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GEOFFREY DOWNES The Light Program Store For Music SFMCD108 (2007)

Geoffrey Downes

I've actually got this album on vinyl, and whilst it lends itself well to a reissue on CD, I have to say it hasn't aged too well.

In the late eighties, when this was recorded, there was a penchant for 'new age' and this fits that category. Others might, uncharitably, call it elevator music. A decade earlier it may have been used for hi-fi test disc purposes. But, hey, it's Geoff Downes isn't it?

Well it is, and there's no denying the instrumental prowess on display, but for the most part it seems like a renegade TV holiday programme soundtrack. There are 'world' flavours permeating this synth-led fare. The attractive 'East West' rips the Boomtown Rats intro to 'I Don't Like Mondays'. And that's about it.

Downes produced a few of these instrumental albums - obviously during downtime from Asia and Yes. One for completists and lovers of muzak only.


Review by David Randall

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***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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