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  • Audio CD (30 May 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Music Club
  • ASIN: B00000DAZ7
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,993 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Remastered reissue of the 1980 sophomore album from the session musician supergroup who were groundbreaking pioneers of classical/rock fusion. Sky 2 was a landmark album for the group and their most commercially successful, reaching number one in the album charts and selling more than a million copies. Castle. 2005.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Andy on 23 Sep 2007
Format: Audio CD
Most of the music I was listening to in '79 and '80 I would struggle to appreciate now because my tastes, and knowledge of music has evolved, (I had a Showaddywaddy album for Gods sake). Sky happen to be one exception to this.

A mate of mine got me into this band in about 1980, and I bought the albums in chronological order thereafter until Sky disbanded.

I really respect bands or artists who have an original style or concept and are brave enough to bring it to the market and risk derision or mockery. Sky welded to together the worlds of Rock and Classical Music, which as far as I know was a first, and they did it really well.

The thing I will most remember them for is the lack of gimmickery or pretensions, no Prima Donna stars, no stupid hairstyles or clothes (any more than you usually saw at the end of the seventies), and no marketing nonsense from the record company. Just five ordinary guys with exraordinary talent, who got down to the basic art of raw music.

Sky 2 was my joint favourite of their discography, (along with Five Live), because the other albums had compositions which simply could not match Hotta, Sahara, Watching The Aeroplanes, El Cielo, Vivaldi, and Toccata.

If you only try one Sky studio album make it this one and capture some instrumental rock history.
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Andrew Moore on 10 Sep 2005
Format: Audio CD
I gad the double album version on vynil when it was first released and loved t. I played it and played it but unfortunately loaned it out and never got it back! Now on CD I simply had to have it.
Ok so Sky are a group from the past, but who cares? The musicians are some of the best in the world, in fact as I write this John Williams is playing in the last night of the proms and he is still the master of the guitar.
This album in my mind contains some of the best musical clasic/rock/whatever there is. From their more well known tracks such as Toccata to less known ones such as FIFO (first in first out) to Watching the Airplanes.
Take my advice, if you only get one Sky Album, make it Sky Volume 2, sit back, relax and turn up the volume...
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Oct 2000
Format: Audio CD
At a time in the 1970's when punk and post-punk bands were busy deconstructing music England-based Aussie classical guitarist John Williams created what he called a 'musical home' for himself and several other top session musicians he had worked with on some of his more experimental albums. SKY consisted of Williams and Kevin Peek on guitars, composer & keyboardist Francis Monkman, bassist and tuba player Herbie Flowers and top session percussionist Tristan Fry. They were all classically trained as this musically complex and technically accomplished 2nd album demonstrates. 'Hotta' showcases each band member's individual talent with a series of instrumental solos based around a Spanish Jota rhythm (created by taping the 'rock' and 'rhumba' buttons down on a drum machine). The delicate 'Dance of the Little Fairies' revels in it's 5/4 time signature. 'FIFO' is a four part conceptual piece written by Monkman and is full of complex miniature classical guitar motifs intertwined with long keyboard runs backed by a rock solid rhythm section playing in a variety of off-beat time signatures. Some elements on the album are unadorned classical recitations (Monkman's 'Gavotte & Variations'; Williams & Peek's 'Andante' and 'Ballet-Volta') while others are showcases for individual talents (Fry's 'Tristan's Magic Garden'; Flower's 'Tuba Smarties' - the only 'live' track on the album). 'Toccata in Dm' was a UK No6 in the summer of 1980 and the band's only hit single, although it should be remembered that in Britain in the early 80's this album's music was used again and again on everything from local news programmes to documentaries. 'Vivaldi' was a re-working of CURVED AIR's old instrumental for whom Monkman played keyboards.Read more ›
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Welsby on 28 Jun 2007
Format: Audio CD
This is probably my favourite album by Sky, and I believe it was their best selling. If you've never heard Sky before you might well exclaim 'What the hell is this!' upon first listen, but you can't help but marvel at the musicality of this, it becomes a guilty pleasure.

I like this more than their other albums because it sounds less jazzy and I like the constrast between the pure classical section and the rest.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Salopian Lass on 16 April 2008
Format: Audio CD
I used to own this album as a double cassette tape when I was in lodgings while at university. I played it all the time but to avoid disturbing the couple I lodged with I always played it very quietly, even though I think it was them who introduced me to Sky. Yesterday I played a new compilation CD that has Toccata on it ... in the car ... very loudly! Wow! I had forgotten just how good this album is - I need it NOW.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JohnM on 24 April 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
One of the best albums of all time - superb musicianship, brilliant songs. An essential album in anyone's collection. just buy it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RogRat on 1 Dec 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Enough people have said enough things about this album so I won't go over old ground.

I do want to add that compared to the original version, which was flat and listless, this is an altogether more dynamic mastering and a lot more enjoyable.

The EQ, having more lower mids, probably helps. If you enjoyed this album on vinyl but were dissappointed by the original CD you should definitely check this version out!
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