Valley Of The Sun Publishing is a publishing company that has been around for some 30 years now. They are known for releasing some of the most beautiful ambient synth/new age music that you never heard. There are tons of these tapes, most lost to the ages. Our Goal is to find 'em.
Hey everyone, here it is. For a long time now, ever since I saw the cover art of this tape, I knew it was going to be amazing. And I guess I was right, because I'm really enjoying this release. And I'm not the only one who thinks so. My cat, Ricky, loves it as well, it calmed him down and he's sitting on me as I type, something he rarely ever does (He's a crazy cat type thing.) Anyway, here you go.
Generously donated by Steven Cooper himself, here is a pristine copy of Angels Of The Sun, the only Steven Cooper album I did not yet have. It's another gem, too. Absolutely wonderful to listen to and it puts you into a serene trance.
Hey. I have some cool stuff to share today. Steven Cooper had came across this blog and had shared some interesting things with me, so I figured I'd share it here with everyone else to hear what one of the great New Age artists has to say about their music. Steven has also donated 2 digital remasters from the original master tapes of Key West Afternoon and the only Cooper album from Valley Of The Sun we don't have yet: Angels Of The Sun!
"Hello, I accidently came across your site on the internet. Thanks for all of the nice comments. I have several of the releases you do not have...including some of the other artists. All of my music is on CD - but has not been re-released. I did most of the music for the "hypnosis tapes" released in 1985-1987. I also did music for another company - Jonathan Parker's Gateways institute. These were all "self-help" releases - on cassette - in 1988-89. There were many. I also have an unreleased project that was going to come out on the Synergy Label, Audion in 1990. They went belly up - and so did it.......I re-mastered all of these releases several years ago - and the CD's sound great. I also have a release from "Valley of the Sun" so that I can release the music on my own. I haven't had the time to do so, so they have languished in the vault so to speak. The label was the brainchild of Richard and Scott Sutphen. Scott recruited me, and TRANSCENDENCE was the result. That was almost thirty years ago - hard to believe. I was one of their first artists - and remained with them until the label closed. I may have copies of some of the other releases you don't have - I worked with Robert Slapp some, and he sent me label releases in advance. At the time, I really wanted all of my releases out on CD. They were all originally mastered to SONY PCM - the original DAT. The quality has always been great, and they sound much better in digital. I had a high quality studio for the time, and made efforts to make the recordings as good as anything out there. BUT at the time, CD releases required "big" budgets - $15k per/release - and were beyond what the label wanted to spend. The unreleased project was titled "Planet Earth" - and was a sonic history of the earth. It was pretty cool - and I developed all sorts of sounds for it - from atoms to volcanos to earthquakes to insects and dinosaurs. It was the project Audion was interested in - and I never offered it to Vallery of the Sun. The friends I have shared it with always liked it - and it was perhaps the best thing I did.....I guess that is the story of life - the best efforts end up unheard."