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Phoenix [CD]

System 7 Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (28 Jan 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: A Wave
  • ASIN: B0010M6ILC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,104 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  5. Song for the Phoenix 7:520.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Strange Beings 5:520.99  Buy MP3 
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BBC Review

Techno hippy outfit, System 7's latest album illustrates a story that encompasses Hinotori - a bird of fire that speaks in a magical telepathic voice and is seen at the outer edges of the universe by future space travellers - and other characters populating manga artist Tezuka Osamu's sci-fi samurai worlds. These include Wolf-Head, Space Patrolman Masato Eternity and a cute-looking robot called Chihiro 61298 who appears to be blessed with a pair of pneumatic looking rabbit ears. Like, wow man!

Lest he be accused of jumping on a bandwagon, even a cursory listen to almost any part of Steve Hillage's career reveals a long-term fascination with things that make diddly-diddly noises and riffs that go round in circles. With his old outfit Gong (sampled here to appropriately comic effect on Chihiro 61298) the music was suffused with cartoon cosmology, astral 'oohs' and 'aahs', and although the pot-head pixies were replaced by a New Age manifesto when he went stratospherically solo in the late 70s, it pretty much amounted to the same hedonistic space trip.

Having hung up his Strat in exchange for a sequencer, Steve Hillage and Miquette Giraudy left behind the space rock days of yore to soar away with born-again techno-beats back in 1990 under the System 7 moniker. Hillage's credibility with the trance scene stems from 1979's Rainbow Dome Musick, whose floating tones seemed custom-made to have a bunch of repetitive beats and uber-low basslines foisted upon it by The Orb's Alex Paterson; the man who played his augmented version of the album to the chill out crowd.

If you're a fan of ambient techno and manga then this album will probably float your boat. Should you not be blessed with such enthusiasms then it represents a curiously joyless state wherein the tyranny of the cyclical beats are quickly established and rarely (if ever) overthrown. Ornamented by a series of by-the-book synth sounds and anonymous guest appearances (including his old boss from Gong, Daevid Allen), it's frankly lacking ambition. Occasional sparks fly as Hillage's prodigious digits connect to the fretboard (Makimura - Space Pilot and Wolf-Head locks horns with some kick-ass beats) but that's about as interesting as things get. --Sid Smith

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
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For years, Steve Hillage was known for his passionate, bewitching guitar music. Then came the techno/ambient age; often very dreamy, often very drum-based, occasionally too technically accomplished to be emotionally gripping.
Phoenix is the perfect blend of Steve and Miquette Giraudy's music and is System 7's most rewarding and interesting album for years. It is absolutely packed with little treasures for fans of Hillage's old music and features an awesome range of guest artists -- including Daevid Allen, for Gong fans. (I admit it: I scampered round the room a bit when I heard the 'I am / we are cray-zee' refrain).
That's not to say that the music on Phoenix is old fashioned; it's nothing of the sort. The guitar sounds enhance the synth basis, and there's a comfortable mix of bouncy beat-drive up tempo numbers to mix with the wistful, ethereal, more ambient numbers. None of the tracks grab me quite like Bon Humeur (from the first S7 disc) or Palm Trees (from green, and even earlier), but Phoenix offers a compelling mix of melody and spine-tingling moments. You'll hear the odd snatch of familiar solo or riff and wonder if it's a sample of an old moment or a perfect fusion of then and now. Come to think of it, 'Phoenix' is an entirely appropriate title for this cd (although it refers not to any resurgence of System7 but ties in with the manga graphic novels of Tezuka Osamu which provides the theme to the album).
There aren't any tracks which move me to tears, but there's plenty which encourage wildly inappropriate grooving around the office. And there are one or two slower paced, peaceful moments which will have you gazing out of the window while time slips away. It's going to be on the playlist for a good long while.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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This is a lovely compilation of tracks which touches your soul right from the first playing, each track telling a story all its own (intentionally) and of all the recent System 7 releases, I think this is the most "complete."

I've followed Steve & Miquette's musical journey for more decades than I care to remember and haven't always agreed with the more "techno" directions they've followed (Golden Section being the most cerebral and least involving to me) but this one couldn't be more opposite, having huge chunks of decent "electronica" as well as the strongly beating heart they've developed over the years.

There are little musical touches from many previous tracks to get you guessing and the layers are expertly applied, giving a real sense of space and depth to the mixes. I first *found* the track "Masato Eternity" and slowly but surely, the other tracks found me and I was mesmerised by their beauty. The rhythms didn't seem so overpowering this time either and just acted as a foundation for the music to sit on, the result being "ambient with movement" rather than "big beats with ambience" as some of their later work has been. There's a touch of audible compression here and there, but it's not too bad and never gets in the way of the music.

Steve must have been energised afresh by his recent re-involvement with the Gong vibe and also in the remastering of his "Virgin" back catalogue, as his guitar seems to feature more than ever on this release. It's still part of the mix, rather than leading "up front" but to hear these little licks here and there with his recognisable style (plenty of gliss too) brought tears of joy to this listener. More please Steve - and thank you!
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5.0 out of 5 stars System 7 (th Heaven) 11 April 2008
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Having dabbled with System 7 for years and being a Hillage fan, I have always kept an ear out for new material. I especially like the float between techno and trance with their music and as I never know what could come up next, I find the progression of their music is worth listening to. What does it for me is how the ambient sector of their music which is present in this album, seems to blend seemlessly from the techno/trance elements.
I also appreciate it when bands bring out an album that is heavily influenced, this one being from Tezuka Osamu's Manga novels about the legendary Phoenix. Brilliant!
This album won't disappoint you. Just the track titles hooked me before I heard any snippets and when I saw that Eat Static had put their input into Wolf-Head - well I just had to buy it.
Finally, the album delivers incredibly well - beautiful soundscapes and rhythms packed together with enough BPM to resurrect the Phoenix. Or has the Phoenix always been here?
Take it from me - this album is superb.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Album 18 Dec 2008
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I was very pleased with this album. Some of the tracks on here are almost magical - especially 'Song for the Phoenix'. I was a bit disappointed with track 6 - 'Strange Beings' as I felt it didn't really follow the mood created by previous tracks. Maybe that was because it contained a sample with some voices - unlike all the other tracks which were completely instrumental. But this is a great album.
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