Cruise To Destiny (2013)

reviews - 10'sOprettet af Jacob Pertou lør, maj 11, 2013 20:06

This winter Edgar Froese broke his arm and fractured his jaw, and at the same time Linda got very ill, according to the statements from Eastgate.

As a matter of fact, the logistically advanced prog cruise, Cruise To Edge, had to do without one of the main attractions, and a considerable amount of ticketholders, had to submit to great dissapointment.

As a kind of compensation, Cruise To Destiny was released a month later, and boasted of being a recording from the rehearsal sessions, where sixty percent of the final repertoire was committed to tape.

One could have hoped for a kind of ”live in the studio” release. Instead we get – after preference – half a Booster or a double ”cupdisc”.

It is unbelivably hard to spot anything live at all. Many of the cuts (including guitar solos) sound completely copy-pasted from their respective releases, and the (re-)recordings were probably those intended for the cupdisc to be sold on the ferry.

It's not that you can't enjoy the music, as it appears. Good gracious, ”Betrayal” shines by the use of themes from the second side of the Stratosfear LP, and my door is always open for ”Too Hot For My Chinchilla”.

What annoys me though, is that Cruise To Destiny, in reality, is a yet another mediocre compilation, that we have come to know so thoroughly. When the pictures in the booklet actually testifies that the band had lined up the heavy live artillery, it is a shame that the bridges between tracks, as well as the more live sounding instruments have vapourized. Starmus – Sonic Universe, released the same day, is fortunately of a completely different calibre.

Oprettet af Jacob Pertou ons, juni 26, 2013 23:43

This review has some nice points: http://www.dprp.net/reviews/201343.php#tangerinedream

Oprettet af Jacob Pertou tir, juni 25, 2013 10:19

I like it, but I'm not planning to write anything whatsoever.

Oprettet af Marc man, juni 24, 2013 19:18

Are you planning to write something about Starmus Concert CD too? I am still hesitating about buying this one... How different is it from the other live recordings from the same period (London RAH, Forum, etc.) ?

Oprettet af Jacob Pertou søn, maj 12, 2013 16:32

No. It's basically the same as you can read at the Download shop.

Oprettet af El Greco søn, maj 12, 2013 15:16

I have bought the mp3 version and found indeed that some of the pieces (not only the guitar solos) were VERY similar to the album version (e.g. 3 bikes in the sky), although they are also very nice re-recorded versions. Does the booklet give any more information relating to the circumstances of this recording?