2002 | Trail of Dreams

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Trail of Dreams

by 2002

Cascading harps, joyful flutes, contemplative guitar, lush orchestrations, percussion, and piano are accompanied by rich vocal textures and poetic lyrics.
Genre: New Age: Neo-Classical
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1. Into the Light
3:19 album only
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2. Sky
3:09 album only
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3. Wait for Me
4:13 album only
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4. Trail of Dreams
5:23 album only
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5. Ta Mé ‘mo Shuí
3:18 album only
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6. Navigatio
5:34 album only
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7. Follow Your Star
4:33 album only
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8. Far from Home
5:07 album only
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9. Deep Horizon
3:27 album only
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10. Ever Onward
5:42 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Trail of Dreams is about that great journey into the unknown, to find one’s destiny. Many of the songs were inspired by the stories of these great travelers. The title track depicts the great spiritual epic Autobiography of a Yogi, where Yogananda travels to far away America to bring the spirituality of India to the west. “Navigatio” recounts the voyage of Saint Brendan from Ireland in the sixth century, setting out to find a glorious Heavenly island. In “Follow Your Star”, Honera O’Flynn is kidnapped from her homeland of Ireland and brought to America, where she ultimately finds her destiny, and true love. The album ends with “Ever Onward”, a life-affirming anthem about following dreams, and always moving forward

Throughout their last few albums, progressive new age band 2002 has been steadily increasing their use of vocals and percussion, infusing elements from pop, folk and progressive rock into their ambient/neo-classical roots. Also during that time, Sarah Copus, daughter of Pamela and Randy, has been taking on an ever-increasing role in the group. With the release of Trail of Dreams, Sarah, now just 10 years old, is one of the harpists and the primary lead vocalist in the band. Her soaring, angelic voice is featured prominently on Trail of Dreams, with many of the harmonies and vocal arrangements having been created by her. The synergy that Sarah brings to 2002’s signature sound has created something entirely new, by a band that believes in following the musical adventure wherever it leads, ever onward.

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Raj Manoharan (www.rajmanreviews.blogspot.com)

The RajMan Reviews
With this album, Pamela and Randy Copus’s daughter Sarah joins the family’s musical fray as a featured vocalist and harpist, adding an intriguing new dimension to the veteran new age music group as it transforms from a dynamic duo into a tremendous trio.
 
The record wastes no time in introducing us to Sarah’s beautiful voice, starting right off with the 10-year-old musician’s pearly pipes. Indeed, the young singer’s talents combined with her parents’ accomplished vocals and instrumentation result in what I can only imagine Heaven on Earth sounds like – except I don’t have to imagine it when I can hear it right on this CD.
 
What really impresses me about Sarah’s angelic tones is that they are the result of her just singing in her natural voice, without any attempt whatsoever to go over the top with the hysterical vocal histrionics that have become de rigueur for much of today’s bland and soulless pop music. This alone not only makes her one of the better child singers of all time, but also one of the better singers of any age and era.
 
This is where I might be expected to write the time-honored cliché that, with the addition of Sarah, 2002 has never sounded better. That would be nice to say but not true, since 2002 has never sounded less than exceptional. But Sarah’s unique contributions to the group definitely take it to all-new highs.
 
As always, Pamela and Randy excel in their long-held roles. After all, they built 2002’s classic, lush sound, with Sarah adding new layers. Pamela plays harp, flute, and keyboards and harmonizes beautifully with her daughter. Randy handles guitar, bass, keyboards, percussion, and vocals. Randy sings lead on the title track and features prominently on album closer “Ever Onward.” Both tunes could very well be songs by progressive rockers Yes, especially due to the vocal harmonies and the fact that Randy sounds similar to Yes vocalist Jon Anderson.
 
If this album is any indication, 2002 shows no signs of leveling off or slowing down. In fact, they’re just getting started on yet another chapter of their long and winding magic carpet ride. Whether you’ve been with them from the beginning or are boarding for the first time, it’s a musical trip well worth taking.
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Michael Diamond (www.michaeldiamondmusic.com)

Review excerpt from Music and Media Focus
For a well-established recording artist or ensemble with a large following, experimenting with new directions in their signature sound can be risky. Fortunately for 2002, their experimentation has paid off. The evolution that has been taking place, particularly on this new release, include the increased use of vocals and percussion, as well as infusing elements from pop, folk and progressive rock into their ambient/neo-classical roots. While the group has been known over the years as the husband and wife duo of Randy and Pamela Copus, their 10 year old daughter Sarah has moved into a much more prominent role in the ensemble. In addition to her heavenly harp playing, she is now the primary lead vocalist in the band, with many of the harmonies and vocal arrangements having been created by her. I imagine that fans of Enya, Loreena McKennitt, etc. would greatly enjoy the addition of Sarah’s ethereal Celtic-tinged vocals.

Randy Copus is an absolute master of epic orchestration keyboards, as well as being an excellent guitarist and vocalist, and right from the start his artistry is felt. Lovely vocal harmonies, imaginative string arrangements, powerful percussive elements, and Pamela’s gorgeous flute and harp playing blend with Sarah’s soaring vocals and harp to elevate the music to lofty realms.

I have sincerely enjoyed every album I’ve heard by 2002 over the years, and never fail to be amazed at how they keep raising the bar with each one. The addition of Sarah to the group and the exploration of new musical directions definitely take this recording to the next level. While I’ve taken this opportunity to highlight the remarkable talents of the newest member of the group, this is not to overlook the artistic genius of Randy and Pamela Copus who over the years have continued to push the boundaries of the genre with innovative and inspired recordings. They were amazing as a duo, but now as a trio, they are truly the “first family” of new age music. Trail of Dreams is a stirring, evocative, and absolutely magical listening experience that I give my highest recommendation to.

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