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Theme of Secrets


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Audio CD, October 25, 1990
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1. Inner Secrets
2. Spheres of Influence
3. The Sojourn
4. Ice Festival
5. Theme of Secrets
6. Memories of Vienna
7. Lakemist
8. Outer Secrets

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Private Music
  • ASIN: B000008H2R
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #547,623 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By wadrad on August 19, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Was oh-so-lucky to run across this CD used at Waterloo records in Austin, Tx around 1990-91. All the used CDs were going for about 6 or 7 bucks, and here was this CD, "Theme of Secrets" for $1.99. I was SURE there was a mistake on the price, but there wasn't. Didn't know the artist at the time (that I realized), but I was into synth music (no, NOT the lame-o new age crapola that oozed into mainstream during the 80s), so I gave it a listen at the store. Liked it enough at the time that I bought it (the $1.99 price tag influenced the choice for sure... I was an unemployed new college grad back then), and slowly and consistently I've gotten into the CD a little bit more every year. Of course after 13-14 years, I'm WAY into it. Outside of a few Vangelis CDs, it gets played the most of any synth CD I own.

Why? First, I think the keyboard (the Synclavier) that Jobson used provides some awesomely synthetic but still somehow organic textures. It doesn't really sound artificial though he used the Synclavier synth to record the entire album. No other keyboards were used, and Jobson used it to great effect. The other thing that grabs me about this disc is although the "Theme of Secrets" theme is a likeable melody, he moves beyond that simplicity with his other compositions, creating some simply stunning soundscapes. Some less melodic, but still quite intriguing.

Since I bought this I've heard a bit more of Jobson's work, and I have to say I'm impressed. His work with "UK" was pretty decent, and it's a shame he didn't go on to record more in the vain of "Theme of Secrets".
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By jdrmusiclover on June 1, 2004
Format: Audio CD
...and yes, Eddie jobson has also played with another band I haven't seen quoted in the other reviews, and that's the reason I'm writing this one, altough I haven't heard this CD yet.
The band was "Curved air", another prog rock with classical music influences. Eddie Jobson does not appear on many of their albums, but the ones he's not onto are also interesting. In fact their first albums showed very early use of the very first synthesisers (ems vcs3).
Back to Jobson, I find him a very distinctive musician. The songs composed by Jobson that I like the best are:
- Metamorphosis which appeared originally on the Curved Air album Air Cut (you might find it second hand, or you might find the song on other compilation of the group)
- The songs composed by Jobson on the "UK" (UK = band's name) albums, which are also very original; you may need to listen to them several time before being able to fully appreciate them.
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[The reason I rate this album 5 stars is that I don't want to harm his ratings, but as I said before, I never heard this album]. Ah, and yes, if you once read this, Eddie, please do some more for me/us.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By V. M. Mendoza on August 15, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I happened upon this cd by accident, my brother in-law had a big stack of cd's, and most were new age and since I've been listening to Tangerine dream at the time (1985) I thought I'd give this a listen. Since then I average once a week playtime, Eddie Jobson is a combo of Tangerine Dream, Vangelis and a little bit of Patrick O'Hearn thrown in for good measure. No one comes close to playing the piano or any type thereof. If you ever come across this cd, prepare to be blown away.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Watcherofsky on November 27, 2003
Format: Audio CD
After Emerson and Rick Wakeman, to me Eddie is the next in my top of the keyboard players of all times. He works with Zappa, Roxy Music, after in the superband called UK with the epic Album with the same name working with Allan Holdsworth, Bill Bruford and John Wetton, a classic progressive live album "Night After Night" and "Danger Money" with only Wetton and Terry Bozzio. After this last album Eddie made a masterpiece in the progressive Rock: "The Green Album" with his band called Zinc in 1983(I have the big big fortune for have an original CD copy!!). For last he made an album of New Age called "Theme of Secrets" with the Ferrari Testarrosa of the keyboards: the Synclavier. I'm not a fan of the New Age, whatever this album is incredible, sweet melody, finest rhytms, with combination of sound and elements that transport you at a fantastic and mystic world. The composition and perfomance are extraordinaries. This is a album very difficult to find (I'm lookin for the CD version!). I don't know what happened with this extraordinary musician after this album. In an actually medium in that the music depend of the marketin' and the quality is poor, players like Eddie Jobson there's no more.
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Format: Audio CD
As an up-front disclaimer, my opinion is that virtually anything Eddie Jobson has ever recorded--with the possible exception of "UK Live"--is pure gold.

That said, "Theme of Secrets" is nothing like the amazing UK self-titled release or excellent "Danger Money" sophomore followup. Instead "Theme of Secrets" is an atmospheric and fairly unified suite of eight instrumentals that very effectively illicit altogether different moods and landscapes. The word that comes to mind to me is... "otherworldly". Jobson uses the Synclavier with amazing skill and is unafraid to blend what sometimes sound like synth sound effects into musical elements that integrate beautifully with the haunting melodies. An album far ahead of it's time; a landmark in electronic instrumental composition and utterly unique.
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