Memories Dreams Reflections is a double CD which encapsulates everything that Toby Marks' sound has evolved from, and into, over the past two decades. Featuring new tracks, remakes and overhauls of widely favoured classics, and not at all in the least, the stellar twenty two minute remake of the legendary Pink Floyd ensemble, “Echoes”, it illustrates in painstaking detail the history of Banco de Gaia. Disc 1 features cover versions of tunes which coloured Toby's musical growth as well as remakes of early, little-known, Banco classics. Disc 2 brings together live recordings from across years covering every aspect of the live and recorded sound.
The 1978 recording debut from reformed avant-garde composer and eventual ambient forerunner Harold Budd consists of four chamber works (written between 1972 and 1975) that use varying combinations of harp, mallet instruments, piano, saxophone, and female or male vocals. Two years before his fateful first studio collaboration with Brian Eno (who produced this album), Budd was creating hypnotic music in an acoustic mode. All of the works herein–including "Two Rooms," whose latter half is an adaptation of John Coltrane's "After the Rain"–sustain a similarly dreamy vibe. An important credo for Budd was to make music as pretty as possible as an antidote to the noisy avant-garde he had escaped from. One cannot fault him for the lovely sounds he creates here, although fans familiar with his more cinematic works might be caught off-guard. Regardless, the pleasant Pavilion of Dreams provides insight into Budd's past, and it offers the same somniferous effect as a gentle lullaby, making it perfect for late-evening listening.
Paula P-Orridge (born 23 February 1963), also known as Alaura O'Dell, is an English musician. In 1995 while in the United States, Paula released a solo ambient music and spoken word album, Sacred Dreams, on the San Francisco based record label, Silent Records. Sacred Dreams differed significantly from her previous work and she released the album under her given name of Alaura O'Dell. Electronica that ages amazingly well that brings with it engaging melodies and a sensual sound. Mature themes coupled with a psychedelic-romantic and slightly mystical dreaminess. Excellent.