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  • Audio CD (16 Jun. 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Universal Music
  • ASIN: B0001DD922
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Released in 1974 on legendary German label Brain, 'A Meditation Mass' was the only album issued in Yatha Sidhra's all too brief career, an album which by virtue of it's deeply spiritual qualities and the exciting fusion of psychedelic rock, jazz & Indian classical music contained within it's grooves, would go on to be regarded as a true classic in the krautrock pantheon - albeit an obscure one which is spoken about in tongues by the devoted few.

Essentially, the album consists of one 40-minute composistion which maintains an other-worldly eastern flavour for much of it's blissed-out, four-part duration.
Yatha Sidhra take you on a journey as 'Part 1' begins with a cyclical, drone-like guitar mantra which takes it's cue from the sounds of age-old Indian ragas from centuries long-forgotten.
The playing is minimal and low-key as the group create a mellow, jazz-inflected backing which slowly builds like the longest sunrise since time began.
A lone moog synth eventually answers the call as it winds it's way through the drone-like ambience with it's high-pitched tone, while a lone voice joins in to chant holy mantras as the opening melody repeats itself ad infinitum.

'Part 2' sees the group offer the listener a chance to come down after the 17-minute invocation, as the flute takes the opportunity to float into the empty spaces left behind, its soothing aura melting perfectly into the fabric of the open, spacious sound the group creates.

'Part 3' brings with it the only remotely 'heavy' part of the whole album as, following another slow-burning zoned-intro, the group take-off into phsychedelic freak-out territory, veering towards a more rock-based style as lead guitar takes centre stage for the only time on this otherwise meditational recording.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8b03baec) out of 5 stars 6 reviews
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8b050684) out of 5 stars Great, mellow Krautrock album 10 April 2004
By BENJAMIN MILER - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Yatha Sidhra was a little known Krautrock group that didn't get much attention, despite recording for Brain. A Meditation Mass became one of the rarest albums to surface on that label. The original LP came with a die-cut cover, in which The Laser's Edge nicely replicated when they reissued it on CD back in '92. In '95 Spalax in France reissued it again on CD, but this time, without the die-cut replication. Comparisons to Ash Ra Tempel and Popol Vuh are often leveled at these guys, and of course they were contemporaries of such groups. The band consisted of Rolf Fichter on guitar, keyboards, Indian flute, and vocals, Klaus Fichter on drums/percussion, Matthias Nicolai on 12-string guitar and bass, and Peter Elbracht on flute. The album is loaded with flute, while Rolf Fichter plays the guitar in the style of a sitar, trying to create a droning effect. Moog and electric piano surface from time ti time. As the album title suggusts, A Meditation Mass tends to be mellow, so the music isn't hurried. That means you won't get raw, intense, in-your-face passages like you might get with Ash Ra Tempel at times. The music tends to keep one pace, except when the band decides to venture off in to jazzy territory, which you do have your fair share. The music is basically one long piece divided in to four parts. Each part revolving around a theme or a jam, while the final part is basically previous themes on the album revisited. Great stuff, but requires a few listens to get it. I very much highly recommend this album.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8b0506d8) out of 5 stars a timeless release 6 May 2005
By Joseph L. Kolb - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
for me, this is one of the more perfect blends of electronic, rock, jazz, and eastern blends around. very mellow, meditative prog music might be another way to describe them. my only complaint is its length. it's only 40 minutes long. but a very reflective 40 minutes it is. if you're into bands like Between, and to a lesser extent, Embryo, this might be right up your alley.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8b4cecfc) out of 5 stars Arguably, the best German prog album 4 Mar. 2004
By Boris Firsov - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
There is a word widely used by authors of rock encyclopaedias, that can add a grain of salt to a perfect record or track: "dated". In fact, almost everything in rock music can be "dated", i.e. traced back to the time of its origin. Heavy metal, prog, progressive, etc. all have very characteristic traits that will tell you when and where exactly this work of art was created. The best music, however, should always sound fresh. No one calls The King, or, say, Beethoven, "dated". The one and only album by Yatha Sidhra, an obscure German rock band of yesteryear, is not "dated" in a wider sense: if you listen to it for the first time, you'll never guess its year of original release. It can be dated from 1980 as well as from 2003, and its quality would be the same. In fact, it was made in 1973, and it defies all attempts at genre affiliation. It is a concept album, a seamless succession of musical ideas that are never exaggerated, but reach their several climaxes in the most harmonious way. One always has a feeling that not a single note can be dropped or added, not a single tone raised by 0.1 dB. An absolute music, devised in a prog rock format. Of course, if you need reference points, I can name Agitation Free, Tangerine Dream, or even Anekdoten. But please do not be biased... and expect more!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8b050960) out of 5 stars Yatha Sidhra - 'A Meditation Mass' (Spalax) 1 Dec. 2005
By Mike Reed - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Originally released in 1974 on the Brain label. This was Yatha Sidhra's sole lp, with just one forty-minute track. Don't think I've ever seen a band with JUST one song out as such. French label Spalax did a fine job on the reissue. 'A Meditation Mass' is one nice long mystical journey (as one might call it) of some way out-there electronic sounds employing some of that classic krautrock vibe and style that some of have come to more than fully appreciate. Some nice potential brain damage to be experienced here. Should appeal to fans of Cluster, Limbus 3, Golem and Cosmic Jokers.
HASH(0x8b050b10) out of 5 stars Five Stars 10 Jun. 2015
By jay weiser - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
incredible reissue, perfection
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