Album Reviews

Ascension by Clifford White
12 March 2017
Ascension by Clifford White

Ascension review by Nevill Drury, Healthy Living (November 1986)

Clifford White is an inspired and talented synthesizer player who could well emerge as England’s answer to Kitaro – his recording Ascension is simply outstanding. White is a master of intriguing melody lines, as on ‘Golden Sunrise’ and ‘Journey’s End’, but also explores a wide range of musical tones and textures with his electronic equipment. ‘The Calling’ has an orchestral quality and its melody line suggests a glockenspiel. ‘Church of Light’ is regal and most attractive, with its harp-like introduction and rich layers of synthesizer, while ‘Hallowed Ground’ is full of mystery – the music seems to rise up from the earth as if in awesome revelation. Ascension itself is almost a type of ‘Moonlight Sonata’, and ethereal tones are added to give considerable depth to the composition. Overall, fine album and one which is thoroughly recommended.

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