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  • Audio CD (22 May 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Realworld
  • ASIN: B000024I5J
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 279,222 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Dance
  2. Think
  3. Run
  4. Dream

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Wow! Was and continue to be completely swept off by this over and over again. Dark,delectable and utterly pschychedelic. Ethno-trance doesn't get any better - this ones right through the roof!!
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By A Customer on 3 Nov. 2005
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Track One is wonderful ... some of the others are a bit samey and superficial, I feel. The depth of U Srinivas' musicality is better honoured in his own classical tradition. This melange doesn't do justice to this unique maestro's art.
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i hunt around for ages in all genres of music from Cohen to Crass to find the cd that has just about everything it should have and this is one of them,, as near perfect as it gets,,
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x93343b40) out of 5 stars 8 reviews
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x935966d8) out of 5 stars Not your usual East-Indian-classical-meets-Western fusion 10 Aug. 1998
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Don't get me wrong - I love the Nusrat / Michael Brooks albums - own two copies of each CD because I've listened to them so much over the years that I'm afraid I'd scratch or otherwise wreck the CDs.
This is the other CD I have 2 copies of. South Indian classical music (a.k.a Carnatic music) is very different from what one usually hears as Indian classical - or Hindustani music.
The latter is closer to Jazz, with a central theme and mood to each piece, and soaring improvisations that embellish it. Carnatic music, on the other hand, is much closer to Western Classical music - bounded by more rigid notions of form, pace, rhythm and structure. It is more about discipline and appreciation of a piece that everyone knows the way is going to be played. Precisely the reason I used to hate this music while growing up - my folks would play it every day!
This album however makes two big departures. One, of course, is that U Srinivas is simply one of the most talented instrumentalists to come out of India in a long time. A prodigy at 13, his relative youth and success have opened him up to improvise a little more freely in his playing.Two, is the amazing ear and production that Michael Brooks has brought to the album. The bass guitar supports, cajoles, and drives home the raga and the mood that Srinivas sparkles off.
Again - you're not likely to see this album in the house mixes at a New York club - it is much more contemplative, calm, and brilliant in its laid-back mood.
I'd love to see Michael Brooks work his wonders with other Carnatic musicians: L Shankar (of Shakti fame), his brother, another Violin maestro, L Subramaniam (check out a great album he released with Stephane Grapelli "Conversations") and Kadri Gopalnath - the amazing alto-sax player from Bangalore.
Michael - or somebody from Realworld / WOMAD - are you reading this?
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x93596b40) out of 5 stars Unique, dark and accessible 18 Aug. 1999
By Clayton W. Hibbert - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Michael Brook works his magic again, this time with Indian prodigy, U. Srinivas. "Dream" is an incredible exploration of fusion and improvisation that feels (suitably) dreamy but never loses its focus. A pulsing dark undertone persists throughout the disc. Fantastic.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x93596b64) out of 5 stars Darkness and dreams 7 Jan. 2003
By William Wood - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This is a disc that has to be taken on it's own terms.If you are looking for a place to start with the work of U Srinivas I would reccomend "Rama Sreerama" ( which was produced by Michael Brook just before these sessions took place)this is where you will here some of the most beautiful traditional indian music you will ever hear.This disc also contains some of the most delicate virtuosity and passionate group playing you are ever likely to hear.
I know almost nothing about Michael Brook( Canadian ,guitarist and composer) ,but I do know that he seems to have detractors and admirers in equal numbers ( usually a good sign).
Unlike other recordings of U Srinivas this is very dark and at times almost sombre music.Brook has added some overdubs( including the infinite guitar that seems to have so annoyed at least one other reviewer) but is based on some improvising between the musicians who were around the studio for Realworld's annual fiesta.These include Nigel Kennedy on Violin and Trey Gunn( of King Crimson) on stick .
Although on the surface this is very calming music I am still unsure if I like the dark edginess to some of this disc but I feel that as an experiment it was worth doing and to a large degree it works.
I would also reccomend "Remember Shakti-The Believer" which features U srinivas with John McLaughlin for those who find pure Indian Classical music too much .
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x93596e88) out of 5 stars One word - AWESOME 31 Aug. 2005
By Vikbong - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This one goes past all expectations. For those who are initiated to the world of ambient music, it will ring a lot of bells. And those who aren't are sure to swept off by at least most, if not all of the tracks, like "Think" and "Dream". U Srinivas has been a rather a lowkey performer in his home country and Michael Brook has his shares of critcs blues but in this album, its pure transcendental ambient magic! Love it all the way !!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x93596fb4) out of 5 stars Among my favorites 16 Dec. 2011
By Mark Colan - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This album has a lot going for it. It's great for sitting back and listening to, perhaps with eyes closed, or as background to other activities. Very nice while taking an airplane trip. The album sounds like an improvisation, yet I think it was performed with a basic roadmap. It does not have melodies or chord progressions the way that pop music does. Instead, it sets up a groove, adding layers, moving through moods.

It helps that the first three songs blend one into the next. I rather wish the third also blended into the fourth, but I'll take the album on its own terms.

"Dance" has always been my favorite. The opening low bass note sounds nice on my stereo, as do the bass lines that follow, but the musical landscape overall works for me.

"Think" is, as the title suggests, more contemplative. As such, it is slower and more meditative. It blends in to "Run", which brings back some drums speeds things up.

Ending with "Dream," we get more vocalizations than the others, and a few guests.

Curiously, none of these tracks alone is "typical" of the album - they are fairly different, while also having some continuity.

Note that there are only vocalizations - the voice used as an instrument - no actual words are sung.
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