[boc-l] Yeeeehaaaa! Hawkeaster is on!

Michael Holmes M.Holmes at ed.ac.uk
Wed Jan 25 06:09:31 EST 2017

Got my tickets and a place in Seaton booked. Who else is coming?

In other great news, Cheery Red are rereleasing Crystal Machine and New 
Jerusalem CDs with extra tracks of the Synthese Intemporel single A & B 
sides, the Woodland Voice B side of the Generator Laser Beam single, and 
also the  remastered Waterfalls From Space cassette tracks (released by 
Gong Appreciation Society in the early 80's) - these are Tim noodling 
some rehearsal versions of the New Jerusalem and Crystal Machine tracks 
and are well worth hearing.


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TIM BLAKE: CRYSTAL MACHINE (2017 Remaster/3 Bonus Tracks - Stock # 
1930633) Normally CD £12.99 - Ltd Offer CD £10.99

TIM BLAKE: NEW JERUSALEM (2017 Remaster/3 Bonus Tracks - Stock # 
1930632) Normally CD £12.99 - Ltd Offer CD £10.99

Originally released in 1977 & 1978 as Imports on the French Egg Label, 
these Psych Synth Music classics have been properly Remastered for CD 
for the first time!

* * Limited January Offer - Pre-Order both albums at the same time and 
get them for £20 (plus P&P) - Expires 30th January 2017 * *

Tim Blake needs no introduction to CDS customers - we've been selling 
his music since the early French Mantra label CD releases early in the 
new millennium, so it gives us great pleasure to announce that early in 
2017 two of his groundbreaking albums, 'Crystal Machine' and 'New 
Jerusalem' have been given a proper Remaster and have been Expanded to 
include Bonus Tracks, with further plans to release: 'Magick' and 'Tide 
Of The Century' later on in the year.  As Tim himself declares: "It's 
interesting to note that we are now 40 years on from 'Crystal Machine's' 
release, and 45 Years of me working on electronique creations outside of 

This UK born keyboardist based himself in France as a sound and light 
artist at the start of his career way back in 1970.  Some associate him 
most for his numerous work with renowned bands GONG and HAWKWIND.
He first came to prominence as a member of GONG where his synthesiser 
experimentation and mastery was demonstrated on albums such as: 'Flying 
Teapot', 'Angel's Egg' and 'You'.

After departing GONG in 1975 he teamed up with French lighting designer 
Patrice Warrener to form Crystal Machine, pioneering the use of lasers 
and synthesisers in a live setting. They performed under this moniker 
numerous times, enchanting and enthralling audiences.  On occasion, 
French keyboardist Jean-Philippe Rykiel participated in these concerts, 
particularly in his formative years.

Tim Blake then joined HAWKWIND from 1979 - 1980.

However, it is as an electronic music solo artist that TIM BLAKE made a 
name for himself.  The first solo album: 'Crystal Machine' was released 
in 1977 using the name that keyboard and light effects aficionados first 
knew him for after his work with lights expert Patrice Warrener.
In 1978 he followed that up with his second solo effort, the classic: 
'Blake's New Jerusalem', and Jean-Philippe Rykiel made contributions to 
that album on synthesizers.

The 1980's was a barren period as far as solo recordings from Tim Blake 
was concerned, but in 1991 he returned with his third full album effort: 
'Magick'. Another nine years would pass before the fourth solo effort: 
'The Tide Of The Century' saw the light of day when issued in 2000. The 
final regular solo album by Tim Blake came in 2002, in the shape of: 
'Caldea Music II'.

Blake's career was put on hold in 2004, when he suffered serious 
injuries in a car accident, but in 2007 he had recovered and decided to 
hook up once more with long time associates HAWKWIND.

'Crystal Machine' features the original cosmic crusader with an amazing 
Remastered re-issue packed with his brand of Cosmic, Psychedelic 
Electronic Music featuring the swirling synthesizers, guitars, 
sequencers some vocals and the other electronic effects he became famous 
for. This album and it's follow-up LP: 'New Jerusalem' influenced many 
other future artists and bands who delved into the realms of space rock, 
as they took on influences of Blake's ultimate and groundbreaking style 
of cosmic music that he took off into a new dimension in the late 70's.

'Crystal Machine' was originally released on vinyl LP in 1977 on the Egg 
label, then on CD for the first time in year 2000 by the French Mantra 
label and again in 2002 on the UK based Voiceprint label, but this 2017 
edition in the first properly Remastered version to be released on CD, 
and with 3 Bonus Tracks.

