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Valley in the Clouds

David ArkenstoneAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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After coming to California from rural Chicago at age 10, David immersed himself in all the music he could find. Spending high school and college in various bands and performance groups, he then criss-crossed the country several times playing popular music. He finally settled down to concentrate on developing his own sound, and when computers and instruments could finally communicate to each ... Read more in Amazon's David Arkenstone Store

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Narada Productions Inc. [ND-62001]
  • ASIN: B000005P0E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,792 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Released in 1987, Valley in the Clouds by multi- instrumentalist David Arkenstone still stands as one of the most exquisite electronic new age recordings ever produced. Lofty praise, but nearly every track of this meticulously designed musical voyage validates the claim. Imbued with a star-traveler's adventurous spirit, Arkenstone's work conveys a sense of interstellar majesty that invites a listener's imagination to operate on an IMAX scale. Luminous at times, gently percussive at others, the nine pieces succeed at fulfilling Arkenstone's stated composing ambition: "I kept asking myself: What would Indiana Jones enjoy listening to?" he said whimsically at the time. If Indy was transformed into Rocket Man, Arkenstone would immerse him in such expansive sonic delights as "Ancient Legend" and "Stepping Stars," a classic pair of album-openers that grandly establish the mystical-travel theme. "Princess" is worthy of royalty in any galaxy, and "Night Wind" can introduce you to auroras that only your mind's eye knew existed. An audio excursion not to be missed. --Terry Wood

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best CD I Own April 3, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
OK---Quick and Clean---I own over 200 "New Age" CD's. This is my favorite, no question. David broke some serious ground with this one. If you haven't heard it, try'll definitely like it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid Debut February 28, 2002
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This was the first Arkenstone album, and one can see why he made such a splash in New Age music. This is in his early style (of course!): integrated, non-ethnic, Western/universal. If you have only heard his second-stage/middle style, heavy on the ethnic influence, this will surprise you. Many of us are waiting for him to re-integrate after his world explorations. In the meantime, see the other side by checking this album out. The themes are fresh, the effects and moods appropriate. The music moves with strength and none of the cutsey, folksy, or yet overwrought elements one finds in too many New Age albums. The tone might be described as synthesizer symphonic.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great beginning for a great artist! November 30, 2000
Format:Audio CD
David's debut is a great mixture of synth and string arrangements that give it an ethereal feel that never becomes dull. David's CD's all have a different theme to them, and this one evokes images of another world, but at the same time gives the listener a modern, cinematic feel to it. This is one of the best in the David Arkenstone cataloque. Soundtrack music without the movie!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A simple yet elegent debut for David Arkenstone. May 29, 2002
Format:Audio CD
If I had heard any of David Arkenstone's later albums before I heard "Valley in the Clouds", I probably wouldn't have thought much of this album. But it was "Valley of the Clouds" that introduced me to Arkenstone's music, and while it's not as complex as his later works, this album contains some of my favorite Arkenstone songs and is still a wonderful work of art to listen to.
Listening to Arkenstone's albums, it's easy to notice that he likes to make each album unique and different from the last one. Each of his albums has its own sound, and it's this that makes his music so ecclectic and appealing. With his debut, "Valley in the Clouds", the music is simple and right to the point. Rarely is there a complex movement found in this album's songs, and each piece likes to use long, drawn-out notes that echo like a haunting opera. But the songs are in no way reminiscent of BGMs (BackGround Music) that you hear on a Discovery Channel documentary; they are all stand-alone compositions that sound great. Several of my personal favorites on this album include the haunting "Night Wind" and the magnificent "The Sun Girl".
While the songs of "Valley in the Clouds" are nowhere near as complex as his later works, they are still great to listen to. If anything, "Valley in the Clouds" is a great way to introduce yourself to the diverse and unique musical talents of David Arkenstone. If you enjoy the simple yet elegent music found on this album, then you'll be pleased to learn that it only gets better from here.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The benchmark of his work! July 23, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
For anyone who has heard any of his later are truly missing the best he has done! This CD may be vintage, but it is incredible! My recommendation is to give it a try, sit back, relax...Let the sounds wash over you as you are transported to the stars!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not Arkenstone's best. December 26, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I added this CD to my Christmas list based on the 5 starreviews here at Amazon. .... Now that I've heard it, I am a little disappointed.
Had I heard this CD in 1987, I would have given it 5+ stars. Compared to similar current music and older works by other artists however, this one does not stand out.
I have Citizen of the World and Quest of the Dream Warrior. Both are among my all time favorites. I wish I had requested another title for now. I would only recommend this one if you have all of David Arkenstone's CDs and want to complete your collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gem in Time March 30, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Yes, I give "Valley in the Clouds" 5 stars. It was the first David Arkenstone I bought, some 18 years ago, and it was his debut album. My 5 stars come with a sense of perspective.

