(All Album Reviews by ffroyd)
Hereís an interesting oddity that I received recently. Originally recorded in 1979, In A Land Of Clear Clours is sort of an audio book made from a story by American science fiction author Robert Scheckly. Peter Sinfield, known for his writing and conceptual work with bands like King Crimson, ELP and PFM provides the narration and Brian Eno adds some sparse synth accompaniment.
Sheckleyís story involves Goldstein, a human from earth that had been abandoned on the planet Caldor 5 in a galaxy very distant from Earth. The tale is told in the first person style and is done very wonderfully by Sinfield who has a soothing and yet captivating speaking voice. Aside from a short synth piece at the beginning and a few spots that serve as background music, there is not really that much music on here. The music can be very dramatic when it does come up though. There are spots when there are effects added to the narration as well and these can be interesting.
There really isnít a whole lot that can be said about this, other than itís a nice little obscure album that not many people talk about. I thought that I wasnít going to really be able to enjoy it when I first put it on but the story just pulls you in. The original version of this was a large coffee table book that included the vinyl album in a sleeve in the insde cover. This was release very limited and is nearly impossible to come by these days.
In A Land Of Clear Clours was reissued on CD by the Voiceprint label in 1993 and this version is now also out of print but it is possible to find used copies. While this is probably not a release that Iíll be coming back to on a regular basis, I think it is an interesting little artifact and Iím glad to have it. I guess I should say something like this one is mainly for collectors and casual fans might be slightly disappointed if they pick this up but Iíll let you make up your own mind on that.