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  • Audio CD
  • Original Release Date: 1987
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Cinema
  • ASIN: B000BW8QCG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #227,797 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Xcept One
2. Bones on the Beach
3. Forgotten Thoughts
4. Scatter, Pt. 1
5. Spectral Gong
6. Scatter, Pt. 3

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Xcept One, Bones On The Beach, Forgotten Thoughts, Scatter Part I, Spectral Gong, Scatter Part III

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jason M. Carzon on December 9, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Man, I've been waiting years for a inexpensive/used copy of this to turn up somewhere. Now I have mine!

A word about this release: In late 1987, Capitol Records launched an offshoot label called Cinema records. Cinema was supposed to be a label specializing in Electronic music or New Age music with synth-rock pedigree. A lot of 'name' established artists were involved with more rumored to have been signed before the label folded, I think a year later. All were keyboardists, some from well known progressive/art rock bands. Only a handful of titles were ever released, all now out of print. Most were released in 1987. They were:

Patrick Moraz(of Yes/Moody Blues fame): Human Interface

Pete Bardens(original Camel keyboardist):Seen One Earth

and Speed Of Light(1988). Bardens is the only one

who managed to release two records for the label.

Amin Bhatia(soundtrack composer): The Interstellar Suite

Michael Hoenig(soundtrack composer/brief stint in Tangerine

Dream: Xcept One

Also, following the success of Yes' 'Big Generator' album in'87, Yes keyboardist Tony Kaye was also signed to do one, but either the label folded on him or he jerked around and never got around to making the record. Anyway, a good idea at the time(Cinema) and produced some good late 80's synth music. I wish I knew more about the label and if anything else was released on it. I just know of these titles and remember them as they were being released back in 1987/88.

The album: Michael Hoenig's offering is a bit short(36 or so minutes), but should satisfy anyone into late 80's electronic music.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By BENJAMIN MILER on November 30, 2008
Format: Audio CD
In the early '70s, Michael Hoenig was a member of Agitation Free (this group once had Chris Franke in their ranks, of course the group never recorded anything with him, and he left for Tangerine Dream). They released a couple of albums in the early '70s on Vertigo, and Hoenig, just like his ex-bandmate, had joined Tangerine Dream, but unlike Franke, it was just a temporary fill in for Peter Baumann (no TD recordings exist of Hoenig as far as I know). Around 1978 Hoenig released his first solo album, Departure From the Northern Wasteland, which unsurprisingly has that TD-like feel, right down to the sequencers. No Mellotrons, though. But as for a followup album, that would have to wait until 1987. In that time, he relocated to Los Angeles, and scored for films and television. During that time, comes X-Cept One on Capitol's ill-fated subsidiary Cinema (most of their releases were in 1987, except for Pete Bardens second, and final album for the label, Speed of Light, the only artist to record two albums on Cinema, and the only 1988 release for the label, aside from Cinema Sampler, a Various Artists compilation). One thing you have to bear in mind, this is not Departure From the Northern Wasteland Revisited. It's been a decade since that album and the changes of synth technology were rather obvious. This is 1987: digital synthesizer take free reign, with contemporary drum machines. The music is rather upbeat for the most part. I hate to say this, but I found this to be much better than what Tangerine Dream were doing around the same time. TD really should have learned a thing or two from Hoenig. Listen to X-Cept One, and then Underwater Sunlight, there's no denying which one wins hands down: X-Cept One. Analog purists are obviously advised to stay away from this album and stick to Departure, but those not bothered by that '80s sound, you should try this album. This is more how I wished TD sounded like in the late '80s.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Johnnie Neptune on April 23, 2011
Format: Vinyl
I suspect that these reviews will not be seen by many people. Because Michael Hoenig is a special artist in the little appreciated world of late 80's Electronica (for this release) that is pretty much dated for the most part by 2011. He has the Tangerine Dream pedigree which helps his ambient 'cred'. However, it would be better if he had more acclaim as a result of his "Departure From the Northern Wasteland" which was a true classic of this genre. If you don't have it, get it. It is the best of its kind, ambient at the top of its game.

Which brings us to Xcept One. Not ambient. More rhythmic. Still a composer who knows what they are doing. Just be aware that he is playing in a different musical territory than DFANW previously mentioned. I found a vinyl pressing - very cool! Combines the best of analog and digital sound. Think more Jean Michel Jarre's later releases with electronic percussion. Still recommended!
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