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5.0 out of 5 stars Euro progressive Electronic Disco gems, 24 July 2013
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Miss M. Potter "marcia" (england) - See all my reviews
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We have waited over thirty years for a CD edition to do justice to the genius of this music. And it is a fabulous release. It is just how I would have hoped it to be. And the great thing is that this issue collects together the rest of the Tantra releases making it definitive in its issue.

Back when I was a teenager in the Seventies there was commercial Disco and Underground or true Disco that you only really knew about if you went to Disco clubs.
Going to the Disco club brought you into a world of not only familiar commercial Disco pop dance tunes that you heard on radio (usually in extended 12" format") but another form of Disco that was more progressive and creative.
It was like comparing Rock with Prog Rock. Or pop Disco and serious Disco. Unlike radio, the Disco club offered a perfect environment for long pieces of dance music through creative musical expression.
Tantra are a great example of that era.

The Hills of Katmandu is easily the best remembered track by the group Tantra. It is an amazing epic track. The piece runs for over 16 minutes.
It begins with dark menacing electric guitar sound with percussion and echo. The bass line hooks you in straight away and the chorus of chant helps to build the piece towards a period of multi instrumentation and electronic synth that is multi layered and full of interesting sound.
The infectious rhythm carries us to the first glimpse of the chorus. The other world sound of the arrangement has led us to a point where through the lyrics we are in a world of spiritual like escapism.
The lyrics "I fly with you to the misty hills of Katmandu" and later "Packed my case, gonna leave behind this human race, ....come with me, where your spirit and your mind are free, forever" were liberating back at the time of its release and have stayed with me all these years. The track has more power now than ever. To escape some of the negative elements of this world is always going to be appealing.
The symphonic shifting patterns of the musical arrangement with many twists and turns makes for good listening anywhere, not just the Disco.
The rest of the album is also incredible. The second track Wishbone has equal music genius expression. I had the original album on vinyl but this CD edition sounds just fantastic. Wishbone lasts over 15 minutes and formed the B side of the original album. Two tracks, one album.
The second album came out soon after and that is also included here too. Both were originally only available in Italy and my copy was imported. But later the two albums were combined as a sort of double album release internationally. Album one the Hills of Katmandu and the second album are on this CD issue disc one.
Tantra and the Hills of Katmandu enjoyed a long introduction to the world of Disco and picked up a lot of respect and inspiration. Patrick Cowley later did a megamix lasting around nearly 14 minutes. This is included as a bonus track on disc one.
Disc two has the third album with continued creativity and brilliance. Tantra II is great with the 14 minute Macumba siute and what was the b side of the original album A place called Tarot Suite that is nearly 16 minutes in length. In addition there are bonus tracks made up of alternative mixes etc.
The whole release is a rich package and just perfect. It is really exciting to get these recordings on CD after so long.

Tantra showed that although seemingly America was the home of Disco it was actually Europe. The album, an Italian production by Celso Valli known as Quelli Del Castello is effectively European Electro disco.
European Electronic Synthesiser music had been growing in the seventies with groups like Kraftwerk and made its way into Disco through people like Tantra, Giorgio Moroder, Cerrone and Patrick Cowley. The synth dance element went on to form the eighties sound of mainstream pop.

There is a whole pile of other recordings from the seventies and eighties that were forgotten about or ignored by the mainstream. It has been long hoped that some of this would eventually be issued on CD and often thought it unlikely. This brilliant release offers new hope of other classics to be re issued.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fulfilled my great expectations, 24 Nov 2013
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I read other reviews regarding the recording quality and I must say I am not disappointed at all. In fact the quality of the recording is quite good. I bought the 12" single of Hills Of Kat Mandu in 1985 (Wishbone) on b-side which is when I first heard this song. I am very glad I now have the album on CD (incidentally I bought the album on cassette in 2004 from a BP petrol station but you can't can't beat CD quality recordings). Highly recommended
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally!, 17 July 2013
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R. M. Snooij - See all my reviews
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I played these records for more than 30 years now.
All 3 albums are included including the double remix and spanish versions
which appeared on Importe/12 records. The mastering is great!
I hope Harmless will do the same with Azoto, The collection, 3 albums
also from Celso Valli. This is real disco!
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5.0 out of 5 stars great album,fast and safe shipped, 24 Sep 2013
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finaly the albums on cd,in excelent quality
the complete work of tantra incl 8 remixes
in doubble-cd box in outer carton jacket
worth to buy
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5.0 out of 5 stars great, 15 Aug 2013
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wow I forgot how much I miss all the old tracks, This is going to be play and play. Great
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent but not perfect, 27 Jan 2014
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Timely and welcome reissue of this bumper Tantra package. My only criticism is the sound quality of the Patrick Cowley remix of "The Hills of Katmandu" which sounds very muddy - I have a downloaded MP3 of the very same mix and it sounds just the same, so perhaps that was the source (perhaps a vinyl rip or even taken from cassette). Don't get me wrong, it's nice to have, but don't expect superb sound from this particular track. All the other variations of the familiar album tracks are much welcome additions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars No Comment simply Hot Hot Hot, 24 July 2013
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Tantra was and it's still a Big Disco Hit ,when i'm invited to a oldie Disco Party every Smart 70'S Dee Jay Plays Tantra "Hills of Katmandu"
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Finally!!!!! (bis), 17 July 2013
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Well. There were many years that I was waiting for a serious release of this great "disco" band. My wish came true, and today when I finally got to listen to digital a few of my favorite songs I felt a great emotion. For this reason I love music so much. And these are the most beautiful emotions, truly. Listen back to the suite "Su-ku-leu/Mother Africa / Hallelujah" has sparked in me the desire to dance and sing ... and I think you will not be still and impassive unleashed with the sound of these songs. Completing the package some remixes taken from the maxi-singles and 7 "singles, as well as some very rare versions. Congratulations to HARMLESS that has once again hit the mark. And the hearts of music lovers.

One of those who have written to the label many months ago to publish the collection was me. What do you say, I did well or not? ;-)
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wowww this is amazing......, 3 Aug 2013
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Andreas Kulus "midge ure" (australia) - See all my reviews
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this one is amazing alone the Patrick Cowley Remix song of " Katmandu " that was lost for more than 32 Years & never released befor is finally included....? The song " Wishbone " is fantastic too nearly 16 min long....? Thank you Guys who was in charge of this Compilation doing there Homework befor releasing this to the Public....? 5 big Stars......
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars nice, 29 Sep 2013
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great disco music from the 70/s and 80/s all great sounds a/1 packin and very happy
tahks from steve barlow
all best
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