Live at Derby Guildhall, UK on September 5th 2009.
- A half hour of the wolf [10:44]
- Howling Whispers [11:00]
- Giants in the Derby Sky [7:25]
- Reattachment of Worldly affairs [9:02]
- Acoustic Shadows [6:30]
- Canyon [7:30]
- Battle of the Somme [10:02]
- A storm in the Guildhall [8:34]
- Tainted bare skin at the International [7:56]
Harold van der Heijden used a Heart Dynamics Drum kit with a Roland TD 20.
Frank Dorittke used Line 6 Pod Pro with 2 guitars.
Ron Boots used Roland SE 20, Moog Voyager, Korg M3 & Koassilator, Nord Electro 3, DSI Prophet 08 and a Waldorf Blofeld.
All was recorded on a Alesis HD 24 and mixed at the Dreamscape studio.
Some minor power clicks can be heard in the soft parts of the music. We decided to keep them instead of compromising the live feel! Same applies to the occasional bum note. (yes I know I played most of them)
2009. Ron Boots
This album offers the listener the wonderful chance of listening to a powerful live performance by these three musicians, with a recital including some specially hot versions from themes of well-known albums. Perfectly identified with one another and providing the music with a musical complexity typical of a studio recording, they play nine themes with a powerful strength, ranging from Space Sequencer Music to Synth-Pop to Symphonic Rock. The memorable concert the music in the CD comes from was held on September 5th, 2009 in the British city of Derby. Most of the music here is dynamic, with the sequencers developing fast rhythms or average-speed ones, and the support of a very well chosen percussion.
The melodies evoke the sense of adventure in several passages, as well as epic airs, romantic atmospheres and blades of melancholy.
In short, this is an album with a high rating which will be really appreciated by the followers of these musical trends.
I have just recieved this great cd and I must say it is fantastic. Me and my father went to Derby's Guildhall to witness this concert,
and we weren't disapointed.
2010. Martin Carson / England
In the many years Dutchman Ron Boots is active in the world of electronic music, he has given numerous concerts. As always, he is accompanied by great musicians who bring something extra and special to his music. "Derby!" is recorded live at the Derby Guildhall in the United Kingdom on the afternoon of September 5th 2009. The album came out at E-Live 2009 which was held at October 17th, so that was quick work! At this performance, Ron plays together with two excellent musicians: Harold van der Heijden on drums and Frank Dorittke (FD Project) on electric guitar.
The nine tracks on "Derby!" are not new compositions but most of them are known pieces with new arrangements.
It opens with "A Half Hour Of The Wolf" which is based on "Hour Of The Wolf" from the "See Beyond Times Look Beyond Words" album. Starting with a wonderful ambient moment, the music goes into a big sounding sequencertrack that almost remind of the "rock" period of Tangerine Dream ("Cyclone", "Force Majeure").
With "Howling Whispers" Ron and his friends visit "Screaming Whispers", one of his best albums. This piece is built up excellently, from slow until very fast, and shows Frank on guitar.
He can be heard again -and very clearly- on "Giants In The Derby Sky" ("Giants In The Skies" from "Beyond The Boundaries Of Twilight") which is almost progressive rock.
On of Ron’s most magical moments, "Detachment Of Worldly Affairs", return at the concert in "Reattachment Of Worldly Affairs". It brings back happy moments.
"Acoustic Shadows" was a very inspired album and shows some of Ron’s greatest moments. From this album the menacing symphonic titletrack and "Battle Of The Somme", with lovely sequences, are played. Frank shines again on "Canyon" (with a thrusting sequence) and "A Storm In The Guildhall", bringing it almost into a Mike Oldfield-atmosphere.
"Tainted Bare Skin" is still one of Ron’s most favourite albums along his fans. Happily, the trio play a piece from that cd. Frank’s guitar brings "Tainted Bare Skin At The International" to a whole new level. The sequences, rhythms and sounds are still impressive.
It was a while ago since Ron’s last live album came out. "Derby!" is a welcome addition to his impressive amount of live recordings. Electronic music should not be kept "hidden" at some attic but should be shared with the fans. On "Derby" Ron does that in an great way. The booklet show a nice "on the road" story because playing live is not only about the performance but also about the travelling.
2009. Paul Rijkens
Ron Boots’ concert is always a high quality musical event. The Dutch synthesist knows how to surrounds himself with very good musicians, of whom his inseparable friend and drummer Harold van der Heijden who strikes its skins with the surgical precision of a Harald Grosskopf. For this live event presented at the 2009 AD Electronic Music festival on September 05th, 2009, Ron Boots had appointed the services of the German guitarist Frank Dorittke adding thus a more rock, jazz and progressive depth in an already very well colored music.
