Beware when buying the rising high cd release of this album. Its made by PDO and its very very prone to suffer from the typical bronzing issue. I have two copies that are seriously affected. Shame, because this one has the best artwork.
... Seems the ambient "enlightenment" (that key vibes loop with reverberation at climax) on "Mountain high (live)" is due to the magical fingers of GIL SCOTT HERON ... See = Gil Scott Heron & Brian Jackson, the "Winter in America" album from 1974, track "Peace go with you brother", at the very beginning ... Indeed ! ;)
Easily as good as the Orb's debut, Flying High remains something of a watershed moment in ambient; this was a golden age for the music and seemed to peak in 1994, when labels such as Virgin decided that 'head music' was going to be the next big thing (they had been caught out by Acid House, and weren't going to miss out again) post-raving, and launched their splendid AMBT series. With tongue-in-cheek samples from new age guides, and drifting, spacey drones, it had enough forward momentum (thanks to subtle pulses which kept one nodding to the music rather than nodding off) to avoid stagnation- which is a trap many who made 'ambient' material fell into. 'Symphony in E' is a stellar mind trip, and unashamedly psychedelic recalling the Komische musik of the 70's. The other tracks too are gems. Pretty much essential if you are a fan of this genre.
Even though Mixmaster Morris is known for his love of all things ambient, his first album, FLYING HIGH, fits more with the 'ambient dub' genre, as these tracks are still very structured and have a certain drive, rather than drifting off into the ether. "Spiritual High" could almost be a trance track, despite having no kick drum, while "Sky High" starts with an easy listening sample before it bubbles into its own kind of easy listening. "Flying High" sustains itself with deep bass hits and jazzy vibraphones, and "High Frequency" engages the bell tones, while finally letting the beat blossom. A single violin starts off "Symphony In E" and loops its way through the track, but "Mountain High (Live)" eases into the more pure ambient you've been waiting for. A blissful trip.