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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a blissful ambient journey of sonic manipulation madness
Simon Posford is one of the all time electronic artist greats. From his early releases such as LSD and Twisted his production has been a benchmark for other people in the field to strive towards. Further releases such as the Lone Deranger have cemented his position in the Psy Trance hall of fame, but it was this album, produced with Tip boss Raja Ram that completed the...
Published on 29 May 2002

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great in parts
Ah, Shpongle, shameless hedonists and tweakers of the universe.. this was their first effort and is inferior to their creative peak, the album "Tales of the inexpressable". In fact it is kind of odd, because the 2nd album sounds like an updated version of this one, but with a whole bunch of superior riffs and tricks.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a blissful ambient journey of sonic manipulation madness, 29 May 2002
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This review is from: Are You Shpongled (Audio CD)
Simon Posford is one of the all time electronic artist greats. From his early releases such as LSD and Twisted his production has been a benchmark for other people in the field to strive towards. Further releases such as the Lone Deranger have cemented his position in the Psy Trance hall of fame, but it was this album, produced with Tip boss Raja Ram that completed the circle. Previous escapades in to the ambient with aliases such as Celtic Cross gave an insight into what he was capable of, but it was through sphongle that any questions of genius were put to rest. Employing live instrumentation such as the divine flute of Raja Ram and an infinite amount of imagination, this album is quite simply one of the most interesting, varied, beautiful, and vivid albums ever released. And the sequel "Tales of the Inexpressible" continues where this left off, swimming in a sea of sphongle, hoping that the horizon is still a long way off. A masterpiece. Cabbage!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like psychedelic, 28 Dec 2003
This review is from: Are You Shpongled (Audio CD)
dubby music with intricate beats and intelligent samples then this recording is for you. It seems to work as a grand composition, building to the trancy behind closed eyelids and fading to the lonely beauto of and the day turned into night. If you like this try hallucinogen (shpongle/Simon Posford's trance outings) as well as the second album, tales of the inexpressible. The second album, btw, has quite a different feel perhaps more produced and less organic. It is nonetheless another excellent album.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars shpongled, 17 Jan 2006
This review is from: Are You Shpongled (Audio CD)
My friend throws lots of parties at his house. When a stranger shows up, he asks them very seriously "are you shpongled?". If the answer is negative (or blank, or confused) he takes them into his room, makes them lie down on his bed, puts giant headphones over their ears, cranks up the volume, and plays them at least one song from this album. It's his test to see if they should come again!
Psi-trance isn't for everyone, but for those that it fits, it fits well.
This is a great album - intriguing beats, joyful, light, intense, mysterious and silly in places - and a good intro to the genre. The tracks fit together well and are nicely mixed. It snatches magpie-like from various musical genres and cultures, and swooshes around with satisfying psychedelic effects.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is great stuff, 1 Oct 2000
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It's hard to believe this comes from the same guy who made Hallucinogen. This is beautifull electronic trance music with some twists in it that are truly original whilst Hallucinogen was full-out hardcore goa trance.
This is a masterpiece from the master of Trance.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great in parts, 3 Aug 2006
This review is from: Are You Shpongled (Audio CD)
Ah, Shpongle, shameless hedonists and tweakers of the universe.. this was their first effort and is inferior to their creative peak, the album "Tales of the inexpressable". In fact it is kind of odd, because the 2nd album sounds like an updated version of this one, but with a whole bunch of superior riffs and tricks.

If you want the real stellar track, start off with track 6 "Divine moments of truth" which has some quite wonderfully wierd vocals that eventually resolve into a chanted "LSD/DMT" that seems to make perfect surreal sense. As chance would have it, the first moments of the track have now become asample for a very expensive sound sample CD collection..

