5.0 out of 5 stars
This is NOT a compilation album!, Feb. 1 2002
Vapourspace is the artist name of Mark Gage. What he has done for Sonic Residue is something I never even heard of before. He took songs of several Magna Carta bands, and without making any new music himself, he started mixing and mixing until something completely different came out. The whole of the album sounds more or less like a spacy techno-album, made out of progressive rock songs!
For example, the first track from Attention Deficit, who are a three-piece consisting of drums, bass and guitar, but now it seems to be all synthesizers... Then there's a track form the Explorer's Club, Time Enough, which has a great section of consecutive solo's, but now, the music is filtered in such a that the solo's come out even better. As a final example there's the song Kansas from Steve Walsh' solo album. It sounds much darker than the original, almost as if this is how it should have sounded.
As you can see, this is not some sort of compilation of "Best of Magna Carta", but an album with completely new music. The album also contains a CD with the original songs, so you can still compare, even if you don't have the original albums.