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Christopher Franke - Pacific Coast Highway

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If you have ever driven along the PCH, you will understand why Christopher was inspired to create this piece of work, paying homage to what is certainly one of the most beautiful stretches of highway in the United States. The music accurately recreates the emotion and awe as you journey up the coastline with its green rolling hills and tree-lined cliffs on one side, then with just the turn of your head, the other lays forth an ocean sunset that, as this music will, take your breath away.

Pacific Coast Highway is Christopher Franke's debut album for Private Music, though his relationship with the label goes back to the early days of Tangerine Dream, the electronic rock band co-founded by Peter Baumann (Private's owner and founder), Edgar Froese and Franke.
The album is Christopher's first solo effort, following an impressive career, with recording credits on thirty-six studio, live and soundtrack albums and composition credits for the music in thirty American feature films.

The twelve tracks on Pacific Coast Highway were composed and performed by Christopher Franke; the acoustic instruments range from piano, guitars and flutes to orchestral instruments, with solo and full tutti passages. The recordings of these instruments are partly untouched and partly electronically enhanced.

Black Garden View" is the opening number, presenting a broad sound with varied string instruments, a powerful bass-line, dreamy acoustic guitars and muted wind. The song wafts into "Mountain Heights" which is more of a rock tune with earthy electronic guitar and strong percussion.

"Cinammon City Cliff" is a haunting orchestral composition which demonstrates Christopher's stylistic breadth. A triumphant stand-out is "Wheels on Beach Park," an engagingly melodic number which finds the listener humming halfway through the first ploy.

Track Listings:
    1 Black Garden View 4:49
    2 Mountain Heights 3:24
    3 Lontano Mystery 5:05
    4 Big Sur Romance 2:17
    5 Driving Into Blue 3:01
    6 Purple Waves 5:06
    7 Malibu Avenue 4:23
    8 Cinnamon City Cliff 3:25
    9 Wheels on Beach Park 4:49
    10 Sunset Destination 1:30
    11 Crystal Tree 4:29
    12 Electric Becomes Eclectic 3:40
Artist Name(s):
Christopher Franke
Christopher Franke, Richard E. Roth
Release Year: 1991
Ambient, Symphonic
Album Type:
Cassette, Compact Disc, Digital / Download
Mastering: Rudi Panke
Engineer(s): Richard E. Roth
Label / Publishing
Label Name:
Sonic Images
Catalog Number(s):
Los Angeles, CA, Berlin, Germany
Editions / Reissues
  1. Virgin V 2661, 211 592 Europe 1991
  2. Private Music, Sonic Images Records 01005-82094-2 Canada 1991
  3. Virgin V 2661 Germany 1991
  4. Sound Images 01005-82094-4 US 1991
  5. Sonic Images Records SI 8507-2 US 1996
Synthesizers Used
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