John Sherwood
"Early Years" albums

There are 11 volumes in this series,
some are multi-disc sets, and all are
packaged in slimline jewel cases

You can buy all 11 volumes 
of "Early Years" (20 discs)

for the combined price of 59.95 
and still free shipping worldwide

  (Early Years all 11 volumes)




Listen to the tracks
 
from these all albums
on this Soundcloud page

 
Volume 1 - Ages
Jurassic was it like this, then
Cryptozoic the puzzle, the answer
Carboniferous hot, steamy, rich
Cretaceous limestone and water
Triassic that golden age

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Tracks
1. Jurassic 11:13
2. Cryptozoic 17:47
3. Carboniferous 10:30

4. Cretaceous

19:01

5. Triassic

12:23



Volume 2 - Cage     (2 CD)
The Cage album is a homage to John Cage of course.

The Monolith track is inspired by the film 2001.
Also here is the first appearance of the wonderful
and tinkly Atomsphere track
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CD 1

1. Cage

20:41

2. Monolith

25:18

3. Atomsphere

25:46

CD 2
1, Cage (2k1 version) 13:26

2. Monolith (9x4x1 version)

22:36

3. Cage (very long version)

43:21


Volume 3 - Seasons     (4 CD)
A 4 disc set inspired by the changing of the Seasons.
Each season was recorded during the actual season of the year.
Together they paint a huge picture of the changes in our world.
   
 
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CD 1 - Spring

1. Seeds

8:50

2. Spring

11:47

3. Spring Gardens 21:05
4. Spring Waters 20:44
CD2 - Summer
1. Summer Heat 20:30
2. Summer 15:24
3. Summer Rain 23:04
CD3 - Autumn
1. Autumn 8:52

3. Autumn Winds

10:24

3. Autumn Leaves

8:12

4. Autumn Winds Forever 25:05
CD4 - Winter
1. Winter 13:46
2. Ice Crystals 11:50

3. Footprints in the Snow

14:03

4. Distant Snowstorms

23:10

Volume 4 - Evolution     (2 CD)
"Evolution" was recorded in July 2003 at Dog Kennel Studio. 
All the tracks were played live, some of them are first-take. 
This album covers the early stages of evolution, where tiny 
microbes are just starting to change and develop into more 
complex life-forms

"Evolution 2" follows on from "Evolution" and covers the stages 
from fish and tiny sea creatures up to the point where land
creatures begin to exist. A celebration of the beginnings
of life on this planet.
 
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CD 1 - Evolution I

1. Inside the Egg

4:21

2. Evolution

4:28

3. Microbes 15:09
4. Chaos Theory 12:13
5. Mutations 16:26

6. The March of Evolution

8:45

CD 2 - Evolution II
1, Now We Are Fish 6:28
2. Where Life Is (1) 1:00
3. Chaos Evolves 13:11
4. Where Life Is (2) 1:41
5. Cosmic rays Bombard the Seas 3:05
6. The Presence 3:19

7. Where Life Is (3)

1:04

8. Evolution II 16:48
9. Where Life Is (4) 1:09
10. That First Step 11:13
Volume 5 - Three Masters     
This album is a homage to the three musicians who inspired
JS to actually get started in this genre. The tracks are "in the
style of" these three people ...

Riley is Terry Riley (Poppy Nogood era)
Schulze is Klaus Schulze
Reich is Steve Reich
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Tracks
1. Riley 21:48
2. Schulze 27:27
3. Reich 24:25


Volume 6 - AL2K1
This is the live set that John did at the famous gig AL2K1.
Starting out initially spacey and tinkly, it gets more beaty and 
intense as time passes, culminating in a great version of Daliesque 
Also includes an extended version of 'Seeds' as a bonus track.
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Tracks
1. AL2K1 Live set continuous mix 46:17
    Neptune / Plasmastreams / Sphere /
    Telephone / Neuronium / Aircraft / 
    Rubycon / Avantgarde / Daliesque
2. Seeds II (bonus track) 20:52


Volume 7 - Dark/light     
The ambient excursion into spacey mystery and sci-fi imagination. 
Mainly recorded first-take, this album travels into the realms of where
the future may hold some explanation, or is that the expectation of
something amazing being revealed. 
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Tracks
1. Then Time Stopped 2:56
2. Marsh-wisps Scatter at Dawn 2:55
3.Waves 2:53
4. Spirits Dancing 3:03
5. Trance 6:13
6. Krell Power 4:37
7. Krell Machine 5:44
8. Creatures of Light and Darkness 3:31
9. The Spring of Solaris 19:09
10. The Power of the Atom 5:26
11. The Gateway to Forever 7:13


