Released on 23rd September, Vangelis’ breathtaking recording is inspired by the Rosetta Mission, a pioneering project by the European Space Agency (ESA) to land a probe on a comet for the first time in history. The release of the recording marks the culmination of the 12-year mission and is accompanied by incredible footage captured by the probe.
Vangelis, whose celebrated scores include the trailblazing ‘Chariots of Fire’ and ‘Blade Runner’, reveals his musical inspiration: “Mythology, science and space exploration are subjects that have fascinated me since my early childhood. And they were always connected somehow with the music I write.”The project came about after ESA astronaut André Kuipers, a long-standing fan of Vangelis, reached out to the composer whilst aboard the International Space Station. After sharing stories and experiences via a video call from the ISS, Vangelis was inspired to write ‘Rosetta’.
An exhaustive 3 disc collection of seminal, genre-defining anthems! Features tracks by Bauhaus, The Cure's Robert Smith, Skinny Puppy, Thrill Kill Kult, Einsturzende Neubauten, Gary Numan and more! PLUS an entire disc of remixes featuring the production talents of KMFDM, Apoptygma Berzerk, Rammstein's Schneider, Front Line Assembly and others!
Many great British records have carried the name of Barry Blue and not all of them as the artist. He put his Seventies pop-star experience to work by writing for and producing many multi-platinum acts in succeeding decades, and still does today which includes The Saturdays, The Wanted and Pixie Lott…
Focusing on the '80s, Cleopatra continues to document the history of gothic rock with this two-CD set. Progressing through the discs, the tracks get basically more obscure. Starting off is the pop-goth of the Cult ("Spirit Walker," similar to the Skeleton Family track), then on to the odd, desert goth of Theatre of Hate's "Do You Believe in the Westworld." Fields of Nephilim adds riff-rock goth (&"Blue Water"). With sound ready to open for Psychedelic Furs or Modern English is March Violets. Truly unique is the bouncy, glam goth of Danielle Dax' "Yummer Yummer Man." The obligatory track of '80's goth kings, Bauhaus, is "Passion of Lovers." Other big names in the genre found here include Christian Death, New Model Army, Red Lorry Yellow Lorry, Gene Loves Jezebel and Alien Sex Fiend. Lesser known is a catchy cut from Sexbeat, "Sweat." Not that it is often that I see a goth move enough to sweat, but a good place to start is goth dance-rock from a Specimen 12-inch mix.
Gothic Rock Volume 2: 80's Into 90's is the second of a trio of double-disc Gothic Rock compilations produced by Cleopatra Records. The album also features an article on the development of the Gothic Rock movement by Mick Mercer. The album features the likes of Bauhaus, Christian Death, Play Dead, Red Lorry Yellow Lorry, The March Violets, Skeletal Family, and many more.
"Goth" was a much maligned '80s genre, often deserved thanks to overtly gloomy pretentiousness, but just as often artistic, dark, bracing music. In addition to those outfits that still keep it going, this double CD is smart enough to include some of the long forgotten, unsung English practitioners who left behind stunning moments, folks such as UK Decay, Theatre of Hate, Play Dead and even Southern Death Cult (who became internationally famous a few years later when they changed their name from Death Cult to the Cult). One imagines Cleopatra couldn't get the rights to include such seminal bands as the Cure or Sisters of Mercy, but those groups don't need this kind of introduction, and the omission of the March Violets aside, this is an intelligently selected guide.
Alongside Willie Mae Ford Smith, Sister Rosetta Tharpe is widely acclaimed among the greatest Sanctified gospel singers of her generation; a flamboyant performer whose music often flirted with the blues and swing, she was also one of the most controversial talents of her day, shocking purists with her leap into the secular market – by playing nightclubs and theaters, she not only pushed spiritual music into the mainstream, but in the process also helped pioneer the rise of pop-gospel…