'What is it that we are part of, and what is it that we are?' - that's the concept, or as Robin Williamson puts it, the 'half-remarkable question' around which this astonishing work is created. Christian and pagan, Hindu and hippy, time-travelling meteorites and headless shamen, from Job's tears to the puppies having their little breakfast, from the lowly caterpillar to the mountain of God - the puzzles of identity and meaning are teased from different angles, the perspectives shifted in a kaleidoscope of scale and colour.
The musical landscape is as various as the subject-matter: the hypnotic drone and clang of the sitar, the ecstatic gimbri and sarangi, the swirling organ chords and angular piano and harpsichord arabesques, echoing harp, shimmering flute and glancing fiddle, the otherworldly peels of the penny-whistle, the meshing, glinting guitars, the sometimes-delicate, sometimes-dense living layers of percussion, and above all the marvellous complementary voices, whether in solo or ensemble acrobatics.
This double-album delivers a true journey of the imagination, one whose every passing moment is limpidly restored in this fine re-issue.