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3.0 out of 5 stars Innovative for its time, 21 Sept. 2011
R. J. Heath "djaitch" (Loughborough, Leics, UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Theme of Secrets (Audio CD)
Both previous reviewers haven't brought out the fact that this was one of the first releases (original cat no. PRIVATE1501-2), of the now defunct Private Music label, which I believe was originally owned by member/members of Tangerine Dream, so devoted to electronic music. 'The Theme of Dreams' was therefore recorded at the height of the ambient music craze in the mid 80's and so is a recording containing music largely of its time. Nevertheless it is innovative in terms of instrument use. The Synclavier was then apparently was a rich man's toy and so resident mostly in a handful of recording studios that could afford it, (i.e. analogous to the early Moog synths of the late 60's). In passing, hadn't Jobson's previous boss Frank Zappa*, fully processed the music heard on 'Jazz From Hell on the instrument?

I think first heard the LP version of this on decent hi-fi in Toronto in '87 or '88, and was immediately bowled over by the first 3 or 4 tracks as being state of the art sounds and music. What appears to be a glass sphere sampled whilst repeatedly bouncing up and down on a hard floor (i.e the sort found on Christmas trees but in my experience, too often breaking on the second impact when dropped), still is a spectacular effect to my ageing ears. If one cares to cast around to Private Music's back catalogue, you'll also find from the same period a longish acoustic piano composition/solo by Jobson on the album 'Piano One' (it had 3 other pianists' contributions), very much in the ambient/reflective style and is rock-free.

Simply, this album was innovative when first released and then would have been far from dated. It can be considered a valid part part of Eddie Jobson's history, remembering that through the 90's Jobson was perhaps better known for writing incidental music for US cop TV shows than playing rock.

*Another of Zappa's employees (concomitant with Jobson - both are seen in a photo on the sleeve of Zappa's Zoot Allures album) is Patrick O'Hearn, who both recorded for Private Music and used the studio's Synclavier about the same time.
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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The most disappointing album ever!, 2 Jun. 2007
Cupperty (Peak District, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Theme of Secrets (Audio CD)
I am an ardent Eddie Jobson fan - "UK" by UK *starring* Eddie has to be one of the best rock albums ever. It has been amongst my favourites for over 25 years. I acquired "Danger Money" by UK more recently, which is a respectable album but not in the same league as "UK".

I spent a couple of weeks in expectant anticipation of receiving this album. However, I was disappointed - the album is weak. It has interesting moments, but the arrangements are thin and the lush CS80 and Minimoog textures of "UK" are largely replaced by (now) cliched DX7 sounds which do not gel to make the sort of soundscapes I expected of Mr Jobson. Most of the playing is uncomplicated and makes undemanding listening too. Where "UK" left (leaves) you wanting to immediately replay the same album again and again, "Theme of Secrets" leaves this reviewer wanting to go and make a cup of (weak) tea. I have not yet heard any of his later work, so can only hope that this album was an 80's-induced aberration.

I have a copy to sell if anyone wants it!
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