QuietMelodies is now open!

15 06 2009

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As many of you might already know, the new portal is finally open!!!!!  I am so sorry that it has taken so long to happen, but I do hope you find it worth the wait.  Some of the new features you will be able to enjoy are being able to message any member & being able to post your own favorites.  There will also be a forum added so that requests and such can be made there.  Eventually hope to in essence mirror this blog there and of course have new content available.  The new music available should be substantially more than here as there will be multiple people posting =-).  Please stop by and join your NEW home for QuietMusic – www.quietmelodies.com!





Cusco – Water Stories

27 03 2009

cusco-1990-water-storiesCusco – Water Stories
MP3 @ 192 Kbps | 49:40 min | 1990 | 75.1 MB | 10% Recovery Record

This 1990 CD, like Mystic Island released in 1989, is an excellent collection of songs from Cusco’s earlier CDs that, at the time, had not been released in the States. Both were put together by Higher Octave after their successful first American release, Apurimac, to satisfy new-found fan demand for their earlier music. Water Stories was later released on the Prudence label in Germany, where it was considered a “best of” compilation. Early Cusco CDs are catchy, almost always fast-paced instrumentals that are on the edge of New Age. The group challenges the boundaries with pop, cosmopolitan rock, jazz and classical. Not as mature as some of their later albums, but make no mistake, this is outstanding New Age music. On Water Stories, their trademark panpipes and keyboards are used on selections related to the bodies of water that popped up on Desert Island, Cusco II, Cool Island, Virgin Island, and Ring der Delphine. The songs range from the upbeat “Waters of Cesme”, to the beautiful “Lake Erie” (an interesting arrangement of the traditional Scarborough Fair), to the almost classical “Aurora” which uses the strings of the Munich Symphony Orchestra. The final cut, “Chorus”, is from Musik Mantras 2, a haunting Johannes Walter production which includes some of Cusco’s music. If you want a one-stop sample of some of the “pre-Apurimac” music that made Cusco one of Japan and Europe’s (and now America’s) favorite contemporary instrumental groups, Water Stories is a good choice.

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Cusco – Virgin Island

27 03 2009

cusco-1983-virgin-islandCusco – Virgin Island
MP3 @ 192 Kbps | 41:28 min | 1983 | 62.9 MB | 10% Recovery Record

This album contains three tracks which later appeared on the 1990 release Water Stories on Higher Octave Music (Sun of Jamaica, Seychelles and Java). The album also contains a track called Alcatraz, but the music is completely different from the track of the same name on Desert Island and Water Stories, and is actually the original mix of the track Bermudas on the following Island Cruise album. Many discographies show this as a 1984 release, but early LP releases verify the 1983 release year.

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Cusco – Tales From A Distant Land

27 03 2009

cusco-1987-tales-from-a-distant-landCusco – Tales From A Distant Land
MP3 @ 192 Kbps | 45:09 min | 1987 | 68.6 MB | 10% Recovery Record

This album contains several of the tracks which were later reworked for the Mystic Island release. The Fox and the Lady appears identical between album versions, but Fireshoes and Solitude have been noticeably reworked for a smoother, fuller sound. The tracks The Lucky Jack and The Lonely Rose were also quite noticeably reworked for Mystic Island, but appear as simply Lucky Jack and Lonely Rose. Many discographies quote a 1988 release date for this album, but early pressings can verify the 1987 original release year.

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Cusco – Ring Der Delphine

27 03 2009

cusco-1989-ring-der-delphineCusco – Ring Der Delphine
MP3 @ 192 Kbps | 43:36 min | 1989 | 65.9 MB | 10% Recovery Record

“Most of Cusco’s releases are available only in Europe. This album was originally released in Germany as Ring der Delphine. In the US, some of the tracks were put on various CDs, which are really just “Best of” CDs drawing from other Cusco releases. Of all the German releases (I have them all, as I lived there), this and Tales from a Distant Land are by far the best. The music here is simply great. The German release also had a long storybook (in German) about the tale of the Rings of the Dolphins, and how they progressed through history. Anyway, buy this album. It’s really good: the music is quite different from Apurimac. Various instruments and synthesizers are combined to make a great album, and there’s not a single track I dislike.”

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Cusco – Planet Voyage

27 03 2009

cusco-1982-planet-voyageCusco – Planet Voyage
MP3 @ 192 Kbps | 46:27 min | 1982 | 72.3 MB | 10% Recovery Record

This album contains three of the tracks which were later reworked for the Mystic Island release (Milky Way, Pisces, and Leo), and also contains the track Venus, which utilizes what would become a signature synthesized panflute sound, and also electric rock guitars, and which has been featured on multiple compilations of Cusco’s early material. Some of the more relatively reliable Cusco discographies show a 1983 release date, but the first Arista pressing can verify the 1982 original release year.

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Cusco – Mystic Island

27 03 2009

cusco-1989-mystic-islandCusco – Mystic Island
MP3 @ 192 Kbps | 48:55 min | 1989 | 73.8 MB | 10% Recovery Record

“Mystic Island” by Cusco captures the heart and soul of the listener with ambient soothing mysterious music … not at all like Apurimac I and II,which derived from a distinct earthly culture, the Incas and South America. This CD has flowing melodies and wonderful instrumentation and synthesizer accompaniment. One track includes a wonderful harp and flute melody with chimes and synthezier variations on the theme … which is very magical. Another track has an upbeat tempo with guitars and percussion … The music is varied and altogether highly satisfying – it does not get stuck in one mood or feeling but carries the listener across many feelings all of which are enjoyable experiences. The overall feeling of this music is like experiencing the wonders of nature … a sunset … watching the waves splash on shore … gliding down a river in raft or boat and absorbing the scenery as it unfolds. One senses the natural balance and harmony of different instruments but there is no competition for solo recognition … This CD is about moods and feelings that ride the waves of natural flowing music … slower at times, other times quicker paced but always natural and free. The ethereal sensations stay with the listener … long after the music has stopped playing. The sense of peace and contentment this CD produces is priceless.

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