Two Pages

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Barnes & Noble - Chiedo Nkwocha
Check it: Drum 'n' bass as a generic term is irrelevant; there are too many other musical influences to stick only to breakbeats and bass lines. Illustrating that point is TWO PAGES, the third album by 4 Hero (Dego and Mark Mac). The first half of the album represents a radical departure from hardcore drum 'n' bass, with full orchestral arrangements sharing space with insistent breakbeats, rhymes, jazzy harmonies, and funky soul. Poet Ursula Rucker struts her stuff on the album's opening tune, "Loveless," while "Garden of My Life," "Greys," and "Escape That" are imbued with extended intros, choral accompaniment, and lush arrangements. The second half of the collection...
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Barnes & Noble - Chiedo Nkwocha
Check it: Drum 'n' bass as a generic term is irrelevant; there are too many other musical influences to stick only to breakbeats and bass lines. Illustrating that point is TWO PAGES, the third album by 4 Hero (Dego and Mark Mac). The first half of the album represents a radical departure from hardcore drum 'n' bass, with full orchestral arrangements sharing space with insistent breakbeats, rhymes, jazzy harmonies, and funky soul. Poet Ursula Rucker struts her stuff on the album's opening tune, "Loveless," while "Garden of My Life," "Greys," and "Escape That" are imbued with extended intros, choral accompaniment, and lush arrangements. The second half of the collection returns to 4 Hero's club roots, creating excitement with dense, old-school drum 'n' bass ("Pegasus 51," "De Sci Fer," "We Who Are Not as Others") and authentic hip-hop ("The Action," featuring Digable Planets rapper Butterfly). In trying to explain how music got to where it is today, 4 Hero has, with 1998's TWO PAGES, created an invaluable manifesto, and we should all take notes.
All Music Guide - John Bush
It's nearly impossible to listen to 4 Hero's Two Pages without thinking about the incredible success enjoyed by the jungle movement and Roni Size's New Forms LP in particular during the four-year gap which separated Dego and Mark Mac's second album from their third. With LTJ Bukem, the duo were one of the first jungle acts to desert hardcore for the astral drift of jazz-fusion atmospheres, and Two Pages is about as fusion-soaked as it gets. The first of the two discs includes the more downtempo R&B, almost orchestral side of 4 Hero, quite indebted to jazz luminaries like Pharoah Sanders, Lonnie Liston Smith and Roy Ayers. Many of the instruments are live contributions, while vocalists as wide-ranging as poet Ursula Rucker and Digable Planets rapper Butterfly make appearances. The second disc is the dancefloor read: tighter half of the album, skirting through dense soundscapes of paranoid breakbeats. As could be expected, more than two hours of music is way too much for listeners to work their way through, and a heavy editing job would have made this a stellar album instead of the flawed and somewhat bloated album it turned out to be. For drum'n'bass fans, the real highlights come with second-disc tracks like "We Who Are Not as Others" and "In the Shadows" -- as it is, they're so terrific as to nearly justify purchase by themselves. The American version of Two Pages edited the album down to fit on a single disc, and also added several tracks not available on the British two-CD version.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/10/1998
  • Label: Universal I.S.
  • UPC: 731455846522
  • Catalog Number: 5584652
  • Sales rank: 243,573

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Loveless - Ursula Rucker (5:53)
  2. 2 Golden Age Of Life (6:01)
  3. 3 Planetaria (A Theme From A Dream) (6:02)
  4. 4 Third Stream (6:04)
  5. 5 Wormholes (0:32)
  6. 6 Escape That (5:25)
  7. 7 Mother Solar (Pt. 1) (0:10)
  8. 8 Spirits In Transit (4:54)
  9. 9 Greys (2:00)
  10. 10 The Action - Ish AKA Butterfly (3:17)
  11. 11 Star Chasers (4:52)
  12. 12 Wishful Thinking (4:39)
  13. 13 Normal Changing World (0:13)
  14. 14 Universal Love (Reprise) (5:25)
  15. 15 We Who Are Not As Others (7:56)
  16. 16 Humans (3:27)
  17. 17 Pegasus 51 (4:17)
  18. 18 [Untitled Track] (6:26)
  19. 19 De-Sci-Fer (0:05)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
4hero Primary Artist, Piano, Strings, fender rhodes, Wurlitzer, Mini Moog, Moog Bass
Quinton Trumpet
Andy Rogers Trombone
Roger Beaujolais Vibes
Ursula Rucker Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part, Track Performer
Julie Choir, Chorus
Leon Mar Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar
Helen Thomas Cello
Chris Bowden Saxophone
Everton Nelson Violin
Anna Chalmers Cello
Andy Nice Cello
Andy Hamill Double Bass
Catherine Browning Violin
Naomi Fairhurst Viola
Paul Weinreb Piano
Wendy Weir Vocals
Simon Wells Rhythm Guitar
Gay-Yee Westerhoff Cello
Alex Stavv Drums
Suphala Tabla
Sally Ward Viola
DJ Hand Saxophone
C. Morris Jones Harp
Brian G. Wright Violin
Niles Hailstone Trumpet
Luke Parkhouse Percussion
Sophie Sarota Viola
Natalia Bonner Violin
Sarah Button Viola
Fiona Griffith Viola
Ingrid ? Choir, Chorus
Technical Credits
4hero Arranger, Composer, Programming, Producer
Leon Mar Engineer
Dominic Weir Artwork
Mark Mac Programming, Producer, Pre-Engineering
Dego Programming, Producer, Pre-Engineering
Sami Khan Artwork, Graphic Design
E. Smith Composer
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