Steve Roach ‎– Dreamtime Return

Fortuna Records ‎– 18055-2
2 × CD, Album

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1-1 Towards The Dream 7:09
1-2 The Continent 4:49
1-3 Songline 3:10
1-4 Airtribe Meets The Dream Ghost 7:00
1-5 A Circular Ceremony 11:20
1-6 The Other Side
Composed By – Kevin BrahenyEngineer – Loren Nerell
1-7 Magnificent Gallery 6:11
1-8 Truth In Passing 8:44
1-9 Australian Dawn (The Quiet Earth Cries Inside) 6:17
2-1 Looking For Safety 31:21
2-2 Through A Strong Eye 6:50
2-3 The Ancient Day 6:05
2-4 Red Twilight With The Old Ones
Performer [Aboriginal Songmen] – Unknown ArtistRecorded By [Aboriginal Songmen Recorded By] – Percy Trezise
2-5 The Return 8:33

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Recorded and digitally mixed at The Time Room.
Didjeridu recorded at Studio Tradewinds, Cairns, N. Q., Australia.
Mastered at DigiPrep, Hollywood, California.

Distributed by Celestial Harmonies (Arizona, USA).
European distribution: Kuckuck Schallplatten
Printed in W. Germany.

All compositions (C) 1988 Steve Roach
(C) & (P) 1988 Fortuna Records

16 page color CD booklet. Steve Roach liner notes dated April 12, 1988 (Los Angeles).

Track 1-6 recorded live in concert.
Tracks 1-8 and 2-2 are exclusive to the CD version, and 2-1 is extended.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 0 13711 80552 9
  • Label Code: LC 8878
  • Matrix / Runout (CD 1): C-2443/18055-2
  • Matrix / Runout (CD 2): C-2444 / 18056-2 A

Other Versions (5 of 14) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
TER049 Steve Roach Dreamtime Return(2xLP, Album, RE, RM, Gat) Telephone Explosion Records TER049 Canada 2018 Sell This Version
PROJEKT175 Steve Roach Dreamtime Return(2xCD, Album, RE, RM) Projekt PROJEKT175 US 2012 Sell This Version
PROJEKT175 Steve Roach Dreamtime Return(2xCD, Album, RE, RM) Projekt PROJEKT175 US 2005 Sell This Version
18055-2, 18056-2 Steve Roach Dreamtime Return(2xCD, Album) Fortuna Records, Fortuna Records 18055-2, 18056-2 US 1988 Sell This Version
18055-1 Steve Roach Dreamtime Return(2xLP, Album) Fortuna Records 18055-1 US 1988 Sell This Version


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January 24, 2020
edited 4 months ago
Steve roach is normally a little too new agey for me, but man is this a masterpiece. Essential 80's ambient release and the Telephone Explosion reissue is amazing, nuff said.


July 7, 2018
I am searching DISC ONE of this, only. I just have disc two and cover. If anyone could sale me only disc one, please send a pm.



March 10, 2018
All these years later, and for the future for that matter, there is only a four letter word that can sum up this album in perfect precision: "Home"


March 9, 2018
LP reissue from telephone explosion just announced ! ! !


February 13, 2018

For me, the most important ambient release. Not just music and sound. There is something else and it doesnt have a name. But is has something to do with spiritual energy.


August 11, 2006
edited over 14 years ago
This release could easily have been called "Selected Ambient Works BC", it's quite difficult to describe the beauty of it in words. The tracks are simple and minimal, but yet hit the nail on the head with perfect precision. "The Return" is just pure bliss. It's hard to believe that Roach used to be a professional motorbike racer!


July 19, 2006
edited over 14 years ago
Certainly one of the most important ambient releases of the last twenty-five years and most likely Roach's strongest and most representative work.

I remember the time and place I bought my copy (actually, my grandfather bought it for me), and, even after the first listen, it was nothing less than an introduction to a whole new world of sound and emotion. Dreamtime Return's effortless fusion of tribal and electronic instrumentation is ageless and doesn't sound at all dated, even on the neo-Berlin-School opener, "Toward the Dream," which gives me excited chills to this day. Each track blends seamlessly into the next and though this album is epic to say the least, it never becomes boring, static, or saccharine. The Aboriginal elements are tasteful and never exploitative like so many faux ethnic ambient and psy-trance releases from the early to mid-nineties.

I've been listening to this one for eleven years and it's always rich and powerful, the kind of music a person will live with for the rest of his or her life. An outstanding achievement.