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Escm

BT Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (8 Sep 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Perfecto
  • ASIN: B00000GBHV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,491 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Firewater
2. Orbitus Teranium
3. Flaming June
4. The Road To Lostwithiel
5. Memories In A Sea Of Forgetfulness
6. Solar Plexus
7. Nectar
8. Remember
9. Love, Peace And Grease
10. Content

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ESCM, the second album from Washington DC-based producer Brian Transeau (aka BT), is proof--if any were needed--of the musical worth of dance music. Transeau started out as a classically trained musician, before turning his hand to house music in the early 1990s. This traditional background shines through on ESCM, with progressive house and trance rhythms being given string overdubs and sound washes reminiscent of Brian Eno or other avant garde ambient artists. "Flaming June" is an almost perfect club anthem, while "Remember", featuring the vocals of Jan Johnston, mixes breakbeats into BT's lush soundsape. Transeau manages to pull off huge changes in genre--from drum & bass (the breathtaking "Road to Lostwithiel" and "Orbitus Terranium") to dirty grunge (the confusing "Solar Plexus")--whilst still retaining a beautifully layered trademark sound. This is a great album, and one which can be savoured by club heads and armchair listeners alike. --Matt Anniss

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4.7 out of 5 stars
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What the 90s was all about. 19 Nov 2005
By Alan
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Escm is a top quality album. BT was infamous in the 90s for being top class DJ and music producer; let me tell you, he still adds emotion to the genres of dance, electronica, trance and techno today.
In bought this album early this year, after hearing Flaming June so many times on various forms of media. I reseached the artist, and found that Escm was BT's most famous product.
I purchased the album thinking that there would be many tracks in a similar nature to Flaming June; trancey/90s club-like. I certianly wouldn't have been disappointed if this had been the case, because Flaming June is a very well crafted song.
But instead, what Escm offers you is quality of all sorts of genre's... the first track, Firewater, for example, is very ambient, uplifting and emotinal. Orbitus T is similar with a bit more of a beat, and then in comes FJ.
Lostwithiel and Memories... then place another feeling of chillout upon you; I love the name Memories In A Sea Of Forgetfulness, it really suits the song.
Solar Plexus, however, I disliked at first, but on second, third, fourth... etc listen I do actually like it. It's almost like 'electronic-rock' if such a thing could exist.
Nectar is simple yet brilliant, trance with a nature of club in it, then we're back to chillout with Remember.
LP&G brings another fresh look on the album, introducing techno and electro sounds in the mix... and we finish contently with Content, more trance from the admirable BT.
It's a must for anyway who knew what dance/trance/electronica was like in the 90s; OK this sort of album is unusual in 2005, but I love this sort of music even if it's popularity is low at the moment. It offers all sorts of genres, with all sorts of amazing variations.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music to die for! 18 May 2002
By R. Wallace VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Writing this review two years after BT entered my life may seem a liitle stange, tell you why! I stil play this album as much now as I did way back in good old 2000! Lets not beat around the bush here, BT is a musical genius, this album is his ultimate self portrait! "Firewater" is the BEST opening track I have ever heard. What style is it....er it is no style but BT's style. Dance music meets progressive trance meets "Yes" in the days of "close to the edge". It is quite simply unique. Every track slithers into it's own style, it's own aura, it's own warmth. "Flaming June" should really be a sterophiles test CD song it is the way electronic music was just dying to be written but no-one had the talent to do it. "Remember" is exquisite with the incredible voice of miss Hawkshaw pouring emotion into what is ultimately a wonderful love song. If you have not got this album im your collection, you are missing something rare and very special. Even the CD cover perfectly depicts the images and colours that reside in BT's finest hour. Just BUY it!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BT is a musical genius 8 April 2002
Format:Audio CD
This is most definitely one of the best albums I have ever bought. From the opening line of 'Firewater', "A fire in the sky..." until the last piano line and fade-out of 'Content' you will be engrossed in one of the most summery, atmospheric journeys ever. Combining downbeat, orchestration, little computer bleep thingys, trance, drum & bass and grunge, this album never lets up on you and I find it is one of those albums i can always listen to and never get bored of it. Great ambient tracks such as 'The Road To Lostwithiel' and 'Memories In A Sea Of Forgetfulness" will make you understand the talent of the man like BT, and all the other tracks will make you like his msuic and give you a more positive outlook on life.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars heaven and back? 19 Sep 2002
