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luv374 Virgin Ambient Flyer

Virgin Ambient Flyer

i have always had the sneaking suspicion that Richard Branson co-founded Virgin Records in 1972 to better soundtrack his future hot air balloon adventures. as you may recall, in 1987 he became one of the first people to cross the Atlantic Ocean in a hot air balloon, crash landing in the water off the coast of Northern Ireland. at the time their balloon, the “Virgin Atlantic Flyer’ was the largest in the world; so naturally it sunk.

recently i met a longtime employee for the Imperial War Museum in Duxford, England, where the ‘Virgin Atlantic Flyer’ now resides. he was part of the team that salvaged and cleaned out the craft after the emergency landing and he confirms that there was a good sound system and a box of reel-to-reel tapes stowed on board. of course they were all destroyed but he recalls one of the reels being clearly labeled “Avant Garde Virgin Cuts”. this mix is what i imagine was on that tape Sir Branson listened to while he floated among the clouds.

image : a Thunder & Colt decal on the outside of the Virgin Atlantic Flyer.
Tracklist:
  1. Romance – Peter Baumann – Virgin (1976) > buy link
  2. excerpt from Percolations : Part One – Gong – Virgin (1976)
  3. Garden Of Paradise – Steve Hillage – Virgin (1979) > buy link
  4. The Octave Doctors And The Crystal Machine – Gong – Virgin (1973) > buy link
  5. Träum Mal Wieder – Holger Czukay – Virgin (1984) > buy link
  6. The Blue Blue Third – Rip Rig + Panic – Uh Huh Prods / Virgin (1981)
  7. Glass C/W Steel – Fred Frith – Caroline / Virgin (1974)
  8. Circulation Of Events – Tangerine Dream – Ohr / Virgin (1973/1976) > buy link
  9. Glimmer – John Foxx – Metal Beat / Virgin (1980/1981) > buy link
  10. Tropic Of Capricorn – Edgar Froese – Virgin (1978) > buy link
  11. Toyota City – The Human League – Virgin (1980) > buy link
  12. Linguaphonie – Henry Cow – Virgin / Red Records (1974/1979)
  13. Krautrock – Faust – Virgin (1973) > buy link
  14. Caucasian Lullaby – Slap Happy / Henry Cow – Virgin (1975) > buy link
  15. Gegenstand – John Greaves / Peter Blegvad / Lisa Herman – Virgin (1977) > buy link
  16. Étoile Polaire (North Star) – Philip Glass – Virgin (1977)
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