'Crystal Machine' originally featured two pieces recorded live in the UK 
and in France.  Now regarded as a truly pioneering work, this edition of 
'Crystal Machine' has been Newly Remastered and now includes 3 Bonus 
Tracks: 'Surf' was recorded in 1976 at Chateau d'Herouville studios in 
France and issued as a (now very rare) Single under the pseudonym 
Saratoga Space Messengers. This reissue also includes both sides of the 
rare Spanish single 'Synthese Intemporel' as Bonus Tracks.

The accompanying booklet features a New Essay and fully restores the 
Original Album Artwork.

Track List:
01. Midnight (7:40)
02. Metro / Logic (8:07)
03. Last Ride Of The Boogie Child [Seasalter Free Festival - 1976] (9:43)
04. Synthese Intemporel [Le Palace Theatre Paris - 18/02/1977] (19:30)
05. Crystal Presence (3:11)
06. Surf [A-side of Single - Credited To Saratoga Space Messengers] * 
Bonus Track *
07. Synthese Intemporel I [A-side of Single released in Spain - 
Previously Unreleased on CD] * Bonus Track *
08. Synthese Intemporel II [B-side of Single released in Spain - 
Previously Unreleased on CD] * Bonus Track *

'New Jerusalem' was originally released on vinyl LP in 1978 on the Egg 
label, then on CD for the first time in year 2000 on the French Mantra 
label and again in 2002 on the UK based Voiceprint label, but this 2017 
edition in the first properly Remastered version to be released on CD, 
and with 3 Bonus Tracks.

Now regarded as a truly pioneering work, this edition of 'Blake's New 
Jerusalem' has been Newly Remastered and includes 3 Bonus Tracks that 
are Previously Unreleased on CD: 'The Woodland Voice' (B-side of the 
'Generator Laser Beam' single) plus 'From Outta Space' and 'Jupiter To 
Jerusalem' - home demos recorded at the time of the album and released 
on the cassette: 'Waterfalls From Space'.

The accompanying booklet features a New Essay and fully restores the 
Original Album Artwork.

The original 'New Jerusalem' album is regarded by many as 'classic', and 
it's rightly deserves that accolade, because it is a truly great album, 
albeit that two thirds of it happens to be of that ilk!
It starts with Blake extolling the virtues of the 'new age' over a 
backing of strummed acoustic guitars and synthesizers, then we enter 
nearly seven minutes of: 'Lighthouse', a track later to become a stage 
favourite during his times with HAWKWIND, and a track that, for the 
first three minutes, works superbly with swooping synths, shimmering 
glissando guitars and oodles of cosmic music. But then his almost spoken 
word vocal begins, and things take a bit of downward spiral, giving you 
the sense that if only he'd shut up you'd be listening to a space synth 
masterpiece! The short: 'Generator' is a pop-synth crossover piece with 
bouncy rhythms, swooping synthesizers and a sort of punk-synth vocal 
that leads into this rather cheesy lead keyboard mid-section.  This 
first-half is salvaged, or as good as, by the seven-minute plus 
instrumental: 'Passage Sur La Cite´ {Des Revelations}' which, with its 
strong sequencers and truly immaculate cosmic synths flowing all over 
the place a se!
  ries of lead melodies and soundscapes that, for the first time on the 
album really are seriously uplifting. Then, the 'piece de resistance' 
comes in the form of the title track - an eighteen-minute masterpiece 
where synthesizers, vocals, sequencers, space synths and sheer cosmic 
atmosphere meet in one spellbinding melting pot! Working its charms, it 
blissfully melts the hardest of hearts with vision, wondrous amazement 
and unbridled enjoyment of psychedelic seventies, GONG-influenced, new 
age synth music at its finest.
Fellow French synth man Jean-Philippe Rykiel lends a hand and plays a 
vital role, as the two musicians create heaven on a CD.  So, a classic 
on two thirds of an album? You better believe it!!

Musician line-up: Tim Blake (keyboards / guitars / vocals) and 
Jean-Phillipe Rykiel (Mini-Moog on 'Passage Sur La Cité' {De La 
Révélation}' and 'Blake's New Jerusalem'.

Track List:
01. Song For A New Age (5:13)
02. Lighthouse (6:46)
03. Generator {Laser Beam} (3:34)
04. Passage Sur La Cite´ {Des Revelations} (7:43)
05. Blake's New Jerusalem (16:12)
06. Woodland Voice [B-side of Single - Previously Unreleased on CD] * 
Bonus Track *
07. From Outta Space [taken from 'Waterfalls From Space'] * Bonus Track *
08. Jupiter To Jerusalem [taken from 'Waterfalls From Space'] * Bonus 
Track *

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