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  • Audio CD (29 July 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Tigermoth Records
  • ASIN: B00BGX2HXI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,380 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Multi-instrumentalist, producer and composer Robert Reed, announces the release of a unique new album, Sanctuary on Tigermoth Records. Sanctuary is produced, mixed and engineered by Robert Reed, who is joined by legendary Tubular Bells producers Tom Newman (as co-producer) and Simon Heyworth, who mastered the album. Robert Reed was inspired to become a musician and composer at the age of seven after discovering Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells. So inspired was he by the album, that he learned to play not just one, but all the instruments featured on the album. Sanctuary is the fruition of a decision that Robert made in January 2013 to utilise his abilities as a multi-instrumentalist and create an album in the style of Tubular Bells; he recalls: "I wanted to play all the instruments, and for all of them to be real; no synthesised or sampled instruments, just the real thing.Everything is played by hand by myself, except for guest vocalists, Synergy Vocals."

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ben Bottle on 29 July 2014
First and foremost - I really like this recording.
However, I can see how it might polarize opinion.
Rob Reed is the driving force behind that rather fine "Prog Band" Magenta and the excellent "Beneath The Waves" by Kompendium
Robert has made no secret of the fact that he is cloning Mike Oldfield, who has been an inspiration to him; there is no pretence on this score.
What you get here is something that recalls "Tubular Bells", Hergest Ridge", "Ommadawn" and "Incantations"; for many, like me, (and, I assume Robert Reed), Oldfield's Golden Age. And it does recall them, you hear them throughout, with, I think, a little "Taurus 1" (from "Five Miles Out").
However, every now and then "Sanctuary" displays some of its own individual character; which is quite refreshing.
As one would expect of such a venture, it has been meticulously crafted and performed; Reed obviously wanted to reflect Oldfield's mastery.
So we go back to the 70s, with Reed playing all and everything - well, nearly all; not even Mike did that!! He does mandolin, acoustic guitars, bass guitar, glockenspiel, tympani, grand piano et al. Oh - and tubular bells of course!!
Robert has shown respect and deference and in that has made a wonderful record. "Sanctuary", like its mentors is "Part One" and "Part Two" - okay "Incantations" had Parts Three and Four!!
I read in a recent article that Reed was concerned that he might have failed to capture Oldfield's trademark guitar sound so often recalled a searing, almost angst ridden scream wherein he poured his heart and soul. Reed gets pretty close at times.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rhidian Williams on 28 Aug 2014
This album is a supreme success in its own terms. It seeks to echo Oldfield's music, while sounding as much as possible like those early albums did. And it achieves this brilliantly.

I'd never heard of Robert Reed before reading about Sanctuary - his Oldfield project - in Prog Magazine. It was intriguing enough for me to seek out the promo YouTube video, and I downloaded the album almost immediately from his own site. And it's been a complete delight. This is a "masterpiece" not as we understand the word now, but in terms of craftsmanship. Reed has successfully echoed Oldfield's style, and while it is fun to play "spot the album", the best compliment I can play it is that since purchase, I've been listening to this, rather than dusting off Ommadawn and Hergest Ridge.

Hats off, Robert Reed. No one else makes music like this nowadays, and it's lovely to listen to new stuff.

So - if you like Oldfield's first four albums, you will like this music.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Liam Moore on 17 Aug 2014
Very impressive "tribute" to Tubular Bells, Hergest Ridge, and Ommadawn from Robert Reed. Excellent musicianship and lovely melodies throughout. Some of the melody changes may not blend together as seamlessly as Mike Oldfield's compositions but that is a minor detail when considering the overall piece.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By anthony brown on 10 Sep 2014
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It is unbelievably similar to Mike Oldfield in every aspect - possible copyright infringement but who cares. The sonic experience flows from one movement to the next and all in all, it is a very pleasant to sit back and let the music wash over you. It is possibly a re-jigged Oldfield album but it sounds very good so well worth buying. Possibly one of the most pleasant pieces of music all year.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Kelly on 1 Aug 2014
I'll keep it brief as others have already said what needs to be said...but...much as I was really looking forward to this after reading about it in Prog, and the interview with Robert himself, it is very frustrating. As a homage it's very creditable, but it's like one of those Jive bunny mega mixes from days gone by, 90 seconds of TB, 2 minutes of Ommadawn, a bit of Platinum, starting with a serving of Hergest Ridge, snatches of Incantations and then dipping in and out of each over and over ! 'Kompendium' was excellent, so as others have said, Oldfield fixation done now Mr Reed, back to original material if you will :)
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Well some people may call it plagiarism but when a multi talented musician of this calibre can be inspired so much by the music he grew up with as child and loved so much who's to say that what the guy as done here is nothing more than the work of a pure genius and a highly skilled musician and composer.

Robert Reed is no stranger to working around the melodies of those who inspired him all those years ago and his work with the band he put together Magenta you will soon hear reworked melodies from the very famous masters of Progressive Rock including mainly Yes. Genesis. King Crimson you name it he will jump on it and reshape it to fit perfectly into his masterpiece and make it his own.

His latest work and first solo album Sanctuary is inspired by none other than Mike Oldfield. I have to say that this is one of the most gorgeous albums I have heard in donkeys years and a damn site better than what Oldfield himself has done in donkeys years by a milestone, and just like Oldfield done with Tubular Bells, he done it all on his Jack Jones with the very same man Tom Newman who produced Oldfield's Tubular Bells.

Throughout the whole 2 tracks of the superb album Sanctuary you will hear reworked melodies ranging from Oldfield's first 4 albums Tubular Bells. Hergest Ridge. Ommadawn and Incantations all moulded and weaved perfectly together. For me personally this very much sounds like Oldfield when he was at his very best, and no doubt his first 4 albums were certainly my favourite work of him.

Sanctuary is no doubt one superb album by Rob Reed and you can see just how the man himself thought what he had created in his interview, and him not being even sure within himself to put the album out because it may very well get slanted.
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