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Reflections on a Decade

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All Music Guide - Dave Connolly
This is a compilation of Checkfield's music from 1986 to 1990; hardly a decade, though it is a body of work well worth reflecting on. Once the band had developed their sound -- a pleasant amalgam of new age, jazz, folk, and Latin music -- they stuck with that course, which makes Reflections on a Decade a consistent journey despite skipping between selections from their original releases interspersed with some unreleased and new material. It's the newly recorded songs "With This Heart," "GreySky," that occasioned the reflection back, and fans will be happy to note that little has changed. While new age music is a uniquely '80s phenomenon, Checkfield's music is built on the...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Dave Connolly
This is a compilation of Checkfield's music from 1986 to 1990; hardly a decade, though it is a body of work well worth reflecting on. Once the band had developed their sound -- a pleasant amalgam of new age, jazz, folk, and Latin music -- they stuck with that course, which makes Reflections on a Decade a consistent journey despite skipping between selections from their original releases interspersed with some unreleased and new material. It's the newly recorded songs "With This Heart," "GreySky," that occasioned the reflection back, and fans will be happy to note that little has changed. While new age music is a uniquely '80s phenomenon, Checkfield's music is built on the foundation of '70s pop/folk artists like David Crosby, James Taylor, etc. At the heart of many of these tracks are acoustic guitars and wisps of vocal harmonies, brought into the modern world with smooth jazz sounds often reminiscent of Pat Metheny and synthesizers. The songs presented here are very engaging, as light as childhood memories but tinged with a bittersweet air. Their mix of sounds runs fairly consistent from track to track: acoustic guitars, synthesizers, piano, flute, percussion, and strings are the colors from which they paint. If their songs tend to sound alike and they do, it's the product of a consistent musical vision rather than a lack of ideas they seem to have an endless well of pretty melodies at their disposal. Checkfield is capable of more weighty fare, as "The Good Brown Earth" and "Flowers" show, but if you can write lovely songs like "Carousel A Day in the Park" and "First Flight," why not? Since the band's original discs are now out of print, Reflections on a Decade is the best way to see what you've been missing.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/5/1997
  • Label: Gallery (Esi)
  • UPC: 613435100421
  • Catalog Number: 1004

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Distant Thunder (5:05)
  2. 2 The Only One (3:56)
  3. 3 The Common Bond (2:24)
  4. 4 Washington, D.C. (4:31)
  5. 5 Homecoming (4:46)
  6. 6 Going Home (4:37)
  7. 7 The Good Brown Earth (5:34)
  8. 8 First Flight (4:48)
  9. 9 Flowers (3:56)
  10. 10 Through the Lens (4:34)
  11. 11 With This Heart (4:08)
  12. 12 Spring Dance (3:05)
  13. 13 Hitchhiker (4:06)
  14. 14 Africa (3:51)
  15. 15 Greysky (4:40)
  16. 16 Carousel (A Day in the Park) (5:42)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Checkfield Primary Artist
Darol Anger Violin
Pat Kelley Electric Guitar
Steve Kujala Flute
Peter Sprague Guitar
John Archer Guitar, Keyboards
John Leftwich Bass
Bob Magnusson Acoustic Bass
Duncan Moore Drums
Jim Plank Drums
John Rekevics Flute, Saxophone
Ron Satterfield Guitar, Keyboards
Robin Adler Vocals
Lori Bell Flute
Mike Spiro Percussion
John Stubbs Strings
Karla Holland-Moritz Strings
Christopher Vitas Violin
Sid Green Oboe
Mary Karo Strings
Technical Credits
Tom T. Hall Composer
John Archer Arranger, Programming, Producer, Engineer, Mastering, Audio Production
Gary Lee Chappell Executive Producer
John Coltrane Composer
Ron Satterfield Arranger, Programming
Jerald Daemyon Composer
Rick Jeffery Executive Producer
Nick Grant Contributor
Rob Roy Liner Notes
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