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PostPosted: Sat Dec 19, 2020 9:53 pm    Your Favorite Albums Of 2020? Reply with quoteBack to top

Not the strongest of years, but some fine moments.

Post ss many as you like. Here is my list.

1 David Foster - Eleven Words
2 Sverre Knut Johansen - Dreams Beyond
3 Pet Shop Boys - Hotspot
4 Lorne Balfe - Bad Boys For Life (Soundtrack)
5 Schmoelling, Ader, Waters: S-A-W - Iconic
6 Erik Wøllo & Michael Stearns - Convergence
7 Catalin Marin - Art Of Darkness (Soundtrack) (2014/2020)
8 Paul Haslinger - Exit Ghost
9 Green Isac Orchestra - b a r

And two special editions:

Harold Faltermeyer - The Running Man (Soundtrack) (The Deluxe Edition, 1987/2020)

The Beloved - Happiness (2CD Special Edition, 1990/2020) See less
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 20, 2020 3:13 am    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

In no particular order...

Ian Boddy - Axiom
Arcane - Omega
Brendan Pollard - Prologue
Daniel & Booth - Circle Of Phenomenon
Perge - Out, The Way We Came In
Alluste - Aludra
Wellenfeld - The Journey Of Voyager 1
Pyramid Peak - Symmetry

If I had to pick one I probably would lean towards Ian Boddy’s Axiom. What an album.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 20, 2020 11:07 am    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

Lorne Balfe - His Dark Materials Season 2 (Soundtrack)
Ludwig Goransson - The Mandalorian Season 2 (Soundtrack)
Schmoelling, Ader, Waters: S-A-W - Iconic
Lisa Bella Donna - Night Flight
Lisa Bella Donna - Odissey
Rene van der Wouden - A Night at The Manor
Steve Roach - Tomorrow
Daniel & Booth - Inverse
Amberian Dawn - Looking for you
Tangerine Dream - The Dominion Concert (weel, it dates from 1982 but has been finally released this year, so I presume it counts...)

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 20, 2020 12:00 pm    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

In alphabetic order:

Arcane - Omega
René van der Wouden - A Night at The Manor
Sayer - Terra
Schmoelling, Ader, Waters: S-A-W - Iconic
Sequentia Legenda - Beyond The Stars

And hearing the unedited and not overdubbed Tangerine Dream - The Dominion Concert in a good audio recording was a pleasure.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 20, 2020 1:38 pm    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

I always find it impossible to pick "the best" albums of a particular year, simply because there have been so many and again, I only have heard a small fracture of them. So how would I know...?
But also among the few that came to my awareness, there is so many excellent music that I find it hard to pick favourites (not only because the albums are on a high level of achievment, but also because they are different in style and approach and thus hard to compare...).

Anyway, here's an (probably incomplete) list of some of the electronica albums of 2020 which I enjoyed and which impressed me a lot - no particular order btw. just from the top of my head...


Robert Rich, Offering To The Morning Fog

Robert Rich, Neurogenesis

Dave Bessell, Reality Engine

Dave Bessell & Ishq, Inbetween

Gary Husband & Markus Reuter, Music Of Our Times

J. Peter Schwalm & Arve Henriksen, Neuzeit

Lisa Bella Donna, Odyssey

Thorsten Quaeschning & various guests, Behind Closed Doors...
...the whole series was great, very hard to pick a favourite performance.

Forrest Fang, Ancient Machines

Steve Roach, Tomorrow

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 23, 2020 7:44 pm    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

No one has of course heard everything that has been released. This is more a list where you add the (good) albums you have heard in 2020.

But I changed the headline if that makes it easier!

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 23, 2020 11:25 pm    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

« Jon » wrote:
No one has of course heard everything that has been released.


Yes, maybe I stated the obvious...
I wrote that rather to just express my feelings about such lists in general, and actually didn't intend to critizise You.

« Jon » wrote:
This is more a list where you add the (good) albums you have heard in 2020.

But I changed the headline if that makes it easier!


Thank You. Smile The original headline didn't keep me from doing just that (adding good albums) though.

I hope I didn't prevent anyone from posting his favourites...

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« BruecknerAmbient » wrote:
actually didn't intend to critizise You.


No, you are not much of a "critiziser" (that is left to other people here).., so I didn't take it that way. Smile

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 26, 2020 12:09 pm    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

« Jon » wrote:
« BruecknerAmbient » wrote:
actually didn't intend to critizise You.


No, you are not much of a "critiziser" (that is left to other people here)...


Indeed when I joined this party, the job of the critic was already occupied... Laughing

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 26, 2020 12:26 pm    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

Hi all.

Plenty to choose from, but MediaMonkey tells me my favorite releases of the year were:

Martin Sturtzer - Farcaster

Pollard & Dolente - Live and More

The Soviet Space Dog Project - Pacific Gravity

Arjen Schat - Cosmic Reef

2020 will not go down as one of the world's best years, for obvious reasons, but at least there is so much lovely EM still being released, and for me, it's the Berlin School style that continues to thrive, albeit in its niche.

2020 also marked the time I finally divested myself of my entire CD collection, which had been languishing unplayed in boxes in the loft for years. In the car park of an Asda in Leicester, I said goodbye to a lifetime collection of physical music material. Much emotional wrangling went on beforehand, but it was all backed up in several locations, and realistically none of it would have been put in a CD player in my house ever again. Nice Mr. Law took it off my hands for a fair price and it does make me happy that he can gain from it, and collectors all over the world can also have a physical copy of the music they want. Gave me a sort of nice feeling inside that I was spreading some musical happiness around, and I got some moolah to go towards a new toy.

Seasons Greetings to the EMPortal community and a safe, happy, and healthy New Year to you all Very Happy

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 27, 2020 2:57 pm    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

DB and Ishq - Inbetween
S.A.W. - Iconic
Tangerine Dream - Sessions VI
Ishq - Hercynia
tantra II - XI the ambient compilations on the neotantra label.

Kansas - The Absence Of Presence Blu-ray especially.
Rick Wakeman - The Red Planet

Tangerine Dream - Pilots of Purple Twilight
Be Bop Deluxe - Axe Victim Box Set on the Esoteric label.

Intergalactic Federation - I.F. 1 and 2 reissue of the rare FAX classic on Fantasy enhancing label.

Most played on Spotify in the car this year...

Robert Schroeder - Ambient Occlusion
Peter Baumann - Machines of Desire

Most played album this year ...

Hatfield and the North LP.

That will be about enough for now Razz except ...any excuse to post this cover...

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« Daniel » wrote:
2020 also marked the time I finally divested myself of my entire CD collection


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