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Are You Shpongled?

1 Oct. 1998 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Oct. 1998
  • Release Date: 1 Oct. 1998
  • Label: Twisted Records Ltd
  • Total Length: 1:17:59
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B001N9LLO6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,672 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 May 2002
Format: Audio CD
Simon Posford is one of the all time electronic artist greats. From his early releases such as LSD and Twisted his production has been a benchmark for other people in the field to strive towards. Further releases such as the Lone Deranger have cemented his position in the Psy Trance hall of fame, but it was this album, produced with Tip boss Raja Ram that completed the circle. Previous escapades in to the ambient with aliases such as Celtic Cross gave an insight into what he was capable of, but it was through sphongle that any questions of genius were put to rest. Employing live instrumentation such as the divine flute of Raja Ram and an infinite amount of imagination, this album is quite simply one of the most interesting, varied, beautiful, and vivid albums ever released. And the sequel "Tales of the Inexpressible" continues where this left off, swimming in a sea of sphongle, hoping that the horizon is still a long way off. A masterpiece. Cabbage!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Buddhabingo on 28 Dec. 2003
Format: Audio CD
dubby music with intricate beats and intelligent samples then this recording is for you. It seems to work as a grand composition, building to the trancy behind closed eyelids and fading to the lonely beauto of and the day turned into night. If you like this try hallucinogen (shpongle/Simon Posford's trance outings) as well as the second album, tales of the inexpressible. The second album, btw, has quite a different feel perhaps more produced and less organic. It is nonetheless another excellent album.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mushroom on 27 July 2007
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One of the seminal ambient dub works of the 90's was `Mystical Experiences' by `The Infinity Project'. This was a very liquid and organic mixture of dub, global ambient music and echo flute work. It was a record I bought not only because I liked the vivid cover but also because of the involvement of Raja Ram who I had known from the Notting Hill free festival psychedelic ethnic Jazz fusion counterculture group of the late 60's and early 70's Quintessence. The flute work on this album and `Are You Shpongled?' is very reflective of this. For years I rated this LP, until in 1998 Shpongle fluxed into this dimension. This debut was to some degree a complete work but also a taste of what was to come. `Are You Shpongled?' is more sedate and ambient than the other two Shpongle works. It has much more of Raja Ram's flute to the forefront of the recording. The characteristic trademarks of Shpongle are all there, the stretched and distorted vocal sounds, the bizarre high frequencies as synth sounds squeak and murmur, with strange voices gurgling some sort of ancient universal language from a DMT netherworld. The CD is ethereal and takes the listener on a sort of journey as it peaks and troughs with world beats coming in at different moments, understated samples about flying saucers and mystical processed ethnic vocals. The work is very well balanced and the 7 songs themselves are more compositions in a song cycle of a continuous piece of music, it is only `Divine Moment of Truth' (DMT) that really stands out separate and that is just the point where what you have been listening to seems to come to together and make sense. With the first proper communication from Shpongleland where vocoders annunciate an incantation to LSD and DMT before the whole track transforms into tribal drums and cosmic chants.Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Clara on 17 Jan. 2006
Format: Audio CD
My friend throws lots of parties at his house. When a stranger shows up, he asks them very seriously "are you shpongled?". If the answer is negative (or blank, or confused) he takes them into his room, makes them lie down on his bed, puts giant headphones over their ears, cranks up the volume, and plays them at least one song from this album. It's his test to see if they should come again!
Psi-trance isn't for everyone, but for those that it fits, it fits well.
This is a great album - intriguing beats, joyful, light, intense, mysterious and silly in places - and a good intro to the genre. The tracks fit together well and are nicely mixed. It snatches magpie-like from various musical genres and cultures, and swooshes around with satisfying psychedelic effects.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By N. Black on 3 Aug. 2006
Format: Audio CD
Ah, Shpongle, shameless hedonists and tweakers of the universe.. this was their first effort and is inferior to their creative peak, the album "Tales of the inexpressable". In fact it is kind of odd, because the 2nd album sounds like an updated version of this one, but with a whole bunch of superior riffs and tricks.

If you want the real stellar track, start off with track 6 "Divine moments of truth" which has some quite wonderfully wierd vocals that eventually resolve into a chanted "LSD/DMT" that seems to make perfect surreal sense. As chance would have it, the first moments of the track have now become asample for a very expensive sound sample CD collection..

My advice, if you are new to Shpongle, is to head for album 2 first... but this is still strangely wonderful, if a bit replete with very dated sounding sci-fi samples.. the usual...
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By wannes.de.smedt@pandora.be on 1 Oct. 2000
Format: Audio CD
It's hard to believe this comes from the same guy who made Hallucinogen. This is beautifull electronic trance music with some twists in it that are truly original whilst Hallucinogen was full-out hardcore goa trance.
This is a masterpiece from the master of Trance.
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