I love this track in terms of what it represents (a work of acid art more than a track made to sell lots of copies and move people on dancefloors, though it probably did at least a fair amount of both of the latter), evolving/dynamic character, and freewheeling 19-minute duration ... but I'll admit, listening to it now in 2019, some parts of that 19-minute journey are better than others. More narrowly, there's a dissonant and slightly echoic tone/ping synth that layers into the track in the middle/latter stages, and I don't think it does much for the track (indeed, it sort of detracts from the overall vibe, at least for me). I also think the tune is a bit aimless in parts, or at least lingers in particular sections longer than it needs to.
Now to be clear, the atmosphere is absolutely underwater and exploratory, and I especially enjoy the marine mammal sounds, so Tom and Ray certainly nailed the aural quality of the environment they were trying to invoke with this one. And to be fair, I do like the sonic character of much of the track; I just don't know if it's still worthy of the vaunted place I long assigned it in my mind.
So call me a heretic and call me blasphemous, but I can only follow what my brain thinks at any given time. And at this point in 2019, I think this record is still worthy of a 5/5 for what it represents---unabashed artistic and acidic eccentricity---but the actual music on it has slipped down into the 4/5 category for me.
I now await the angry villagers, torches, and pitchforks, lol.
Wicked sublime exploration into underwater euphoristic acid trance. Benevolent creatures guide your way through a labyrinth of rapacious sharp fanged toll collectors to an undiscovered wilderness where you can live apart from authority, dependant only on you and your community's physical utilization of the surroundings.