Ian O'Brien ‎– A History Of Things To Come



Lucia Pt. One 4:13
Veksel 8:32
Spirits 4:32
A Midwestern Night's Dream 4:25
Lucia Pt. Two 8:34
Air 0:49
Zed 2:05
Vista Beleza 5:07
Teentown 4:48
Theme From Apollo 2:55
Yemura 8:12
A Little Of The Bandit's Soul 1:48
Teentown Beats 4:22
Vegalume 2:30

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September 26, 2017
edited over 3 years ago
referencing A History Of Things To Come, 2xLP, Album, PFG009LP, PFG 009 LP

Beautiful. Sounds like an early George Duke album with post modern colour and vibration. It reminds me of the amazing Planetary Folklore album by As One on Mo'Wax.


October 20, 2005
edited over 15 years ago
referencing A History Of Things To Come, CD, Album, PFG 009 CD

Ian O’Brien’s third album, A HISTORY OF THINGS TO COME, marks somewhat of a change in direction for him. Whereas his first two albums were lush in their instrumentation and sound, A HISTORY… is much more spare, and ambient at times (like on the delicate “Vista Beleza”). The tracks here are also more freeform: where “Lucia (Pt. 1)” is almost all sound, “Spirits” is almost all African rhythms, which reappear on “Yemura.” But the Pat Methany cover, “A Midwestern Night’s Dream,” recaptures the emotional power while still remaining stripped-down, and “Zed” has a subdued funk that shows that he hasn’t lost his touch. “Teentown” and its propulsive brother, “Teentown Beats,” stick out as a more in-your-face track, almost at odds with the rest of the album, especially given how “Theme from Apollo,” which follows directly, is beatless. As is “Vagalume,” the rich, sweeping final track, which reminds us the gorgeous heights to which O’Brien can take us. So while this album is undoubtedly full of beauty, it’s a little more uneven than what O’Brien can normally deliver.


November 17, 2002
referencing A History Of Things To Come, 2xLP, Album, PFG009LP, PFG 009 LP

I often feel this record never got the recognition it deserved it's a record that would sit in record stores for months
This album is a musicians album and not a DJ's album
Its basically a Jazz Fusion album but done with lots of taste by mr O'Brian
If you like jazz fusion and Electronica this is a great cross between the two