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The Healing Touch by Clifford White
12 March 2017
The Healing Touch by Clifford White

The Healing Touch review by Dave Shoesmith, CD Services (June 2010)

Not long after CD Services first opened for business in the mid-late 80’s we produced our first Synth / New Age Catalogue, and this brought many new names to our world-wide Synth / Instrumental Music customer / fan-base. One of these new musicians was Clifford White, a UK based keyboardist with a strong fair for melody. His crystalline and celestial tuneful synth themes set the world alight with: ‘Ascension’ his debut album of Vangelis styled dream-like tracks of uplifting beauty, first on Cassette and then on CD, selling regularly over the years that followed and going on to become one of CDS Towers biggest selling titles of the late 80’s and early 90’s.

These new tracks have lost none of the simplistic, serene, melodic charm and majestic glory of White’s best-selling 80’s masterpiece – a hard act to follow indeed, but and even with the passing of 25 years ‘Ascension II’ certainly seems to have perfectly recaptured the mood of that very successful original.

Back in that first CDS catalogue, we described ‘Ascension’ as being.”celestial excursions of tranquil synthesizer music that is appealing and rewarding”, “uplifting and gentle music that does considerable justice to the composer/musician”. We also I likened his music to that of Frenchman Richard Vimal’s wonderful ‘Aquarythmies’ album, from the early-mid 80’s and recommended the CD to anyone into the lighter side of Vangelis’s music.

‘Ascension II’ does all that and more, but with the benefit of more advanced equipment and recording technology, the panoramic parameters have expanded somewhat.

At the time when ‘Ascension I’ was first released, another budding new UK Synth musician was just coming on to the UK Synth Music scene, and that would be one David Wright, another keyboardist heavily influenced by Vangelis who was following a similar musical path to that of Clifford White at the time. David Wright has since gone on to become one of the UK’s best loved melodic synth music makers, and a regular feature in many CD Towers campaigns, so if you’re a fan of his music, then you’ll find a lot to enjoy with Clifford White’s new ‘Ascension II’ album as well.

June 7th, 2010 | By Dave Shoesmith, CD Services

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