My advice, if you are new to Shpongle, is to head for album 2 first... but this is still strangely wonderful, if a bit replete with very dated sounding sci-fi samples.. the usual...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Divine Moments of Truth, 27 July 2007
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Mushroom "a Psychedelic Terrorist" (UK or in the Shpongle Multiverse) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Are You Shpongled (Audio CD)
One of the seminal ambient dub works of the 90's was `Mystical Experiences' by `The Infinity Project'. This was a very liquid and organic mixture of dub, global ambient music and echo flute work. It was a record I bought not only because I liked the vivid cover but also because of the involvement of Raja Ram who I had known from the Notting Hill free festival psychedelic ethnic Jazz fusion counterculture group of the late 60's and early 70's Quintessence. The flute work on this album and `Are You Shpongled?' is very reflective of this. For years I rated this LP, until in 1998 Shpongle fluxed into this dimension. This debut was to some degree a complete work but also a taste of what was to come. `Are You Shpongled?' is more sedate and ambient than the other two Shpongle works. It has much more of Raja Ram's flute to the forefront of the recording. The characteristic trademarks of Shpongle are all there, the stretched and distorted vocal sounds, the bizarre high frequencies as synth sounds squeak and murmur, with strange voices gurgling some sort of ancient universal language from a DMT netherworld. The CD is ethereal and takes the listener on a sort of journey as it peaks and troughs with world beats coming in at different moments, understated samples about flying saucers and mystical processed ethnic vocals. The work is very well balanced and the 7 songs themselves are more compositions in a song cycle of a continuous piece of music, it is only `Divine Moment of Truth' (DMT) that really stands out separate and that is just the point where what you have been listening to seems to come to together and make sense. With the first proper communication from Shpongleland where vocoders annunciate an incantation to LSD and DMT before the whole track transforms into tribal drums and cosmic chants. The final track `...And the Day Turned to Night' is the way the whole thing winds down in a surreal soundscape that is nearly 20 minutes long, bringing you gently back to your own reality. Shpongle massages your brain and streches out time. The CD is nearly 1 hour 20 minutes long and it really feels like a worthwhile trip. Although the other two Shpongle LPs are more musically diverse and eclectic, this is where it all began our first voyage into Shpongleland. Simon Postford shows his unparalleled genius with everything he works on. I would recommend this CD to anyone who likes to treat their ears to a wholesome aural experience and a journey to really cosmic electronic realms. It compares to nothing and just is Shpongle.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty decent ambient electronic music, 3 Oct 2007
This review is from: Are You Shpongled (Audio CD)
As ambient electronic music goes this is pretty good. Posford has a huge and loyal following hence the 5 stars "genius" reviews. If you're one of those fans you'll love it but have it already.

It's very well produced and sounds sparkling clear. On the downside it can get boring once you've heard the trippy noises and samples a few times. Not all the tracks have memorable melodies or musical depth. Rhythms can be a bit basic too. It's also very tied up with the pseudo "spiritual" new-age gubbins - you know the sort of thing: anything "ethnic" is by definition mind-expanding and spiritual; lots of samples about UFOs, LSD, insanity etc etc. All a bit cheesey really but as far as the genre goes it's a well done.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars woahhhh, 17 Aug 2000
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This review is from: Are You Shpongled (Audio CD)
This rules. Simon Posford is close to a genius. Mutant trance/ambient music with a live FLUTe? Sound whacked. It is, but it's an awesome listening ecperience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!, 12 Sep 2013
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My joint-favourite album of all time by any artist! Despite hearing it for the first time 15 years after its release, the ideas always sound incredibly fresh and new - no matter how many times I listen to it - and the production is top-notch. It doesn't require world-class audio manipulation techniques to make a great album, only great musical ideas, but Simon Posford certainly has both. Truly a masterpiece in modern music and in my opinion an incredibly important album in the history of music. Buy it, you will not regret it! And if it's not up your street, which of course it might not be, give it to someone else so that it might have as large an impact on their life as it has on mine!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shpongle, 31 July 2013
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Alan Bullett (Britain) - See all my reviews
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This is a reissue of the out of print first CD from a band which are the natural progress from Gong, Ozrics, Eat static etc.
A superb recording which should have been reissued years ago. These CD's have been going on Ebay for up to 200.
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