While, in some of my other reviews, I refer to "Valley..." as somewhat dated, it represents the absolute best of "New Age" music circa 1987. It cannot, however, be referred to as Arkenstone's best work. Certain other of his releases even received Grammy nominations. "Valley..." did not. It also lacks much of the sweep, drama, and symphonic orchestrations of some of Arkenstone's later work.

Having said that, "Valley..." is highly recommended both for its stand alone quality, and as an introduction to David Arkenstone. It was Arkenstone's brilliant introduction to all of us. He creates a unique "synthesized" world, lush in imagery and vision, full of dreams, at once familiar and yet fantastic.

It is hard to name a track not to like. But there are standouts which deserve separate mention, such as "Ancient Legend", "Stepping Stars", the title track "Valley in The Clouds", "Princess", "Night Wind", and "The Sun Girl". These vary from the sweep and grandeur (as much as can be created on a synthesizer without an orchestra) of "Ancient Legend" and "Valley in The Clouds", to the wonder of "Stepping Stars"and "Night Wind", and finally to the lyrical beauty of "Princess" and "The Sun Girl".

Did I leave out anybody else's favorite? Of course! That's part of the joy of "Valley in The Clouds". Almost anyone can name different favorites, because almost all the tracks are that good! If asked for two favorites, almost everyone can say "Valley in The Clouds and... .", with a different track to name.

This album deserves its 5 stars, but with perspective.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Our third copy of this cd...we've actually worn the others out!
Published 14 days ago by The General
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great music
Published 21 days ago by Margot S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Childhood memory for my daughter
My daughter had this cassette (!) as a young child. She played it EVERY bedtime for years until the cassette wore out. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mary Jane Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful work worthy of every library for that easy listing when you...
New Age / New Wave allows for enjoyable music for when you are not into the large band classicals and not wanting the vocals -- a chance to just relax and head into a peaceful... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Wayne J. Villines
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Music
I had it on cassette but lost it. I bought this to replace it. Sounds good as the original .
Published 21 months ago by Prices
5.0 out of 5 stars A World Of Its Own
I feel fortunate to have been introduced to New Age music at its very beginnings, and via the Narada Label. Read more
Published on February 10, 2012 by Brian J. Blommer
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Listen Experience
I enjoy every track on this CD. It helps me to relax after long day work. CD arrived like new condition.
Published on May 22, 2011 by John Jung
5.0 out of 5 stars Wondeful
David Arkenstone's debut is a joy to listen to. Neither plodding nor bombastic, I always find myself refreshed after listening to these songs, and I am particularly enchanted by... Read more
Published on January 2, 2011 by David Hardison
5.0 out of 5 stars Brings back old memories
I originally heard David Arkenstone while tracking down another New Age duo at the time (David Lanz & Paul Speer) and happened to find a Narada Compilation Disc with 2 tracks from... Read more
Published on December 7, 2009 by Pierre P. Rivard Jr.
3.0 out of 5 stars Put's me to sleep
I hate reviewing this artist work as some like the CD's I find so spacy , it puts me to sleep. This one of those...I seldom make it thru...before I'm asleep.
Published on November 21, 2009 by Old Fan
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