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Strange Cargo Import

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1993 album from ambient-house pioneer, master remixer & successful producer (Madonna, Blur). Strange Cargo represents Orbit's early solo material. EMI. 1993.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 23, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: I.R.S. Records
  • ASIN: B000000QGK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,486 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
The Strange Cargo series by William Orbit is by any means wonderful music. This particular album is the first of the series. It's got fast rhythms and some slow ones, so it's going to meet the varying tastes of different listeners. If you have questions or doubts about buying this album, get William Orbit, The Best of Strange Cargos. Best of Strange Cargos is a compilation of songs from his 4 cd series, which includes 4 songs from the first Strange Cargo album. The Strange Cargo series wil provide hours of listening enjoyment to all who purchase this album. I recommend it with flying colors and hope you enjoy it too.
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Most people hadn't even heard of 'ambient' when this album came out. I first bought it on vinyl when it came out on the IRS NoSpeak label which was dedicated to instrumental music (other releases included Billy Currie and Stewart Copeland). At the time it was a novel idea. Not many people were making instrumental music. Nor had the popularity of electronc music in general surged to the proportions it enjoys today. There are moments of sheer brilliance on this album. Orbit chose not to craft his sound as discreetly as Eno's but instead used the addition of electric guitar solos, drums and lots of keyboards. What you got was a sort of spaceman-crime fighter soundtrack. Don't forget, Miami Vice was still on TV when this bad boy came out and people thought Jan Hammer was a genius! The dance beats that permeated the later Strange Cargo releases didn't appear on this album because no one at the time had thought to mix the elements. Moby and the Orb still had yet to appear! Given that, this album made a great contribution to the thriving electronic scene we enjoy today. Pick it up now, enjoy and file under proto-ambient.
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The 1st Strange Cargo CD is a very satisfying varied mix of electronic styles, beats with some good old fashioned electric guitars (well, at least that's what they sound like). Some of it sounds like dramatic background music from a spy flick, some is slow, some is fast, the themes tend to develop in interesting lines.
Despite what the Amazon reviewer says, this is not soulless machine music. If you are not fond of synths & sequencers, this won't work for you, but you don't have to be a tech-geek to like this stuff. I think it is easily the most interesting and varied of Orbit's Strange Cargo series, although all three have their own merits.
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Format: Audio CD
Contrary to the editorial review (are you guys trying to sell this album or what?), I found Strange Cargo to be absolutely brilliant. Along with other William Orbit projects, this album soars. The human touch is the layering and building of the arrangement of each track. Well thought out and constructed, Strange Cargo is an example of the power of technology in music and a landmark effort in this genre.
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UK composer, musician and producer William ORBIT is a household name today, his career taking off big time following the work he did on Madonna's "Ray of Light" album from yesteryear. Prior to his career skyrocketing into pop producer stardom he plied his craft as an artist and producer for quite a few years, at first as a member of synth pop band Torch Light with a fledgling solo career in development on the side.

"Strange Cargo" from 1987 is his second solo album, and was released by Miles Copeland's label IRS as the fourth installment in their No Speak series of productions, a series that sought to highlight and give more attention to instrumental music. Orbit was probably a somewhat unexpected but low cost addition to the artist roster there, as he was an in house producer for that label at the time if I have understood matters correctly.

The end result is a strange little album, clocking in at just under 40 minutes, that appears to have been an assembly of various odds and ends Orbit for some reason or other didn't find suitable to his band project at the time. We're treated to pleasant and careful Spanish and Latin inspired atmospheres with subtle futuristic synth details on Via Caliente and Riding to Rio, careful ambient excursions on the dystopian Silent Signals, the somewhat more cosmic tinged The Secret Garden and with traces of nature effects of the kind used in soundtracks for jungle scenes on The Mighty Limpopo. The concluding piece, The Dream, is also a fairly relaxed affair, albeit with a stronger futuristic touch to it in a Blade Runner and Vangelis sort of way.

The remaining compositions are much closer to synth pop in style, form and execution.
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