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Theme of Secrets [Import]

Eddie Jobson & ZincAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 17, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Ais
  • ASIN: B0007CIG02
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #237,913 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Editorial Reviews

Asian exclusive reissue of 1985 album produced by Tangerine Dream's Peter Baumann. Jobson is a rock violinist who has played with everyone from UK, Roxy Music, and Frank Zappa to Jethro Tull. Jobson's recordings as a leader showed much promise in their use of keyboards, computer-generated sounds, and wailing electric-violin solos. BMG. 2005.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice textures, melodies, and sonic space... August 19, 2004
By wadrad
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Some more info on Jobson from one of his fan 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.
[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
5.0 out of 5 stars blew me away 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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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece: Yes it's a 'new age' but one with soul! December 15, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
What? Out of stock? Can't believe this...
Jobson is my favorite keyboardist (he is a great rock-violinist too). Period. I like him especially because his style has qualities which put his music above all the averagely great keyboardists. THRILL(yeah)! Great melodic sense, emotional. Surely his playing is skillful and innovative but it's his music first of all. You will not be bored! Strongly recommended : UK: Debut album. 2nd/last studio album/Night after night. His solo project with Zinc "Green Album". It's funny that his UK bandmate John Wetton formed a band called Asia starting with A while EJ went with Z...
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A GOD OF THE PROGRESSIVE ROCK IN NEW AGE 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Jobson Redux March 11, 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Previously owned this on cassette tape long ago. Played it so much I'm surprised it never broke. With the move to CD, many of the tapes from that time were never replaced by me in the CD format. So when I came across a bag full of them recently, Theme of Secrets and Avalon went right to the top of the list for purchase. Despite the long passage of time since last hearing it, this CD was completely familiar upon playing it and provided a great rush of nostalgia. The major difference now is that, along with the CD format, my Music systems are so far superior to anything owned back in the day, I can now hear things with much more detail and clarity. Thus both an old and new treasure has returned to my New Age/Electronica music library.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for your creative spirit!!
This is one of my favorite new age pieces. I listen to it when I want to set a context for being in a creative mode. Read more
Published 23 months ago by goffer4u
5.0 out of 5 stars Unlike any electronica before or since
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. Read more
Published on June 11, 2011 by progstock
3.0 out of 5 stars Sleepy time new age music
I have been a fan of Eddie Jobson (and especially UK) for many, many years. That music still holds up. Read more
Published on September 23, 2010 by CypherArts
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Eddie's Best Work
Title says it all. Wasn't real impressed with this particular solo CD. I love his other solo work & keyboards/violin with UK. Read more
Published on November 27, 2009 by kurzweilkid
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Work
I was in the South Coast Plaza Mall in Costa Mesa in some upscale Music/Stereo store and I heard this playing about the time of relase, probably 1985. Read more
Published on October 6, 2009 by Stephen W. McGregor
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Private Music's best
This album and CD were releaded at the dawn of digital recording. I first heard the vinyl of Theme of Secrets at the radio station I worked and was instantly hooked. Read more
Published on May 12, 2009 by Eric E. Weinraub
4.0 out of 5 stars Unbridled Art
Before New Age became a catch-phrase for radio station formats, there was ambient music, which is the general category for this intriguing 1985 release by Eddie Jobson. Read more
Published on August 20, 2008 by Best Of All
2.0 out of 5 stars if you look for something similar to UK don't buy it
Maybe it's good but if you look for something similar to UK don't buy it, you will be disapointed.

It's purely electronic instrumental music. Read more
Published on September 21, 2004 by Pawel Wehr
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