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Polar Shift Album to Preserve Antarctica



Private Music


13.  Light of the Spirit (Kitaro) - 7:27

1.  Theme from Antarctica (Vangelis) - 7:27

2.  Secret Vows (Yanni) - 3:57

3.  Pura Vida (Spheeris, Chris/Voudouris, Paul) - 3:49

4.  Song for Antarctica (Yanni) - 4:23

5.  Lullaby (Chappell, Jim) - 4:44

6.  Watermark (Enya) - 2:24

7.  Polar Flight (Howe, Steve/Sutin, Paul/Demby, Constance) - 4:13

8.  Day One (Tesh, John) - 5:11

9.  Anthem (Ciani, Suzanne) - 3:54

10.  Into Forever (Demby, Constance) - 4:54

11.  Antarctic Echoes (Vangelis) - 5:55

12.  Field of Tears (Spheeris, Chris) - 3:08

13.  Light of the Spirit (Kitaro) - 7:27

Theme from Antarctica - 7:27
Antarctic Echoes - 5:55
From the motion picture, "Antarctica," composed, arranged,
produced and performed by Courtesy of Deutsche Grammophon GmbH and Spheric B.V.
(C) 1983 Spheric B.V. (BUMA)
(P) 1988 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH

Secret Vows -3:57 
From Out of Silence, written and performed by Yanni
Produced by Peter Baumann & Yanni 
Courtesy of Private Music and 23rd Street Publishing, Inc.
(C) 1987 23rd Street Publishing. Inc. (ASCAP)
(P) 1987 Private, Inc.

Song for Antarctica - 4:23
Special piece for Polar Shift, 
written, performed and produced by Yanni
Courtesy of Private Music and 23rd Street Publishing, Inc.
(C) 1991 23rd Street Publishing, Inc. (ASCAP)
(P) 1991 Private, Inc,

Pura Vida - 3:49
From Enchantment,
written, performed and produced by Chris Spheeris and Paul Voudouris
Courtesy of Music West Records.
Chris Spheeris Music and Hopscotch Fever Music
(C) 1991 Chris Spheeris Music and Hopscotch Fever Music (ASCAP)
(P) 1991 Music West Records

Field of Tears - 3:08 
From Desires of the Heart, 
written, performed and produced by Chris Spheeris 
Courtesy of CBS Records, Inc, and Chris Spheeris Music 
(C) 1986 Chris Sphecris Music (ASCAP) 
(P) 1986, 1987 CBS, Inc.

Lullaby - 4:44 
From Nightsongs and Lullabies,
written, produced, ant, piano performance by Jim Chappell 
Courtesy of Music West Records and Unspeakable Freedom Music 
(C) 1991 Unspeakable Freedom Music (BMI) 
(P) 1991 Music West Records

Watermark -2:24 
From Watermark, written by Enya, Nicky Ryan & Roma Ryan
 Performed by Enya, Produced by Nicky Ryan 
Courtesy of Geffen Records and EMI Blackwood Music, Inc./ EMI Songs, Ltd.
(C) 1988 EMI Blackwood :Music, Inc. (BMI)/(C) 1988 EMI Songs, Ltd. (PRS)
 (P) 1988 Geffen Records, Inc.

Polar Flight - 4:13
Special piece for Polar Shift 
Co-written by Paul Sutin & Benoit Corboz 
Produced by Paul Sutin, Benoit Corboz, Steve Howe, Constance Demby & Anna Turner
Courtesy of Steve Howe, Paul Satin & Constance Demby 
(C) 1991 Paul Sutin/Dinemec S.A. (BMI), Steve Howe, BMI) and Constance Demby Productions (ASCAP)
(P) 1991 EarthSea Institute, Inc.

Into Forever - 4:.54 
Special piece for Polar Shift 
written and performed by Constance Demby 
Produced by Constance Demby and Anna Turner 
(C) 1990 Constance Demby Productions (ASCAP)
(P) 1990 Constance Demby Productions

Day One - 5:11 
From Tour De France,
 written and performed by John Tesh 
Produced by Carter Cathcart (for Wild Twin Productions) 
Courtesy of Private Music and Teshmusic administered by Listening Room Music, Inc.
(C) 1988 Teshmusic administered by Listening Room Music, Inc. (BMI)
(P) 1988 Private, Inc.

Anthem - 3:54 
From History of My Heart,
written, performed and produced by Suzanne Ciani 
Courtesy of Private Music and Musica International, Inc. 
(C) 1989 Musica International, Inc. (ASCAP)
(P) 1989 Private. Inc.