Derby! starts quite slowly, with ethereal hazes which introduce A Half Hour of the Wolf from See Beyond Times And Look Beyond Words opus. A sweet vaporous intro where lost keys float while sparkling, under a sky streaked with howling tearings and a synth to oscillating waves which blow its solitary harmonies of its forlorn choirs. Slowly the structure takes life under fine starry breezes which remind the cosmic moments of Schulze, just before it explodes under an avalanche of furious percussions and a synth with twisted solos, calling back even more the Schulze / Grosskopf period on Body Love.
Explosive and cosmic, quite as Battle of the Somme who spins on a very similar structure, but with a more caustic rhythmic bass.
Howling Whispers follows with a sweet and mellotronned fluty intro which fights with undisciplined percussions. A serene opening which livens up slightly under distant riffs of a guitar which we have difficulty in guessing, while maintaining its fluty approach in a static sound universe, but rushed by heavy drum pulsations and guitar riffs that we hear clearly now. A six-strings that squabbles with a synth to virulent solos in a cosmic sound universe where Harold van der Heijden percussions beat constantly an infernal pace, diving in the heart of a rock more progressive than cosmic which leans on FD incisive riffs.
Giants in the Derby Sky brings back rhythm in a more bluesy proportion with FD Project excellent guitar from which gets out heavy sensual solos beneath percussions punctuated with robust strikings. A superb track that has a lot of emotions and sensibility, which is also on last Boots CD, and which is closer to progressive music zones that electronic, quite as the jazzy and very rock A Storm in the Guildhall.
The intro of Reattachment of Worldly Affairs hops delicately on a sweet sequence linked to a tinkled xylophone. A sweet opening to make you dreamy and which pulses on a heavier sequential approach of which resonances mould into ‘’tsitt-tsitt’’ cymbals, forewarning of a more steady beat with guitar and synth solos rowing the intense atmosphere which rolls up the finale.
Acoustic Shadows brings a thin dramatic touch to this event with a misty intro which oscillates between the mysteries of Pink Floyd and the slow reverberations of a guitar magnificently poetic. Ron Boots explicit narration on the nature of the acoustic shadows is broken by a magnificent synth solo which mixes its expressions of grief to Dorittke inspired guitar who takes advantage of the opening to dive into the jerky rhythms of Canyon; a title molded in riffs and solos of a guitar as incisive as stunning. We would believe hearing some Ashra so much it is delicious and dreamlike.
Hesitating rhythm under a synth to Vangelis pads, Tainted Bare Skin at the International encloses this live capitation on a bouncy staccato sequence bitten by a dreamy guitar and a keyboard to shuddering and suction pads chords. Another title of Ron Boots catalogue which gains a new life thankfully to a good rhythmic bass, great percussions playing and a biting guitar which facilitates spinning synth surges in a conclusion which already making us regret the ending of this concert.
Derby! is an inescapable for 2009. Sure it’s a live album, a sort of greatest hits if we may say, but an album where the music of Ron Boots takes a new shape. A new phase stimulated by FD Project guitar which leads Boots compositions in a more rock and progressive universe than purely electronic.
Space rock at his best performed by an excellent trio of musicians. And what else is to add about Harold van der Heijden drumming? Brilliant! He unifies his genius strikings to Ron Boots skillful synth play which multiplies solos and melancholic layers on sequences which mould rhythmic not so convenient for a drummer to equal.
In brief, Derby! is an excellent opus which will please for sure the fans of Ron Boots, but also the fans of space and progressive rock.
2009. Sylvain Lupari
This disc documents live performance of Ron Boots and friends in England.
It opens with "A Half Hour of the Wolf" which is a remake of the track known from "See Beyond Times..." disc. Soft arpeggios, pads and subtle solos are all great while the assertive bass throb is the icing on the cake. Nice effects give way for the driving sequenced section of the track. The sound is classic Boots and the music is well recorded. As far as I can tell this version is very different from the album track, i.e. the solos are different, the drums are live, the track is more aggressive and intense. In either case, it's a classic Boots track with nice sequencing and wonderful solos.
"Howling Whispers" continues with more restrained sequencing, some Mellotron flutes and lots of effects. Musically, it's a continuation of the previous track. After 5 minutes, Frank's guitar makes an appearance. The guy plays some riffs but they stay largely in the background, while the centerpiece is the synth soloing. It's nice, rocking EM. The track ends with a deep, dramatic soundscape.
"Giants In the Derby Sky" starts effectively with atmospheric synths and subtly distorted guitar by Frank. Relaxed, dramatic and spacey, this is the style of EM I like very much. Think Ashra meet Guido Meyer meet Tangerine Dream and you get the picture - it's a moody, laid-back, hard-rocking affair.
