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  • Audio CD (26 Jun. 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Polydor Group
  • ASIN: B000001F4E
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
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Featuring Simeone with Special Guests; Renegade Soundwave's frontman Gary Asquith, Kevin Mooney of Adam & The Ants & electro pop pioneer Karel Fialka. A compilation of Simeone's atmospheric synth pop. Some tracks feature Simeone with guest artists on his own tracks. The artist also covers three well know electro classics; by The Cure, Fialka & John Foxx. A good collection showing off the Simeone repertoire in all it's power & glory forever & ever. Enjoy!

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Lee Simeone is a wunderkind multi-instrumentalist who specialises in dark wave electro. Described as 'like mozart with synths' one track from his debut album was recently used as an installation at the Tate Modern gallery. --Rough Trade Records London

Lee Simeone has been blown upon the shores of the electronic frontier through his textured and shimmering sound and his soulful vocals. A sense of peace comes from his singing, with synths ccompanying him along the melody in a serene manner.. a faint reverb and sugared keys lead me into a world of peaceful dreams and gentle melancholy. --Kling Klang Magazine Germany

A huge sound, could be something special here! --Future Music Magazine GB

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thought i had died and gone to heaven after listening to this superb c.d.Take time to listen and relax you will not be dissapointed.John Anderssons voice and the haunting sound of Vangelis go together superbly!Each track a masterpiece...
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I was first introduced to this pair in 1984, when i was a mere teenager. I've waited twenty something years, many times of trying and not bringing up anything for my trouble in searching - now this - thank goodness they listen to us sometimes!! Absolutely hauntingly beautiful - so relaxing and memorable!
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They have hit bulls eye with this great CD.

Oh I love Deborah track 3, Polonaise track 4, Anderson at his super smashing best. Every track is a peach.

See what you two can achieve if you play nicely together.

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Another beautiful album to add to your collection of music, providing you like mellow gentle moods. Neither the texture of this music nor the sound of its recording and production are spectacular, but there is a definite unique gentle mood Private Collection contains. Our focus here is on the poetic words of Jon Anderson, not nearly as obscured as his Close To The Edge of comprehension, but more refined and poetic than a lot of his later, accessible thoughts of Yes. Some of the most spectacular expressions of Jon Anderson I find here on this album in And When The Night Comes. Horizon and Polonaise contain some great lyrics as well. Private Collection is my favorite album born out of a surprising (us back then) collaboration of Jon Anderson (vocalist of Yes) and Vangelis (by then of the masters and most prolific creators of electronic music). Their first album Short Stories came to life in 1980, was followed by The Friends Of Mr. Cairo in 1981 and by Private Collection in 1983. I really feel that although they are all interesting the best music is on Private Collection. Please watch out, this music is very soft and mellow (even when compared against their other albums) and many of you will dispose it as something below the elevator music. Those who don't mind such moods will notice that now, over 25 years later this music is as powerful as it was back then. This is truly one of these albums which fly above time that affects a lot of other music. That is because the style of these songs is hard to classify and was not carried by many. I guess they could be called electro-acoustic ballads. If you play this album on repeat for a few hours you may end up in sort of a trance which would be hard for you to believe when you first listen to these songs.Read more ›
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Jon and Vangelis struck gold in the popularity stakes at the end of the 1970s and into the early eighties. Why, they even appeared on Top of The Pops when "I'll Find My Way Home" was riding high in the charts. So, they were pretty much at the top of their game when "Private Collection" - their third collaboration, hit the shops in 1983.

It's the usual satisfying blend of wonderful melodies from Vangelis - is anyone else more instantly recognisable on synthezisers than this man? - and the nutty, inaccessible lyrics of Jon Anderson. Somehow, it doesn't seem to matter that what's being sung about is pretty much incomprehensible, because the overall effect is one of calm and relaxation for the most part.

There is some sign of the pair running out of ideas here, though. "He is Sailing" seems to recycle some familiar themes and rhythms from earlier material, and the final track perhaps outstays its welcome a little bit and sounds more like a theme Vangelis would have explored more satisfactorily as a solo outing.

Very much of its time - but none the worse for that; this has been a lovely album to re-discover after not hearing it for such a long time.
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this album can bring tears to my eyes. it is, at times, hauntingly beautiful, with atmospheric washes from vangelis that are just right for the song, neither showy nor intrusive. this, however, is just my opinion. if you are unfamiliar with jon anderson's voice, then you possibly ought to check out some of his other work first, especially with Yes. most people either love or hate his voice; for my part, i have to be in the right mood! however, his work with vangelis is much more mellow and accessible than it usually is with Yes. the other thing about jon that i sometimes struggle with is his lyrics. they often don't make sense and they can be ... shall we say, obscure. however, there is less of that obscurity on this album and most of the songs are straightforward. as for vangelis, if you don't know his work, listen to any of his film soundtracks; they will give you a good idea of what to expect here, as this album - and the other two collaborations by J&V - work best as soundtracks to invisible movies. vangelis' ear for sound and timbre is excellent and his work is restrained, providing a landscape for jon to explore. we have a great opportunity to explore it with him.
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From owning and listening to my first vinyl album and then having to buy the cassette to use in the car it was only a matter of time until I owned the CD. Incredibly great tracks throughout with a superb finale with the longest track Horizon to finish on. I once worked at a place where Johns brother was a rep and he mentioned Deborah was written for his daughter when she was away at public school. I can only say if you liked Yes, jon and Vangelis, then you will love this timless album.
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