Various ‎– A Brief History Of Ambient Volume 2: Imaginary Landscapes

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Virgin ‎– AMBT 2, Virgin ‎– 7243 8 39246 2 2
Series:
Ambient Series – AMBT 2
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2 × CD, Compilation, Partially Mixed
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Am 74:22
1-1 Baaba Maal Call To Prayer
Arranged By, Producer – Gabriel*Written-By – Trad*
3:52
1-2 Brian Eno Tal Coat
Written-By, Producer – Eno*
5:06
1-3 Amorphous Androgynous In Mind
Producer – Pin*Written-By – Amorphous Androgynous
5:26
1-4 Tangerine Dream Rubycon Part 2 (Edit)
Producer – Tangerine DreamWritten-By – Franke*, Froese*, Baumann*
6:32
1-5 David Sylvian The Healing Place
Producer – Sylvian*, Nye*Written-By – Sylvian*
5:16
1-6 The Grid Crystal Clear (The Orb Remix : Clear, Like An Unmuddied Lake)
Producer – The GridRemix – The OrbWritten-By – Ball*, Norris*
6:12
1-7 Ryuichi Sakamoto Nuages
Arranged By, Producer – Sakamoto*Written-By – Trad*
2:08
1-8 Fripp/Eno* Wind On Water
Written-By, Producer – Eno*, Fripp*
5:15
1-9 Penguin Cafe Orchestra Wildlife
Producer – Jeffes*, Nye*Written-By – Jeffes*
8:11
1-10 Jansen/Barbieri* When Things Dream
Producer – Barbieri*, Jansen*Written-By – Jansen*
2:39
1-11 Gong Magick Mother Invocation
Producer – Gong, Heyworth*Written-By – Gong
1:33
1-12 Sylvian/Fripp* Bringing Down The Light
Producer – Bottrill*, Sylvian*Written-By – Fripp*
8:14
1-13 Jah Wobble Not Another
Written-By, Producer – Wobble*
3:12
1-14 The Guo Brothers One Flower
Producer – Brennan*Written-By – Trad*
1:31
1-15 God Black Jesus
Producer – Martin*Written-By – God
6:34
1-16 Byrne* / Eno* Mountain Of Needles
Written-By, Producer – Eno*, Byrne*
2:33
Be 74:27
2-1 Phil Manzanera You Are Here
Written-By, Producer – Manzanera*
1:46
2-2 Prince Far I Bendel Dub
Written-By, Producer – Williams*
3:05
2-3 The Dimitri Pokrovsky Ensemble* Slow Kaliuki (Edit)
Producer – Adams*, Jones*, Pokrovsky*Written-By – Trad*
0:29
2-4 Daevid Allen Euterpe Gratitude Piece
Written-By, Producer – Allen*
9:21
2-5 Robert Fripp Water Music
Producer – Fripp*Written-By – Bennett*, Fripp*
1:16
2-6 Rain Tree Crow New Moon At Red Deer Wallow
Producer – Sylvian*, Nye*Written-By – Rain Tree Crow
5:01
2-7 Bass-o-matic* Attack Of The 50 Foot Drum Demon
Written-By, Producer – Orbit*
4:14
2-8 Jam Nation Mekong
Written-By, Producer – Gosling*, Rutherford*
5:09
2-9 Verve* Endless Life
Producer – Clempson*Written-By – Verve*
5:15
2-10 Klaus Schulze Nachtmusik Schattenhaft
Written-By, Producer – Schulze*
6:31
2-11 Voyager (2) Arrival (Edit)
Written-By, Producer – Thorpe*
7:14
2-12 Edgar Froese Specific Gravity Of Smile
Written-By, Producer – Froese*
9:29
2-13 The Tsinandali Choir* Orovela
Arranged By – Abashidze*Producer – Chelidze*Written-By – Trad*
4:54
2-14 Laraaji The Dance No. 3
Producer – Eno*Written-By – Laraaji
3:02
2-15 Czukay* / Sylvian* Premonition
Written-By, Producer – Sylvian*, Czukay*
6:37
2-16 The Edge Island
Producer – Brook*, The EdgeWritten-By – The Edge
1:56

