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**Edition of 500 remastered 2LP housed in double gatefold with official, individually numbered certificate of ownership** Vinyl-on-Demand stalk the peripheries of early '80s DIY scene with a compendium of Port Said's oriental, magical minimal synth meditations. Between 1981-84 Stefan Tischler and Keith "Keeler" Walsh produced a string of self-released cassettes and one 7", plus a handful of compilation appearances, heavily inspired by the efficiently kosmic music of Conrad Schnitzler and Cluster. This self-titled collection features half-hour extracts from each of their self-released tapes, making for an immersive, transporting 2 hours of Port Said music. Side one takes five tracks from 1981's 'Through Veils', travelling from the frothy rhythms and raga-like drone of 'Indian Ocean Voyage 2' to the intoxicating harmonics of 'Khartoum' and the psychedelic reveries of 'Opium Wars' starring soaring guitar courtesy of Cliff Culteri - a one time member of Bill Laswell's Material. Side 2 contains ten smaller vignettes from their 1982 LP 'Eve Of Departure'. Side 3 is taken from 1983's 'Crossings'; four tracks of bubbling pastoral scapes, undefinable sci-fi experiments and avant-garde oddness like 'Sum Total'. Side 4 is culled from 1984's 'Traveller's Companion' and includes the gloriously frothy eight minutes of 'Masquerade' beside delightfully cute moments like 'Trail Of The Sphinx'. Unfortunately both members have since passed on to evergreen pastures in 1992 and 2010 respectively, but this deeply endearing body of work will ensure they're never forgotten.