dark star

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6th album CD Released 2000

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The sixth album by DARK STAR was released in December 2000 and is an extended re-release of the "Travelogue" album from 1994. The two final tracks of that original CD were left off and replaced with four tracks from a never released seventh album, amounting to about 30 minutes of new material in total.

Like most of the tracks on "Travelogue", the new songs also feature various guest appearances, although not by musicians as well known as The Legendary Pink Dots. Then again - if you're German, you will probably have heard of Rodrigo González who plays bass in Germany's no. 1 punkpop band Die Ärzte - he contributed bass guitar and some cool samples to two of the tracks.

The front cover is a drawing by the late legendary French comic strip artist Jean Giraud AKA Moebius - one of the very few occasions where he agreed to the use of one of his drawings by another artist.

This album was produced and distributed by Soleilmoon Recordings in the United States, who originally started out as a cassette label and have been active in the underground and industrial music scene since 1987. They are home for many of The Legendary Pink Dots' recordings, amongst many fine others from the likes of Merzbow or Muslimgauze or Coil.

The CD has been out of print for many years now, but you can still buy the tracks online on Bandcamp as flac files in lossless quality. There are also very few CDs still available.

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"Come To" is a collaboration with Technogod. In 1997 they released their own extended and remixed version of it on their album "2000 Below Zero":

 
"Don't Look 'til It's Gone" is a collaboration with The Legendary Pink Dots, with lyrics and vocals by Edward Ka-Spel. In 2012 Edward released a wonderful new version of it as a bonus track on the re-release edition of his 1991 solo album "Tanith And The Lion Tree":

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Around 2010 'Virgil Pink' uploaded two wonderful videos with tracks from "Travelogue II" on YouTube. The first one is for "Eject!":

 
The second one is for "Don't Look 'til It's Gone"; the film used for it is an amazing short called "Nuit Blanche" by Arev Manoukian - slightly modified and edited to fit with the song:

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You can also stream the album on Spotify.

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You will find some reviews of this CD on the review page.

 
 

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