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  • Audio CD (13 Jan. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: 3d Japan
  • ASIN: B000228ULC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 781,407 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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From the beginnings of their unity has announced us what is and what will be on their numerous albums which were an open horizons of styles,notably eastern-alike distinctive ways and classical meanders to jazz,avant-garde with transcendental amalgams.
They were:Paul McCandles-oboe,English horn,Glenn Moore-bass,electric bass and flute,Ralph Towner-classical guitar,mellophone and piano and Collin Walcott-sitar,tabla,mridangon,violin,esraj,percussion and rhythm guitar.They received various awards and recorded with many famous musicians,as well,appeared on the numerous projects,films,symphonies...etc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful transcendent 'world music' 13 Oct. 2010
By Chris Carter - Published on Amazon.com
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Really - what is 'world music'?? It seems a dismissive/arbitrary term, like it's a different world from the one we live in. Actually, that may be relevant, considering this is a very meditative, introspective album and the world we live in nowadays is anything but. Oregon are one of my favorite ensembles - they made very intelligent, unusual music that breathed. They communicated to each other through notes, dynamics, etc. I would say anything they put out in the '70's was worth owning (can't speak for their '80's output).

The instrumentation on this one mainly consists of hand drums, tabla, sitar, acoustic guitar, piano, and oboe (no vocals). I have a hard time explaining why this is my favorite Oregon album. It seems very sensitive, very pure and natural. I can listen to it anytime, anywhere. I've been listening to it on the way to work and on the way back. I also have a hard time telling the difference between the improvised sections and the written out sections, which I think speaks highly to their abilities. Even when the music gets frenetic, there's a very calming presence guiding the whole thing. "The Silence Of A Candle" (isn't that the title? Kind of pretentious, but anyway) is absolutely Zen-like, beautiful and quite possibly my favorite track. Anyhoo, if you're looking for something not rock and not traditional, Oregon are awesome, unique, stimulating and sensual - definitely a band who should get more credit.
5.0 out of 5 stars They are just a wonderful ensemble that should be given a listen 5 Jun. 2015
By V. Davis - Published on Amazon.com
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I first got this album as a 25-cent cassette cut-out and it blew me away. Since then, I have purchased over a dozen titles by this band. They are just a wonderful ensemble that should be given a listen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great band, great album 26 Jan. 2010
By Jamiel N. Alkhaja - Published on Amazon.com
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To think I just found out about these guys recently...silly! But yeah, if you're into fusion or jazz fusion or world...or whatever the hell you wanna call it (think Shakti)then this should be right up your alley, as it was up mine (my alley I mean). And so far this seems to be their best album (I've still got a couple albums to digest but yes, this is a superb one). For those of you who're into Hip Hop you might also notice that this album has been sampled and used in different tracks. But that's neither here nor there...I guess. Great band and this is a great album.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Poor Sound Quality 4 Aug. 2009
By jomojomo - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a review of the sound quality only, and I am reviewing the 2004 remaster (mine's from Polystar Jazz Library in Japan).

The sound quality here on some tracks is very bad. Tracks 3,6,&14 are definite 'Loudness War' victim (google loudness war for more info). Most tracks have limited dynamics, but on 3,6,&14 there is also clipping and a large amount of distortion. The sound really poor. Basically whoever remastered these three songs has ruined them. I mean this is a Jazz release of all things, why would anyone want to sacrifice sound quality for volume? Do you know anyone who listens to Jazz that doesn't value sound quality, even if only in a small way? or doesn't know how to operate their volume knob?

I'd recommend getting the old pre-2004 version on cd, that's what I'm going to do (through the Amazon resellers of course). I'll post a review of that disk once I get it.
5.0 out of 5 stars classical, jazz and a rich variety of arrangements 18 May 2014
By Bryan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is what I like to call ideal music (or at least close to it). It perfectly blends classical and jazz instruments together in a very fulfilling, vibrant and colorful kind of way. A perfect choice of instruments, and the production is really high as is the talent and time involved in making such a lovely album. Even though the album is divided into 14 tracks, the entire album flows from one song into another with the smoothest of transitions.

"North Star" has oboe, piano, bass, acoustic guitar and who knows what else with a TON of creativity and atmosphere. This stuff makes you feel like you're walking across endless streams, fields and forests. "The Rough Places Plain" uses Middle Eastern arrangements such as sitars and plays them exotically. The piano and frantic acoustic work is a nice touch. "Sail" features really beautiful oboe over a frantic-moving African-like rhythm with images flowing through my mind. Oh and a VERY cool acoustic section can be found. Reminds me of John McLaughlin of Mahavishnu Orchestra fame.

"At the Hawk's Well" begins with some somber piano playing (3 notes to be precise) and never really picks up much but it serves as nice ambiance until "Children of God" comes in. The intro to this song SCARES ME A LOT! Haha, sounds like female ghosts all coming out and haunting a hotel dining room in the middle of the night. Luckily all this frightening chaos abruptly ends as an oboe and African drumming makes a return to dramatically shift gears during "Opening". This song paints a picture of chaos ensuing in the Middle East somewhere. Not as chaotic as the dining hall ghosts in the previous track though, haha. Really cool bass solo. The acoustic and oboe arrangements at the end could be interpreted as being messy but I enjoy them. There's enough melody to this stuff so far that anything out of the ordinary isn't really distracting.

"Naiads" is a pleasant piano/oboe/flute combination of uh, weirdness. Reminds me of the mid 70's Soft Machine to be honest around the time they were making their 5th album. "Shard/Spring Is Really Coming" (YES! Spring is here! Took long enough! Man what a brutal winter I just went through- you guys have no idea) centers around a groovy and very jazzy bass guitar serving as the rhythm as other odd Middle Eastern instruments play along. "Bell Spirit/Baku the Dream Eater" contains more desert-like atmosphere and dreary bass work with harmonica (cool!) like someone dreading an evil presence coming from the distance. Imagine walking outside your house and seeing something you can't explain in the distance... and it's coming your way. This song captures that feeling.

"The Silence of a Candle" is SUCH a lovely song it's a shame it's so short. The sitar and oboe creates a superb feeling of peacefulness. "Land of Heart's Desire" feels like a slab of piano and acoustic parts thrown together without much concern, but I'm sure repeated listens will change my views about it. The ugliness of the arrangements in the intro slowly dissipates but the song never really feels well-written enough. "The Swan" is all about expressing meaningful oboe work with brief but melodic acoustic work near the end. "Touchstone" lightens the mood with the popular oboe and short bursts of piano and acoustic parts until the bass ultimately takes the lead and jams for a little while. Pretty unique stuff.

The only problem with Music of Another Present Era is that it tends to wander sometimes. It's mostly melodic, exciting and I highly recommend the album but be prepared for the occasional wandering. Don't be mislead by the first song- this stuff isn't *quite* as well-constructed as you probably believe it should be, but what it often lacks in melody it makes up for in powerful atmosphere. And the looseness of the instrumentation often times gives off creepy sensations. I do sense a band legitimately believing that they were making music from "another present era" and they succeeded very well in my opinion. Give this one a chance to win you over. It takes a few listens. I recommend this for mid 70's Soft Machine fans. For some reason the atmosphere throughout Music of Another Present Era totally reminds me of Camel's The Snow Goose released around the same time. Also on a final note, the oboe is quite the instrument of choice so I hope you don't mind so much of it.
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