 Light of the Spirit - 7:27 
From Light of the Spirit, 
written, performed and produced by Kitaro Appears 
Courtesy of Geffen Records and Publisher House Amuse/Kitaro Music Publishing
(C) 1987 Publisher House Annuse/Kitaro Music Publishing (ASCAP)
(P) 1987 Geffen Records Inc.

Antarctica is the fifth largest landmass in the world, and the least known. It spends half its year in darkness, half in sunlight so intense that it reflects more than all the equatorial regions of the world absorb in a year.

It is the windiest, coldest, driest, highest, most remote continent on Earth, a land of towering glaciers, fantastically sculpted in polished ice by storms that have no equal.

Antarctica has an overwhelming presence, and an extraordinary vulnerability. A single footprint may remain in the ice for decades; the effects of an oil spill could last forever.

For millions of years the continent lay untouched and unexplored at the bottom of the world, a terra incognita containing 70% of the Earth's fresh water in its two mile thick icecap. With its masses of ice reflecting the sun's heat back into the atmosphere, the continent has become the planet's cooling center, helping to maintain the balance of temperature throughout the world.

Even with its perishing cold and howling storms, Antarctica shelters skuas cormorants, penguins and seals, and its oceans some of the richest on Earth. Although nearly eradicated by man whales come each summer to feed in the rich southern waters bountiful with plankton and tiny, bioluminescent shrimplike krill whose scientific name means "true bright shining light." At nigh: the waters bloom with blue-green fire, a fluid, undulating aurora against the blackest black of the winter sea.

Though Antarctica's position at the bottom of the world makes it t strategically attractive, its value to science has so far superseded power politics. In 1959, 12 nations created the Antarctic Treaty. freezing territorial claims and establishing guidelines to manage the continent for peaceful and scientific purposes. Now 39 nation, have signed the Treaty. In many ways it has been a model for international cooperation.

:Many sorts of scientific studies are carried out there. Antarctica's pristine environment, for example, makes it ideal for measuring changes in pollution and climate, such as the hole in the ozone la that lies in the atmosphere directly overhead.

Unfortunately, scientists have also concluded that beneath this pristine wilderness might lie rich deposits of oil and minerals. Proposed modifications to the Antarctic Treaty would open up Antarctica to mineral and oil exploitation. Most of the oil explora tion would occur in the fragile coastal zones where a spill would cause certain ecological disaster of unthinkable proportion;

The U.S. Congress recently enacted legislation calling for an indefinite moratorium on mineral exploration. As Jean-Michel Cousteau has pointed out, "Clearly, we don't have the technology to extract mineral resources in the Antarctic, and we don't have the technology to clean up our mistakes ...In a land where metal contamination is measured in a trillionth of a gram, a light sprinkle of industrial dust would be ruinous." Moreover, Zambia, Chile and Zaire have the same minerals and their economies depend on exporting them.

Another concern is overfishing, especially of krill, the main food for the Antarctic animals, by Japan, the Soviet Union and others. Once thought to be the answer to the world's protein requirements, it is now used simply to feed livestock and farmed fish. No one knows how much fishing constitutes overfishing. We could be pulling out the foundations from underneath the entire Antarctic food chain. In addition, Minke whales are still being harpooned in Antarctic waters, though legally they can be taken only for research purposes. The Japanese have announced plans to harvest several hundred whales this year for their "research."

in a sense, Antarctica is like a magnifying glass. Action and result are more concentrated, impact focused and expanded. Oil does not readily break down in cold water. One relatively small oil spill in 1989 from the Argentine ship Bahia Paraiso compromised 20 years ofscientific studies in a single moment of carelessness. Oil is still seeping into the ocean, killing life wherever it spreads. The Argentines deny the oil spill was significant.

It is imperative that the waters around Antarctica remain unpolluted. Perhaps as much as 10% of all industrial carbon pollution is absorbed by tiny phytoplankton in these southern oceans and converted to oxygen. With the tropical forests, and their capacity to transmute C02, under siege, we need these oceans more than ever to remain pure and productive.

In October, 1991, the Treaty parties will meet in Germany. If worldwide opinion is sufficiently strong, Antarctica could conceivably become protected at that time as a Natural Reserve dedicated to peace and science, where ruining would be prohibited and environmental integrity preserved.

