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Missing In Action
Missing In Action
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5.0 out of 5 stars Strong album from 80s icon, 30 May 2014
This review is from: Missing In Action (Audio CD)
Missing Persons - the new wave band comprised by ex-Zappa musicians - must be one of the most underrated bands ever. Too clever for the majority of reviewers and the record buying public and too commercial for the intellectuals and the musos.

Frontwoman was the gorgous Dale Bozzio who in many ways was the first to embody the intelligent sex symbol, actually predating Madonna and apparently a huge influence on Lady Gaga. Wearing outrageous costumes, giving out erotic shrieks and writing some clever and heartfelt lyrics.

Here she is back with a brilliant album that is 'good old new wave' but not in anyway nostalgic. And almost living up to the impressive musicanship of the original Missing Persons. Not least thanks to the cooperation of legendary producer/multi-instrumentalist Billy Sherwood. I know many love to hate Sherwood but he is a topnotch producer who more often than not brings out the best in the artists he is working with. It certainly works very well with Dale who sings better than ever and has written some excellent songs - that could have been hits back then.

A strong comeback that should appeal to all fans of adventurous 80s music and for everyone into intelligent poprock.


Eternal One: The Divine Mahasamadhi of the Divinely Translated Master, Parama-Sapta-Na Adi Da Samraj
Eternal One: The Divine Mahasamadhi of the Divinely Translated Master, Parama-Sapta-Na Adi Da Samraj
by Adi Da Samraj
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars The death of a master, 30 May 2014
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First of all this a very beautiful, well-produced and aesthetically pleasing book. With lots of high class photos both of the beautiful Fijian nature and ofc of Adi Da.

The book is centered around Adi Da's passing in 2008 trying to make a spiritual significance out of his rather sudden death of an heart attack. And describing the elaborate rituals following his death. Many of his followers from around the World stating their feelings and reactions. As always kept in the overwhelmingly reverend style that characterizes his devotees.

There is also a good overview over his life and some interesting quotes from his many books. Whatever one thinks about this highly unorthodox and controversial master - and wether one believes he truly was the long awaited avatar and God-man - he certainly had an unusual talent for stating what seems like the highest truth.

Although mainly aimed at followers of 'the way of Adidam' I feel this should be of interest to anyone interested in spirituaility and contemporary masters. Just as it serves as the perfect introduction to the strange world of Adi Da Samraj aka Da Free John aka Franklin Jones.


The Both
The Both
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very strong album from new duo, 17 April 2014
This review is from: The Both (Audio CD)
I have been a huge fan of Aimee Mann ever since her hitmaking days with Til' Tuesday. A beautiful vocalist and a brilliant songwriter (almost) up there with the classic three: Carole King, Carly Simon, Joni Mitchell. But perhaps her latest albums have not been able to ignite quite the same admiration and excitement as most of previous work.

So I must say this album comes as a pleasant surprise. Here she teams up with guitarist Ted Leo, who is also himself an accomplished singer and composer. The duo playing all instruments except the more than able drumming from Scott Seiver. In fact it's a real joy to hear Aimee back on the bass she handled so fine in Til' Tuesday.

What we got here is 10 intelligent, well-crafted and catchy originals (in fact every song has hit potential) and a Thin Lizzy cover ‘Honesty is No Excuse’ . Some driving energy combined with more introverted moments. And noisedriven solos, almost in Neil Young style courtesy of Ted Leo.

The best album from Aimee since her masterpiece *Lost In Space'.


Silver Rails
Silver Rails
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars jack is back, 27 Mar 2014
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This review is from: Silver Rails (Audio CD)
No doubt Jack Bruce is best known as the vocalist and bassist in Cream. But his strongest time was perhaps in the first half of the 70s. Producing an unsurpassed trilogy of strong solo-albums ("Songs For A Tailor", "Harmony Row", "Out Of The Storm") and playing on groundbreaking albums like Carla Bley's "Escalator Over The Hill" and "Turn It Over" (Tony William's Lifetime).

Since those golden days Jack has certainly continued making music of the highest calliber without quite reaching the same heights. So it's nice to be able to say that here at 70 he has made a strong musical statement, despite some serious health problems due to a near fatal liver transplantant in 2003.

Jack has always been a restless soul and a true multitasking musician. Not only a groundbreaking bass virtuoso but also an excellent keyboardplayer. And having one of the finest voices in contemporary music. A searching musical mind mastering almost all genres from avantgarde to heavy rock. True to form with "Silver Rails" he has made yet another diverse outing, helped by friends like Uli Jon Roth, Robin Trower, Cindy Blackman Santana, John Medeski a.m.o.. Although the backbone of the album is the musicians from his Big Blues Band like Tony Remy on guitar and drummer Frank Tontoh. We also find Jack reunited with long time partner lyricist Pete Brown who has delivered yet another set of poignant words. An album consisting of 8 new tracks of ususal high standard plus two 'oldies': "Keep It Down" ("Out Of The Storm") and "No Surrender" ("A Question Of Time").

