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Operation Redemption: A Vision of Hope in an Age of Turmoil
Operation Redemption: A Vision of Hope in an Age of Turmoil
by George Trevelyan
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars for want of a better word, as the New Age, 23 Oct. 2014
Anyone who was blessed to meet or hear Sir George Trevelyan speak surely came away from that meeting deeply inspired.I first encountered Sir George at the opening lecture of The Spirit of Healing conference at Findhorn,Scotland.It profoundly changed my life.This book continued the experience as it opened up the deep underlying spiritual nature of Being and a sense of Vision that allows us to understand our place in the scheme of things.It came as a revelation that continues to provide deep insight and is a book that I continue to return to.Written in the early 1980s and concerned also with the approaching turn of the century;how that event fitted in with a deepening sense of spiritual awakening in relation to what has been described,for want of a better word,as the New Age;there is much that pertains to the present time.There is no set date for such an event,as Sir Geroge was quite clear to point out;we are all involved in an evolving process of waking up to the divinity and sacredness of all Life.But he clearly manages to paint the big picture,somehow managing to show a beautiful spiritual vision and relate this to our time.


Love And Reason
Love And Reason
Price: £11.88

5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful Inspiration........, 12 Feb. 2013
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This review is from: Love And Reason (Audio CD)
What a delight this album is.Whether seeking something to chill to or looking for inspiration and upliftment you will find all this and more contained within this eclectic mix of traditional music with a gentle but modern twist.But dont let that put you off if your leaning is more traditional.I find the sparse use of various samples only adds to the overall soundscape.Mary's beautiful harp playing and intermingling vocals are perfectly matched by Donald Hay's precise and crisp drum and percussive work.I love this album and it just keeps growing on me.Already a favourite in my collection;I know I will return to this with great eagerness as time goes by.Highly recommended!


The Light
The Light

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Universal Unfolding....., 1 Jun. 2010
This review is from: The Light (Audio CD)
Here is music to take you higher,deeper,further.It's spiritual in the greatest sense of the word;its content takes us on a profound journey within ourselves and our very nature of existence on this jewel of a planet.It acts as an ideal and also a signpost to nurture the infinite within and without.Parts of this had a profound affect as I listened,tears came to my eyes as I experienced a beautiful sense of reconnection to the greater rhythm of life.
Musically this is not just a one level experience of calm bliss.It goes beyond that in so many ways.There are moments where rhythms build into a dynamic and intense ecstatic hypnotic experience.So be prepared in many ways for the unexpected!For me,repeated listening only deepens the experience.Highly recommended!
Lookout for the follow up album Supernature.Check out the website for details.Supernature really captures the gentle and blissful flow of life with some inspirational words of poetry weaving amongst some rather magical sounds.Bring a litle Utopia into your life.Goodness knows we need it!


First Footing
First Footing
Offered by All Celtic Music Store
Price: £12.15

5.0 out of 5 stars Polished.......!, 8 Oct. 2009
This review is from: First Footing (Audio CD)
Saw Anam live when this cd first came out.I was well impressed with the performance and decided to buy what was at the time their latest release.Still love it as much now as then.Tight performances:inspiring songs and great instrumentals.For me the jewel has to be Aimee Leonard's voice.Beautiful.It makes the cd for me.


