Boomkat Product Review:
Robert Leiner's Visions Of The Past originally surfaced on R&S Records' ambient sub-label Apollo in 1994. To many the album was regarded as a landmark in the field of home listening techno, and although aesthetically it soon betrays its age, there's no suppressing the fact that Leiner's created a beautifully crafted long-player that endures regardless of the technology involved. Tracks like 'To Places You've Never Been' and 'From Beyond And Back' represent exemplary downbeat cuts, while elsewhere full-on new-age-y ambience rules (as on 'Dream Or Reality' and 'Northern Dark'). When Leiner does inject pace however, 'Full Moon Ritual' and the 303-tweaking twelve minutes of 'Aqua Viva' ensure that Visions Of The Past never stagnates or gets mired in its more contemplative moments.