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Stairway: Pearls Of The Deep (Best Of)

Stairway was a New Age project put together by drummer Jim McCarty (Yardbirds, Renaissance, Shoot, Illusion, Box Of Frogs) and bassist Louis Cennamo (Renaissance, Illusion, Herd, Colosseum, Steamhammer). They formed in the late '80s after the demise of Box Of Frogs and released four albums; Moonstone (1988), Chakra Dance (1989), Medicine Dance (1992) and Raindreaming (1995). The new release is a compilation of songs taken from all four albums. McCarty adds keyboards and vocals while Louis Cennamo plays bass. Other musicians include David Balen (percussion), Jane Relf (vocals) and Andy Portman (keyboards).

As with any New Age album one cannot expect an intense musical experience but that does not mean to say this is not quality stuff. For a relaxing listening session this should fit the bill quite nicely. In the album opening "The Lovers" Vangelis comes to mind with its gentle electronics or even a very subdued Alan Parsons. Jane Relf's backing vocals are sublime. In "Light On A Dark Road" the peaceful acoustic guitar of Cennamo is some of the prettiest on the disc and on "Moonlight Skater" gentle flute and organ sounds accentuate an uplifting and beautiful melody. While the tunes do not differ greatly, this is one of those albums that would be perfect to drift off to. It is certainly music to ease the mind and soothe the soul.

Released on Angel Air Records.


Track Listing:
1. The Lovers
2. Eagle
3. Light On A Dark Road
4. Moonlight Skater
5. Looking Inside
6. Beautiful Changes
7. Base Chakra
8. Lavender Down
9. Deer
10. Aquamarine
11. Bird Of Paradise
12. Sunset Point
13. Wolf
14. Blue Pool

Added: September 17th 2015
Reviewer: Jon Neudorf
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