Adrian Snell - Poems/Seven Hills

Tuesday 4th September 2001
Adrian Snell - Poems/Seven Hills
Adrian Snell - Poems/Seven Hills

RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
LABEL: Serious Music

Reviewed by Trevor Kirk

This double CD set is all instrumental. Disc one, 'Poems', features 15 pieces from Adrian's back catalogue, with classics such as "Coverdale", "City Of Peace" and "With The Sun On Her Wings". Disc two, 'Seven Hills', is rather more adventurous, even experimental. Adrian has been working recently with Jon Birch of Radiogram Studios in Bath, who co-produced 'City Of Peace'. Jon has been remixing and sampling in order to introduce new textures and colours into the more traditional musical expressions that have been the Snell trademark since his first recordings back in 1975. The titles of the 10 tracks on 'Seven Hills' are unfamiliar (except for "Coverdale" which is "revisited" with a synth soundscape before and after the familiar melody) and the ambience created is at times both serene and turbulent - very much in the tradition of symphonic tone poems, very much music to stir the soul.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. Coverdale [Listen]
2. Roads To Zion [Listen]
3. City Of Peace [Listen]
4. Moriah [Listen]
5. The Last Supper [Listen]
6. O Yerushalayim [Listen]
7. Night [Listen]
8. One Of The Stars [Listen]
9. With The Sun On Her Wings [Listen]
10. Lift Up Your Eyes [Listen]
11. All Will Be Well [Listen]
12. Over The City [Listen]
13. Roads To Zion (Piano Solo) [Listen]
14. Golgotha [Listen]
15. With The Sun On Her Wings (Second Version) [Listen]
16. Beneath These Hills [Listen]
17. Winter Long [Listen]
18. Solitude [Listen]
19. A Dozen Red Roses [Listen]
20. Weather Warning [Listen]
21. Mysterious Stones [Listen]
22. Coverdale (Revisited) [Listen]
23. To The Cradle [Listen]
24. Mornings [Listen]
25. Further Shore [Listen]

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