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The Leaving Time

by Steve Roach & Michael Shrieve

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ernstlat unusual album for Steve Roach, nice but very different Favorite track: Edge Runner.
Mark Sullivan
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Mark Sullivan I still own it on CD, but it's a pleasure to lend some support. David Torn's guitar playing was and is a big draw for me, so I want to make a correction on the credits. He plays on every track, and is credited as co-composer on "The Leaving Time" and "Edge Runner." Favorite track: The Leaving Time.
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Craig Shipley I am one of the lucky folks that snagged this on CD way back when and it still resides in my collection. I bought it again just to be able to comment on how good this album is and that it can now reach an audience that missed it first time around. As Mr. Roach says, it is unlike anything else in the catalog and I think it is one of his very best collaborations. Just buy it, you won't regret it! Favorite track: Edge Runner.
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San Diego 08:44
Tribes 04:59
Big Sky 07:49
Edge Runner 07:31


Lost but not forgotten : The Leaving Time - 1988 - Steve Roach and Michael Shrieve

This is the innovating and deeply inspired lost collaboration album I created with legendary Santana drummer Michael Shrieve (from Woodstock to albums with Klaus Schulze) released in 1988 on a major label soon after Dreamtime Return. This album also featured storied guitarist David Torn who had just completed sessions with David Sylvian. Also a guest on 2 tracks is bassist Jonas Hellborg who was on tour with John Mclaughlin at the time. This creation began with Michael and I starting the sessions that extended over a few weeks at the Timeroom in Venice, California in 1987 after meeting Michael through Ethan Edgecombe, the owner of Fortuna records who had also released the Transfer Station Blue album with Michael and Klaus Schulze.

After the foundation of the album was tracked in the Venice, CA Timeroom, I was off to Australia for the Dreamtime Return project. Upon returning from down under, I flew directly to Millbrook, NY for the final tracking of Drums, guitar and more synths. Soon after we were off to San Francisco for the final mixes at Different Fur. This was the studio of electronic music pioneer Patrick Gleeson. Exciting times to say the least!

This music defied many genres and still sounds like it's from the future. Cinematic and heroic, the epic themes reach towards the sky. Michael’s incredible acoustic drum performances were recorded in a large reverberant room at the upstate NY Millbrook Sound Studios with the spirit of going for the big John Bonham sound.

I used the same Oberheim system I use today. Along with the synths I performed the drum machine programing on the Oberheim DMX along with sequenced structures on the Ensoniq ESQ1 sequencer. Michael also had a Ensonic ESQ 1 and also preformed a lot of parts using an Roland Octapad triggering a Emax 2 rack loaded with a vast range of percussion samples.

This all combined to forge a release with out comparison still to this day. Ultimately the genre-defying music bewildered the promotion department of the record company and never found the audience it deserved at the time. Sadly its been long out-of-print and locked up in the RCA vaults at this point. CD and LP copies can sometimes be found at Amazon and Ebay. Meanwhile this is a special very lost release for you here and now!


released October 22, 2022

Steve Roach
Analog and digital Synthesizers - Oberheim System with Xpander Sequencers, Drum Programming - Oberheim DMX, Ensoniq ESQ -1
Macintosh with M software - used on Big Sky

Michael Shrieve
Acoustic and Electric Drums
Octapad, Keyboards and sampler, Drum Programming

David Torn
Electric and Acoustic Guitars
On the Leaving Time, San Diego, Edge Runner

Jonas Hellborg
Electric Bass on Tribes and Edge Runner

Recorded at The Timeroom Venice California, Millbrook Sound Studio NY

Mixed At Different Fur - San Francisco


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