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Deep Still Blue

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With Deep Still Blue, 2002's ninth full release, they return with their signature sound – romantic themes, opulent string arrangements, piano, acoustic guitar, harp, and flute combined with lush vocal textures.
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1. Where the Stars and Moon Play
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2. When I See You Again
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4:43 album only
3. Deep Still Blue
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5:07 album only
4. An Ocean Apart
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4:24 album only
5. Sarah's Rainbow
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6. Little Angel
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7. Setting Sail
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8. Summer's End
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9. Sweet Dreams
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10. The Voyage Home
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
This beautifully orchestrated CD / DVD Audio Visual Connect Series™ sets the 2002 trademark sound adrift in an ocean of majesty whilst exploring the exquisite underwater photography of Susan Saibara.


Bonus DVD – includes artist interviews and 24bit 48 kHz audio.

REVIEWS:
2002 are very capable of keeping matters playful, courtesy of the livelier opening track “Where The Stars And Moon Play”. Even more playfully is the bouncy and energetic “Setting Sail” as the song is propelled by its spirited optimism. However, they are equally at home courtesy of their tender and delicate moments such as Pamela Copus’s flute work on the soft and wispy musical themes of “Sweet Dreams”. A close second is Randy Copus’s utterly haunting guitar work on “An Ocean Apart” that will transport you to a deep blue sea leaving you floating effortlessly on its tranquil mirror surface. Countered by Pamela’s flute this is 2002 at their best. Just as effective is the soft and slow beat of “When I See You Again” where Randy’s nylon acoustic strings continue to flirt with Pamela’s flute rendition. ~ Michael Debbage

Deep Still Blue, the newest release from 2002 encompasses all that we value and love from New Age music and adds an extra dimension with the addition of a video disc in the package. The DVD has some of the most spectacular still photography on the planet compliments of marine photographer Susan Sailbara. In addition, the group has included some full ethereal vocals to the mix. I truly enjoyed Emerald Way, the last album of the husband and wife duo of Pamela and Randy Copus, but after watching and listening it appears that this is their best album to date. Starting off with a very Enya-esque sounding tune, Where the Stars and Moon Play opens the world of the sea to us. The visuals are stunning. It is as if we are seeing color for the first time in our lives. North of Honduras is the magical world of the Caribbean. Our underwater visit is filled with delicate and delightful creatures that strike our imaginations. Deep Still Blue the main track is a song featuring gentle guitars, placid piano and layers of voices that carry you away to a secret paradise. Somewhere north of the Coral Sea is a magic world where time stood still longer than any pace on earth. Under the sea, you can still find castles of chalky coral, delicate green dragons, and water bluer than the sky. Drifting under the Pacific with just a hint of a current, we are gently pushed on the tune An Ocean Apart. This is one of the most relaxed tunes I have ever heard. The music suggests wandering aimlessly under a sapphire sea with just our thoughts. Nothing on the surface can affect us as we drift placidly over a living rainbow of creatures, endless sandy plains, and far away skys of green ocean algae. There is an astonishing image of anemone that looks like a row of little green mushrooms. More evidence to the magic under the sea. The musical accompaniment to the incredible vision is called Little Angel. 2002 has taken much of the gentleness that the ocean sometimes offers and put it into music. There is a subtext to this song however. It is as if from a distance we are witnessing a sleeping child. This is one of the best cuts on Deep Still Blue. One of the brightest spots on the album is called Sarah’s Rainbow. It is song sung just for the joy of life. The tune is a celebration of triumph. There are days when even the darkest cloud may have a ray of sunshine peaking out behind it. We return to the surface on the spirited song Setting Sail. Canvas slaps, ropes creak and the jib flutters as the wind pushes on our backs and we move across the ocean in search of new adventure. Friendly voices, glittery guitar and fluid flute combine to warm the air with sunshine and promise. The Voyage Home, a song with forward motion and no regrets in the notes opens with images of bright orange anemone, khaki-colored pipefish and the sharp ghostly photos of white sea sponges. There is a remote kind of sadness in the tune, but the spirit of the adventure is still with us and it will carry us through for the rest of our lives. Never has still photography come more alive than under the lens and heart of Susan Sailbara. Despite the burden of personal illness that she has carried for some time, she is still able to see the intrinsic beauty of the world and, in the blink of an eye, capture it for all to see. 2002 has been making terrific music for a long time. I think I may have some of their material on cassette. Deep Still Blue is a labor of love on many levels. There is the love of just making music and the delight of joyous little lives that we are privileged to steward, particularly as parents. Finally the love of the earth in all its forms whether deep ocean or soaring mountain. This is music for the type of person that loves to rejoice in life. ~ reviewed by RJ Lannan on 8/10/2007 –Zone Music Reporter


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Raj Manoharan (www.rajmanreviews.blogspot.com)

The RajMan Review
A reissue of an earlier release by the Billboard-charting New Age duo 2002, this CD, like their new album Damayanti, is a wondrous collection of some of the most breathtaking, exquisitely beautiful music ever recorded.

