In 1997, Philippine record label OctoArts/EMI released The Dawn: OPM Timeless Collection (Gold Series), a collection of songs recorded by the Dawn on seven albums from 1987 to 1991 for OctoArts, which became a joint venture with international label EMI in 1997. The Dawn is one of the Philippines' most legendary rock bands.
Much of the Dawn's music was influenced by such British mid-'80s New Romantic bands as Duran Duran and China Crisis. Many songs are propelled by peppy melodies and spirited musicianship played on keyboards and reverb-edged guitar. The album also contains some straight-ahead hard rock numbers.
Opening the album is the enigmatic "Enveloped Ideas," which starts with the vocalist singing a slow, melodic line in a operatic manner, accompanied by funereal organ chords. Peppy, spirited keyboard lines jump in, and the song is kick started to a lively, highly melodic tune. "Salamat" (Thank You) opens on a mysterious-sounding chord progression played on keyboards; a fiery guitar line explodes and the song becomes a fast-paced, tuneful outing, punctuated by spirited keyboard and guitar lines. The song also contains an interlude where a searing guitar solo is played over hard-edged guitar chords. "Salimpusa" (Kindergarten) and "Magtanim Ay 'Di Biro" (Planting Is Not Easy) are both hard rock songs and differ in sound from the album's other songs. Both songs feature hard-edged guitar and rumbling basslines. "Beyond the Bend" features an ambient sound in the manner of U2's 1987 The Joshua Tree. The Dawn deserves its legendary status.