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On the Edge: Living with an Enlightened Master
On the Edge: Living with an Enlightened Master
by Yoga Punya
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Vivid memories, 1 May 2015
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Another addition to the growing litterature by Western disciples telling about their life with a Master, and the growing number of books about Osho.

The strength of Punya's book is undoubtedly in her very vivd almost impressionistic descriptions of nature, places and events. Obviously recollecting is her main interest rather than reflection which I must say I found somewhat disappointing from the founder and editor of the excellent webmagazine Oshonews. And like most authors in this genre she seems to lack the professional writer's ability to condense events and draw the essence out of situations. Instead we get very long accounts of how the procedures were in the kitchen in Poona and how specific types of buildings were constructed in Oregon which I doubt can interest manyb people - unless ofc they were there themselves.

The book is well-written, Punya defintely has a gift for words, and rather complex in composition with several narratives unfolding at the same time, mainly the story of her life with Osho while he was alive and diary like entries from her life after that not least a visit to Poona in 2001.

Punya comes a cross a a typical - some would say ideal - devotee. Working for and being in the close proximity of her master seems to be the essential in her life. In fact she states that when being summoned to a meeting with some of the feared 'moms' in Rajneeshpuram the thought of being send away from the place where "worse than death". Whereas critical thoughts and reflections seem foreign to her mind. Rightly she focusses on all the amazing feats of the commune in Oregon - I know many who loved being there - but that she did not have any grievances about its demise is unusual and probably a testament to her unwavering trust/faith. And strange in a book written many years later that she does not at all mention the waves of upheaval through the sannyas world in wake of these events. or try to draw some lessons from it. And that is perhaps the great flaw with this book in general that the writer does not seem willing to look at things from a later/higher perspective - which ofc could be said to be an attempt to leave the conclusions to the reader.

I have read 'better' books about Osho like Veena's "Glimpses Of My Master", Shunyo's "Diamond days With Osho" or Niranjan's "I Leave You My Dream" but if you were there Punya might give you an interesting vehicle for time travel.


Budabest
Budabest
Price: £17.17

5.0 out of 5 stars A unique gathering of talents, 7 Feb. 2015
This review is from: Budabest (Audio CD)
Rather stange that Man Doki and his soulmates have gathered so little attention in the US and UK. Considering that the records comprise so many great musicans playing an intricate blend of AOR, fusion, soul and funk. Here Leslie Mandoki returns to his native Hungary to celebrate 20 years of soulmates - their first album "People" was released in 1993 - and gathers together an all-star cast with Chris Thompson (Manfred Mann's Earth Band), Bobby Kimball (Toto), Randy Brecker, Chaka Khan, Jack Bruce, Greg Lake, Al Di Meola, Peter Maffay, Bill Evans (Miles Davis, Mahavishnu Orchestra) a.m.o..

The repertoire is a mix of Man Doki originals written with his long-time musical partner keyboardplayer Laszlo Bencker and tracks from the involved artists respective groups so we got some Earth Band and some Toto as well. Amongst the highlights is an obvious frail and ailing Jack Bruce delivering his hits "White Room" and "Sunshine Of Your Love" with some excellent and unconventional lead from Di Meola. And a beautiful "Lucky Man" with Greg Lake.

Everything is ofc well-played and well-sung although some of the originals suffer in comparision to the album versions sung by Jack Bruce and Ian Anderson. Razor-sharp horn riffs, room for improvisation. All very well recorded even if the bass could have been louder in the mix. And there is also some bonus tracks from previous concerts featuring the likes of Ian Anderson, Steve Lukather and bass legend Anthony Jackson.

It has to be mentioned than a highly recommended DVD version is available from amazon.de featuring not only all the tracks from this CD set but also an interesting behind-the-scenes documentary.


It All Abides In Love: Maharajji Neem Karoli Baba
It All Abides In Love: Maharajji Neem Karoli Baba
by Jai Ram Ransom
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.02

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Preaching for the choir, 6 Jan. 2015
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If you believe that when Jesus said : "I and my Father are one" he was actually speaking abot Maharajii (Neem Karoli Baba) then this book is for you. Similar if you can belive that because Steve Jobs in his youth stayed a short while at Neem Karoli's Indian ashram all the succes of Apple is actually due to Maharajii's grace.

