 465-2 4hero* Two Pages(CD, Album) Talkin' Loud 558 465-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
558 462-2 4 Hero Two Pages(CD, Album, RE + CD, Album, Enh) Talkin' Loud 558 462-2 UK Unknown Sell This Version

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d.teil

d.teil

March 4, 2013

if you really can buy this superb box for a lower price: nothing to think about. just do it.
jimthing

jimthing

April 30, 2005
edited over 8 years ago
Yes, we all have our personal 'classic' LP's, but this one really is worthy of this statement.

Before it came out in 1998, after a couple of the tracks had previously been put out on promo's and on the EP "Earth Pioneers", the anticipation for the release of the project as a whole LP reached fever-pitch amoungst the underground dance music scene on the streets of London --and probably Tokyo, Paris, NYC, etc-- so when it eventually hit the airwaves of the few radio shows who got it first (probably Gilles Peterson; who at the time was still doing A&R for his label Talkin' Loud, so had the obvious label connection !!) the reponse was massive, and though it could be said 4 Hero were a so-called 'underground' fenomenon beforehand, after "Two Pages" was released, this soon changed.
This became evident when the LP was nominated on the shortlist for the Mercury Music Prize in 1998. Praise indeed, as the Mercury is respected as being given to only the best albums of the year that any artist releases (whatever their field; folk,dance,rap,rock ...anything) and is voted entirely on the QUALITY of the music, and not on sales which are often due more to record companies preconceived marketing campaigns rather than musical worth.

The LP itself seems to have one main concept, if you can call it that. The 'two' pages seems to be the difference between one of light & dark, promise & futility, or put simply; opposites.
The first page, easily the better half at that, contains tracks that embody the beauty of 1960-70s black music at it's finest --Charles Stepney productions come to mind-- whilst planting them firmly in the 21st century. Live string & brass arrangments, mixed with constantly evolving drum & percussion programming which only two veterans of the drum&bass scene could have possibly achieved, make these tracks mindblowing in their sophistication to say the least!
It could be said that this half of the LP marks a new dawn between the live element --with actual musicians playing the acoustic instruments-- and the technical advancement machines have brought to producers on a production level, with the two sitting pretty together without any obvious seperation.

The second page, unfortunately, is not nearly as good, as Dego & Marc Mac have abandoned the live element virtually comletely, instead opting to show-off their prowess when it comes to dark and heavy beat & percussive production; much in the vein of their Reinforced stuff, as well as their more Detriot techno productions and the like.
Now this could be seen as a bit of a cop-out, and perhaps it is, but they really DO know how to get sounds from the studio that before this album was released no-one else had simply thought about, nevermind reached!

As a whole this LP is simply stunning and should be more widely appreciated for the opus it is.
It certainly opened the way for many dance scenes we have at the moment. The 'broken beat' scene in London was virtually formed on the basis of this album, with the style of the beat production 4 Hero pioneered on the LP being jumped on by admirers and ever expanded upon; Jazzanova & friends in Germany breakin' it down; as well as the amazing productions coming out of Japan from the likes of Jazztronik, Kyoto Jazz Massive & others. All with their own sound, talents, and twist on things.

Worth a listen simply for inspiration, but also if innovation is what your after.

(Also, a word to the wise. You need to get a copy of this on CD as well as VINYL. A nice sales ploy for the record company, I know...

Why? Firstly, the CD comes with multimedia extras; fun for a while... but mainly because the CD puts the tracks in their natural order, as well as some of the tracks endings being mixed nicely with the beginning of the next one; which works very well in the context of the album as whole.

The vinyl, on the other hand, has three extra tracks on the last side of the vinyl. I say 'tracks', but they are really just little ditties, which those of us who have a bad vinyl addiction can't go without now, can we ?!)