Pete Namlook ‎– The Definitive Ambient Collection

Rising High Records ‎– RSN CD11
CD, Compilation, Mixed

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1 Sextant Live At XS I
Written-By – Pete Namlook
2 Air (2) Je Suis Triste Et Seule Ici
Written-By – Pete Namlook
3 4Voice The Mystery
Written-By – Pete Namlook
4 Crypt Corp. Greenpoint
Written-By – Pete Namlook, Peter Prochir
5 Sequential Lost In The Sea
Written-By – DJ Criss, Pete Namlook
6 Sequential Die Sonne
Written-By – Pete Namlook
7 Limelight Sorti Destinatus
Written-By – DJ Brainwave, Pete Namlook
8 Silence Santur
Written-By – Dr Atmo*, Pete Namlook
9 Syn TAT 93
Written-By – Pete Namlook
10 Minimalistic Source Minimalistic Overchill
Written-By – Pete Namlook
11 Hearts Of Space Drawn
Written-By – Pete Namlook

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Total running time: 76:27
Digitally edited into a continuous mix

Produced at Sonic Studios, Frankfurt for Namlook Productions
Thanks to Optic Kiss

[c] Rising High Productions LTD 1993
[p] Rising High Productions LTD 1993

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 5 024900 001078
  • Barcode (String): 5024900001078
  • Matrix / Runout: RSNCD11 10256001 01 & MADE IN U.K. BY PDO

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October 14, 2017
As reviewed by me in May 1994:

Summary: Barely defines ambient, but a halfway decent sampler of 1992–93 FAX label releases. A few eyebrow-raisers, a few stinkers. Good for FAX lovers without deep pockets.

You can save a lot of money picking up the occasional Rising High licensed compilations of Namlook's FAX label output, but whether you're really getting the best the label has to offer is up for debate. I've heard some really good stuff on this label and some really pathetic crap, and this compilation seems to capture the better end, yet it still falls short of its potential.

Pete Namlook's penchant for holding a single note on an analog synth and letting it rise and fall through its LFO sweeps gets old quickly. Luckily these tracks have enough going on around the drone to keep it from getting wholly stupid, but at times, like in "The Mystery", "TAT 93", or "Drawn" where I am drumming my fingers, debating whether or not to get up and advance to the next track. I usually do. He also sticks to a simplistic formula in most of his compositions, varying the sounds but not the structure. Usually a light drone with some additional sounds going through an extreme pan-delay, not much else. It's no surprise he can churn out an album a week; he's not really doing that much.

But the usual FAX/Namlook complaints aside, there are some beauties on this disc. Volume 2 is out as I write this, I've not checked it out. Don't shell out the change for this disc unless you already know you like some of the FAX/Namlook style.


September 25, 2013

'Definitive' is by it's own axiomatic construct illogical, as this is a compilation of a massive body of work by Namlook, usually in collaboration with other artists. But as a cherry picking sampler of past glories (most of them hard to purchase, then costly if you do) it's pretty damn essential. Everyone will have their favourites, and for me the best tracks are.... well all them, actually. The Sequential selections are ominous without drifting into bombast; the Air bits breathy (pun intended...apologies) and the Hearts of Space choice is sublime. Some of Namlook's albums were licensed out by the Rising High label (and many are now worth as much as the releases on Fax), and this compilation presents many of the highlights in a continuous mix. Thanks must go to Namlook and Rising High, and the indefatigable and inestimable Mixmaster Morris. Cheers.


August 15, 2003
edited about 1 year ago

The title of this release sounds kinda boastful until you realise that this is a compilation of tracks from probably the most respected (and certainly the most prolific!) Ambient producer, Pete Namlook. The music here is alternately beautiful, haunting and otherworldly; the top track for me is the eastern-influenced Santur taken from the excellent album Silence which was also licensed to Rising High in its entirety.

By the way, for the benefit of those who didn't spend their high-school science lessons looking up the "interesting" stuff in chemistry textbooks, the cover image is a representation of a molecule of LSD... but with the benzene ring replaced by the Rising High logo!