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Synthesizer Greatest Volume 2

Artist: Ed Starink
Type: Album
Release date: 1989
Run time: 71:48
My Rating: 7

  1. The Inter-Galactic Cruise (Radio Mix) (4:17)
  2. Equinoxe Part 4 (4:24)
  3. Maid Of Orleans (3:37)
  4. I Hear You Now (5:01)
  5. Theme From "Rainman" (3:22)
  6. Aurora (3:47)
  7. Forbidden Colours (4:35)
  8. Paranoimia (4:35)
  9. The Eve Of The War (4:14)
  10. The Model (3:41)
  11. Roulette (4:24)
  12. Dervish D. (3:21)
  13. Vienna (4:45)
  14. Tubbs And Valerie (3:35)
  15. Spiral (3:38)
  16. I'll Find My Way Home (3:58)
  17. Bolero (6:27)


Ed Starink, despite being the one who recorded all these covers, is not credited anywhere other than on Bolero. Like the previous album in this series, it's a collection of cover versions of classic synth tracks, starting off with a mega-mix of tunes from Syntheziser Greatest Volume 1 with overlayed space-related sound bites. Other random notes:

  • Nice switch to start the Vangelis/Jon Anderson collaboration "I Hear You Now" with the vocals being represented by a synth wind instrument, then changing to authentic Anderson-esque vocals (sampled from the original?) towards the end.
  • I'm thinking an orchestral rendition of "Aurora" (originally by Dutch group Nova) would sound even more beautiful than Starink's version is.
  • "Paranomia" is another interesting choice, a good proportion of it appears to consist of vocal samples (I'd be interested in comparing this version with the original Art of Noise version).
  • "The Eve of the War" sounds glorious!
[Cover - please do not remote link]

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