Husband-and-wife Randy and Pamela Copus have hit on a winning formula, combining Randy’s guitars and Pamela’s flute and harp along with keyboards and synthesizers to create a hypnotic sound that mesmerizes and enthralls. It’s no wonder that they consistently chart on Billboard – they have clearly connected with their audience by continually delivering pleasing melodies and luxurious arrangements.

Having recently reviewed Damayanti and now Deep Still Blue, I have noticed that 2002 has developed a consistent style that comprises deliberate, measured pacing. I haven’t heard a 2002 song so far that’s faster than mid-tempo. Each track takes its time, unfolding at its own leisure, allowing the listener to bask in all of its rich sonic intricacies. This is a refreshing change of pace from most albums of any genre, where tunes careen from one style to another, sometimes to jarring effect. Instead, 2002 stays true to its particular style or theme and is all the more successful for it.

This consistency of methodology is a major reason why Randy Copus is quickly becoming my favorite, strictly-New Age guitarist. Rather than a flashy display of virtuosity, his lead- and rhythm-guitar playing is as deliberate and measured as the expansive songs themselves. Each note he picks delivers precise and maximum impact, and his chords are as comforting as floating clouds. This is masterful technique in itself. The full effect of Randy’s approach can be heard on such stunning tracks as “An Ocean Apart,” “Little Angel,” and “The Voyage Home.”

Pamela Copus is equally impressive in her subtle flute and harp playing. I’m not a flute and harp fan, but she makes it very accessible and enjoyable. Again, like Richard, her musical goal with her instruments is not to dazzle but to help paint a vivid, sonic portrait. Sometimes the flute trades lines with the guitar and other times it harmonizes with it, while the harp provides unobtrusive, decorative fills here and there. The result is a sound that is very cinematic.

Vocals also play a part in the proceedings, although not in the traditional sense. For the most part, the occasional vocals are wordless (“vocalese”) and are very angelic and choir-like. The title track has actual lyrics written by Randy and Pamela’s daughter Sarah and has an entrancing, hypnotic sound that I can only describe as New Age hippie folk, and I mean that in a good way.

Deep Still Blue is another gem in 2002’s stellar catalogue, and as “Flight of the Swan” is to Damayanti, “An Ocean Apart” is the jewel in the crown here – although the entire album is a delight from start to finish. Deep Still Blue and Damayanti are definitely two of my desert island picks.

--Raj Manoharan

Michael Diamond

Review excerpt from Music & Media Focus (www.michaeldiamondmusic.com)
Deep Still Blue is a multi-media presentation containing a CD plus a DVD of breathtaking underwater photography set to music. This is the ninth release from the husband and wife duo of Pamela and Randy Copus, known as 2002, whose signature sound includes “romantic themes, opulent string arrangements, piano, acoustic guitar, harp, flute, and lush vocal textures.” The underwater photographs by Susan Saibara are some of the most amazing I’ve seen.

Then, of course, there is the music - equally exquisite in its aquatic ambience that pervades the recording. Randy and Pamela go to great lengths to create “celestial choirs” by layering many tracks of their voices, sometimes evoking an “Enya-like feel,” although in the inimitable style of 2002. This quality is particularly evident on the first track “Where the Stars and Moon Play.” The vocal element recedes into the background a bit on the next song “When I See You Again,” leaving space for lovely liquid guitar lines by Randy. I appreciate in his playing an understated elegance that always compliments the piece perfectly. This is followed by the title track that has an ethereal yet epic quality featuring Pamela’s melodious flute work – first soloing over the background, then in unison with the “choir.” These are but a few of the many instruments these multi-talented artists perform on.

The 2-disc set comes with a gorgeous full-color 13-page booklet that features photos from the DVD as well as print versions of the song’s lyrics, credits, and other information. In addition to the lush music and imagery on the DVD, bonus features include an interview with 2002, as well as one with photographer Susan Saibara. Having the booklet and the DVD with these interviews adds so much to fully experiencing the music, especially at a time when the trend is towards downloading mp3’s of single songs. Deep Still Blue is so much more than just a CD - it is a holistic experience that immerses you in the world of 2002 for a few hours from which you emerge both enchanted and expanded. It’s also one that you’ll be happy to dive into again and again.

For a full-length version of this review, please visit: www.michaeldiamondmusic.com