Char-El | Worlds Without End

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Worlds Without End

by Char-El

New age/spacemusic with a progressive rock edge. From floating deep space ambient textures to symphonic mellotron-drenched walls of sound.
Genre: New Age: Space
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1. Rebirth
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2. Earth Orbit
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3. Aurora
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4. Worlds Without End
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5. Nebula
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6. The Ascending Light
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7. The Miracle
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8. On the Rim
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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CHAR-EL is Charles Thaxton, Ohio-based synthesist and keyboardist/composer. Charles has performed in bands and solo concerts for over 30 years. In the 70\'s, he played with bands doing progressive rock originals and covers, among them were STARGATE and MAGIK DAYZE. He relocated to Southern California for several years in 1979 then moved to Phoenix Arizona and worked with more prog-rock musicians. He was a member of the group GALILEO. In 1986, Charles joined a project called VOYAGER which was a Tangerine Dream-influenced trio doing original music in planetariums and at outdoor events.

Eventually moving back to his native Ohio, Charles produced his first cd under the name CHAR-EL called WORLDS WITHOUT END in 1996. The CD received repeated exposure on the NPR show MUSIC FROM THE HEARTS OF SPACE and good reviews worldwide. His second CD HEAVEN AND EARTH, a 2-CD set, was released in March 2000 to critical acclaim. While the first cd was a blend of classic cosmic music atmospheres, the second disc divided the music into two worlds... HEAVEN being purely space music and meditative soundscapes, while EARTH moved into progressive rock/symphonic new age territory. For the EARTH CD, Charles enlisted some old bandmates from previous bands like Larry Clark from GALILEO on guitars, and Doug Bonnell from MAGIK on drums.

Charles\' early influences include the MOODY BLUES\' Mike Pinder, ISAO TOMITA, SYNERGY (Larry Fast), YES, GENESIS, and most other progressive pioneers. The influence of new-age artists like David Arkenstone and Kitaro are incorporated as well. Some of the music from WORLDS WITHOUT END was selected by a doctor in Los Angeles to be used as part of a women\'s healing retreat program. The last few years, Charles has been doing some selected live performances in churches and at outdoor events around Ohio and Michigan and at bookstores like Borders, as well as The UFO Festival in Roswell New Mexico.

Recently Charles has appeared on several CDs by Native American flute artist DOUGLAS BLUE FEATHER, available at CDBaby, including the latest release SACRED SPACE.


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Kristian Persson

Close Encounters From An Unknown World
CHAR-EL is Charles Thaxton, Ohio-based synthesist and keyboardist/composer. The music you will hear on this recording is in the same vein as Jonn Serrie & Telomere (Christopher McDonald), to name a few. And I must say that this is very effective space music even if it doesn\'t quite hold up the same quality as in Serrie\'s Planetary Chronicles Vol:1. But fear not, this is really an incredible record, without a doubt the best release in the spacemusic genre of 1996!

The first track starts of with a mellow intro, which later expands to an intergalactic journey, and as the tracks progresses through, space seem to unfold itself into your very ears. You will definetely be caught by surprise after a few tracks, as it will take some time to really enjoy the \"space travel experience\" you will get for sure when listening to this CD. I\'m addicted already, and I have only listened through this cd 2 times. It\'s an interstellar journey for your mind and body.

So to sum up this CD. It isn\'t quite for the space music fans of Michael Stearns, but more for the fanbase of Jonn Serrie. It\'s not groundbreaking either in any way, but still a very very pleasant surprise for my ears. I love it.

Definetely Recommended!