Ralf Illenberger ‎– Circle

Narada Equinox ‎– ND-63006
CD, Album


1 Horizons I 5:15
2 Blue Darkness 4:56
3 Big Change 6:19
4 Jump 5:31
5 Gemina 4:28
6 Moonfood 3:21
7 Nightflight 6:25
8 Ballad 3:49
9 Horizons II 4:24


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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
0066351 Ralf Illenberger's Circle Ralf Illenberger's Circle(CD, Album) Biber Records 0066351 Germany 1988 Sell This Version
NC-63006 Ralf Illenberger Circle(Cass, Album) Narada Equinox NC-63006 US 1988 Sell This Version
CD-3006 Ralf Illenberger Circle(CD, Album) Narada Equinox CD-3006 US 1988 Sell This Version
568.66350 Ralf Illenberger's Circle Ralf Illenberger's Circle(LP, Album) Biber Records 568.66350 Germany 1988 Sell This Version
N-63006 Ralf Illenberger Circle(LP, Album) Narada Equinox N-63006 US 1988 Sell This Version


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February 8, 2010

I listen almost exclusively to electronic music, yet for some reason I also love Illenberger releases, which are acoustic guitar-based and linger between rock, jazz and new age. Perhaps there is some obscure commonality between electronica and this style. Perhaps it is the incredibly complex and mathematically precise layers Illenberger can weave? I'm not quite sure myself, but hopefully one day I may decipher the connection.

This CD, "Circle" is a great place to start, being his first "new era" release. I got this back when I was into Narada, but while I've since sold most other Narada CDs, this one remains: never to be sold.

The tracks are all sans vocals, a definite plus for me. Some are upbeat (1,4,7), some are slower (2,3,5,8). Track 8 is one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard, in a perfect "slow dance" style: extremely memorable. Kudos to Budi for his moving saxophone work. Budi provides some of his best marimba work, wind instrument melodies and solos. Of note is the breakdown and build up in Jump -- a true standout moment -- and the seldom-used electric guitar chimes in at the perfect time. Also, the guitar melody in Gemina is captivating. And I could swear that in Nightflight, around 5:12 in, the percussion is mirroring the track's bass line somehow! And on hundreds of listens I've only just tonight recognized that nuance! I could go on...

Definitely worth a listen, even if you don't normally like the style.