Label: Gonzo Multimedia - HST207CD • Format: CD Album, Reissue, Remastered • Country: UK • Genre: Rock • Style: Fusion, Prog Rock
Primarily psychedelicbut also serving as a forerunner of new-age musicthe album's musical style manages to blend seemingly contrary elements: the symphonic rock concept is flexible enough to permit extensive jamming in both rock and jazz fusion styles.
The album was recorded for Virgin Records in  and completed inafter the label's first and highly successful release, Tubular Bells by Mike Oldfieldand was one of several subsequent Virgin albums that attempted to copy Tubular Bells' format of long pieces in a symphonic progressive rock style; in this case, exactly copying its Do It - Various - Nighttime Lovers Volume 14 of two pieces titled "part one" and "part two".
Since the title Tubular Bells was initially better known to the general public than the name of its artist, Virgin Records decided that Clearlight Symphony would be a one-off album project with a title, but no artist name. Recording was initiated with a session in which Cyrille Verdeaux, Clearlight Symphony* - Clearlight Symphony , played two 20 minute piano solos, which became the basic tracks for the entire album.
In later recording sessions at David Vorhaus ' Kaleidophon studio side one and the Manor side twoVerdeaux and other musicians overdubbed more instruments onto the piano solo to create a complex arrangement. The sides are not in the order Verdeaux intended.
Sometime between the release of V and Clearlight Symphony Virgin Records decided that the side with Gong should become side one, partly to capitalise on Gong's growing reputation, and partly because it was closer in style to Tubular Bells with its symphonic structure and like that album, contains no percussion in most sectionswhile the other side is closer to jamming rock music.
In a later decade, Verdeaux obtained the rights to the album and re-issued it on CD with the parts in the Clearlight Symphony* - Clearlight Symphony order.
Side two ends in a solo organ cadence which runs into the play-out groove, and therefore plays on indefinitely Clearlight Symphony* - Clearlight Symphony the tone-arm is lifted. Original copies do not have the title printed on the front cover. Prior to a later edition with the title printed on the front, some copies were distributed with a transparent sticker attached to the front, stating the title.
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