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John Foxx describes Cathedral Oceans as being ''Music for a vast, half-submerged, ruined cathedral.'' Others might describe it as the ultimate chill out music. The shifting, shimmering voices & echoes place it between New Age soundscapes & the likes of Brian Eno's Music For Airports. This mid-price 2 CD set is beautifully packaged in a gatefold double digipak, with imagery designed by John Foxx himself. Recording originally began in 1983, and whilst Volume I was previously available as a limited edition, Volume II is previously unreleased in any form. 21 tracks. Edsel.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Cathedral Oceans
  2. City As Memory
  3. Through Summer Rooms
  4. Geometry And Coincidence
  5. If Only
  6. Shifting Perspective
  7. Floating Islands
  8. Infinite In All Directions
  9. Avenham Collonade
  10. Sunset Rising
  11. Invisible Architecture
  12. Revolcing Birdsong
  13. Shimmer Symmetry
  14. Far And Wide
  15. Ad Infinitum
  16. Quiet Splendour
  17. Luminous And Gone
  18. Stillness And Wondr
  19. Return To A Place Of Remembered Beauty
  20. Visible And Invisible
  21. Golden Green


Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 9, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Edsel Records UK
  • ASIN: B00009OOIU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #440,699 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Dive into a ethereal and submersive work of art in Foxx's "Cathedral Oceans." An original concept album that deals with something along the lines of a vast, invisible church that exists... somewhere. As for the music itself, it is very much as the name would suggest, with vast and wide church choirs set amidst ambient phrases. Without a doubt, it fills a gap in my record collection (Christian vocal music).

John Foxx sure is an interesting character. After being left behind in the New Wave 80's rock scene he started cranking out these deep, abstract concept albums left and right. My favorite of all his works is the one he did with minimalist composer, Harold Budd. It was on the double album "Translucence and Drift" that Foxx did some of his most amazing work. I think Harold's minimalism is a good counterpoint to Foxx's wall of sound. Indeed, there are times on "Oceans" that I wish Foxx had simply left a minimal ambient track without vocals here and there.

Regardless, it is a refreshing though slightly New Agey work of art that I welcome with open arms in this age of shallow, transient flotsam. Best tracks are :

Shimmer Symmetry

City as Memory

Aven Collonade

Through Summer Rooms
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This CD takes John into a realm many have been exploring from Lou Reeds Metal Machine Music to David Bowie's Low to some of Pink Floyd's Meddle. To some of Bryan Eno's or Robert Fripp's meanderings. The use of sound and voice to create atmosphere's. It's an area that does not necessarily bring commercial success yet can be satisfying either as background music or something to listen to that is somewhat different from other musical expressions. The use of electronics certainly opens up vistas that may have been limiting with the use of conventional instruments. Probably not for the mainstream.
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This album is beyond words. John Foxx is truly an innovator. He separates himself from the "creative geniuses" of his age with this collection. David Sylvian and John Foxx have become the only musicians from this era that are standing-out, yet releasing other cds that show they can rock. Bravo John. If Dead Can Dance could have only done something like this, their cds would have been worth keeping.
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Nice package with some original ambient sounds. Echoed vocals
give these tracks some unique identity.

Ambient lover's delight, with amazing artwork in a beautiful package.

I was happy to find this CD from Amazon, had difficulties in the past
to find this.
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