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"A Brief History of Ambient Volume 2"
℗ © 1993 Virgin Records Ltd.
Made in Holland
Printed in Holland

A version made & printed in the UK also exists.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 7 24383 92462 2
  • Barcode (Scanned): 724383924622
  • Mastering SID Code: none
  • Mould SID Code: none
  • Matrix / Runout (Disc One, Variant 1): 839247 2 @ 1 1-1-3-NL
  • Matrix / Runout (Disc One, Variant 2): 839247 2 @ 1 1-1-7-NL
  • Matrix / Runout (Disc Two, Variant 1): 839248 2 @ 1 1-1-1-NL
  • Matrix / Runout (Disc Two, Variant 2): 839248 2 @ 1 1-1-7-NL
  • Rights Society: BIEM / STEMRA
  • Label Code: LC 3098
  • Other (Set Catalogue #): 7243 8 39246 2 2
  • Other (Disc One Catalogue #): 7243 8 39247 2 1
  • Other (Disc Two Catalogue #): 7243 8 39248 2 0
  • Other: UK: AMBT 2
  • Other: F: PM545

Other Versions (2 of 2) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
AMBT 2, 7243 8 39246 2 2 Various A Brief History Of Ambient Volume 2: Imaginary Landscapes(2xCD, Comp, P/Mixed) Virgin, Virgin AMBT 2, 7243 8 39246 2 2 UK & Europe 1993 Sell This Version
7243 8 39740 2 3 Various A Brief History Of Ambient Volume 2: Imaginary Landscapes(2xCD, Comp) Virgin 7243 8 39740 2 3 US 1993 Sell This Version

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mjb

mjb

October 14, 2017

As reviewed by me in February 1994:

Yes, once again Virgin scoops up a smattering of their back catalogue, this time thinking it's excusable to call this a lesson in ambient music as long as they put in the liner notes that they realize it's a compilation of music from their own label. The fact that this is almost totally a profit-driven venture really takes away from my enjoyment of the great music on this 150 minute tour. It's also unfortunate that they picked out some newer material that really isn't all that ambient just for the sake of promoting their new releases—examples: Jam Nation (a RealWorld supergroup), The Grid, and Verve. William Orbit's old Bass-o-matic project doesn't really qualify, either. Nothing sounds that out of place, but the lack of continuity makes this more just a collection of tracks than a proper album. At least they mastered the tracks with a couple seconds of overlap so there are no gaps. There are some great cuts on it too... in particular, the Daevid Allen piece really grabbed me.

What I do like about these collections is the richness of the pre-techno-era tracks. Ambient music made with processed acoustic and electric instruments has a quality lacking in more modern synth-and-sample oriented works. It's worth having, but don't pay too much for this; if you are in the US you may want to wait for the domestic edition which will probably be out in a few months. A Brief History of Ambient volume 1 will be out 22 Feb 1994.
TimBucknall

TimBucknall

July 7, 2017
edited 4 months ago

Volume 2 doesn't get the attention its sexy and "difficult" younger sibling Volume 4 gets but its the eclectic harbinger of what was to come in the series.
With volume 1 having taken care of the obvious ambient touchstones that had to be part of any serious ambient retrospective ie: Tangerine Dream, Eno's "an ending (ascent)" etc, Volume 2 could start to look in strange places and uncover the less obvious strains of Ambient Music.
We have early Verve when they were experimenting with MBV-like washes of guitar. an often overlooked Dub mix of a track from PiL's seminal metal box (Not Another aka: another aka: Graveyard)
A Georgian Choir features on Volume 2, as does some epic guitar noise from God.
in a stroke of genius Bass-O-Matic's "attack of the 50 foot drum demon" is rendered ambient by clever use of mastering - something unthinkable with todays mostly awful mastering of Compact Discs.
the lack of the track splitting issues, misspressings or track listing mistakes that affected other volumes in the series also help make this feel special