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Divinities: 12 Dances With God

Ian Anderson Audio CD
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The new album from Jethro Tull frontman to be released on Calliandra Records in conjunction with Kscope on April 15th

In 2012 Ian Anderson released Thick As A Brick 2, the follow-up to Jethro Tull’s legendary concept album. The album was a critical and commercial success, charting around the world. In April he returns with Homo Erraticus, his new studio album.

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  • Audio CD (13 April 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000002SLD
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,563 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Twelve Dances With God: In a stone circleIan Anderson/Andrew Giddings 3:260.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Twelve Dances With God: In Sight of the MinaretIan Anderson/Andrew Giddings 3:560.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Twelve Dances With God: In a Black BoxIan Anderson/Andrew Giddings 3:240.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Twelve Dances With God: In the Grip of Stronger StuffIan Anderson/Andrew Giddings 2:490.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Twelve Dances With God: In Maternal GraceIan Anderson/Andrew Giddings 3:220.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Twelve Dances With God: In the Moneylender's TempleIan Anderson/Andrew Giddings 3:190.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Twelve Dances With God: In Defence of FaithsIan Anderson/Andrew Giddings 3:120.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Twelve Dances With God: At Their Father's KneeIan Anderson/Andrew Giddings 5:430.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Twelve Dances With God: En AfriqueIan Anderson/Andrew Giddings 2:560.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Twelve Dances With God: In the Olive GardenIan Anderson/Andrew Giddings 2:500.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Twelve Dances With God: In the Pay of SpainIan Anderson/Andrew Giddings 4:060.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Twelve Dances With God: In the Times of India (Bombay Valentine)Ian Anderson/Andrew Giddings 8:090.99  Buy MP3 


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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
It seems absurd that no-one has felt motivated to review this on Amazon.co.uk before, so let me be the first. Released in 1995, this was the album that showed us that Anderson was back on creative turf, after the disappointments of Catfish Rising and Rock Island. A purely instrumental album, it nonetheless has strong echoes of Jethro Tull's most inspired period from 1968 to 1975. This is most evident in the quality of the melodies, which are strong and memorable throughout the album, but also in Andrew Gidding's keyboard arrangements, which complement Anderson's flute playing perfectly and bear the influence of David Palmer's inspired orchestral string arrangements of the 1970s. Anderson also deliberately expanded his range of musical influences for this album - you'll hear a lot of eastern influences, particularly in the flute parts, but also hints of African folk music in many places. As always, however, he weaves the various influences into a seamless web that doesn't sound remotely like anyone else - just Ian Anderson. No-one can do this as well as him, with the possible exception of Steve Howe who has released a string of quality instrumental albums since the break up of Yes.

This is definitely music that transcends categories. You need to listen to it in the same way that you would listen to great jazz or classical music. It didn't sell well when it was released, but if it had been played on Classic FM, for example, I'm sure it would have been a huge success as several of the tracks have a classical (baroque) flavour. But as so often, Anderson was let down by his marketing people, who seem to have decided around 1984 that Jethro Tull were a lost cause in marketing terms.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A moment of sanity 29 Mar 2010
Format:Audio CD
The first time I listened to this, I was reminded of Emerson Lake and Palmer and their take on Pictures at an Exhibition by Mussorgsky. We have all experienced it one way or another. The Megastar Rock God, so filled with the blandishments of their entourage, they believe they can branch out into what some would call "serious music".
This is different. Yes, Ian Anderson does paint a series of rich emotive scenes with his flute (no vocals). Yes, the obligatory full orchestral support is there, adding further layers of mood to already evocative scenes. Yes, inspiration for the most part has come from "country music" of one form or another from different parts of the world.

This really did take me to the Olive Garden, I could see the Minaret and feel the waves of heat En Afrique. The opening track In a Stone Circle is redolent with power, reflecting off the stones and back in counterpoint. The album mood changes in tempo, style and technique. This is a very clever body of work indeed and will reward repeat listenings.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Victor HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This 1995 recording is the second solo album from Jethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson. Though he is the main creative driving force behind Tull, this being a solo album allowed him to move away from the constraints of the band and do something very original.

We are presented with 12 instrumental pieces, with Anderson on his trademark flute and Andrew Giddings providing a sympathetic keyboard. There is a mixture of musical influences - blues here, African there, Middle Eastern rhythms elsewhere. The music is simply delightful, you get drawn into Anderson's world and before you know it the record is finished and you are punching play again. The use of disparate influences and motifs does not impair the record, everything is merged skilfully into one rather delightful and elegant whole.

5 Stars, no hesitation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true MASTERPIECE 23 Sep 2012
By bob
Format:Audio CD
This is the best of Ian Anderson solo projects, and has brought a lump to my throat on so many occasions.
From the very start this wonderful all instrumental album is a winner and Ian will be remembered in history in 200 years time along the likes of Mozart/Beethoven and many more of the great composers.
This solo work is worth every penny and i was one of the very few to see many of these tracks performed live.
This album has influences of India and has a spiritual feel and hope to here of a DIVINITIES 2.
I have been a Tull fan for many years and this Album is not out of place in any collection,
SO BUY IT TODAY,, YOU WON'T BE DISAPPOINTED..
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