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Cobalt Blue / Live at the Aquarium Original recording reissued, Import


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  • Audio CD (23 Mar 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Import
  • Label: 4ad / Ada
  • ASIN: B00000IMU2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 530,312 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Shona Bridge
2. Breakdown
3. Red Shift
4. Skip Wave
5. Slipstream
6. Andean
7. Slow Breakdown
8. Ultramarine
9. Urbana
10. Lakbossa
See all 12 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Shona Bridge
2. After Image/Urbana
3. Andean
4. Ultramarine
5. Lakbossa
6. Cascade
7. Red Shift

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Dec 2000
Format: Audio CD
This double CD was first released as two separate CD:s. Cobalt Blue has a musical world of its own. Ambient sounds from Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois blend beautifully with Michael Brook's own invention, the infinite guitar. Some songs have a world music feeling to it. This was something to be explored later by Brook with people like Gasparayan, Srinivas and Ali Fateh Kahn. The album holds together very well even if the mood and tempos change from bright to dark and fast to slow. The classic song "Ultramarine", which has later emerged in films like Heat and other soundtracks, cuts through with shining beauty.
The other CD is a live recording made by Brook at the London Aquarium for the release of Cobalt Blue. What is amazing here is that all the music is played by Brook. He controls sampling, effects, midi and other sounds as a true master. He rarely does solo performances and here is a good opportunity to hear him do that. Most of the material on the live record comes from Cobalt Blue, but there is at least one new track "Cascade". This is simply a beautiful package of Michael Brook at his best.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic electric guitar "new age" or "rock ambient" 7 Sep 1999
By Colin R. Glassey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
These two records represent the highpoint in Mr. Brook's music. Brook has worked very closely with the whole "Brian Eno, Peter Gabriel, Danial Lanois" set of experimental modern "rock" musicians. His music has elements of "ambient", elements of "4th world" music, and with a good measure of "rock" thrown in. Cobalt Blue is very largely solo electric guitar. It is a lot like work by Robert Fripp, Steve Tibbetts, and Michael Hedges. It is much less like David Santorini and still less like the "surf guitar" of Dick Dale.
The standout "you must listen to these" tracks are: Ultramarine, Urbana, and Lakbossa. Some of the finest electric guitar "soundscapes" ever recorded.
The live disc is similar to the studio recording but different enough to be quite interesting to listen to. The live disc really does not sound "live" and in effect it is an alternate take on the version he recorded first. I like them both and I bought both CDs when they were released as independent recordings.
For somewhat more detailed comments see my web page [online]
-- Colin Glassey
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Very underappreciated artist 24 Jan 2002
By Johnny Sideburns - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Generally the field of ambient music is dominated by musicians, producers, and DJ's who are able to coax atmospheric bliss from keyboards and, aside from Talvin Singh's msterful tabla exploits, not much else.
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Then there's Michael Brook. Probably the mystery of Michael Brook's anonymity involves his choice of instrument and the music he makes with it. He plays guitar, so he can't be techno-ambient, but he lacks that "granola factor", so he can't be New Age, either. I had first heard of him when I bought "Night Song", an excellent collaboration with the late, great Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and one of the finest examples of East/West musical fusion I've ever heard. "Night Song" also utilizes layers of synthesized ambience, but the sound of something called the "Infinite Guitar" is also fairly prevalent (as near as I can tell, the "Infinite Guitar" is either a pet name for Mr. Brook's own customized effects rig, or else it is an electric guitar with no frets on its fingerboard, enabling a wider, "infinite" selction of tonal varieties).
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This double CD provides a much more telling glimpse of the guitarist's talent. The chill-out factor alone makes this CD a must-have if you like to listen to music during meditation or other times of introspection. The guitar sound is much more dominant (and more clearly defined) than it was on Mr. Brook's earlier "Hybrid" CD, the sound of which was absolutely saturated with Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois' involvement. The studio recordings on the first CD are magnificent, and the live set that appears on the 2nd CD is reminiscent of the The Orb's "Live 93" recording, in that it proves that electronic music performed live does not need to be by definition the pressing of a playback button from a reel-to-reel tape machine...very surprising.
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In short, Michael Brook is the maker of very satisfying music; anyone who appreciates ambient electronica and an original guitar sound owes to themselves to give him a listen.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Music for writing, for reading, for drifting off to sleep. 5 Aug 2000
By "rainbowcrow" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If ratings were measured purely on how often I listen to a record, Cobalt Blue / Live at the Aquarium would be a hands-down 5-star album. Ever since I bought this two CD set a few months back, these discs have spent far more than their share of time in my CD player. Brook's textures and melodies are subtle enough to linger in the background when the consciousness is focused elsewhere, and intricate enough to be interesting beyond mere background. And I certainly cannot complain about the price; for the price of a single album this set offers two which are complentary though not repetitive.
And yet I can't bring myself to give this record five stars; it strikes me as beautiful without being brilliant. For the latter, I find myself turning elsewhere. All too often I find myself setting this record aside in favor of something by (modern classical composers) Henryk Gorecki or by Arvo Part; for me, their compositions appeal to a similar mood - music for writing, for reading, for drifting off to sleep - but their records contain a spark of fire that never caught in this one.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Hypnotizing. But off the beaten track.... 30 Dec 1999
By J. Lyda - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I'm new to Michael Brook in the past year, but have picked up 4 CD's including this one. It is a great album (this word gives away my age) and I recommend it to anyone who is adventurous in their instrumental tastes. Hard to classify, but Brook is clearly a man who is performing on the edge of the musical envelope. The album is generally low key, in a very electric way, and very listenable, which makes the incredible, textured guitar work that much more gripping. Recommended.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Interesting Ambience - 4.5 star 22 Feb 2006
By applewood - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Brook is new to me (via a reviewer's for Steve Tibbetts recommendation), and I'm delighted, satisfied and hungry for more. This recording, live and solo, as part of his promotion of his Cobalt Blue studio work sounds neither live nor solo. My first impression is of Trey Gunn's Chapman stick playing (the ability to get alot of synthesized and layered sinuous sounds out of one instument). Fripp also comes to mind, but these sounds are all gentle, melodic and soothingly beautiful without the Fripp dark side. This music also doesn't have the intense dynamic layers of guitars riding on driving percussions of a Tibbetts composition.

In other words Brook reminds me other accomplished guitarists but with a pleasing and peaceful sound of his own. Within the layered loops there is enough variety to make a close listening interesting, but enough ambience to make replay enjoyable.

Highly recommended (ps. I like this recording more than his studio version, Cobalt Blue)!
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