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Written, produced and performed with such love, care and attention to detail that it puts to shame a lot of the so called music around today.

'Sanctuary I' was, and I'm sure Rob Reed himself would agree, a homage to 'Tubular Bells'. The album from Reed's musical hero, Mike Oldfield, that first fuelled his musical fires and made him want to become a musician and composer in the first place. 'Sanctuary II', though, is a whole different beast. Reed's persona is stamped on every single note that he has written and the sheer joy he has infused into the music of this album is wonderful to hear.

Not content with doing everything himself this time, Reed asked two legendary musicians to lend a hand. These being drummer Simon Phillips (Toto, The Who etc) and world renowned recorder maestro Les Penning, whose contributions to this album are immense. Also joining Reed are singer Angharad Brinn and the Synergy Vocalists, who give a different slant on what many would consider to be a purely instrumental Rock album.

So what do you get for your money? On the first disc (I'm reviewing the three disc Special Edition) we get 'Sanctuary II Pts I&II', two pieces of music that clock in at roughly twenty minutes each, and the first thing you'll notice is the wonderfully upbeat nature of the music. It has a cheerful, almost childlike feel to it and it is joyous in the extreme. Reed seems to have written and performed a musical suite that makes him happy and because of the incredible musicianship that he possesses, he has been able to impart this happiness to the individual tracks.

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Disc two features two more tracks, 'Salzburg' and 'Pen Y Fan', plus edited parts and alternate mixes of the 'Sanctuary II Suite'. You'll also find 'Sanctuary II Pts I&2' re-mixed by Mike Oldfield's 'Tubular Bells' producer Tom Newman. Disc three is a DVD that features the whole of the 'Sanctuary II Suite' in glorious 5.1 Surround & 24/96 Stereo, plus some videos of Robert Reed playing various parts of 'Sanctuary II' and multiple instruments.

This is how to make music old-school style; you know, like they did in the olden days. Written, produced and performed with such love, care and attention to detail that it puts to shame a lot of the so called music around today. Sadly, they don't make albums like 'Sanctuary II' anymore – but maybe they should!

Ian Johnson

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