|Oldfield inspired solo project follow-up by Rob Reed (Magenta)
Format: CD / Cat No: TMRCD0616 / Released: 10/06/2016
Track Listing: CD 1:The new album / CD 2: Unreleased tracks, remixes and Tom Newman's alternative mixes
More information: The follow up to the acclaimed 2014 “Sanctuary” album by multi-instrumentalist and producer Rob Reed (Magenta / Kompendium / Kiama / Chimpan A).
“Sanctuary II” is produced, mixed and engineered by Reed, who also plays most of the instruments himself, although for this new album he is joined by legendary drummer Simon Phillips (Toto / Mike Oldfield / The Who) while the original “Tubular Bells” production team of Tom Newman and Simon Heyworth have once again made important contributions to the sound of the album.
Rob comments about the spirit behind the two Sanctuary albums: “There's a well known interview with Mike Oldfield in which he said that he was so disappointed that nobody had carried the torch forward that he had lit with 'Tubular Bells' - creating long form music; completely hand- played with real instruments; music that relied on emotion and melody; music you could lose yourself in. What I am trying to do with the “Sanctuary ”albums is to carry that ideal forward.”
Rob also discusses the participation of legendary drummer Simon Phillips on "Sanctuary II": “I wanted to do something different on this new album. I had played all the instruments on the first, so this time I decided to use real drums. There was one person at the top of my wish list, and it was Simon Phillips. I grew up listening to Simon's playing on Mike Oldfield’s “Crises” album, and went to see him play with Mike at Wembley. I could never have thought, then, that one day he would play on my own album. I feel amazingly lucky. His trademark sound is perfect for the album. It really has taken 'Sanctuary II' to another level."
The album is available as a 2 disc set. CD 1 contains the new album while CD 2 includes unreleased tracks, remixes and Tom Newman's alternative mixes.