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    General CommentThis song made me think that it was no mere coincedence that "A Valid Path" and "Aero" were released the same year.
    The vocal effect remind me strongly of Jean-Michel Jarre's "Zoolook," and hte album as a whole is a parallel of Jarre's Aero remixes of older songs. Parsons' career has mirrored that of Jarre very closely as well. Both have had one specific person stick with them throughout all their albums until recently, when Wolfson left Parsons and Micheal Geiss left Jarre. all sorts of little things like that between the two.

    I don't have a clue, however, about the title, "Return to Tunguska." I don't even know what tunguska is or if it even exists. anyone know the significance of the title?
    Camb06on June 29, 2006   Link
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    General CommentTunguska was the site of an enormous metor crash in the early 1900s. It's in a remote region of Siberia, so actually finding the meteor proved difficult; in the end researches realized that all the trees within a few miles of the crater were bent away from the epicenter.
    owennnnnnnnnnon July 12, 2006   Link
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    My OpinionTunguska is the site of the "Tunguska event" that occurred in 1908. It's hard to say what actually happened, but the going theory is that a meteor blew up in the air 5-10km above the surface, so there wasn't an actual impact with the ground, but a huge shock wave pattern noted by the direction that the trees laid down when they were snapped. The trees at "ground zero" were still standing, but stripped of their branches, while the trees outward from the center pointed away from the center in a butterfly pattern.

    There's also some controversy among conspiracy theorists (and I'm not making any judgment as to the accuracy) that it was the result of a UFO blowing up. Tunguska apparently lies down-range from the site where Russia launches spacecraft, and they sometimes have to recover the debris from aborted missions in this area. Or is this just a convenient cover-up for other things recovered in this region?

    The explosion occurred in 1909, and it was some time later before an expedition dispatched to explore the area. This might be the "Return to Tunguska" that the APP song refers to. Or could it refer to aliens returning to the area after the 1908 destruction of one of their spacecraft?

    Alan Parsons is sort of vague about the meaning of the song, simply saying that enough has already been written about Tunguska that he won't rehash the story. To be sure, a lot has been written about Tunguska, and there's no way of telling which part of this lore he pays tribute to with this instrumental piece.

    The fascinating, trancendental nature of the song suggests to me that he (and the folks he collaborated with from Shpongle to write this song - Simon Posford and Raja Ram) embrace the mystery of the incident and just let that be that.

    -Bryan

    bryandowenon January 17, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI swore I correctesd the "1909" date above to read "1908". I guess not.

    Also, I just went and watched the Alan Parsons Live Project at The Grove in Anaheim on Thursday (Jan 16, 2009) and it was an awesome experience. They played Return to Tunguska. The bit that sounds like an Indian woman singing was actually Alan Parsons singing into a microphone through a ton of Electronica. I suspected they could just hit "play" on a sequencer and sit back while we enjoyed the song, but the full band actually played this song. It was a religious experience. ;-)

    -Bryan

    bryandowenon January 17, 2009   Link

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