The first CD release by In The Labyrinth has now been reis- sued with 22 carefully preserved original tracks and a total playing time of 74:05, also featuring a meticulously restored graphical design but also with new, enhanced sleeve notes. The label behind this is TRANSSUBSTANS RECORDS, which is a subdivision of RECORD HEAVEN!
"I cry out
Track List01 Gates of Andorra
02 Karakoram pass
03 Escape from Canaan
04 Hiram Abiff
05 Kekova (The sunken city)
06 Ali Hasan
08 Meditating Minotauros
09 The garden of mysteries II
12 Journey to Hel
13 Moorish rapsody
14 Trans Turkish express
16 Moorish waltz
17 Desert visions
18 Ya Qader
19 The garden of mysteries I
20 La dame inconnue
Playing time 74:05 minutes
Mellotron, elctric and acoustic guitars, saz, zither, bass,
mandolin, samplers and synthesizers, melodion, viola da gamba, flutes,
woodwinds, oriental and western percussion (dar- bouka, daf,
etc), tamboura, sound effects, vocals, background harmonies and
P Lindahl: 01, 02 ,
03, 05, 07, 10, 13, 14, 15, 16
In May 1994, In The Labyrinth (then named Labyrint) privately released a cassette called Mysteriernas Trädgård (i.e. The garden of mysteries), which soon led on to the CD production of The Garden of Mysteries. This cassette, for which they held no higher marketing ambitions than to have distributed among esoteric book (and music) stores around Sweden, had initially been intended as an experiment in combining shaman drums with a variety of ethnical music styles. However, the project soon evolved into a more complex format picking up influences from all over the world and melding together impressions which the band members had gathered along journeys to both near and far.
By the spring of 1995, the first phase of ITL had dissolved due to disagreements over economic and social issues, wherefore Peter Lindahl was left all to himself working for completion of the CD. Although quite a lot of the music had already been featured on the cassette, he added a bunch of new instrumentals and a couple of vocal tracks. Peter also found great use of his mellotron, which throughout the eighties had been standing around virtually untouched. Other odd instruments that had not seen the light of day for a long time were also dragged out of the closet, instruments such as viola da gamba, Turkish saz and all kinds of woodwinds.
The exploration of the mysterious garden led on and on until the summer of 1996, when after a lot of postponing on the former record company’s side, the CD was finally released. This actually meant that APM was putting out an album by a constellation now decimated to what had almost become a one- man-band!
The Garden of Mysteries was received from critical fanfare by an overwhelming response even though it was advertantly admitted that the concept of ITL did not exactly fit in with the “orthodox” definition of progressive rock.
Because of disagreements between the initial members of ITL, this album remained in the vaults for a period of more than 10 years, until things had been more or less resolved so that 'The garden' could once again see the light of day. The label responsible for this reissue, seated in the south of Sweden, is called Transubstans, which is virtually a subdivision of the well established indi label Record Heaven. So from 2011 and onwards this gem was once again made available to those wishing to delve deeper into the magical world of ITL.