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i bought this in 1998. i still listen to it at least once a week.
This is the closest you will ever find to musical techical perfection.
The production is incredible. Simplistic at points , awe inspiring at others.
There is a massive spread of electronic music here from clean to gritty, trance sweeping into breakbeat(check out the end of flaming june).
If you dont buy this album you can never be sure if there is a God or not.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece! 30 Dec 2000
By A Customer
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Although some listeners seem to have been left slightly bemused by the variation on this album, it is quite simply a work of genius. BT(aka Brian Transeau) is not an artist that wants to make music that sounds the same (unlike some of the more popular dance music artists.) He is alwys trying new things, and i think this is why he never became hugely sucessful on the dance scene. People were expecting a similarly styled track to follow up Flaming June. This album combines many different musical styles, but they are all linked by BT's unique sound. It is the ultimate dance/chill out album and it conjures up many emotions because of it's complexity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite! 4 July 2009
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It's understandable that this cd (at least in part) wouldn't be to everyones taste. but then I guess you could say that about any music. BT is an absolute master at times, yet it's hard to say which of his albums is the strongest. I think for the time of it's release, kudos has to go to Mr Transeau for what he came up with here. It's lush, thoughtful and cetainly unique - an album I'll always treasure in some ways. Firewater is a superb opener - it almost can't be pigeonholed into a type of music, you'll either love it or you won't. Then we have Orbitus Terranium, which again is a little hard to label - it's kind of a trancey breakbeat sound, with piano breaks going on. Flaming June needs no explaining, it's the song that made me fall in love with BT's music in the first place - a real diamond of a song. Road to Lostwithel again has that trancey breakbeat sound, but it's a little harsher here, still not bad tho. Memories in a sea of Forgetfulness sounds like it has some kind of tribal vocal running thru it - again not bad, not the strongest work of the album tho. Solar Plexus is a fairly heavy track, with intense guitars and shouty vocals, until the break you never saw coming kicks in at around the 2:40 mark. Nectar is next up, and this is actually one of my fave BT tracks, it's fairly simple, but works ever so well. Standard trance/dance fair that gets better with each listen. Enter Jan Johnston for Remember - Brilliant vocals, excellent song. Love. peace and grease starts of a little harsh but still sounding good, until it breaks down into it's lush state around 2 minutes in, goes harsh again, then the lush break once more before the final track - Content. Wow, what a tune. This piece is stunningly good. It's unlikely to hear a piece of music like this at any time, at any place. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Item!!
The product is as described and will recommend this item to anyone!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic BT Album A Must For Any Electronic Music Fan
A lot has already been written about the standout tracks/singles on the album "Remember", "Flaming June" and "Love Peace & Grease" and for me these also feature highly. Read more
Published on 10 Feb 2012 by DJ DanSingh
5.0 out of 5 stars A sense I am in the presence of greatness
A must for any music collection. I bought this way bay in 1996 and still listen to it regularly. Nothing in 15 years has even come close.
Published on 24 Aug 2011 by Conor Armstrong
4.0 out of 5 stars You don't hear tunes like this anymore..
In my opinion, whilst this was album is seen as a trance classic, it is undoubtedly on a commercial scale one of the most underrated records of all time. Read more
Published on 9 July 2011 by DM
5.0 out of 5 stars An all time classic
I've had this CD for about 10 years now. Gave it a play the other night. Still sounds as fresh as it did the first time I heard it. Read more
Published on 2 Aug 2009 by R. Nightingale
5.0 out of 5 stars 98/99 PURCHASE AND STILL LISTENING TO IT!!!
I bought this album back in about 98/99 for the track Flaming June not really thinking the rest of the album would be any good. Read more
Published on 14 Jan 2009 by Jason Thorne
5.0 out of 5 stars Rediscover Music...
In an everlasting search for "New" music...I have found something that was there all along. In the nature of Air, Thievery Corporation, Morcheeba, Zero 7 and others... Read more
Published on 2 Nov 2005 by Hugh W. Legister
4.0 out of 5 stars Escapism?
I was disappointed to find that this album meant Electronic Sky Church Music as personally I always liked to think the title meant 'Escapism' (on the ESC = escape basis) and that... Read more
Published on 27 Mar 2002 by Ben Saunders
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