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Ineffable Mysteries From Shpongleland [VINYL] [Double LP]

Shpongle Vinyl
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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Many can compare Shpongle and Hallucinogen to being like the Dead or Phish of the electronic. As the foremost known band around the world representing psychedelic culture, teaming up with Alex Grey, and a 4 album legacy plus the Hallucinogen monniker, these guys are one of the heaviest hitting electronic acts out there. Since 1996 they have been touring the world, putting on amazing ... Read more in Amazon's Shpongle Store

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  • Vinyl (30 May 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double LP
  • Label: Twisted
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 512,911 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Electroplasm
2. Shpongolese Spoken Here
3. Nothing Is Something Worth Doing
4. Ineffable Mysteries
5. I Am You
6. Invisible Man in a Fluorescent Suit
7. No Turn Un-stoned
8. Walking Backwards Thought the Cosmic Mirror

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful. 9 Nov 2009
By Matt
Format:Audio CD
This is the fifth or so attempt at writing a review for this album and I feel I just can't do it justice with mere words. Shpongle's music is so beautiful and wonderfully weird that I don't think any series of adjectives can summaries what an amazing record this. I guess Indian, classical and chillout are a few words I could use but the justice comes from hearing it running through a high end sound system. The details are so intricate and finely honed, I could listen to this 20 times and still feel I wanted to know it better.

I love all of Shpongle's music and like all their albums it's different to their last but all I can say is buy it, put it on and get Shpongled (don't download it as crappy MP3s have such degraded sound quality). You won't be disappointed.

And buy it for your family and friends as well coz they will love you.

Oh and the live DVD of their Roundhouse show in 08 is out and absolutly brilliant as well.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of their best 18 April 2011
Format:Audio CD
While I believe Shpongle can do no wrong, I like to consider myself an unbiased listener; if Shpongle release a bad product, I'll not shy from acknowledging it. For example, I feel 'Tales Of The Inexpressible', while featuring some of Shpongle's best work such as 'Dorset Perception', would have been more enjoyable with better segways between tracks, and I resented their decision to split tracks up quite so much on 'Nothing Last... But Nothing Is Lost'.

'Ineffable Mysteries' has been singled out by a lot of people as the point where Shpongle have 'lost their magic', and are recycling old ideas. I disagree vehemently with this view. While the three other Shpongle LPs are extremely diverse, this one draws on all of them. This, combined with the clean-cut mixes and typically stellar production gives this album a feeling of absolute refinement, as though Shpongle are beginning to accept their rightful place as the Kings of psychedelic electronic music.

I believe anyone who likes Shpongle's previous work but is unimpressed with this effort simply needs to spend more time with it. If you are new to Shpongle, start at the beginning with 'Are You Shpongled?', which remains my favourite of their releases and gets brought out practically every time I am Shpongled.

Shpongle's music has never felt like it came from this world, and this album is the one to take you to where it comes from: Shpongleland.

Did I mention that they finally got their hands on a Hang Drum?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I've been shpongled!! 5 Dec 2009
Format:Audio CD
I've been shpongled. Yes it's true and I don't believe I've never heard of this band. I came to this really by checking out infected mushroom stuff (let's not get confused before we start - shpongle sound nothing like I. M.). You know how it goes, you start with one thing, but then you start musing the cyberspatial racks of amazon and think ok, I'll give that a go.
Now one of the previous reviewers have already pointed out that there are a number of obvious influences here (ozrics, gong etc), but I don't think that this is a detriment to the sound. The first track, electroplasm, sounds as though it has escaped from ozrics' strangeitude album, but then the album starts to develop a life of its own. The second track, Shpongelese spoken here, then moves into space dub/trance. The album then moves into melodic electronica with an ambient edge, in some places reminding you of William Orbit.The fourth track has some hypnotic beats mixed with a trancey indian vocal adding that extra depth, but this also reminds me of ultramarine in places, especially around the my kingdom time, making me wonder if there was any connection. But I must say that I absolutely adore this album. And I know that if you write a review, most people state that they like the material that they have bought, but I bought this on a pure whim and was pleasantly surprised. I mean the name gives nothing away, and is quite silly , but like i said this is a really good album and well worth buying.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Shpongle 4 2 Nov 2009
Format:Audio CD
For all those people who got the chance to see Shpongle live either at The Roundhouse for Halloween 2008, Moscow December 2008 or at Ozora 2009 or anywhere else certain tracks on this new album with already be familiar, certainly a trip that Simon Postford made to India has been some inspiration to the general feel of this new work by Shpongle, especially when Simon Postford was interviewed saying that he liked to keep it as a trilogy and this in true Gong tradition is the fourth episode of that trilogy. However Gong actually have a mythology and a concept behind all their absurdity, it is delivered with a distinct sense of humour. 'Ineffiable Mysteries from Shpongleland' is a much more serious and dare we say spiritual beast. From the very cover to the concept Shpongleland seems to be much more of the mythological Borges landscape of "Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius". Certainly the cover of the CD presents a spiritual netherworld where levitation is possible rather resembling India. The music which Shpongle fans have waited over three years for bears close comparison to Sploosh by Ozric Tentacles both in sound and tempo. With this as a structure and some of those old goth guitars resembling 'The Cure' which were evident on 'Last Days of Gravity' by 'Younger Brother' Simon Postford has been adding more guitar to the mix and there is certainly more flute work from Raja Ram than the previous album. Conceptually it all hangs together with there being little or no breaks in the music and plays like 'Nothing Lasts... But Nothing is Lost' as one continuous track. The album however feels like it is in two distinct halves as the first side is more more instrumental so it is really a combination of the first Shpongle album 'Are You Shpongled? Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece.
By far my favourite of all the albums, truly beautiful . Shpongle are in a league of there's own i.m.h.o.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Super album!
Super album! The Group has no bad albums, but this really is the best! Also I recommend to all lovers of good music and dvd from Shpongle. Shpongle is the best!!! I love it!!!
Published 9 months ago by Vitali
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
Fantastic album! The first time I heard any music by shpongle was when I saw them play live which was an amazing experience, and listening to this album brings back great memories. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Anonymous
5.0 out of 5 stars Psybient tunes
If you like world music, psychedelic trance and ambient tunes, then Shpongle is definitely for you. They call it psybient music. Utterly brilliant!
Published 19 months ago by Mr. T. Kellett
4.0 out of 5 stars Electro-ambient, psychedelic beats
This album showed up in my Recommended section, but one of the reviews already warned that this was no actual Indo fusion, a melting of ideas, yet more a melting of sounds and... Read more
Published on 7 July 2011 by MusicMyLife
2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointed
I have all the Shpongle albums and was really looking forward to listening to this CD.
I'm afraid to say it did absolutely nothing for me. Read more
Published on 1 April 2011 by Richard Summerfield
3.0 out of 5 stars Magic wears a little thin
I've got all the other Shpongle projects, and this one is really based on "Simon goes to India and records a bunch of different sounds". Read more
Published on 24 Feb 2011 by N. Black
5.0 out of 5 stars come on this should have 5 stars
I feel like this is the best album to date!
ok the other albums are great! as well but as this is a much more rounded out album, and I dont skip any songs. Read more
Published on 24 Jun 2010 by Andrewwilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Radical!
RADICAL! I own all Shpongle albums. This goes nicely with the others. Beautiful album :)
Published on 16 April 2010 by Mr. George Howard
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 out of 5
This album is a treat to listen to. If you have any sense, go and buy it immediately, you won't be let down. SHPONGLE RULES!!
Published on 7 Mar 2010 by sneakybeatz
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