(04 September 2000) Terrence Yallop, founder of Real Music, formed
the EarthSea Institute to promote global environmental awareness. His
latest compilation is a benefit album entitled Cousteau's Dream
(Real Music (USA) RM4114, 2000) that features thirteen tracks from
the most popular new age artists. While largely instrumental, the
album includes selections from female vocal fronted artists as well.
Nautical themes dominate electronic and traditional instrumentation;
production, artwork and packaging are tops as we have come to expect
from Real Music releases. "Ranging from tribal to operatic, poignant
to passionate, Cousteau's Dream is a musical voyage of hope
and inspiration fo what one person can do to change the world."
Several ocean sound passages within the album evoke the producer's
The album's instrumental selections include two electronic
excursions from Vangelis ("West Across The Ocean Sea" and
"Eternity"), Kamal's "Shakuhaji Tales" and Richard Burmer's
"Sun's Comin' Out." Instrumentals are rich and blend nautical
themes with new age arrangements. No new age compilation would
be complete without a contribution by keyboard impressario Yanni
or his Japanese counterpart Kitaro. Yanni's richly orchestrated
"Secret Vows" from Out Of Silence (1987) and Kitaro's
nautical Japanese flavoured "Nageki" are both included. Female
choir sounds interplay with the flute (effect) melodies in
Kitaro's track. Kenny G's unmistakable saxophone delivers
the lovely melody in "Theme From Dying Young." "To Sleep
on Angel's Wings" by Kevin Kern is played softly on harp
which gives it a Celtic feel. "Future of the Sea" by Frederic
Delarue concludes the album blending whale sounds with light
Aria's "Un Bel Di" (from their debut recording) is perfectly
situated on this compilation with operatic vocals joining new age
style tribal rhythms. "Stella Maris" by 2002 from River Of Stars
(review) is an upbeat track and perhaps the
richest vocal number on the album, with lots of harmonies and light
strings—violin, acoustic guitar and harp—and flute carrying portions
of the melody. A delightful track with construction and vocals that
make it very Enya-like. A richly produced vocal choir joins an epic
range of orchestral and ethnically oriented instrumentation in Tim
Wheater's "Circle's Edge" from his 1999 album Incantation.
Vocals effectively exchange melodies with low whistle and other
instrumental parts and should delight Miriam Stockley's fans.
Heidi Fielding's soaring soprano vocalise dominates the otherwise
orchestral arrangements of "Lachrymosa" by Michael Hoppé.
You can find further reviews, listen to sound samples and order
Cousteau's Dream from amazon.com
here. From each purchase of a CD, approximately $2.50 will be donated
by Real Music's non-profit EarthSea Institute to the Cousteau Society and
organizations with similar goals of protecting and preserving the earth
and its inhabitents. A notable compilation of new age tracks certain
to please enthusiasts of this genre, we think it's worth further
exploration—a relaxing listen!