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Char-El
salawatДата: Суббота, 30.06.2012, 19:28 | Сообщение # 1
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Char-El, a.k.a. Charles Thaxton, is an Ohio-based musician who describes himself as a prog/new age mix, which is probably a pretty fair description. 1996's Worlds Without End is actually comprised of recordings made over the preceding decade, and reminds me more than anything of a sort of occidental Kitaro. The material is pleasantly melodic, and drifts along in an agreeable kind of way without ever really impinging itself on your consciousness, but then I think that's probably the point. There's some sampled Mellotron here and there, but of the four tracks containing the real thing, The Miracle's imposing choirs and Heart Light's flutes are the most impressive.
There are an awful lot more samples on Heaven and Earth, but the tracks noted above, according to Charles, are the ones containing genuine 'Tron. Despite the lack of real 'Tron (Charles sold his a few years ago), the Heaven half of the two-disc set has more very relaxing synth stuff (more Kitaro comparisons here and there), with some excellent 'Tron choir samples on the title track. The Earth half is more prog than new age, with Thaxton backed by a full band, although the material that works best (to my ears, anyway) is the slower, more reflective stuff that's nearer the sound of the first disc. The emphasis is on melody throughout, with much piano, and impressive guitar work from Larry Clark.
There's a fair bit of real 'Tron to be heard here, often mixed in with samples. Ethereal choir on Visitors, powerful strings and choir on Destiny, overlaid with a searing MiniMoog lead. Age Of Light and Requiem For Planet 3 probably have the best Mellotron use on the album, though, with the choirs on Age Of Light bursting through the mix like the proverbial hot knife through butter. Even the samples sound good, particularly on Santa Fe; it's a shame that there isn't more of the 'real thing', but Thaxton makes good use of the tools available to him.
It's 2009 and Charles has dug into his archive again, releasing the results as Resurrection. Unsurprisingly, the bulk of the album's more new age than anything, although a handful of tracks have full band arrangements, this time more in an 'instrumental AOR' vein. Charles uses either his own Mellotron samples or Chamby samples from the Mike Pinder CD-ROM on several tracks, but I'm assured that there are six tracks of genuine 'Tron, with choir on opener Cry Of The Spirit (alongside string samples), choir on There's A Better Place and Myths Of Ancient Realms, strings on Ancient Temple and Remembering, and the album's standout 'Tron use, string section, flutes and a trumpet/trombone split on Awakening, with a particularly nice solo part on the latter sound.
So; more for the new age crowd than the proggers, although there are definitely more than a few prog moments on Earth. Worlds Without End is currently only available as a CD-R, but both albums are available from the Char-El website.

Discography:

Worlds Without End (1996)
Heaven and Earth (2000)
Resurrection (2009)




Char-El - Heaven And Earth (2CD) (2000)


A dynamic double CD divided into two sections: HEAVEN- a collection of celestial new age soundscapes for deep space journeys, and EARTH- symphonic and progressive instrumentals for terrestrial explorers.

1. Into the Infinite - 10:51
2. Timestream - 5:45
3. Release - 2:27
4. Higher Realms - 11:56
5. The Secret Grotto - 4:57
6. Heaven - 6:44
7. Forgiveness - 3:18
8. Solar Wind - 9:53
9. Ecstasy - 7:49
10. Lightworlds - 3:41
11. Beyond the Farthest Star - 3:33
12. Full Circle - 6:18
13. Earth (All One Tribe) - 4:26
14. Mysterious Valley - 4:31
15. Vision in the Skies - 3:23
16. Skyspirit - 3:57
17. Visitors - 4:22
18. Molecular Dance - 3:39
19. Southwest Winds - 3:45
20. Seasons Will Change - 4:17
21. Destiny - 4:11
22. The Gift - 3:31
23. Santa Fe - 3:50
24. On the Wings of the Eagle - 3:54
25. Breaking Free - 5:05
26. Age of Light - 5:53
27. Requiem for Planet 3 - 4:02

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salawatДата: Вторник, 12.02.2013, 13:45 | Сообщение # 2
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Char-El - Worlds Without End (1996)

New age/spacemusic with a progressive rock edge. From floating deep space ambient textures to symphonic mellotron-drenched walls of sound.

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TRACKLIST:

1. Rebirth - 2:30
2. Earth Orbit - 3:11
3. Aurora - 6:11
4. Worlds Without End - 12:06
5. Nebula - 3:44
6. The Ascending Light - 14:05
7. The Miracle - 4:08
8. On the Rim - 10:39
9. Heart Light - 7:35

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k047849Дата: Четверг, 23.05.2013, 19:53 | Сообщение # 3
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Не возможно скачать альбом 2000 года по причине умерших ссылок! Просьба обновить
 
salawatДата: Пятница, 24.05.2013, 18:23 | Сообщение # 4
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Ссылки обновил, пожалуйста слушайте -

Char-El - Heaven CD 1 (2000) - http://rusfolder.com/36543881
Char-El - Earth CD 2 (2000) - http://rusfolder.com/36543883
 
k047849Дата: Вторник, 28.05.2013, 17:20 | Сообщение # 5
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18 и 21 треки с двойного альбома звучать в чисто роковом исполнении за счет гитары
 
salawatДата: Суббота, 26.09.2015, 19:58 | Сообщение # 6
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Char-El - Resurrection (2009)

This is a newly released compilation of unreleased works Char-El has composed over the last two decades, digitally remastered and with new parts added. The album will appeal to fans of symphonic instrumental progressive rock like Alan Parsons Project or Camel, as well as those of new age "cosmic rockers" like Tangerine Dream, Kitaro, or David Arkenstone. Char-El has added on this CD Ohio guitarist Bob Baratta on four tracks, and Ohio drummer Doug Bonnell on 2 tracks. Fans of his last CD "HEAVEN AND EARTH"...especially the EARTH half...will enjoy these layered keyboard epics (which feature lots of classic Mellotron sounds).

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TRACKLIST:

1. Cry of the Spirit - 3:52
2. Ancient Temple - 3:29
3. There's a Better Place (For You And Me) - 5:39
4. Renewal - 3:53
5. Reunion Part 1 - 3:46
6. Where Dreams Come True - 4:08
7. Dawn Over Atlantis - 5:12
8. For Distant Friends - 4:48
9. The Inner Light - 6:14
10. Awakening - 4:53
11. Only Love - 3:25
12. Myths Of Ancient Realms - 3:28
13. Pathways Of Light - 2:46
14. Star Dancing - 4:30
15. Astral Flight - 3:29
16. The Truth Will Set You Free - 4:50
17. Reunion Part 2 - 3:28
18. Remembering - 4:57
19. True Love's Light - 2:53

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