This has been the first release by Palantir. Encouraged by friends and listeners I decided to do a tape with the best titles from 1989 to 1991. For the re-release on CDR mini-series in 1999, the recordings were processed and remastered. The tracks 10-12 are an earlier version of the ones released on "Refuge In Fantasy" in 1994.
More on this album at: www.circleofsounds.de/images.htm
Here's what the critics said:
>> [...] This Palantir serves his 'job' well: I feel transported into other lands and times. Most of the time I have the feeling of being in Middle-Earth, the world of the impressing novel "Lord of the Rings". But the journey isn't limited to that only. [...] Sometimes the mood seems like the music of Gandalf [an artist from Austria]. The sequences of Palantir are of my taste. I like to listen to this tape more than to some other boring CDs collecting dust inside of my cupboard. << [translated from german]
Chris Höppner in WAVES 14
>> Raindrops begin and end the first track. We already had that, you might think, and we don't need it because we clearly see what's going to follow? Well, that's right - as long as it only concerns this track. It gets better fast after this: In the following eleven instrumentals Christian Schimmöller serves a menu of such rounded flavour, which is more astounding as it has been cooked in only two pots (Roland D-10, S-330) and the creator, 18 years old at the time, had only about 24 months of experience in the Elektronic-genre. [...] Especially the opulent dessert (The Waters of Life) will also delight the gourmet's tongue: Twelve minutes in which a bubbling synthetic cold soup-dish gets more and more to bite into - a semi-sweet oboe-flavoured solo line, sugar-sweet celestas. Tasty. << [translated from german]
Albrecht Piltz in KEYBOARDS 2/93