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The Book Of Secrets

Odyssey and Oracle
They Want You All To Sing Along
The Wind On The Water
Cream. Disraeli Gears
Cream 2005
Incredible String Band
the song has no ending
5000 Spirits or The Layers of The Onion
Songs In The Key Of Life
The Visit
The Mask and Mirror
The Book Of Secrets
Lillian Gish 1893-1993
Bath Festival of Blues and Progressive Music '70
Odessey and Oracle
The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn
Chapter VII - The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn
The Wind In The Willows
Chapter III - The Wild Wood
Chapter IV - Mr. Badger
Chapter V - Dulce Domum
Kenneth Grahame 1859-1932
A Saucerful Of Secrets
The Madcap Laughs
It's A Beautiful Day
American Odyssey
Jefferson Airplane
Happy Trails
Édith Piaf 1915-1963
Paul McCartney
Chaos and Creation In The Backyard

"A good traveller has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving."
Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu

Loreena McKennitt [click for larger image]

Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu's words are a good introduction to the third album in a trilogy of musical travel documents which began with The Visit. Recorded at Peter Gabriel's Real World studios in England, The Book of Secrets was written and researched all over the world. The album features a cast of over two dozen musical collaborators, and the eight songs contained therein leads the listener on unexpected journeys. Follow the music from ancient Byzantium to a puppet-maker's theatre in Sicily, or from the rocky island of Skellig Michael once inhabited by Irish monks in the Dark Ages to Venice and the journeys of Marco Polo, or from the tragic narrative of "The Highwayman" to the thunder of hooves across the Caucasus and the echoes of Dante's words found, unexpectedly, in a train journey across Siberia.

The Book of Secrets

prologue [4.22]
the mummers' dance [6:07]
skellig [6:07]
marco polo [5:15]
the highwayman [10:19] 

la serenissima [5:09]

night ride across the caucasus [8:30]
dante's prayer [7.11]

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