"Reattachment of Worldly Affairs" begins with a sequence and some ever so subtle pads. The track develops to include a nice drum rhythm and some tasty soloing from Ron. Frank's guitar also makes an appearance, not sounding too upfront this time, getting louder as the track progresses.
"Acoustic Shadows" begins with dramatic pads and a cymbal rhythm, before a spoken voice introduction also heard in the album version of this track, appears. After that a nice synth lead kicks in, as tasty guitar soloing by F.D. blends nicely with the rest of the instruments and sounds.
"Canyon" is straight into business with lively sequencing and a phased "Oxygene"-like pad. Harold lays down a stiff rhythm while Frank's guitar soars on top. You can tell there's a ghost of Herr Froese lurking somewhere inside this assertive and driving electronic guitar track.
"Battle of the Somme", a version of a well-known track from "Acoustic Shadows", follows. It is free of guitar and is more or less true to the original, bass sequences gradually rising from under the bed of dramatic pads, as an analogue lead line cries on top.
"A Storm In the Guildhall" relies on tasty and fat analogue bass sequencing and Mellotron choirs. Frank Dorittke once again makes an appearance with one of his wailing guitar solos. The rhythm from Harold is more upbeat this time, almost racing. Frank speeds up his playing and by the 3 minute mark he's firing on all cylinders, as Boots intensifies the soundscape and Harold beats his drums like mad. This is good driving music. There's a nice interlude dominated by electric piano and Mellotron choir with Frank's guitar licks on top, before everything returns to the upbeat sequencer / drum frenzy.
"Tainted Bare Skin At the International" is pure romantic Boots, with a good guitar tossed in. Moody, relaxed stuff that's also good for when in the car, or just nice stuff to sit and listen to on those wet, rainy days.
"Derby!" is a great performance and a nice CD of Electronic Music that will be especially liked by those who enjoy a combination of synthesizers, live drums and guitar.
2010. Artemi Pugachov / Encyclopedia of Electronic Music
El sello holandés Groove Unlimited nos vuelve a deleitar con un nuevo trabajo de su fundador Ron Boots, acompañado en esta ocasión de Frank Dorittke (Project FD) y de Harold van der Heijden, el título de esta obra es "Derby!"
"Derby!" no es un trabajo más en la carrera de este prolífico compositor, es un concierto en directo celebrado el pasado 5 de Septiembre de este año 2009 en el Reino Unido, en la ciudad de Derby Guildhall, como curiosidad, decir que en el libreto que acompaña al disco, Ron va narrando como fue su vida en esa semana del concierto.
"Derby!" son nueve composiciones grabadas en directo a cargo de Ron con algunas de sus clásicas máquinas (Roland SE 20, Moog Voyager, Korg M3), Frank Dorittke (Line 6 Pod Pro con 2 guitarras) y Harold van der Heijden (Heart Dynamics Drum kit con un Roland TD 20), con este arsenal y con las manos que estaban detrás, solo podemos esperar una magnífica actuación e interpretaciones fantásticas como la de los temas "A half Hour or the Wolf" con el que comienza el disco, o "Reattachment of Worldly Affairs" , "Acoustic Shadows" o "Tainted Bare Skin at the International", con el que finaliza este trabajo, pero esto solo es una pequeña muestra de lo que aquí nos podemos encontrar. A lo largo de este trabajo, los sonidos electrónicos se van apoderando de nosotros, sonidos ya conocidos de las obras de Ron Boots, sonidos que nos hacen recordar a las mejores épocas de los Tangerine Dream, las potentes guitarras de Frank o los drums de Harold, todo ello para llevarnos por unos instantes al pasado, a la época gloriosa de estos estilos musicales, pero sin dejar de ver el presente ni el futuro.
Este trabajo es una magnífica oportunidad para que todos aquellos que no tuvieron la oportunidad de asistir a ese concierto, se hagan una pequeña idea de lo que se han perdido, de lo que hace sentir la buena música electrónica, de como nos emociona a sus seguidores esos sonidos, esas secuencias, esas guitarras, todo ello a cargo de unos magníficos músicos dirigidos por la batuta musical de Ron Boots.
2009. Roberto Vales / Ultima Fronteira
If the new years concert is as good or even better than this release, we're in for a treat. Derby is fantastic, Ron's music doesn't need any sidekicks but I have to say that Frank's guitar play is blending in perfectly with Ron's tracks.
Just love this live version of "Tainted bare skin".
Oh Harold, keep up the good work, Ron's music is at his best with a live drum machine.:-)
see ya in January.
2009. Jeff Wouters / Belgium
This release from 2009 features 79 minutes of dazzling electronic music recorded live in Derby on September 5, 2009.
