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Black Sands

by Ian Rushton

An instrumental journey in the style of Mike Oldfield's 'Tubular Bells', but with an obvious New Zealand flavour.
Genre: Rock: Instrumental Rock
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1. Seeking Solitude
Ian Rushton/Steve Fogal/Vaughn Fowler/Wim Koopman/Marcel Ritsema
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2. Distant Horizons
Ian Rushton/Geoff Van Maastricht
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5:27 $0.99
3. Adrift
Ian Rushton/Steve Fogal/Brad Egan
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6:57 $0.99
4. Through The Gorge
Ian Rushton/Vaughn Fowler
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5:45 $0.99
5. It's Only A Dream
Ian Rushton/Peter Forster/Lenny Ackley
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4:40 $0.99
6. Run, But You Cannot Hide
Ian Rushton
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3:27 $0.99
7. Desert Road
Ian Rushton/Wim Koopman
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5:22 $0.99
8. Oriental Dreams
Ian Rushton/Peter Forster
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6:57 $0.99
9. A Place To Rest
Ian Rushton/Bob Melanson
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4:30 $0.99
10. Black Sands
Ian Rushton/Steve Fogal
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5:27 $0.99
11. Into The Void (pt1)/Lost at Sea/Pouri Akau/Into The Void (pt2)/T
Ian Rushton/Brad Egan/Scott Kent
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17:00 $0.99
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Album Notes
"...Rushton has a masterpiece on his hands. "Black Sands" evokes such powerful images it is impossible not to be enchanted by it."
- Peter Dent, NZ Musician Magazine, Dec/Jan 2006

An instrumental exploration in the style of Mike Oldfield's 'Tubular Bells', with a "Floyd-esque" feel but with an obvious New Zealand flavour and the distinctive Rushton style, accompanied by a cast of talented international musicians from USA, Canada, and Holland. While essentialy an instrumental rock album, Black Sands still remains cloaked in Rushton's characteristic melodic elegance. The album features several atmospheric tracks, which could best be described as progressive instrumental rock starting to go New Age in places. The musical themes are strong and thoroughly explored for around 72 minutes of musical pleasure, with one track luring the listener in slowly and insidiously for an epic journey close to 17 minutes.


Ian Rushton
Steve Fogal
Vaughn Fowler
Lenny "Lee" Ackley
Marcel Ritsema
Wim Koopman
Geoff Van Maastricht
Peter Forster
Scott Kent
Brad Egan
Bob Melanson


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A fantastic example of musical collaboration!
It would be hard to be disappointed with the songs on this great CD. Ian Rushton has done a brilliant job in composing songs, arranging them, and coordinating the many talented guest players on this album. The moods vary from carefree to sombre, from whimsical to intensely atmospheric. Put this disc in your player, settle back with a good drink and some company, and let the music transport you to a variety of destinations. "Black Sands" is outstanding!

Peter Dent, NZ Musician Magazine, Dec/Jan 2006

Rushton has a masterpiece on his hands.
This is an album of great musical diversity, of extreme national pride, light and shade, highs and lows. An entirely instrumental work, with many local and overseas guests. Rushton makes his presence felt on angelic-sounding acoustic piano, but there is also some outstanding guitar work (including dobro, slide etc), as well as a tight rhythm section. Adrift sounds like a collaboration between Coldplay and Joe Satriana or Steve Vai. The musicianship is such that even extremes of musical changes sound completely natural and harmonious. But in the end, this is Rushton's baby, he composed, produced and mixed "Black Sands" himself. The CD liner notes don't list individual performances unfortunately, just names. The photography and design of the cover are stunning, although the actual disk is far from professional. That aside, Rushton has a masterpiece on his hands. "Black Sands" evokes such powerful images it is impossible not to be enchanted by it.


Loved it, from the first track to the last :)
Ian has been steadily producing CDs for a while now. Black Sands is, I believe, his best effort yet. He called upon some excellent session musicians for this album and none of them failed to deliver. It was a project they believed in as much as Ian did. You can tell that from the first note to the last. A worthy addition to anybody's CD collection.
Best of luck Ian.
All the best


This is some of the best original music I have heard in a long time.
Very enjoyable. As a fan of guitar based instrumental music, I really enjoyed this cd. But there is more to it than guitar. Much more. The music has definite substance. Very melodic and atmospheric. And a wide range of styles, sure to keep almost any fan of new age or rock interested through out. If your looking for something new and original sounding based heavily on melody, you won't be disappointed with this cd.