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Dream Harder

18 Mar 1999

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  Song Title
The New Life
Glastonbury Song
Preparing To Fly
The Return Of Pan
Corn Circles
Winter Winter
Love And Death
Spiritual City
Wonders Of Lewis
The Return Of Jimi Hendrix
Good News

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 20 Mar 1999
  • Release Date: 20 Mar 1999
  • Label: Polydor Associated Labels
  • Copyright: (C) 1993 Geffen Records Inc.
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  • Total Length: 43:49
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,267 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stuff the critics - I love this album!!!!!! 30 Mar 2004
Format:Audio CD
What can I say about this album? Well, I LOVE IT for starters. There is not a duff track on it and I echo the previous sentiments about this release being criminally underappreciated. Right from the off, the upbeat The New Life, we have an album of superbly crafted New Age pop-rock songs. There is a very deep sense of an underlying spirituality, a place where Paganism and Christianity not only meet but happily co-exist. The lyrics themselves offer up glimpses of magical places and faraway lands. The guitar playing of Mr Scott is exemplary, being both electrifying and steeped in feeling. His vocals (though nasal in places) do the material justice. I can't imagine anyone else performing these numbers. The pomp and ceremony of The Return of Jimi Hendrix has to be heard to be believed, Jim Keltner's drumming launches itself into the stratosphere with Mike's guitar doodlings weaving in, around and through the proceedings perfectly. This is a great album. This is a magical album. This is Mike Scott at his creative best IMO. Buy it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dream Harder makes you think deeper 1 Aug 2013
By Harry
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A beautiful, magical and poetic album with a range of diverse songs some hard hitting 'Suffer', some spiritual 'The New Life'. I particularly like 'The Return of Jimi Hendrix' shows great insight; having been around then it seems looking back as if Hendrix did do it all in a day such was the frenetic nature of the times. A great album with great musicians some of Mike Scott's best songs a very uplifting experience.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'd take it to a desert island... 17 Feb 2013
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I reckon it's not how much you like a CD when you buy it counts, it's how often you come back to it year after year. I bought this when it came out (1990?) and still love it to bits. Some of the tracks I wasn't that keen on in my twenties such as Wonders of Lewis, I now think are some of the best. The lyrics and sound of this album inspire me and each time I listen to it I hear something else.

If I was sent to a desert island and could chose one CD to take with me, this would be it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Life Companion 27 April 2009
By Pete
Format:Audio CD
This is one of the most beautiful and positive albums I own. I've loved it since it came out and it holds such nice memories of long hot summers gone past. It's an album for awakenings and new beginnings. I just love it, and I hope you do too.
Thanks for the poetry and awesome music, Mike. (Any chance of a remaster or a delux edition? :)
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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Dream Harder was a distinct return to form following on from the patchy Waterboys outing of 1990, Room To Roam, which took the brilliant Fisherman's Blues sound to an unsettling extreme.
Gone are many of the Celtic influences and experiments, and in come elements of Eastern mysticism, New Age janglings and even a bit of Prog-Rock thrown in for good measure. Multimusician Anthony Thistlethwaite had jumped-ship after Room To Roam, leaving Mike Scott as the only founding member and a collection of session muso's.
There are some truly great moments here, especially on the mesmeric Return of Pan, the quirkiness of Glastonbury Song, Corn Circles and Spiritual City and the uplifting The New Life, the album opener.
If not for anything else, buy this album for the utterly brilliant Preparing To Fly, one of the greatest songs Scott and his ever-changing entourage have ever recorded.
Definately worth investigation and a criminally underrated classic.
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