Boots (playing Roland SE 20, Moog Voyager, Korg M3 & Koassilator, Nord Electro 3, DSI Prophet 8, and a Waldorf Blofeld) is joined on-stage by Frank Dorittke (playing Line 6 Pod Pro with two guitars), and Harold van der Heijden (playing a Heart Dynamics Drum kit with a Roland TD 20).
Lively electronics are joined by blazing guitar and urgent percussion, producing enthralling music.
The electronics are a versatile offering, ranging from sweeping atmospheric texturals to dreamy keyboard pastiches to animated riffs that will grab your ears with their captivating melodies. Majestic chords are crafted into mesmerizing passages that persist in accruing energy until breathless pinnacles are achieved and maintained. Boots has a way of compressing an entire orchestra into his equipment and channeling it out in an inventive fusion that often defies codification, warping horns into a rich resonance that grips the soul with each passing moment.
Guitarwork features heavily in this music. Searing riffs are delivered with pyrotechnic fervor that threatens to blister the paint from the walls. Impassioned riffs are delivered with ease, elevating the tunes to a level of glorious vigor.
The percussion is snappy and slick, lending bewitching tempos to the music and propelling things into an engaging state of peppy euphoria. The rhythms are complex and generate a relentless state of locomotion, the type of agitation that overcomes the listener’s restraint and starts the head bobbing and the feet tapping.
While the electronics bestow a sense of ascendant buoyancy to the audience, the guitar flogs away with delightful celestial fury, and the rhythms provide such an abundance of spellbinding beats that the music is often as much rock as it is contemporary electronics.
There are dreamy occasions on this album, but the majority of the tunes achieve a boisterous beauty that ranks very high in intensity. The performance features a plethora of invigoration of the highest caliber, combining teeth-gritting severity with swooning vitality that lasts a long time after the disc has stopped playing.
Performances of several songs from Boots’ Acoustic Shadows album are included here, along with a truncated rendition of a piece from his See Beyond Times, Look Beyond Words album.
Matt Howarth / Soniccuriosity
Ron Boots’ live albums are some of my favorites, and "Derby!" is no exception. Joined this time by Frank Dorittke and Harold van der Heijden, this disc provides nearly 80 minutes of Ron’s recent output, reinterpreted in the live setting.
Titles are indicative of the source material, such as the live version of "Hour of the Wolf" being titled "A Half Hour of the Wolf", and "Screaming Whispers" becoming "Howling Whispers."
"Giants in the Derby Sky" is a favorite, greatly enhanced with Frank’s sizzling guitar licks, well done. Next is perhaps my favorite Ron Boots song of all, here called "Reattachment Of Worldly Affairs". The familiar opening sequencing is just slightly different, with all the surrounding electronic details very true to the original, as is the case on many of the tracks featured here. The guitar once again gives added punch.
I’m not certain, but "Canyon" may be new to this collection, and a fine addition it is, combining classic Berlin school sequencing with rock influences courtesy of the drums and electric guitars. Speaking of rock, check out "A Storm in the Guildhall," which really cooks.
These are the tracks that make Ron’s live albums with his friends so much fun; and that makes Derby! another winner.
2010. Phil Derby / Electroambient Space
Early September 2009, Ron Boots travelled to Derby in the UK, accompanied by his faithful drummer and best friend Harold van der Heijden and Mr "F.D. Project" Frank Dorittke to perform a concert at David Wright’s festival.
And what a dynamic happening it must have been, according to the outcome preserved on his fine cd.
The nine tracks are powerful re-interpretations and re-arrangements of existing Ron Boots-tracks, with the exception of the F.D. Project piece "Canyon", in which Harold’s energetic drums and Franks powerful guitar really kick some ass to the basics and solos provided by Mr Boots.
The trio’s thick sounds, massive sequencer patterns and yearning solos breaks the ice from the start with "A Half Hour of the Wolf", later on touching ground with impressive versions of two tracks of the concept album "Acoustic Shadows".
Thereafter, Frank’s energetic guitar and synth solos in "A Storm in the Guildhall" are very captivating, before the album beautifully winds down with the enthralling "Tainted Bare Skin at he International".
All in all, the very tasty content of "Derby!" is a must-have for all the fans and enthusiasts of Ron Boots & friends.
2009. Bert Strolenberg / Sonic Immersion
This CD reminds me that almost 30 years ago, when I first discovered electronic music, I hoped of finding an album of music on which I could hear a blend of percussions, spacey synth sounds and powerful electric guitar riffs and solos. I would have called such music "nuclear music". Well, I am glad to report that I have finally found such a disc in Ron Boots' Derby ! I absolutely love it and I would surely take a few more like this one.
Derby ! is a treat for those of you who are into berlin school music as well as progressive rock and space rock. It is also a first-class introduction to the work of Ron Boots. I strongly recommend it.
2010. Robert Hamel / Canada