* New remastered 180 gram vinyl LP edition of the classic 1978 album by Tim Blake. Mastered & cut at Abbey Road Studios. Fully restored artwork and liner notes with exclusive interview. * Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of a newly re-mastered LP edition of the classic 1978 ambient masterpiece Blake’s New Jerusalem by Tim Blake. Tim first came to prominence as a member of Gong, where his synthesiser experimentation and mastery was demonstrated on albums such as Flying Teapot, Angel’s Egg and You. He would also join Hawkwind from 1979 – 1980 and from November 2007.
After departing Gong in 1975 he teamed up with French lighting designer Patrice Warrener to form Crystal Machine, pioneering the use of lasers and synthesisers in a live setting. Blake’s debut solo album, Crystal Machine, was originally released in 1977 on the French experimental label Egg. Tim followed this with arguably his finest work, Blake’s New Jerusalem in 1978. Unlike his previous work, the album featured songs and the lengthy title-track would dominate the album’s second side. New Jerusalem also featured the guest appearance of Jean-Philippe Rykiel on mini-moog. Tim Blake would later perform both Lighthouse and New Jerusalem as a member of Hawkwind when he joined the band the following year.
Now regarded as a truly pioneering work, Blake’s New Jerusalem has been newly re-mastered and cut at Abbey Road studios for this first ever 180 gram vinyl LP reissue, which is a facsimile of the original 1978 Egg LP release.
The idea had grown up through the counterculture and referred to a transitional period in the development of humankind. On A Song For A New Age with acoustic and glissando guitar, Blake is looking for enlightenment just as his namesake William was in his poem And Did Those Feet. The speedy cosmic rollercoaster ride of Passage Sur La Cité (Des Revelations) leads us to the lengthy New Jerusalem, where the idealised city is linked with Stonehenge and the pyramids with ‘ley lines glowing all around’.