Despite being only 30 min.s long the bonus DVD - directed by Jack's daughter Kyla Bruce - gives a rather in-deep portrait of the proceedings. With short interview clips with many of the collaborators and also paints a nice picture of Jack the free spirit. Containing some interesting 'facts'. like "Rusty Lady" is about Margaret Thatcher ("Winston in drag without the cigar") and that the bass-drum track "Drone" was inspired by the band Om.

How time will judge this album compared to the masterworks of his younger days who knows? But he certainly shows - like recent releases by Paul McCartney, David Crosby,John McLaughlin- that there indeed is still life and creativity beyond the 70.
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Silver Rails
Silver Rails
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A legend returns, 25 Mar 2014
This review is from: Silver Rails (Audio CD)
Although best known for his stint with the legendary powertrio Cream perhaps Jack Bruce's strongest time was in the first half of the 70s. Producing an unsurpassed trilogy of strong solo-albums ("Songs For A Tailor", "Harmony Row", "Out Of The Storm") and playing on groundbreaking albums like Carla Bley's "Escalator Over The Hill" and "Turn It Over" (Tony William's Lifetime).

Since those golden days Jack has certainly continued making music of the highest calliber without quite reaching the same heights. So it's nice to be able to say that here at 70 he has made a strong musical statement, despite some serious health problems due to a near fatal liver transplantant in 2003.

Jack has always been a restless soul and a true multitasking musician. Not only a groundbreaking bass virtuoso but also an excellent keyboardplayer. And having one of the finest voices in contemporary music. A searching musical mind mastering almost all genres from avantgarde to heavy rock. True to form with "Silver Rails" he has made yet another diverse outing, helped by friends like Uli Jon Roth, Robin Trower, Cindy Blackman Santana, John Medeski a.m.o.. And reunited with long time partner lyricist Pete Brown who has written some deep words. An album consisting of 8 new tracks of ususal high standard plus two 'oldies': "Keep It Down" ("Out Of The Storm") and "No Surrender" ("A Question Of Time").

How time will judge this album compared to the masterworks of his younger days who knows? But he certainly shows - like recent releases from Paul McCartney, David Crosby, John McLaughlin - that there is indeed life and creativity after 70.


The Boston Record
The Boston Record
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great as always, 21 Mar 2014
This review is from: The Boston Record (MP3 Download)
John McLaughlin is just as vital as ever even after turning 70. And amazingly he has all his speed intact. Although no matter what negative reviewers often have stated, virtuosity is not really the essence of John's playing. It's much more about sprirituality, depth and meaningful musical messages.

With the multi-cultural 4th Dimension he has found the perfect vehicle for his later day musical excursions. Keyboardplayer and drummer Gary Husband with his Zawinul influenced playing. Indian master drummer Ranjit Barot and the extraordinairy Etienne M'Bappe on the bass. If anyone considers fusion/jazz-rock as some kind of dinosaurely music this inspired and vital offering really should turn their mind completely around.

And we even get a track from his classic Mahavishnu days, something John very rarely does in form "You Know You Know".


Adi Da: The Promised God-Man Is Here
Adi Da: The Promised God-Man Is Here
by Carolyn Lee
Edition: Paperback
Price: 14.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Devotional book about a left-hand master, 6 Feb 2014
Adi Da Samraj aka Da Free John aka Franklin Jones must truly be one of the most controversial masters ever. On one side making the most grandiose claims about himself as the long awaited Avatar (divine incarnation) and world savior. On the other side engaging in wild and 'reckless' behavior, encouraging sex orgies and filming them and a lot stuff like that. Almost making other crazy masters like Osho and Gurdieff look saintly and moderate.

As in all books from his devotees this official biography is kept in a very obedient and reverend tone which takes some swallowing from the rest of us to get used to and accept. And as in other books about Adi Da it is filled with grandiose claims, including that it was primarily thanks to Adi Da's intense sadhana (spiritual practice) the whole fall of the communist bloc came about. Well, some history books have to be rewritten for sure, lol.
Likewise Adi Da seems to have had more or less full command of the weather and the ability to stop wars (although he mainly used this gift to stop wars where American lifes were at risk).

But despite all this no doubt Adi Da was a highly evolved, enlightened being. Many of his teachings profound and deep and definitely pointing to valuable truths and comprising significant pointers on the way.

The problem is though that Carolyn Lee just as Adi Da himself presents his teachings as absolutely unique where for the un-initiated they seem to be a mixture of advaita and guru yoga. Placing the highest emphasis on surrender and devotion to Da himself, not unlike the tradition he followed in his youth: the siddha yoga of Swami Muktanada and his predecessors.

Adi seems a person that either get glorified or vilified - not unlike other crazy masters - and while we still lack a more 'objective' analysis of his work and teaching this well-written book seems one of the best introductions to this complex and intriguing spiritual Master.


