This one-off project is best known for featuring the legendary Bill Bruford (Yes, Genesis, King Crimson), on drums. As a result this CD will be of interest to Prog Rock fans the world over. Previously issued on CD in Japan, that version sells on the collectors market in the region of $100 !!!!!
The main man behind Absolute Elsewhere was keyboardist and flutist Paul Fishman, who wanted to make a concept-album inspired by the books and theories of Eric von Däniken about aliens visiting earth in ancient times. The original record was wrapped up in a lavish die-cut cover featuring a glossy booklet with lots of comments from von Däniken himself, and also a separate sheet with many photos from the places that he think “proves” his theories and the CD booklet faithfully reproduces the original artwork as much as possible within the format.
The music on “In Search of Ancient Gods” varies from symphonic and spacey multi-part suites to short electronic exercises. The opener “Earthbound” is very atmospheric and pleasant based in a melodic theme played on synths, while a slightly more upbeat mid-passage also allow guitarist Philip Saatchi to deliver some solos. “Moon City” is the first of three short and pure electronic pieces on the CD. The mood is expect, dreamy and spacey, fitting the concept quite well. The two remaining of these pieces are “The Gold of the Gods” that sounds like Tomita, while “Toktela” display a slight classical reference. “Miracles of the Gods” has many passages sounds like a spacey version of the early King Crimson sound. Even Bruford’s drumming reminds a lot of what Mike Giles did on “In the Wake of Poseidon”. It also features quieter parts where Fishman plays some classical-influenced piano and also adds a few drops of Mellotron-flute. “Chariots of the Gods” (which also was the name of von Däniken’s first and still most famous book) has a funky mid-tempo rhythm underneath Fishman’s cosmic flow of keyboards. The closer “Return to the Stars” is ten minutes of pure electronic and experimental spacey sounds that could have been taken from an early Tangerine Dream or Klaus Schulze album. “In Search of Ancient Gods” is a minor classic of spacey instrumental symphonic progressive rock that will take you on a cosmic journey beyond your physical senses.