Having been totally enamoured with the first Forbidden Planets compilation, I was delighted when I heard Chrome Dreams would be releasing a second. Once again, there is a fine track list to boot which will appeal to fans of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, early film scores and the more obscure realms of electronic music.
From the disco beats of Giorgio Moroder to the industrial terror of Throbbing Gristle, with so much in between, the influence of these pioneers of electronic music is undeniable. With John Cage, Henry Jacobs, Luigi Russolo, Joe Meek, and indeed many of the BBC Workshop all featuring, the track list is unparalleled, providing an audio anthology of early electronic sound. The spatial metallic sounds forebode and delight in equal measures, taking you on a journey to another planet.
Together with Volume One, the Forbidden Planet compilations provide a perfect overview of early electronic sound exploration. The sounds you hear here really were revolutionary in their day, and still sound so brilliantly alien today. I implore any fans of electronic music, obscure or otherwise, to buy. You won't be disappointed.