Steve Roach: Dreamtime Return (30th Anniversary Remastered Edition) (2-LP VINYL)

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    Disc One 67:47
  1. Towards The Dream 7:09 | MP3 edit
  2. The Continent 4:47 | MP3 edit
  3. Songline 3:01
  4. Airtribe Meets The Dream Ghost 7:07 | MP3 edit
  5. A Circular Ceremony 11:18 | MP3 edit
  6. The Other Side 13:11 | MP3 edit
  7. Magnificent Gallery 6:02 | MP3 edit
  8. Truth In Passing 8:49 | MP3 edit
  9. Australian Dawn – The Quiet Earth Cries Inside 6:17
    Disc Two 62:42
  1. Looking For Safety 31:17 | MP3 edit
  2. Through a Strong Eye 6:50 | MP3 edit
  3. The Ancient Day 6:07 | MP3 edit
  4. Red Twilight With The Old Ones 9:50 | MP3 edit
  5. The Return 8:33
| MP3 edit

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This item is Steve’s 1988 classic, Dreamtime Return remastered & re-released in a beautiful gatefold LP jacked on 130-gram Black vinyl. If you are looking for the 2-CD release, please visit this page.

The Return of a Masterpiece
30th Anniversary Remastered Edition

Since its release in 1988, Dreamtime Return has earned its reputation as a genuine classic. The two-LP magnum opus is one of the most important, widely known and highly respected release in Steve Roach’s vast body of work. It serves as an essential benchmark within the Electronic-Ethno-Atmospheric genre.

Roach’s travels in the Australian outback, along with studies of the Aboriginal Dreamtime, and his desert walkabouts in California were the lifeblood for this recording which even today sounds like a transmission from the near future and the very distant past.

“Musically Dreamtime Return richly deserves its classic status, but Roach also deserves credit for leading electronic musicians out of their sheltered studios and into an active relationship with the landscape, the wider world, and deep cultural history. The whole genre is stronger and more relevant for his example.” – Stephen Hill, Hearts of Space Radio

Three decades after its release, the true expansive depth of this iconic masterpiece has been meticulously unveiled, revealing an entirely new listening experience. With this 30th Anniversary remastered edition, mastering engineer Howard Givens utilizes his years of technical knowledge with electronic music, an extensive array of analog and digital tools, and his passion for this seminal work, to restore the original sonic nature and visionary intention, taking the listener deeper into the dreamtime.

“Steve Roach demonstrates that electronic music’s greatest potential may lie in bringing our most elusive dreams and ancient memories into focus through potent, highly imaginative soundscapes. In addition to the atmospheric harmonies and rhythms that literally engulf you for two hours the artist’s compelling style is his uncanny ability to create the illusion of suspended time. Altered chords that breathe ever so slowly, floating textures, digitally sampled aboriginal timbres, and arresting special effects lead you through a gently unfolding maze of sonic dimensions that depict a sense of mystery and confrontation with the unknown. The effect is mesmerizing, increasingly introspective, yet curiously comforting as if the primitive wisdom and renewed connection to nature this music conveys is something you were craving all along. This is without question Steve Roach’s masterpiece.” – Linda Kohanov, (excerpt from) CD Review, August 1989

“Surrounding every masterpiece there is an arcane and indecipherable energy, a divine breath that blows. Works like Dreamtime Return change the course of history and accomplish a prodigious jump forward. It is a recording that has inspired a whole generation of musicians and that contains within its two hours astounding artistic intuitions, the starting point for all of the esoteric and tribal music that is produced today. The drones of the didgeridoo, the ceremonial drums, the alien ambiences, the voices from the past, the eternal silences, the tribal atmospheres, the dilation of time, and the sculpture of space have created the tribal-ambient genre, of which Roach was the first techno-shaman. The record can be considered a soundtrack for an adventure at the edge of time, an experience that has deeply and indelibly marked Roach, whose life from that moment will no longer be the same. The channel is open.” – Gianluigi Gasparetti, Deep Listenings, August 2005

Selling Points

• Steve Roach received a Grammy nomination for 2017’s Spiral Revelation
• Completely remastered for this 30th anniversary release
Dreamtime Return included in Tom Moon’s 1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die
• Over 100,000 copies sold


Steve Roach voted the #1 and #2 albums in Echoes Radio’s 2014 listener poll! Steve was also named the #1 Icon of Echoes!


Dreamtime Return is more than a seminal recording that has influenced a generation of musicians. It’s a portal into a universe where technological designs merge deep inside primordial moods. Roach found the nexus of primal didgeridoo growls and synthesizer drones and orchestrated them into this techno-tribal opus. When you shout out at the edge of the world, Dreamtime Return is echo that calls back to you.” – John Diliberto ((( echoes )))

Remaster re-release street date: August 23, 2005
Digipack release: December 2015
Remastered digipak release: March 2018
2-LP Remastered re-release: May 2018

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Weight 1.5 lbs

Telephone Explosion

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Gatefold 2-LP vinyl


  1. Reviews Editor

    From Stranded

    California ambient pioneer Steve Roach released Dreamtime Return, arguably his finest album, in 1988 following extensive travels to the Australian outback. The word “dreamtime” refers to the Australian Aboriginal belief system, specifically to their notion of the distant past and its inhabitants. Though now considered a dated and anthropologically inaccurate term based on the faulty interpretation of an Aboriginal concept, in the ’80s it was widely used in popular culture especially within the nascent new age movement. Roach’s goal, to which the title alludes, was to evoke the sensation of the mythologized ancestral landscape while looking to the potentialities of the future, a quintessentially new age sentiment.

    As a means to that end Roach incorporates ancient instruments such as the didgeridoo, gourd drums and dumbek into his electronics, and the effect is seamless. Oftentimes this approach of incorporating acoustic instruments into the electronic ambient/new age realm feels clunky at best, but the drums and wind instruments are recorded and produced in such a way that they fit perfectly in place with Roach’s glassy synth work. Featuring assistance from notable contemporaries like Kevin Braheny and Robert Rich, Dreamtime Return sounds simultaneously like a return to his Berlin school origins as well as a look to the future of the ’90s ambient and electronic scene, and it’s clear that his work here was hugely influential on the dark ambient scene that was set to explode across Europe.

    With songs ranging from the ambient bliss of his earlier classic Structures From Silence all the way to tracks that, in the right light and heightened mind state, could conceivably fill a dance floor, Dreamtime Return is Roach’s most diverse and exploratory album. A welcome reissue of a truly essential piece that connects the legacy of peak era ’80s Hearts of Space new age and the fourth world movement with a sound that presages the oncoming convergence of ambient and techno.

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