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1. Loveless - (featuring Ursula Rucker)
2. Golden Age of Life
3. Planetaria (A Theme from a Dream)
4. Third Stream
6. Escape That
7. Mother Solar (Pt. 1)
8. Spirits in Transit
10. Action, The - (featuring Ish AKA Butterfly)
11. Star Chasers
12. Wishful Thinking
13. Normal Changing World
14. Universal Love (Reprise)
15. We Who Are Not as Others
17. Pegasus 51
18. [Untitled Track]
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 558465
Mark Mac; Dego; 4Hero
4 Hero: Dego, Mark.
Additional personnel includes: Ursula Rucker.
Contains 19 tracks.
Personnel: 4hero (strings, piano, Fender Rhodes piano, Wurlitzer organ, mini-Moog synthesizer, programming); Wendy Weir (vocals); Leon Mar (acoustic guitar, bass guitar); C. Morris Jones (harp); Brian G. Wright , Natalia Bonner, Everton Nelson, Catherine Browning (violin); Sarah Button, Sophie Sarota, Fiona Griffith, Naomi Fairhurst, Sally Ward (viola); Anna Chalmers, Helen Thomas , Gay-Yee Westerhoff, Andy Nice (cello); Chris Bowden, DJ Hand (saxophone); Quinton, Niles Hailstone (trumpet); Andy Rogers (trombone); Paul Weinreb (piano); Roger Beaujolais (vibraphone); Andy Hamill (double bass); Alex Stavv (drums); Suphala (tabla); Luke Parkhouse (percussion); Mark Mac, Dego (programming).
Recording information: Da Kasbar Studio; Dollis Hill.
Unknown Contributor Role: Sami Khan.
Drum-and-bass has come a long way since its underground birth in the early '90s. It has moved from its white label origins into the realm of downright respectability and mass acceptance, is used as advertising fodder, and is even sometimes dislocated from its purist electronic roots. 4 Hero, like Roni Size, Goldie, and Impulse before them, seek to integrate drum-and-bass with acoustic instrumentation, looking for a way to boldly paint the genre as the music of the future.
Epic in scope, TWO PAGES is a sprawling two-disc set that bounces between lush life electronica, with the supple strings and sampled orchestras that abound throughout Disc One, and the galvanized-steel rhythmic tours de force of Disc Two. It's an experiment that pays dividends for the listener--note the alien trajectories of "We Who Are Not as Others," and "Humans," or dance through the majesty of the Pleiades on dreamy sonic confections such as "Wishful Thinking," or "Spirits in Transit," which effortlessly links '60s CTI jazzmen such as Deodato and Stanley Clarke to contemporary downtempo starshine.
Rolling Stone (11/12/98, p.118) - "...the duo leavens jungle's usually claustrophobic textures with acoustic sounds--human voice, jazzy bass, a live string quartet--and actual songs....an album as wide-ranging and melodically rich as Stevie Wonder's SONGS IN THE KEY OF LIFE..."
Vibe (11/98, p.166) - "...The double-CD set is divided into two distinct sections, or pages....Dego and Mark know how to splice and dice their way into new rhythmic terrain..."
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