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 ['ramp] -- no sleep 'til wilmersdorf: the berlin years

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 14, 2018 4:17 pm    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

Good news for all those who couldn't wait and have placed an order already:

I've shipped the first lot to make sure you will find the album in the mail right in time. Now it's just a matter of days... weeks... months... seriously, if you haven't received it by the end of the month, please let me know.

Thanks for your support,

Stephen

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 14, 2018 4:31 pm    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

Thanks Stephen.

Looking forward to receiving,
and of course hearing it Very Happy

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2018 8:00 pm    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

Received today, on Haunted Hills at the moment and absolutely stunning so far Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2018 9:37 pm    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

« Phobos » wrote:
Received today, on Haunted Hills at the moment and absolutely stunning so far Smile


Still waiting for mine up here in Scotland Phobos... Smile

Perhaps tomorrow,
I am after all a wee bit further up north.... Wink

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2018 6:34 pm    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

The CD arrived today.
I am enjoying the music very much.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2018 8:32 pm    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

« GrahamH » wrote:
« Phobos » wrote:
Received today, on Haunted Hills at the moment and absolutely stunning so far Smile


Still waiting for mine up here in Scotland Phobos... Smile

Perhaps tomorrow,
I am after all a wee bit further up north.... Wink

Might still be a little bit cool temperature wise for your postie to venture out Very Happy
It is worth the wait though, Graham

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2018 8:24 am    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

My copy arrived the other day - great stuff as always, thanks a lot!


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2018 11:37 pm    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

Got my copy a few days ago,
and have been enjoying it ever since. Very Happy

What can I say...
....In my opinion this one surpasses last year's Synchronize or Die,
and that's no small feat.

The music is very much in keeping with the concept and the artwork,
which like the former is oozing atmosphere and hinting at melancholy.

The first 2 tracks
compact phasing a and no sleep 'till wilmersdorf are sublime, and blew me away,
and the remainder of the album isn't far behind in terms of quality.

Highly recommended to anyone who enjoys Berlin School,
and that classic 70's sound.

It's still early yet,
but this one could very well top my list of new releases in 2018.... Wink

Thanks Stephen for another well produced, well mastered, top notch album. Very Happy

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2018 12:36 pm    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

I really do appreciate your kind words, Graham Smile.

In the meantime, all orders have been shipped to make sure you will receive your copy right in time.

Thanks to all who ordered (or will order) a copy,

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2018 9:06 pm    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

Stephen, received my copy here in the US yesterday, thank you, tomorrow will be listening at the gym.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2018 2:19 pm    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

Listened to today, FABULOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOVE IT. great job Stephen, some nice ambient passages and killer sequencer riffs.
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Friday 27th on the radio ! Get ready for take off !

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Thank you very much Stephen Very Happy

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2018 10:31 am    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

Chuck van Zyl just reviewed the album for Star's End.

A most agreeable review, from my point of view...

http://www.starsend.org/NoSleepTilWilmersdorf.html


Chuck also made an interview with Stephen a few month ago - not sure if we had this one already here (probably we did), but here's that link anyway...

http://www.starsend.org/2017-08stephenparsick.html

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2018 1:05 pm    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

Stephen, this is a fantastic album!

Compact Phasing A: I love the Mellotron and Schulte Compact Phaser A combination so much myself and you nailed it in a very minimalistic, but never dull track.

The title track No Sleep 'til Wilmersdorf got the right drive for a sequenced Berlin School track. Although the sounds are known from the seventies, the whole arrangement and structure sounds fresh. There are also melodies in there, that the famous three from Berlin would never have played in those golden times of Berlin School.

Clouds Should Say is an ambience track much more in the style of the first half of the seventies. It sounds like something that hasn't been played in the last decades for unknown reason. Great

Haunted Hills reminds me of PB's Haunted Heights not by the name only. But this track is not a copy cat. And I like it much more.

Salomon's Road is not minor, but major key step sequence with heavy ratcheting. And a Mellotron flute melody line to humble or whistle with (and somehow reminding me of pre Autobahn Kraftwerk tracks). Very uplifting. Not the typical dark scenery of many Berlin School tracks.

Oedipus is a dark Mellotron dominated track in the style of some mid seventies concert recording of TD. It is a sound track for a dark dream. If I would have heard it without knowing where it was from, I would guess without hesitation, that this is a unknown recording of TD's good old times in perfect audio quality. It is not a polished and rounded track in all its positive expects. And it merges wonderful into a total different track:

Orphelia got a sequenced heartbeat and a dark compact phased mellow mellotron backdrop. Again the Mellotron fairytale like sound (a definition the well remembered Klaus Hoffmann-Hoock used) is a real melody now and then. And this isn't a bad thing, but something you rather miss some of the TD classics from the seventies. A well done track. My favourite right now (although a tough decision with these superb tracks to choose from).

And than The Last One to Leave is to Turn off the Lights sounds like Pink Floyed's Echoes intro mood and sounds as a full track.

This CD is an amazing collection of different styles of classic Berlin School mixed with other non EM typical flavours. But it does not sound like a mixture. It is an organic and perfect example of the good old seventies Berlin School music of TD. I think part of its charm is not only the sound of these old instruments and the unique Compact Phaser A (I own several of them too), but also the way it was recorded without over editing and shuffling MIDI events in a DAW. It got the good old multitrack feeling that was lost so many years ago by major acts in the EM scene.

This album is hard to beat as one of the top three releases for 2018. Currently it is on pole position here.

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