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Lighthouse : An Anthology 1973 - 2012 3CD + 1DVD
Esoteric ECLEC 42651 || 2018 || $ | | ¥ +p&p

The 'Best' of Tim Blake - in Gong, solo, in Hawkwind, more

3 CDs + 1 DVD : DVD & 1 CD previously unreleased material

A one-stop Blakian solution/antidote

What a great idea to collect Tim-rich 'hits' and solo favourites together and mix in a healthy dose of previously unreleased material. There are tracks from every Tim solo album and every album on which he played a major part. This is a release that works for both long time followers and new initiates. And it's an facinating pleasure to see the Crystal Machine set-up on the DVD even if it isn't strictly in real action.

Belated acknowledgement and thanks to Graham Hinton, who recorded some of the live material, and Steve Gay who saved and digitised some of the other bonus material. Neither are credited.

Handsome clam-shell box with 4 card-sleeved discs and a 20 page illustrated booklet

CD One: [75'00]
  1. The Octave Doctors and the Crystal Machine - Gong [2.03] - From 'Flying Teapot' 1973
  2. The Other Side of the Sky - Gong [7.45] - From 'Angel's Egg' 1973
  3. A Sprinkling of Clouds - Gong [9.00] - From 'You' 1974
  4. Surf - Saratoga Space Messengers [3.42] - Single A side 1976
  5. Midnight - Tim Blake [6.24] - From 'Crystal Machine' 1977
  6. Synthese Intemporel - Tim Blake [15.36] - From 'Crystal Machine' 1977
  7. Passage Sur La Cité (Des Révélations) - Tim Blake [7.43] - From 'Blake's New Jerusalem' 1978
  8. New Jerusalem - Tim Blake [16.14] - From 'Blake's New Jerusalem' 1978
  9. Lighthouse - Hawkwind [6.27] - From 'Live Seventy Nine' 1979
CD Two: [79'00]
  1. Perelude - Hawkwind [1.41] - From 'Levitation' 1980
  2. Who's Gonna Win The War - Hawkwind [4.46] - From 'Levitation' 1980
  3. A Return To The Clouds - Tim Blake [6.03] - From 'Magick' 1991
  4. Waiting For Nati - Tim Blake [8.35] - From 'Magick' 1991
  5. The Tide of the Century - Tim Blake [8.12] - From 'The Tide of the Century' 2001
  6. Byzantium Dancing - Tim Blake [9.19] - From 'The Tide of the Century' 2001
  7. Jacuzzi Surfing - Tim Blake [9.08] - From 'Caldea Music II' 2002
  8. Floating - Tim Blake [9.22] - From 'Caldea Music II' 2002
  9. Absent Friends - Tim Blake [10.44] - From 'Noggi Tar' 2017
  10. Byzantium (live in Exeter 2009) - Tim Blake [10.29] - Previously unreleased on CD
CD Three: Previously unreleased archive recordings [70'00]
    The Birth of Crystal Machine
  1. Ionic Clouds [5'12]
  2. Psychedelic Springs [3'47]
  3. Forteresse/ Crystal Mirrors [20'40]
  4. The Forgotten Tapes
  5. Oming In [12'38]
  6. Mirrors of Light [8'10]
  7. Metro Poly Train [10'10]
  8. At the Gong Unconvention
  9. The Tide of The Century (live in Amsterdam 2006) - Tim Blake [9'16]
Disc 4: DVD 'Les Muscians - Tim Blake'. French TV Special 20th April 1979 [26'25]
  1. Generator (Laser Beam)
  2. Passage Sur La Cité (Des Révélations)
  3. New Jerusalem
  4. Lighthouse
Personnel:
  • Tim Blake: {Myriad synthi and keyboardy type things, voice}
  • A host of Gongsters/Hawkwinders and Jean-Phillippe Rykiel: {Anything else}