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Electric Storm [Import]

White Noise, White NoiseAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (March 27, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Polygram Int'l
  • ASIN: B00000761B
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #346,035 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2. My Game Of Loving
3. Here Come The Fleas
4. Firebird
5. Your Hidden Dreams
6. The Visitations
7. The Black Mass: An Electric Storm In Hell

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An early milestone in electronic pop! April 4, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Very few people know of this album...and personally, I am DAMNED amazed to find that it's been reissued on CD! This is one of the true obscure delights from the very earliest days of electronic rock, back when Tangerine Dream was still using things like contact-miked adding machines and such. But this never led in the directions that TD et al did. David Vorhaus is the main culprit here, an American-born wizard of electronic sound who emigrated to the UK to avoid Vietnam. Teaming with some vets from the BBC Radiophonic Workshop (the place that gave the world the "Dr. Who" theme, for one), Vorhaus crafted this masterwork in the classic e-music methods; lots of tape and musique concrete work is in evidence here, along with some very interesting and often twisted early synth work and massive reprocessing of percussion and other sounds. There's often a really creepy feel that gets into the mix here, especially on the latter two very dark tracks, and much of this seems to be the antecedent for a lot of what would follow within a decade in industrial music in England and elsewhere. Vorhaus's use of tape layering and his choice of sound-sources sometimes precurses such industrialists as the Hafler Trio, Sleep Chamber, or John Duncan, and the title track is a treated percussion + electronics assault that ranks up there with the best of SPK's early efforts. But it's not all dark and evil, as "Here Come the Fleas" and "Firebird" definitely serve to lighten the mood. No telling how long this will be available, so if you find the roots of industrial, techno, electronic pop, etc etc etc to be a matter of interest to you, you should grab a copy of this immediately. It's both entertaining _and_ educational!
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Explode the Soul into Holographic Sound Eternal March 9, 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
OK, I've had my share of creepy experiences with music, naturally psychedelic music, and my mind. I'm an explorer of the mind, a willing fool who will delve into any uncharted territory, to find that ultimate SOUL-BRAIN experience. I came across this band's name, thru MOJO magazine. It had an article, listing the 50 most mind blowing LPS of all time. (Number one was Capt. Beefheart's TROUT MASK--another CD I had had a bizarre experience back in art school, in the 80s.) Anyway, this CD was listed number TEN. WHA??? THE TENTH MOST PSYCHEDELIC ALBUM OF ALL TIME? I"VE NEVER HEARD OF IT? MUST BUY..MUST BUY. Well, the first time i heard it, i was impressed. The studio effects, for the time (1968) were amazing. There are some wild songs, with twists and turns during the more "structured" song like selections, that really helt my attention, and tickled my imagination, and freaked me even during my everyday conscousness. Apparently, the LP had been a labor of love, or some obsession like love, built up almost note by note, over the period of a year or more. Talk about ambient electronics....for that sound alone, you could mine this piece of art for years. As for early Pink Floyd, for comparison, it sounds far beyond what they were doing at the time. In fact, having a collection of music, that I tend to think of, as the "MOST PSYCHEDELIC MUSIC EVER RECORDED", I'd have to put this CD up there, at the top. So anyway, the legend behind the LP is interesting. Chris Blackwell, AKA Island Records, gave the electronic wizard behind this LP, about 3000 pounds, to make the album. After a YEAR, Blackwell wanted product, and when he had seen they only had 30 minutes of this mind labaryth recorded, he DEMANED a finished album, in a matter of days. Read more ›
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an electric storm.......?...... definately! October 15, 2002
Format:Audio CD
The legendary debut White Noise album was released in 1969 by Island Records featuring Delia Derbyshire and Brian Hodgson, who had worked for the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, and David Vorhaus, who had studied classical orchestral bass playing and electronics.
Tne instrumentation had all shorts of early electronic instruments and a huge amount of tape manipulation, the standard techniques of the Workshop in those days.
An electric storm is considered to be one of the most (if not the greatest) experimental albums that island ever had, but for a weird reason ..... the company doesn't seem to care as much as the people who try to find it!
The songs in "An electric storm" create a peculiar and sometimes dark atmospere... unfortunately words can say only little about the new musical, aesthetical e.t.c perceptions that this record introduced back in 1969....The album was so ahead of its time then, so today it sounds as fresh as can be...
"Love without sound" the first song of the album grabs the listener from the start! Twirling and echoing sounds, little hunny electronic noises, which don't read funny in the context though and very spontanious vocalisations create an alice in wonderland by NIGHT effect, at least to my ears!
"My game of loving" .. is an erotic game baroque song spoken in two languages (this has a meaning people!) and with orgasm sound interloudes.... very serious very dark and fatal...only to end up in and series of snores! unique!love it! I remember when I first heard this song on the radio the radio producer kept talking on the orgasm parts! wow, talking about censorship!
"Your hidden dreams" is a cosmogonic fantastic song with very nice lyrics.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good stuff, very early prehistoric synth music from the Jurrasic era.
Published 1 month ago by Livewire
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent. way ahead of its time
excellent. way ahead of its time!
Published 2 months ago by Nancy E Andrews
4.0 out of 5 stars Old Skool Synthiness
Great what they were able to achieve back in the late 60s with tape loops and early synths, before the synth wave swept in.
Published 13 months ago by Mark S Berry
4.0 out of 5 stars A piece of history!
If you love electronic music, this is a must have for any collection. It's from early on in the genres beginning and helped to define it for so many artist. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Alan Vaughn
5.0 out of 5 stars Just like I remember
Another moldy oldie from the Golden Grooveyard surfaces. Liked it then, liked it now. Way, way ahead of it's time.
Published 18 months ago by John Cathie
5.0 out of 5 stars The first music I ever heard that experimented with sub-sonic sounds
Tell the truth, I was a little put off by this album when I first heard it back in the 80's, but it grew on me as I listened to the tracks. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Nick Denife
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate
I used to listen to this LP when I was in high school. This music makes Pink Floyd sound tame by comparison. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Jack M. Walter
5.0 out of 5 stars a classic album for delia fans!
totaly awesome album, especialy for lovers of psychedelic ambient/rock music. only just heard this album after a period of 35 yrs of knowing and hearing about it! Read more
Published 22 months ago by Mr. Mj Hewetson
5.0 out of 5 stars An unexpected treat
In a different place to what I expected from the Radiophonic crew but none the worse for that. More a conventional rock album, a very good one.
Published on July 3, 2011 by GB
5.0 out of 5 stars More than just another psychedelic album
White Noise's "An Electric Storm," which was recorded in 1969 is an experimental album that was far ahead of its time. Read more
Published on May 5, 2011 by jingelheimer
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