Album Reviews

Ascension by Clifford White
12 March 2017
Ascension by Clifford White

Ascension review by Paul James, Music & Musicians (May 1987)

Recording quality is no problem for Clifford White‘s album, which is stunningly beautifully engineered. It is marvelously layered and textured, recessed like a three-dimensional model which revolves in front of us on a slow-moving turntable.

There is another aspect, an emotional one, which is unique in the New Age albums I have encountered up to now: a religious orientation, without embracing any particular faith. It can be discerned in the titles of individual pieces; ‘Ascension’, ‘Hallowed Ground’, ‘Church of Light’ – these may not seem particularly important in themselves, but add up to an overall feel, something like one experiences on entering a large or famous church. Immediately one is in an atmosphere of profound peace, quiet and solitude, surrounded by a sense of space, in which one can meditate or meander at will, at all times ‘protected’ so to speak by comforting environment of the hallowed building.

No religious message is implied, or meant (still less forced upon us), but the spiritual qualities of peace and love and understanding are nevertheless here. It may be pushing matters too far, but I found my thoughts turning to such matters on hearing Clifford White‘s album. It is sensitive, carefully and expertly put together. Many will be content to let the music flood over, bathing in its calm effect, and leaving a feeling, a beautific, macarian untroubled tranquility. The use of bird-song adds to the feeling of unhurried nature, and I found the whole thing enchanting.

Classical Beauty
Gods of Olympus // The Gods of Olympus
  1. Gods of Olympus // The Gods of Olympus
  2. Aphrodite // The Gods of Olympus
  3. Atlantis // Atlantis
  4. Ares // The Gods of Olympus
  5. The Power Within // The Healing Touch
  6. Eternity // The Healing Touch
  7. New World // Atlantis
  8. Hermes // The Gods of Olympus
  9. Reawakening // The Healing Touch
  10. Poseidon // The Gods of Olympus
  11. The Journey Begins // Revelation
  12. Into Infinity // Revelation
  13. Eternity’s Ocean // Revelation
  14. Rapture // Revelation
  15. Forevergreen // Revelation
  16. The Blessed // Revelation
  17. The Golden Years // Nature's Symphony
  18. Revelation // Revelation
  19. Worlds in Motion // Nature's Symphony
  20. Tears of Innocence // Revelation
  21. Transmigrations // Nature's Symphony
  22. The Never Ending Dream // Revelation
  23. Inspirations // Nature's Symphony
  24. The Last Snows of Winter // The Lifespring
  25. Golden Sunrise // Ascension
  26. The Calling // Ascension
  27. Mr. Elemental // Ascension
  28. Church of Light // Ascension
  29. Arrival // Twilight Paradise
  30. Ascension // Ascension
  31. Music Box Lullaby // Ascension
  32. Hallowed Ground // Ascension
  33. Journey’s End // Ascension
  34. First To Love // The Lifespring