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Dust to Dust

Roger King, Steve RoachAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (April 7, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: April 7, 1998
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Projekt Records
  • ASIN: B000005Z75
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #291,210 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Gone West
2. A Daze Wage
3. A Bigger Sky
4. The Ribbon Rails Of Promise
5. First Sunrise
6. Lost And Forgotten
7. Snake Eyes
8. Rain And Creosote
9. Ghost Train

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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Steve Roach is best known for his guttural, stirring, sometimes creepy sonic atmosphere music. Employing a host of aboriginal drones, hums, moans, and other earthy sounds, his work has won high acclaim across the New Age and electronic music spectrum. On "Dust to Dust", a co-project with Tucson denizen Roger King, Roach takes a decidedly different turn. It's impossible to accurately describe this wonderful album. King's twanging guitar and mournful harmonica are straight out of a spaghetti western, while Roach's patented atmospherics reach for the high plains and big skies of the west. Having been born in Utah and traveled all over the western United States, I found this album to be gorgeously evocative of the places I have been to and the things I have seen. I'm not sure if I have ever heard another album that so eloquently captures the grand desolation of the west. I have taken this album with me on many a driving trip and it is perfect music for traveling across eastern Washington, Idaho, Utah, Nevada, and elsewhere.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Get out of there, man! Go West! July 25, 2001
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"Dust to Dust" by Steve Roach and Roger King is an unexpected yet melodic and soothing blend of ambience and guitars with a noticeable western flair. The cover matches the theme of the album perfectly, with its black-and-white shot of cacti in what appears to be Arizona. "What drives a man to go west?" the back queries the listener, to the reply of, "The soundtrack of lingering ghosts, to the lost and not-so-forgotten dreams of restless souls who were driven to "Go West, by God!" The back cover shot is eerie, yet highly intriguing, and adds to the attractiveness.
Track 1, "Gone West," starts out very slowly and gradually builds both volume and intensity, and tapers off nicely into "A Daze Wage," a syncopated tune with the D-string twanging so much that it practically draws you right to the desert. "A Bigger Sky" and "The Ribbon Rails of Promise" on tracks 3 and 4 definitely show roaches trademark wavelike synthesis that hooks on the relaxing abilities of your brain, which is exactly what I was hoping to pan out from this album. Again, Roach's music never fails to chill me out and prepare me for reading, writing or meditating, or even sleeping--but not at all in the boring sense. Beer bottles, the washboard, various guitars and bass make this an excellent reverie. "First Sunrise" on track 5 is a wonderful blend of reverberating guitars among a floating, ambient background, which melds into track 6, "Lost and Forgotten"--a dark and pleasantly scary movement, suspenseful and transcendent.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a different atmosphere October 4, 2000
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Steve Roach and Roger King- Dust to Dust (Projekt 79)
Steve Roach meets Ennio Morricone. Well, maybe not as extreme. This for Roach is not a great departure from his previous ideas, just a slight deviation off the path that he has trodden for so many years. Whereas before Roach has looked out into the stratosphere and universe for inspiration and in the process found our souls, this time he is quite content to check out the ghosts in his own backyard. For this recording he has teamed up with fellow Tucsonian Roger King, who in the past has engineered for Steve. Somewhere along the line both realised they had similar musical ideas which required further exploration. Thus was borne Dust to Dust.. Welcome to the worlds of Ry Cooder guitar circa Paris Texas, wash boards, harmonica, coyotes and thunder storms, lightning...all mixed in with the signature sound that Roach has defined for himself over the years. Slow motion electronic ambiences, spatially enhanced to give them depth and dimension. Roach of course is better known for his didgeridoo playing but he's no stranger by the sounds of things to the harmonica. In the right hands and mouth of course, it too can exude emotion and incredible feelings. We're not talking Toots Thielsman here by the way, more so snatches of sound which recall early Clint Eastwood films as he drifted across the plains doing what he did best. Images of ghost towns, tumble weed, dust, bar doors hanging by their hinges swinging in the breeze. this music conjures up this sort of imagery. Roach has of course embraced the desert for many years now and over the years his work has embraced more and more native ethnic instrumentation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Takes the listener out to the old lonely West January 11, 2000
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Format:Audio CD
Imagine a soundtrack for the old West, not the John Wayne and Clint Eastwood cowboy west but the hard workin', lone desert where men and women worked hard in the hot sun. This is the mood that sets in as the listener follows the guitar twangs, harmonica slides and eerie ambient chords as the pieces carry the listener along the trail. It clearly combines the work of a skilled sound designer like Steve Roach who creates the wonderful ambient atmosphere and Roger King who stimulates the listener with the guitar slides and twangs. It's smooth, it's rough, its strange and it brings back what once was the lonely plains of the West.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Looking for more like Dust to Dust
Serene but Powerful music.Puts you right in the middle of some desert environments, but if you already live there it is a superb homage to our vast, empty desert landscapes, long... Read more
Published on June 22, 2012 by Aprosfoto
4.0 out of 5 stars Gold dust
Dust, gold seeking, frontier poker, saloon, mines, Western space and isolation. Yeah. I lived out West. This took me back there. Listen for the grating of metal against rock.
Published on April 15, 2011 by Mr. D. L. Drong
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply a magnificent haunting ghostly tribute to the wild west.
I was completely suprised at how great this album really is. Originally a collaboration between Roger King and New Age Meistro Steve Roach, "Dust To Dust" is a haunting tribute to... Read more
Published on May 30, 2008 by Distant Voyageur
4.0 out of 5 stars Music from the Great American Desert
Steve Roach has definitely done more adventurous work. But here he tackles a definite genre - fake western movie music. Read more
Published on February 1, 2005 by DJ Rix
3.0 out of 5 stars A good CD.
I have started a Steve Roach collection and I must admit there are many other of his CD's I prefer over this one. Read more
Published on June 24, 2003 by DREAM15
2.0 out of 5 stars Raw
Ever find yourself mesmerized by the soundtrack of an old western show? Well, maybe this cd is a little more sophistocated than that, but if you're expecting gorgeous ambient... Read more
Published on October 21, 2000 by Mark
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not excellent
I found this recording to be very good, but Roach has done better. He should get out of the desert for a while. Read more
Published on April 7, 1999
2.0 out of 5 stars not the best Roach music
As a long-time steve roach fan this is not a cd that I would recomend, it sounds very typical of western music from a movie and sounds like an afterthought recording from Steve. Read more
Published on March 26, 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, atmospheric, trail blazing ...
Once listened to you wish you were in the Wild West. I played this while reading one of Cormac McCarthy's Border Trilogy Books - The Crossing. Read more
Published on October 30, 1998
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