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The Lost Pieces

by Steve Roach

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<=> *Having had the original CD since day one, this collection of pieces is a must as a whole... A meaningful gateway to Steve's larger archive of work. Favorite track: After the Dream.
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rikm Over the wide and varied career of such a prolific artist as Steve Roach, there are bound to be a large number of tracks that have slipped through the cracks for various reasons. On "The Lost Pieces" Roach returns to some of those tracks, giving them some shine and the opportunity to be discovered by old and new fans alike. And we're lucky that he's taken the time to do so, there are some real treasures to be found here...
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Portis A varied collection, & an interesting one. You get an older sequencer based "After The Dream", the early sounds of his tribal percussion on "Mojave", one of the most actively melodic tracks by Steve I've heard in the memorable "Since We Are Away". Also darkened core earth in "Three Reptiles". The remainder is filled with the minimal atmospheres that I enjoy as part of Roach's early recordings. These are pieces indeed, not at all to be listened to in album context, but a lot to be extracted. Favorite track: Closer.
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Gareth Enjoyable collection of Roach's odds and ends. Not as cohesive as a regular album but nevertheless worth picking up.
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Scott I like the variety of styles on display here. Favorite track: After the Dream.
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Eclipse 03:40
Mojave 06:08
Red Shore 04:57
Repose 04:51
Closer 09:51


A collection of unreleased and compilation tracks released in 1993.

Steve's comments from the liner notes:

"The Lost Pieces in this collection were composed between 1988 and 1992. Some have appeared on limited edition multi-artist compilations. Others were not created for any particular recording project. Instead, they documented and somehow externalized moments of personal transition in ways that only music can do. Often I’d lose track of these pieces shortly after they were recorded. Then, months or even years later, I’d be sifting through boxes of tapes (many left unmarked, a bad habit that continues!) looking for something else and would be surprised to rediscover a piece I had composed in a moment of private inspiration. I would feel a strange sense of time shifting as the flood of emotions that originally infused the music would be unleashed once again. Now that these lost pieces have been found, for me they take on a new and interesting life together, one that was conceived unconsciously in separate yet interconnected stages over several years." - Steve Roach, April 1993.

1 Eclipse - Recorded on the night of a full lunar eclipse, this was one of the last pieces produced in my Los Angeles studio before moving to the desert. It was originally commissioned by the <strong>ECHOES Living Room Concert Series</strong> and aired on radio stations across the U.S.
2 After the Dream - This was recorded shortly after <strong>Dreamtime Return</strong> was completed but not yet released. It was one of several pieces that grew out of the momentum of the <strong>Dreamtime</strong> project.
3 Mojave: At the Tree - A long lost piece dating from the time between <strong>Western Spaces</strong> and <strong>Desert Solitaire</strong>. It was created soon after returning from one of many inspired stays at the Joshua Tree National Monument in the Mojave Desert.
4 Since We Are Away - This spiral-like mandala of melody grew from a powerful sense of yearning -
a musical message to my wife Linda who was thousands of miles away.
5 Full Moon Prophecy - At an ocean cliff somewhere in California, a warm full moon night signals the beginning of a new life.
6 Red Shore - At another ocean far from California, the sun dissolves slowly in a blaze of color and the sound is heard once more. The inspiration carries through Repose and Expanding Again…
9 Three Reptiles Wait at the Opening to the Underworld - Recorded live in concert Tucson, May 1992.
10 Closer - Recorded precisely when one year melted into the next - midnight 1990-1991.


released April 20, 1993


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Projekt is America's premier independent label specializing in passionately intense introspective music in the ambient, electronic, ethereal & darkwave genres.

39-year-old Projekt is home to Steve Roach, Erik Wøllo, Michael Stearns, Black Tape For A Blue Girl, Aurelio Voltaire and many others. The label continues to nurture the careers of its select roster of artists.
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