Dreamtime Return

Steve Roach - Dreamtime Return
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1988 Ratings: #15
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Undoubtedly Roach's first true masterpiece.

Out of all the sub genres of Ambient, Tribal Ambient seems to me the most obscure and less out of the others; Space and Dark. Most explored by people and well there is no better place to start than Dreamtime Return and although the 150 minute runtime is quite daunting, Steve Roach manages to create such a meditative and captivating soundscape with some truly amazing ethereal tracks.

Track Review

Towards The Dream 10/10
The Continent 9.5/10
Songline 8/10
Airtribe Meets The Dream Ghost ... read more


Essential EM - Tribal Ambient of the most sublime nature finds Roach bringing life in the spirit world through his brilliant use of electronic gadgets galore, and indigenous instruments such as the dumbek and Didjeridu (aka Digeridoo) and rainstick. This approach then results in the exquisite melding of technology and the organic. Please keep in mind that Roach created this LP in 1988. So, in this context, his exploration of the world of EM was as much pioneering as it is visionary. Sam ... read more


unsurpassable (★★★★★)

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Track List

  1. Towards the Dream
  2. The Continent (Robert Rich, Roach)
  3. Songline
  4. Airtribe Meets the Dream Ghost (Rich, Roach)
  5. A Circular Ceremony
  6. The Other Side (Kevin Braheny, Roach)
  7. Magnificent Gallery
  8. Truth in Passing
  9. Australian Dawn-The Quiet Earth Cries Inside
  10. Looking for Safety
  11. Through a Strong Eye
  12. The Ancient Day
  13. Red Twilight with the Old Ones
  14. The Return

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Added on: November 27, 2017