This is true. I always keep the original masters around, I guess I'm a purist in that way. Even the really generic covers of the remasters irritate me, they're so low effort and don't give any representation of the themes on each record compared to the originals. Years on and Derelicts still doesn't really click either. Hydroponic to Interloper have always been the big three to me, particularly Hydroponic and World of Sleepers , utterly timeless.
Completely agree. The continuing track numbers kind of reflect that the first three albums are supposed to be like a trilogy. It runs from track 1 to track 33 and honestly sounds like a journey from Earth to space and back to Earth. I still love TwentyThree and Derelicts but the first three will always hold a special place in my ears.
I actually like the remasters too, can't really comment on the original one's since I haven't heard them in a long time but they're floating around out there somewhere. My all time favorite album will always be World Of Sleepers though. It was the first I heard and it was the most relaxing one to listen to for me still.
After a year with Derelicts I have to admit it´s is their best album. World of sleepers will still be my favorite mostly because of nostalgia and Photosynthesis, But unlike all the other records Derelicts has no fillers. All the songs are there for a reason and the length is perfect, even the drony, mastodont Everwave.
The earlier records has slowly built up to this release. The drone in World of sleepers. The melody in Interlooper, the errieness in Hydroponic garden and the ambiance of 23.
I hope this release will be remembered in the future as the highlight of CBL´s career and ambient electronic music in general.
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Generic Ultimae band? This sounds pretty much like a commendation to me :P. I don't know the story why they've left Ultimae, but relying to my ears, Ultimae still is the levelling rule in terms of ambient music. This might be obsolete for some persons, but I've never ever even memorized a label for chillout tunes before. I love the new album. It's symply CBL in perfection, like it always was ;).