“There's a well-known interview with Mike Oldfield in which he said that he was so disappointed that nobody had carried the torch forward that he had lit with 'Tubular Bells' - creating long form music; completely hand-played with real instruments; music that relied on emotion and melody; music you could lose yourself in. What I am trying to do with the “Sanctuary” albums is to carry that ideal forward.”
Robert also discusses the participation of legendary drummer Simon Phillips on "Sanctuary II":
“I wanted to do something different on this new album. I had played all the instruments on the first, so this time I decided to use real drums. There was one person at the top of my wish list, and it was Simon Phillips. I grew up listening to Simon's playing on Mike Oldfield’s “Crises” album, and went to see him play with Mike at Wembley. I could never have thought, then, that one day he would play on my own album. I feel amazingly lucky. His trademark sound is perfect for the album. It really has taken 'Sanctuary II' to another level."
Robert Reed (Magenta/Sanctuary) and legendary Tubular Bells Producer Tom Newman have teamed up with the equally legendary recorder playing Les Penning (best known
for Christmas hits “InDulci Jubilo” and Portsmouth) to create an amazing re working
of the Dr Who theme.
Rob says "Tom, Les and I put the track together for fun a few weeks ago, but it just turned out so well that everybody that has heard it has nagged us to release it. We can't wait for everybody to hear it !”