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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 10, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: United States Dist
  • ASIN: B001OFUU96
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,323,401 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By System7forlife on November 30, 2011
Format: MP3 Music
Though some listeners might be more interested in System 7's most recent album Phoenix Rising released in October 2011, their earlier album Phoenix released in 2008 gives listeners a look into System 7's true musical abilities. This album is not going to be the one you listen to when you are trying to study for a test or have tea with your grandmother, rather it is the type of you listen to when you are being a Saturday night.

System 7 desires, according to their website, to incorporate electronic guitar into their music. Phoenix does just that. Numerous songs incorporate the use of traditional electronic guitar along with synthesized guitar sounds paired with other electronic noises. The band members Steve Hillage and Miquette Giraudy are formerly of the band Gong. Hillage was a pioneer of the use of guitars in psychedelic rock. While in the band Gong, Hillage was "renowned for his soaring, searing guitar contributions". The two formed System 7 after hearing the band Orb play one of their Hillage's guitar pieces from the 1970s. Hillage's experience with electronic guiatar is shown throughout the album. System 7 is one of the only techno groups to incorporate electronic guitar into their development of techno and ambient music. The group tries hard to maintain this presence in Phoenix whic ties the knot between the use of ambient techno music and electronic guitar.

Though electronic guitar is one of the group's major themes, it is neither overbearing nor underwhelming in the album. The electronic guitar is clandestinely woven into each piece. It is not until 7:00 in the first song "Chihiro 61298" that the first guitar rift is heard. The ambient sounds around the guitar make the listener unaware a guitar has come into the song.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Oannes on November 30, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I wasn't sure what I thought about this album at first, but after a few listens it REALLY grows on you.

If you like your Trance with soul and thought, this could be a great place to start. Steve Hillage and Miquette Giraudy are both master craftspeople who bring to this genre an intelligence and taste for the unique, that I believe is truly inspiring. A great album for late night Science Fiction reading session.

This has excellent sound quality throughout and a wonderful example of cross-cultural collaboration with all the fine Japanese artists involved. Flawless guitar work by Hillage and wonderful synth beats and sounds by Giraudy, a great find, an even better experience!
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