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Vision Fields - 1992 Ice Sail (soundtrack)

ARTIST: Vision Fields
ALBUM: Ice Sail (soundtrack)
LABEL: DSB Records
SERIAL: DSB 3160-2
YEAR: 1992


LINEUP: Johan Daansen - guitars * Dave Taggart, Thomas Barquee - vocals * Mathias Muller - Guitars, bass, drum programming * Oliver Hahn, Howard Scarr - keyboards * Rudolph Weber - keyboards, drum programming * Peter Schnell - drum programing * Kim Bullard - various instrumentation

TRACK LISTING: 01 Mother Earth * 02 Polar Night * 03 Northern Lights * 04 Ice Sail * 05 Snow Blind * 06 Captain's Dreaming * 07 Freedom * 08 Run To The Sea * 09 I'm Falling * 10 Guiding Light * 11 When I Fall In Love * 12 Harbour

Vision Fields were an interesting hi-tech band out of Germany who put out two very good albums and this unusual soundtrack. A duo comprised of former Einstein/Planet P Project guitarist Johan Daansen and percussionist extraordinaire Curt Cress although for this album he's notably missing in action. Because of this I've often wondered if this can actually be called a Vision Fields album since Daansen doesn't appear on all the tracks although one big name that pops up is Kim Bullard, noted for his work with Poco and CSN among others. In any case, the movie 'Ice Sail' is about famed German explorer Arved Fuchs who seems to have a penchant for water and extremely cold climates while taking some ballsy risks like trying to sail around the North Pole in a traditional sailboat. From the stills in the CD booklet it's that particular voyage that was the subject of the film and from what I can translate from the German text, the trip was unsuccessful.

The Songs
Musically this works the same territory as late period Pink Floyd and Peter Gabriel circa '3' and '4' with an AOR edge. I'm also reminded of German band Innes and their 'The Flow' disc which we reviewed here a while back due to the ambient sections which filter in and out. Not surprisingly there's an environmental theme throughout the 10 tracks but it only gets heavy-handed and preachy on opener 'Mother Earth' which seems to plod along at an agonizing pace and is the set's solitary low point. Former Palace (remember their 1988 album?) vocalist Dave Taggart and Thomas Barquee are both in top form although by a small margin I think Taggart has the better voice. I really like the ethnic percussion on 'Polar Night' while 'Northern Light' is a sweet ballad recalling Toto's 'Fahrenheit' era. The David Gilmour styled guitar on the instrumental 'Captain's Dreaming' is a nice touch but 'Run To The Sea' is possibly the best track here with a big 80's Tears For Fears feel.

In Summary
All the Vision Fields discs are recommended and although not cheap, they are affordable compared to other hi-tech monsters like Maddox, IC Eyes and Shatoo which fetch ridiculous three digit prices. Buy with confidence.

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#1 | Nick C on February 08 2015 12:02:34
This could well be my fave of the Vision Fields albums, it's certainly the one I tend to play more than the other two, it is a slight departure soundwise from the first two as well (but not a radical one)....but as mentioned above all are fine releases.
#2 | gerard on February 09 2015 21:34:30
Nice to see this band here, Eric! Don't know this album, but do have the 1988 record. Remember liking it quite a bit, and a song like Eden's waterfall comes to mind. Haven't listened to it for a long time. Might do it tonight. Thanks for reminding!
#3 | Eric on February 09 2015 23:00:50
Perhaps we should dig into the other two at some point in the work
#4 | gdazegod on February 10 2015 10:05:08
I don't have any of their albums. Did they release one in 1995 as well?
#5 | Eric on February 10 2015 12:18:21
The debut in 1988, 'Voices' in 1990 and the above. That was it.

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