Croz [+digital booklet]
Croz [+digital booklet]
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crosby rules, 28 Jan 2014
Whereas Neil Young's psychedelic pill and Stephen Still's The Rides have been rather nostalgic efforts David Crosby keeps his freak flag high with "Croz". Although the style is much like CPR: elegant West Coast with a hint of Steely Dan the songs are fresh, the lyrics intelligent, his voice in finest shape.

Backed by the current CSN rhythm section Kevin McCormick om some elegant bass, Stevie D. on drums and son James Raymond - who also acts as co-producer and writer - on keyboards no one can argue against the musical quality. Add some discreet but prolific guest spots by the likes of Mark Knopfler and Wynton Marsalis and I think this is going to be an album that will stand the test of time and probably only be growing. Surely it will not be a grammy succes like McCartney's "New" but definitely another testament that age is not a hindrance for creativity.

A few of the songs have been road tested "Slice Of Time" and "Radio" with CN and CSN but all of the songs sounds mature with not a false note around.

Giving his often told background and history it's amazing Crosby is still alive - even more amazing he seems to be stronger than ever.


Confrontation with the Unconscious: Jungian Depth Psychology and Psychedelic Experience (Muswell Hill Press)
Confrontation with the Unconscious: Jungian Depth Psychology and Psychedelic Experience (Muswell Hill Press)
by Scott J. Hill
Edition: Paperback
Price: 14.14

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jung and psychedelics, 21 Jan 2014
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Many books have been written lately about psychedelics, mainly falling into two categories. One enthusiastic endorsing layman use of mindexpanding substances, taking Timothy Leary and Terence McKenna as their rolemodels Psychedelia - An Ancient Culture, A Modern Way Of Lifeor trying to make them acceptable for mainstream culture by completely downplaying their transcendent aspects Psychedelic Healing: The Promise of Entheogens for Psychotherapy and Spiritual Development.

Compared with books like the above mentioned Scott Hill's work about Jung and the relevance of a Jungian approach to Psychedelic experiences is a serious and worthwhile enterprise. Originally written as a Ph.D thesis it is nonetheless well written and accesible. And having a rather personal tone as the main theme of the book seems to be the attempt of the author to come to terms with some 'bad trips' in his youth where he contemplated suicide.

Whereas most psychedelic therapists have great respect for Jung the man himself took a negative attitude towards the use of chemical aids to the therapeutic process. The books strength may lie in it's thorough and intelligent discussion of Jung's theories and their possible use in psychedelig therapy especially the confrontation with archetypical material and the collective unconscious.

The weak spot seems to me to be that he forgets or overlooks that archetypes are only one of a wide range of transpersonal phenomena that can happen under the influence of entheogenics. In cases where people relive their birth or a past life, experience themself as an animal or become one with the "magnificent void" trying to reinterpret it in a symbolic way using Jungian ideas would be a completely misleading and barren process.

Certainly an important book that should be read by everyone interested in a sincere and repsonsible use of psychedelia.


Tripping the Bardo with Timothy Leary: My Psychedelic Love Story
Tripping the Bardo with Timothy Leary: My Psychedelic Love Story
by Joanna Harcourt-Smith
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fascinating and honest, 30 Dec 2013
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No doubt Joanna Hartcourt-Smith has lived a life rather far removed from 'normal'. Grown up in jet set, money-aristocratic milieu. And telling a story that could sound like a Jackie Collins novel. Filled with sexual abuse - starting with her mother's chauffeur when she was 11 - a grandfather that killed her grandmother and got away with it and lots of aimless drinking, drug usage and money spending. But doing it with an honesty and integrity that lifts it far above just trivial sounding clichés.

In 1973 she hooked up with Timothy Leary who definitely knew how to 'score', telling Joanna that he ahd dreamed her up while in prison and that she was "the most intelligent woman in Europe". And initating her to the deeper aspects of LSD.

While Leary's own CONFESSIONS OF A HOPE FIEND "Learytells the story of his escape from jail and his time in Marocco Joanna's book continues from there meeting him during his stay in Switzerland. And following him on his hopeless and unrelaistic journey seeking refugee in Afghanistan.

From there on the story gets a nasty turn when Leary was 'kidnapped' and returned to jail and Joanna did all she could to get him free. Finally adopting the strategy of cooperation and turning snitches/informers. All done in a haze of drugs and sex. She could be called Hardcore-Smith. Apparently she never said no to any man at least not if he were powerful and influential enough. But also the many sexscenes are depicted in an honest way.

Even though she explicitly says she is not out to defame Leary he do come across as a person addicted to drugs and unable to rely on his inner strength without them. In the end selling out to save his life. After which he denounced both the hippie-movement, the sixties counter culture and the spiritual quest and spend the rest of his life as nothing more than an entertaining has-been.

A very interesting and well-written book that should be required reading for anyone interested in the turbulent and dreamy 60s. And for anyone who still believes Leary was innocent in the charges of snitchery.


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