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  • Audio CD (23 Aug. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Steamhammer
  • ASIN: B0015U0PQS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 263,224 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. H TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Sept. 2008
Format: Audio CD
Uli Jon Roth has never been a man to go for an easy listening approach. His work with the Scorpions, Electric Sun and solo have always seen him trying to push the edges and blur the lines between rock and classical music. However, he's never gone for the faintly ludicrous bombast approach, where the two genres are crudely welded together. Rather he has attempted to fuse styles in an effort to make something new.

This is a concept album which addresses the metaphysical state of the world from the perspective of Roth, and sees him looking back for inspiration to his Sky Of Avalon period, especially "Prologue To the Symphonic Legends". It's being billed as his return to rock, but really, it's nothing of the sort. Yes, it has some shorter tracks with easily accessible melodies. Yes, it has recognisable vocalists in the shape of ex Sahara vocalist, Liz Vandall and Mark Boals, who has sung for just about everyone including Ted Nugent, Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force and Royal Hunt. But this remains firmly the vision of Uli Jon Roth. And it is very good.

But be warned, this is music that demands active listening. It's not something to bung on while you do the washing up, especially on the album highlight, the three part, 11 minute song 'Land Of Dawn', where Uli and his guitar take you on an otherworldy journey. Although he is best known for his technical mastery of the guitar, Roth also manages to wring emotion out of his playing, something that lifts him beyond the mere mortals who appear from the California assembly line, all flash and no feeling. Something he demonstrates admirably on this album.

Bringing in classical, avante garde and classic rock flourishes, the album rises and falls, building to the crescendo of the 12 segments that form 'Tanz in Die Dammerung', where kitchen sinks are flung into the mix with great abandon. It's an always interesting ride, although not one for everyone.
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One of the outstanding musicians of our time . Totally underrate but a players favorite. This is a work of majestic proportion. This is real progressive rock.
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By P. Sweeting on 16 Dec. 2013
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First time I saw Uli he was on stage with The Scorpions, I have seen him solo a number of times and he blows me away every time. I heard this album at a friends and it too blew me away. Great concept album and progressive in parts, just had to buy it and it came very quick too.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Under a Dark Sky 28 Oct. 2008
By Vikki - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Soaring, virtuoso guitarwork; metal seamlessly flowing as one with Beethoven (or, arguably, Wagner); extraordinary vocalists Mark Boals and Liz Vandall (complete with a choir), in three languages, furtively and dramatically crying out for peace and hope, challenging humankind to return to the One who guides us to the path of restoration - such is this new masterpiece of Uli Jon Roth and his band Sky of Avalon. The music alone takes hold of the listener, sending one's emotions and spirit through a maze of exhiliration, fascination, quiet reflection, elation, sadness, and hopelessness. And then you turn a corner and it resolves with the final promised celebration of joy. In my opinion, the CD will equally please both classical fans and seasoned rockers. Whatever musical genre, the listener with a heart craving for answers finds hope in the message of this amazing work. And the consumer just craving a concert that musically takes their ears everywhere in the universe will (literally) think they've died and gone to heaven.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Oh! I think I get it... Truly unique, intense music. Thanks Uli! 21 Oct. 2008
By I. MUNOZ - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is pure musical genius, period. Uli Jon Roth is a creative soul and a master musician, which means that he's much more than "just a shredder". Of course, he does shred and does play a lot of tasteful, classical-influenced solos on this record, but that's not the point. Uli never was "technique for the sake of it", and this is no exception.

So, with a 70's-flavored-but-modern production, this album will take you through a varied musical landscape that sounds to me like a mysterious quest, peppered with magic everywhere -- there are varied influences going from medieval and Celtic to Spanish music to opera to Eastern European folk and (of course) to classical and rock. It is full of well-balanced orchestrations and an overall "epic", grandiose feeling. However, don't panic: this isn't power metal at all!

In any case, all I can say is that this album is no less than breathtaking. I bet that if you listen to it with open ears, you'll see how intense it is.

I admire Uli Jon Roth. It takes a lot of sensibility from an artist to fuel such an amount of emotion on his music and on his interpretation. His mastery of his craft goes well beyond to mastering his preferred instrument (the guitar) and this opus witnesses so.

Therefore, I would give five times five stars to this release if I could... but look, I'll just thank Uli Jon Roth here for this true musical present, and I really encourage you to drop your prejudices and go buy this thing right now. I bet you won't be disappointed!
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
New Uli Jon Roth 25 Sept. 2008
By Damon Graham - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
A few days ago on Sep 23, 2008 I was fortunate enough to see Uli live. He performed the entire Under A Dark Sky work as well as Scorpions, Electric Sun, & Jimi Hendrix classics. After the show I talked to Uli at length regarding the Dark Sky CD. He prefers to call it a "concept album" as opposed to a rock opera. What ever you want to call it, the CD is a masterpiece from a very talented artist. The spirituality of Dark Sky comes through as Uli makes a statement of "the state of the world today and how we fit into it", as he told me.
If you appreciate a grand work, in the style of classical concertos, with many various tempos, this is for you. Enjoy.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Grows on you 19 Mar. 2013
By KGW - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
First of all, I'm a long time Uli fan since first hearing him in the late 70's. His guitar playing is original and inspired. I have seen him live twice now. The first time I saw him, he played "Land of Dawn" from this album (which I didn't own at the time). I liked it and eventually bought the CD. At first, I was put off by the somewhat amateurish lyrics (and still am). However, I must have listened to the CD at least 2 times a day for the first week or two after. Now I really like it. The reason I don't give 5 stars if because of the lyrics.

So the good... the composition is really good and the playing is top notch. Uli keeps getting better. There are some nice solos and a nice variety of styles. The music is very orchestral but has rock, blues and middle eastern influences. I think my favorite is "Tanz in Die Dämmerung" It reminds me a bit of "The Sails of Charon." The track "Letter of the Law" starts off a bit lame, but it gets really good and has a really nice guitar solo. "Inquisition" is a nice classical influenced piece with nice guitar shredding. I love the wah pedal riff in "The Magic Word." Lame lyrics though.

Should you buy it? If your and Uli fan, then definitely. Otherwise, borrow a copy from your neighborhood Uli fan, and buy your own copy if you like it.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Needs a few listens to appreciate 15 Nov. 2008
By Music fan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Despite being a long time Uli Jon Roth fan (Scorpions), I openly admit to being fooled into thinking this might be a return to his Electric Sun sound as "promised" by advance notices. After all, he has been embracing his past more and more in both his solo performances and his appearances with the Scorpions.
Having said that, when I first listened to this, I wanted to give it 2 stars only. Now, I am not against the music Uli has been making the last 15 years+ or so as I do have Aquila Suite, Prolouge to the Symphonic Legends and Transcendental Sky Guitar (Parts 1 & 2) and like them all, however my expectations ruined the first listen of this CD.
Then I decided to pop it in again and I am happy I did. I would most likely give this 3.5 stars if I could, only because I think "side 1", if you can call it that, is not nearly as good as "side 2". I rate the second half of this release as some of the best music he has ever created, including Electric Sun.
By the way, for those expecting an Electric Sun revival, I think this CD is closer to Earthquake/Firewind than Beyond the Astral Skies (his worst release in my opinion-although still good). Give this a few spins.....it is a solid 4 star release (3.5 for the first half and 4.5 for the second half)
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