On the Threshold of Liberty – Mark Isham Independence Day

On the Threshold of Liberty

Promotional Single WS-17528 Mark Isham from the album Vapor Drawings WH-1027

Happy Fourth of July to our American readers. In honor of Independence Day, Windhaming presents Mark Isham’s On the Threshold of Liberty.

Interestingly, this track exists as the only 45 RPM Windham Hill 12″ promotional single I have ever found. See the comments below for a few more that the inimitable Caitlyn Martin found.

Liner notes and credits below the video.

On the Threshold of Liberty

 

Liner Notes:

In a decade where we have been bombarded with countless numbers of cold and mechanical recordings of synthesizer, it is like a breath of fresh air to work iwth an artist who is capable of utilizing the synthesizer to convey a more human perspective. Mark Isham is such an artist. Just looking at some of the musicians with whom he has worked gives you an idea of his depth and diversity: Van Morrison, Pink Floyd, Gil Evans, Horace Silver, the Beach Boys, the Oakland Symphony, Esther Phillips, and Dave Liebman. And to round all this out, this past year he composed and performed the musical score to the new Carroll Ballard (the Black Stallion) film “Never Cry Wolf”.

This music has heart and it has soul — always a rarity, but an even more surprising feat considering that one man plays all the instruments  (there is a percussionist added on these two pieces). I am quite proud, along with Mark, to have given birth to this music. Hopefully if will fill your hearts with as much joy as it does mine.

Steven Miller
Producer, Vapor Drawings, Mark Isham
November 1983

Credits:

Mark Isham: Synthesizers, trumpets, flugelhorn, piano, soprano sax, Steiner EVI, electronic percussion.

Peter Van-Hooke: Snare drum and electronic percussion

  • Produced and engineered by Steven Miller
  • Recorded and mixed in London April-May 1983
  • All compositions by Mark Isham
  • On the Threshold of Liberty published by Windham Hill Music (BMI)
  • Many Chinas published by ECM Records Verlag GMBH (GEMA)
  • Design by Anne Ackerman Robinson
  • Cover image by Larry Bell “Vapor Drawing LDIF5”
  • Manufactured by Windham Hill Records(r)
  • A Division of Windham Hill Productions Inc.
  • Box 9388 Stanford, CA 94305
  • (c) (p)Windham Hill Records 1983
  • All Rights Reservedd
  • Distributed by A&M Records

3 Replies to “On the Threshold of Liberty – Mark Isham Independence Day”

  1. There were 12″ promos of other Windham Hill singles. For example, I know of at least two by Shadowfax. Here are the Discogs pages for “Word From The Village” and “The Orangutan Gang (Strikes Back)”:

    http://www.discogs.com/Shadowfax-Word-From-The-Village/release/2369998
    http://www.discogs.com/Shadowfax-The-Orangutan-Gang-Strikes-Back/release/2127312

    Here is one for “December” by George Winston:

    http://www.discogs.com/George-Winston-December/release/1509625

    Windham Hill subsidiary label Open Air Records also did one for Michael Hedges, “The Streamlined Man”:

    http://www.discogs.com/Michael-Hedges-The-Streamlined-Man-All-Along-The-Watchtower/release/2048409

    Are these collectible? Darned if I know 🙂

    http://www.discogs.com/George-Winston-December/release/1509625

  2. I heard “The Threshold of Liberty” and thought it was such a beautifully haunting piece. I am a middle school orchestra teacher and was wondering if this piece has been arranged for a younger full or string orchestra. I would love to introduce Mr. Isham’s music to my students.

    Thanks!

    1. Hi Marsha,

      I’ve forwarded your question to the contact address I’ve found on isham.com. Mark is very active on the web, and seems to enjoy engaging with fans, so I’ll hope for a response for you.

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