I have read some over the top hagiographies of masters like Adi Da Samraj and Satya Sai Baba but this one certainly takes the prize. There seems to be absolute no limit to the miracles and wonders of Maharajii. Commanding the weather, making himself and his companions invisible, being able to be two (or more) places at the same time. And walking around in the streets of New York several years after his death.

Behind all that seems to be a beautiful and rather orthodox Hindu guru who - like Ramakrishna in the 19th century - taught that chanting the names of the Lord(s) is the best way to salvation. Which ofc explains that some of his most prominent followers - aside from the illustrious Ram Dass - are the well known mantra and kirtan artists Krishna Das and Jai Uttal.

The book gives some insight to the activities of Karoli's devotees both in the West and India and their adherence to rather strict and again orthodox Hinduism. Which makes it hard to see him as the modern day world saviour like Ransom portraits him.

No doubt the book is written with much love but if you want some actual information about the remarkable Neem Karoli maybe this is NOT the best place to start.
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The 50th Birthday Concerts [DVD] [2014]
The 50th Birthday Concerts [DVD] [2014]
Dvd ~ Jack Bruce
Price: £19.19

25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect epitaph for a genius, 1 Dec. 2014
To release this splendid concert shortly after the death of Jack Bruce is definitely a fitting tribute to the genius of the man. Showing not only the legendary bassplayer, but also the singer, composer, keyboardplayer.

With this concert you really get an almost complete overview of the highlights of his career up til then, although any Lifetime or "Escalator Over The Hill" material is missing. There is blues dating back to his days with Graham Bond. Tracks from his glorious solo album trilogy from the 70s: "Songs For A Tailor", "Harmony Row", "Out Of The Storm". Free jazz numbers with only him, Dick Hecstall-Smith and Ginger Baker (perhaps not the tracks people will hear most of the time). And a powerful Cream tribute with Gary Moore- which also marks the start of BBM. This their first show might have been their best ever performance, such a tangible feeling of joy amongst the three, even Ginger looking so happy.

Lots of distinguished guests. Besides the already mentioned there are people like Bernie Worrell, Pete Brown, his longtime lyricist here singing "Politician", Clem Clempson, Simon Phillips. Gary Husband who plays both keys and drums providing some excellent fusion drumming on Jack's moving Charlie Parker tribute "Bird Alone". And Maggie Reilly dueting with Jack on the gorgous ballad "Ships In The Night", a song that should and could have been a major hit.

A show with so many musicians and rotating line-ups could have been a mess, but at this event everything functioned smoothly, all held together by the powerful musicial vison(s) of the man at the center: Jack Bruce.

The accompaning documentary is surprisingly 'deep' with intelligent interviews with both Jack and many of the participating musicians. And as always with Rockpalast well filmed, good sound etc..
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Songs From November
Songs From November
Price: £11.50

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Joyful singer/songwriter album, 3 Sept. 2014
This review is from: Songs From November (Audio CD)
Neal Morse has for many years had a double career, the best known as prog icon: Spock's Beard, Transatlantic a.m.o. But he had also made a string of Christian albums with simpler, devotional songs. Here he has kind of mixed the two strains: the superpro production and the immediatly catchy songwriting in a very convincing way. And made a beautiful album that could be considered a return to the classig era of singer/songwriters.

Well written tunes that shows influence from Beatles, Moody Blues, CSN. And more divese lyrics, I for one rejoices in not hearing a word about sin! Rather focusing on making his words reflect the times we live in, love, family life.

Like his Christian colleague Phil Keaggy he makes excellent intelligent pop/rock that's a joy to listen to, no matter your spiritual orientation or lack thereof.


Missing In Action
Missing In Action
Price: £16.15

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £10.26

15 of 15 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
Offered by TwoRedSevens
Price: £10.00

8 of 10 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
Offered by TwoRedSevens
Price: £7.99

9 of 12 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.


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