Sun Electric30.7.94 Live

Label:Apollo – amb 5938 cd, Apollo – AMB 5938 CD
CD, Album
Style:IDM, Ambient


1Castor & Pollux18:13
2An Atom Of All Suns21:36
3Northern Lights #519:39

Companies, etc.



Recorded live at Tripping on Sunshine, 30.7.94, Ørstedsparken, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Sun Electric under exclusive worldwide licence to R & S Records.
℗ 1995 R & S Records © 1995 R & S Records.

Incidental info:
Track 1 contains samples from "A Hard Day's Night" by The Beatles.
This is the original Apollo edition. The German Rough Trade Records version also bears the Apollo AMB 5938 CD cat nr., but with an additional RTD 119.3013.2 cat nr. and Rough Trade distribution information.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 5 411659 169386 >
  • Barcode (Scanned): 5411659169386
  • Mastering SID Code: none
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 94A1
  • Matrix / Runout (Mirrored): [DADC Austria logo] AMB5938CD 21 A1
  • Rights Society: sabam tm

Other Versions (5)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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30.7.94 Live (LP, Album)Apolloamb 5938Belgium1995
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30.7.94 Live (CD, Album)ApolloSRCS 7839Japan1995
30.7.94 Live (CD, Album)Apollo, Apolloamb 5938 cd, AMB 5938 CDGermany1995
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30.7.94 Live (3×File, MP3, Album, 320 kbps)R & S RecordsAMB5938CDBelgiumUnknown
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30.7.94 Live (3×File, AAC, Album, 256 kbps)R & S RecordsnoneBelgiumUnknown


  • scoundrel's avatar
    30.7.94 LIVE is a stunning ambient album. Right from the start, "Castor & Pollux" twinkles like a night sky full of stars, and "An Atom of All Suns" sets one adrift, as if blown about by solar winds. Short bursts of electric guitar punctuate the tracks, and those bursts keep the music from drifting off into nothingness. Understated rhythms, too, come and go, driving the tracks forward. "Northern Lights #5" percolates nicely, though, really, the track titles are just a convenience, as they segue into each other seamlessly. Sit back, relax, and let your mind wander.
    • Inof's avatar
      I played this during the solar eclipse years ago and it was the perfect soundtrack for the event.
      If you ever witness one: this is your music!
      Playing it now on the hottest day of the year and it still stands like it did all those years ago.
      An album never to be forgotten...
      • jdcapshew's avatar
        Edited 11 years ago
        As I write this, Sun Electric's "30.7.94" is over 13 years old and it endures as one of the majestic achievements of ambient electronica. In this listener's opinion, it's up there near the best, along with Global Communication "76:14", Deep Space Network "Earth To Infinity", Atom Heart & Tetsu Inoue "Datacide 2", Dr. Atmo & Deep Space Network "I F" and Biosphere "Patashnik". Throughout this live recording, the music shimmers - nothing I have ever heard has had this peculiar quality. There are complex loops, subtle drum programming, and seemless samples that lead to several breathtaking climaxes that induce goosebumps. As many times as I have heard this record it is always a thrill. This is absolutely essential for any serious electronica fan.
        • jdcapshew's avatar
          Edited 15 years ago
          The two previous reviewers got everything exactly correct. It's possible that this sprawling, meandering, orchestral electronic symphony is the finest of it's kind, never to be replicated again. The delicate gossamer melodies, the ebb and flow, which at times builds to a soaring and majestic ambient anthems. Plus, I just had one of those ecstatic experiences of listening to "30.7.94 Live" while reading Jonathan Carroll's next book, "The Ghost In Love". It's the perfect soundtrack to a magical book. That does not happen often as I usually cannot read and listen at the same time. The last time the stars aligned like that was when I read JRR Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings" books while playing Gustav Holst's "The Planets" over and over. And that was 37 years ago.
          • calipheron's avatar
            Edited 18 years ago
            Sun Electric have other great albums in their usual spacey, melodic style... but here they turned purely ambient, just for one album. I just cannot find the words to adequately describe how much I love this album. SE have produced - if you ask me - the finest ambient release EVER here. Wonderfully melodic trips that are nothing like as twisted as their newest works (e.g. Badorb EP), they take time to slowly develop and fall away. Um... ah... IT'S INCREDIBLE! Just do whatever you can to get a copy of 30-7-94.
            • plaidzebra's avatar
              This is a live recording containing three sprawling, gentle ambient tracks. At one point, "A Hard Day's Night" by the Beatles echoes through. Sounds like lying on your back at midnight watching the stars and clouds.



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