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City of Light

23 April 2007 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 29 July 1997
  • Release Date: 23 April 2007
  • Label: Sub rosa
  • Copyright: (c) Sub Rosa
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  • ASIN: B001NA7MQ6
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,588 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mark Newton on 28 Mar. 2008
Format: Audio CD
i dont try and harp on with clever descriptions,, these 4 tracks are superb. sometimes artists just get it right,,in the zone and all that,, this is an album that whaterer your taste,,is simply excelent.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Exotic, But Intimately Familiar 19 April 2001
By David K. Bell - Published on
Format: Audio CD
First, I would not call this a "dub" album. Laswell's work seems to be associated with that label, but I think his work rises well above the level of most of the boring dreck that goes by the name "dub." The haunting, spacey electronic elegance of the "Outland" series, for example is more reminiscent of the sophisticated work of Brian Eno than it is of the reggae-based basement tape feel of of most "dub." Dub often has an underlying rhythmic component I associate with that genre, which much of Laswell's work does as well, but which this one does not. In any event, this cd is different from all the other Laswell work I have heard.
The title refers to the holy city of Benares, on the banks of the Ganges, the most holy of rivers to the vast and rich complex of religions in India we Westerners refer to as Hinduism. Benares--city of funeral ghats, where the faithful set the remains of loved ones afloat, as their spirits return to the great river of life; city of Shiva; city of continual change and of eternal timelessness; city of cremation grounds; city of light.
This cd is a sound painting of Benares, an exquisite dream you had, a recollection of a holy pilgrimmage made there in a prior life, at once exotic and intimately familiar. The sounds of the river, the voices of people in the streets, recitations of sacred poetry read with a Laurie Anderson-like quality of mystical dreaminess, a woman reciting her sacred devotions, the timeless sound of a holy man chanting his mantra--yes that sound that awakens you from the slumber of a thousand lifetimes to remember--remember! To remember our true nature, never gone for an instant, yet somehow seemingly forgotten.
The first time I listened to this cd, I was working on the computer and playing it as background. The whole thing sets a wonderful state of mind, but when the sound of that fellow chanting the ancient sound of that mantra came on, I literally froze at its familiarity, my eyes filled with tears, I forgot where I was. For weeks afterward, I heard that sound, felt the vibration of it in my own meditations.
I like all of Bill Laswell's work I have heard. This cd is different.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Five Star Masterpiece 28 Feb. 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Bill Laswell is the most important musician of this decade that no one knows about. "City of Light" is a masterpiece and should be a must have in anyone's collection. From the beginning to the end, "City of Light" magically transcends your spirit to India and to the banks of the Ganges. This album has been my traveling companion at home and all over India.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Bill Laswell Does it Again (and again and again) 4 April 2000
By Paul M. Loughman - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This is a beautiful CD to dream are most CD's that Bill Laswell has had anything to do with. I feel very lucky that a friend turned me on to Mr. Laswell's Material project with "Hallucination Engine" (another fabulous record), because Bill Laswell has a little something out there for everyone, and it's always done well. Remember the awesome bassline from Public Image Ltd.'s "Rise"? Bill Laswell. Looking for ambient? Bill Laswell. Jazz? Bill Laswell. Celtic? Bill Laswell. Rap/hip-hop? Bill Laswell. Always done with class and style. But, being partial to Eastern styled music, I rank City of Light as one of his best.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A beautiful trip into deep meditation.... 28 Sept. 1998
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
A journey...rythmic...beautiful...tabulas beating...mind releasing...peace...
A Moving Meditation on Life and Death 8 Nov. 2014
By Matthew Howard - Published on
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I put this album on when I need to write or access creative states of mind. The track Kashi, where the narrator discusses the practice of ritual cremation and her journey, never fails to move me. The entire album offers a moving meditation on life and death, on void and being. This is not especially beat-heavy or groovy dub like some of Laswell's work. Its quiet, sensitive approach may draw you into an emotional trance. Listen to all four tracks like a symphony.
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