Leon Alvarado | The Future Left Behind

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The Future Left Behind

by Leon Alvarado

A Progressive Rock instrumental concept album based on a science fiction short story. The music features Billy Serwood (Yes), Rick Wakeman and Johnny Brunhs (Circa). Narrated by Steve Thamer.
Genre: Rock: Progressive Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Preface
1:15 album only
2. Launch Overture
6:11 album only
3. A Voyage
0:49 album only
4. Journey Into Space
2:38 album only
5. Weightless
2:24 album only
6. Hard Choices
0:50 album only
7. The Ones Left Behind
6:14 album only
8. Life in the Outside
0:54 album only
9. Among the Stars
6:04 album only
10. Much Ado About
0:37 album only
11. In Our Quiet Orbit
6:37 album only
12. To Be Loved
2:42 album only
13. A Silver Lining
0:39 album only
14. The Star Seekers
3:28 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
"The Future Left Behind" is a story set at a time when the human race is at a crossroads with their decaying living environment and has started leaving the planet for a chance at a better life. In the process, a vast majority of Earth's population remains to either resolve their bleak situation or perish.

This story is told from two points of view, that of a more neutral narrator, (voiced by Steve Thamer), and that from a more personal perspective written in the CD's accompanying booklet. The details of the story are fleshed out by the listener's own imagination as the music unfolds. The packaging is a tapestry of well-crafted digital illustration and images supporting the storyline to enhance the listener's experience.

From a musical aspect, "The Future Left Behind" is a unique project, while at the same time, it maintains Leon's trademark sound layering textured synthesizers with a foundation of solid, straight-forward drums. Having worked in the past with such great musicians as Bill Bruford, John Goodall, Trey Gunn and Jerry Marotta, Leon remains true to form in this album by enlisting the talents of Billy Sherwood for the vast majority of the guitar work and those of keyboard virtuoso Rick Wakeman on Moog and for the main track. Johnny Bruhns (Circa) co-wrote and provided the beautiful acoustic guitar for the piece "To Be Loved".

Like many of Leon's albums, "The Future Left Behind" is touted as more of a musical adventure than merely a collection of songs. In the interests of providing a fuller experience, Leon has crafted a project where everything, from the concept, to the music, to the visual stimuli are part of the story and contribute a great deal to setting the stage for the listener's imagination. At around 42 minutes, the album is timed perfectly for a listener to sit down with his or her headphones and enjoy the album and artwork in the manner of the pre-streaming days. While the music remains fresh, the album carries a nostalgia from the days of elaborate record jackets where every detail of the album came together as a complete experience.This album is for those who enjoy musicians like Yes, Rick Wakeman, Genesis and progressive rock in general but who are also eager to explore an out-of -this-world ski-fi musical narrative in a whole new way.



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Diana Martin

An impecable, unique, and energetic creation.
The more I listen to this masterpiece, the more I enjoy it and feel transported to those outer space locations described in the story. The momentum of maximum engagement happens all along the album. Such a creative mind like that of Leon Alvarado doesn't come to our appreciation that often. This is simply one of a kind talent and gift to many of us. Cannot stop recommending it enough!