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Visionary: The Ultimate Narada Collection

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All Music Guide - Bradley Torreano
David Arkenstone's career has been a long and unusual one. On one hand, he makes new age music that takes influence from composers like John Williams, Brian Eno, and Tangerine Dream. On the other hand, most of his songs are highly based in fantasy and science fiction, taking their inspiration from the works of Mercedes Lackey and J.R.R. Tolkien. It is this bizarre mishmash of influences that produces some of the most recognized and respected instrumentals of the '80s and '90s. The album is programmed quite nicely, taking the listener on a sonic journey through Arkenstone's career by attempting to capture certain moods and styles from song to song. The transitions are ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bradley Torreano
David Arkenstone's career has been a long and unusual one. On one hand, he makes new age music that takes influence from composers like John Williams, Brian Eno, and Tangerine Dream. On the other hand, most of his songs are highly based in fantasy and science fiction, taking their inspiration from the works of Mercedes Lackey and J.R.R. Tolkien. It is this bizarre mishmash of influences that produces some of the most recognized and respected instrumentals of the '80s and '90s. The album is programmed quite nicely, taking the listener on a sonic journey through Arkenstone's career by attempting to capture certain moods and styles from song to song. The transitions are flawless, leaving the listener without any tracks to skip through or slow moments. Arkenstone's compositions are quite beautiful, moving slowly with lush keyboards, ringing guitar, sparse percussion, and the occasional lone female vocal haunting the background. While most composers of this kind tend to overindulge or make music so ambient that it loses the listener, Arkenstone makes music that is subtly engaging. The strong melodies and gorgeous flourishes are hidden right below the surface, so it is easy to both actively listen to his music and zone out to it. Either way, this collection is a beautiful representation of a career that has lasted for years based on strong, influential new age music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/29/2002
  • Label: Narada
  • UPC: 724381162729
  • Catalog Number: 11627
  • Sales rank: 118,403

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Papillon (5:18)
  2. 2 The Magic Forest (5:23)
  3. 3 Night Wind (3:45)
  4. 4 City in the Clouds (6:26)
  5. 5 The Great Wall (4:45)
  6. 6 Under the Canopy (4:19)
  7. 7 A Thousand Small Gold Bells (6:09)
  8. 8 Heartfire (3:21)
  9. 9 Dark Dunes (3:14)
  10. 10 Rendezvous (5:28)
  11. 11 The North Wind (6:40)
  12. 12 Ride into Midnight (6:45)
Disc 2
  1. 1 The Journey Begins (5:21)
  2. 2 Chosen Voices (6:30)
  3. 3 Ballet (4:09)
  4. 4 Ancient Legend (3:56)
  5. 5 Inshallah (6:02)
  6. 6 Trail of Tears (5:01)
  7. 7 Voices of the Anasazi (4:42)
  8. 8 Another Star in the Sky (4:50)
  9. 9 Dance in the Desert (6:08)
  10. 10 The Temple of Vaal (5:33)
  11. 11 Valley in the Clouds (3:37)
  12. 12 Desert Ride (4:11)
  13. 13 The Southern Cross (5:22)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
David Arkenstone Primary Artist
Technical Credits
David Arkenstone Liner Notes
Gary McFarland Composer
Trevor Sadler Mastering
Terry Wood Liner Notes
Timothy Fielding Cover Photo
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