Volume 8 - Silent Radio
This album was recorded during a live Internet radio broadcast
on 22 December 2003. Here JS runs through his favourite tracks
from that period..
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Tracks
1. Atomsphere 18:43
2. Cage 13:39
3. Seeds 9:41
4. Spring Gardens 10:45
5. Winter 8:05
6. Summer Rain 14:04


Volume 9 - Live in Lutton  
Recorded live in the Dog Kennel studio, John plays some of his
best tracks "one last time" before moving on the the "Ritual era"
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Tracks
1. Beyond Andromeda 6:08
2. Then Time Stopped 2:07
3. Inside the Egg 5:04
4. Seeds 8:07
5. That First Step 9:35
6. Winter 8:21
7. Chaos Evolves 10:29
8. Time Machines 5:09
9. March of Evolution 6:33
10. Summer Rain 15:34


Volume 10 - Rarities     (3 CD)
A collection of all the "bits and pieces" that didn't fit sensibly
onto an album at the time, and various alternative versions of
well-known tracks
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CD 1

1. All the Orb Tracks

0:03

2. Alien Fly-By

2:51

3. Sphere

3:01

4. The IDM Experiment 4:01
5. Comet 2:54
6. 46% Defragmented 1:41
7. Alien Fly-By II 10:50
8. Trance (AL2K2 version) 9:32
9. Monolith 4 (My God It's Full of Stars) 35:19

CD 2
1, Three Shadows 7:32

2. Sunrise on Cyderia

3:22

3. Alien Fly-By III 8:26
4. Atomsphere 18:22
5. Darkness is Falling (part 1) 2:52
6. Darkness is Falling (part 2) 9:04
7. Darkness is Falling (part 3) 5:06
8. Summer Rain 15;30
CD 3
1. After the Flood 1:26
2. Elegy for a Forgotten Hero 8:57
3. Aliens Flew By 5:34
4. Scattered Marsh-wisps 5:04
5. BIO (Biologically Imploding Organism) 2:38
6. Six Pains 6:28
7. SL3 5:34

8. Picoseconds Elegy

15:41


Volume 11 - Classical Experience     (3 CD)
Three famous composers re-interpreted in synths.
Favourite pieces loving created.
This might surprise.
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CD 1 - Beethoven

Symphony #6 Pastoral

1. First movement

2. Second movement

3. Third movement

4. Fourth movement
5. Fifth movement
6. Moonlight Sonata

CD 2 - Tchaikovsky
Symphony #6 Pathetique
1 to 6. First movement parts 1 to 6

7 to 8. Second movement parts 1 to 2

9 to 10. Third movement parts 1 to 2
11 to 12. Fourth movement parts 1 to 2
1812 Overture
13 to 22 parts 1 to 10
CD 3 - Moussorgsky
1 to 3. Pictures at an Exhibition parts 1 to 3
4. Dawn on the Mockva River
5. St John's Night on the Bald Mountain
6. Album Leaves


REVIEWS


Evolution

Describing the first steps of life on planet Earth, these two albums are typically conceptual music from JS. 
John Sherwood does an excellent job of painting aural
pictures throughout the disc, such as opener Inside The 
Egg, with its creeping synthesised gurgles sounding
thoroughly organic. Most of the music on the double album 
is performed live, first-take, so stark sound improvisation 
is the order of the day, over lush, orchestrated soundscapes, but this also matches the theme well. 
Many tracks are formed around single, droning chords, 
from which sequences and melodies bubble up and swirl
around, in typical JS style. 
After initial ambience and experimentation, Chaos Theory
and The March of Evolution bring in primitive rhythms, 
echoing evolution's increasing pace from simple microbes
towards recognisible signs of life.

Evolution 2 begins in a similar manner, but with a slightly
faster pace and with a little more activity on Now We Are
Fish. This second album, however, is punctuated by a 
series of four short ambient interludes called Where Life 
Is (1-4), each of which is desolate and/or spooky, 
suggestive of the pre-historic period 
in reference on the album. Elsewhere, we revist the more
literal, gurgly organic sound on Cosmic Rays Bombard 
the Seas, and pulsating sequences on Evolution 2, 
the longest and strongest of the rhythmic droning pieces.
The album concludes on That First Step, a nervous piece 
with a hesitant beat behind it; we leave the record behind 
on a fittingly descriptive track that keeps the concept as
strong as it began.

The two Evolution albums are experimental works, and 
while only the Where Life Is tracks contain the more 
melodic work that would come to the fore on later JS
albums, the dronier pieces will be of serious interest 
to anybody who delights in experimental synth music.

Ross Baker