Change can no longer come in the luxury of centuries. Over and over we have seen the consequences of averting our eyes to potential environmental devastation. The arrogance of our avoidance causes death, suffering, and compromises our children's future. Sometimes Nature miraculously recovers, despite us; but with the special fragility of Antarctica, there will likely be no second chance. Can we afford to take that risk?


The Cousteau Society
930 West 21st Street
Norfolk, VA 23517
804 627 1144

Defense Fund
1616 P Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
202 387 3500

1436 U Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
202 462 1177

The Antarctica Project/
ASOC - Antarctic and
Southern Ocean Coalition
801 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20003
202 544 0236

World Wildlife Fund
1250 24th St., NW
Washington, DC 20037
202 293 4800


Jim Barnes. Let's Save. Antarctica. 1978: Dodd, Mead and Company, NY. Available through ASOC.

Deborah Bhapley. The Seventh Continent: Antarctica in a Resource Age. 1985: Resources for the Future, Washington, DC.

Richard S. Lewis. A Continent for Science. 1965: Viking Press, NY.

Theodore K. Mason. On the Ice in Antarctica. 1978: Dodd, Mead and Company, NY.

John May. The Greenpeace Book of Antarctica. 1988: Dorling IKindersley, Ltd. London. Available through Greenpeace.

Ron Naveen, Colin Monteath, Tui De Roy, Mark Jones. Wild Ice: Antarctic Journeys. 1990: Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, DC. A beautiful photographic book.

Charles Neider. Beyond Cape Horn: Travels in the Antarctic. 1980: Sierra Club Books, San Francisco.

National Academy of Sciences. Antarctic Treaty System: An Assessment. 1986: National Academy Press, Washington, DC.


Lilliput in Antarctica. The Cousteau Society Book Service. 48 minutes, VHS only.

Antarctica- Journey to the End of the World. ECO-VIDEO Productions, P.O. Box 1171, Port Townsend, WA 98368. 30 minutes.

Project Antarctica. Society Expeditions Cruises, Inc. 3131 Elliott Ave., Seattle, WA 98121_ 20 minutes.

Private Music
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Los Angeles, CA 90069

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Produced by Anna Turner and Terence Yallop

Design by Boelts Bros. Design, Tucson, AZ

Cover photograph by Jody Boyman

Mastered by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering, Los Angeles

We wish to gratefully acknowledge the artists, record companies and publishing companies who so generously donated all the selections that make up this album.

Special thanks to Jeff' Klein, Beverly Green, The Cousteau Society, Terry Carlisle, Ashley David, and to everyone at Private Music who were instantly responsive to this issue. Thanks also to Shirley Metz, Peter Harrison, Steve Howe, Andrea, Rick Jeffery, Yanni, Eiichi Naito, Syndee Barwick, Roma and Nicky Ryan, Jiannis Zographos, Lorrie Caplan, Paul Satin, Allan Kaplan and Warren Dennis.

(P) 1991 EarthSea Institute, Inc,
1991 EarthSea Institute, Inc.
EarthSea Institute Inc.
P.O. Box 2164
Sausalito, CA 94966
TEL 415 331 7060
FAX 415 331 8278

EarthSea Institute is a non-profit environmental organization formed in 1989 to help individuals have impact on larger environmental problems.

AMG EXPERT REVIEW: This project was created to raise awareness and money to aid in the preservation of Antarctica, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Cousteau Society and other environmental organizations working toward that goal. Opening appropriately with the main theme to Vangelis's famous album, Antarctica, Polar Shift also features selections by Constance Demby, Yanni, Chris Spheeris/Paul Voudouris, Enya, John Tesh, Suzanne Ciani, and Kitaro, among others. — Linda Kohanov


Peter Baumann - Producer 
Jim Chappell - Piano, Producer, Performer 
Suzanne Ciani - Producer, Performer 
Constance Demby - Performer 
Kitaro - Producer, Performer 
John Tesh - Performer 
Yanni - Producer, Performer 
Enya - Performer 
Steve Howe - Producer, Performer 
Paul Sutin - Producer, Performer 
Chris Spheeris - Producer, Performer 
Carter Cathcart - Producer 
Vangelis - Arranger, Producer, Performer 
Nicky Ryan - Producer 
Paul Voudouris - Producer, Performer 
Terence Yallop - Compilation Producer 
Anna Turner - Producer, Compilation Producer 
Chris Bellman - Mastering 
Jody Boyman - Photography 
Benoit Corboz - Producer