Spirit - Live In Concert [DVD]
Spirit - Live In Concert [DVD]
Dvd ~ Spirit

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Short but Sweet....., 5 Jun. 2009
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This is only one of two dvd's that I am aware of featuring Spirit in concert.I think that this is from 1986 ish - nothing on the notes to say - and is a four piece Spirit line up with only Randy and Ed from the old days.Seeing that live footage - apart from Youtube - is pretty rare, then this package is worth looking at.
It's an outdoor festival location with a pretty enthusiastic audience adding to the atmosphere,clearly familiar with the band and enjoying the event.The band breeze through a smattering of some of their well known songs,and as far as it goes it's pretty good.They all play really tight,and for me Ed Cassidy's drumming is simply fantastic,driving the band along with a masterful performance.His solo within the track "It's All The Same" is mesmerising.
Perhaps the downside would be that Randy's guitar quite often seems a bit lost in the mix,and this is one guitarist you always want to hear soloing!I also found the volume very low on the disc and needed to turn the stereo right up the high end to obtain anything near a decent level.The other disapointment was the length of the disc - 45 minutes!I can't believe that there was n't more material than this.The whole performance has obviously been heavily edited.My sealed copy had nothing in the way of a booklet inside with any band info/photo's etc.Very disapointing in that respect.For those reasons it looses a star,perhaps some folks would give it less.But for me,having been lucky enough to see this band a few times when they were still going this disc is a bit of a treasure.I know that it was "just" a Randy and Cass version of Spirit so to speak,but as long as those two were on board Spirit were always a great band in my book.Thanks for the memories!


Out Demons Out - The Best Of
Out Demons Out - The Best Of
Offered by jim-exselecky
Price: £7.99

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No room for compromise............, 25 May 2009
A spirited compilation of the Broughtons music spanning the material recorded for the seminal EMI Harvest label.This collection covers album material and some singles: a&b sides.EBB singles were n't your usual cup of tea so they go well with the rest of the collection.The singles were released on a Harvest LP on a long since deleted title:A Bunch Of 45s - which had a great cover!
You get the full range of EBB material here:powerful,heavy and rocking,plus some thoughtful and more refined songs....but always making you think.
Never a group to stand still musically,there is a real progression in the songs as they moved forward in those Harvest years.Check out the albums that these songs came from aswell,you won't be disapointed.And check out their website to still catch them live!Some things just get better with age!!!


Be Here Now
Be Here Now
by Ram Dass
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The only way to be...., 5 Oct. 2008
This review is from: Be Here Now (Paperback)
When I first came across this book in the 1970's it became one of my favourite books of the period.The flip page middle section just seemed to cut to the chase and sum "everything" up.Sure it is of its time,but recently taking the book off the shelf to have a browse once again, I was struck by just how truthful and eternal it's message is.Infact over the years I have periodically dipped into it for a re-tune!The title says it all really.A classic!


Bandages
Bandages
Price: £8.90

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who can rely on you?, 12 Feb. 2008
This review is from: Bandages (Audio CD)
Yeah,I love this album too!From the start with "Get A Rise" complete with its fuzz lead guitar freakout to "Speak Down The Wires" with its inspired lyrics of yearning and compassion...."The Whale" is tender and yet impassioned and still so relevant today...."Love Gang"-surely the best number one single that never was!"John Wayne"- another classic: "don't believe in the movies,the good guy gets it wrong".
And so it goes.The Edgar Broughton Band:poets,mystics and all round musical acrobats!-well,if their album before this;"Oora" was anything to go by anyway!:
From the fuzzy stomp of "Mommas Reward" all the way to "Hurricane Man" in 5 or 6 years.They kept 'em coming...and all musical gems in their own right.Thanks guys,keep up the good work!
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Inside Out
Inside Out
Offered by Smaller World Future
Price: £46.16

5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic....., 12 Feb. 2008
This review is from: Inside Out (Audio CD)
Ok.I'm somewhat biased...because I'm a bit of a fan!But there is a rawness and energy to this album that really hits the mark.Even though the more acoustic side to the band is perhaps to the fore on some of the tracks this all just adds to the inventiveness of the sound.
The opening three part number sets the tone for the album:gritty realism,telling it as it is.Yet it is all performed with energy and sensitivity.Musically they were on good form and still being superbly aided by Vic Unitt on guitars, adding some of the most distinctive and graceful lead sounds to ever come out of a guitar.(So where are you Vic?)
Political committment and social integrity are plaintively aired on the moving brilliance of "Homes Fit For Heroes" (A favourite of John Lennon apparently when he walked into the recording session at Abbey Road!)and "They Took It Away". Edgar's brother Steve's song "Double Agent" has some inspired lyrics .Add that to some beautiful instrumental playing and this becomes yet another standout song.
Pride of place to one of the most epic songs ever surely has to go to "Its Not You."A spontaneous jam with Edgar improvising the lyrics as they go along(?)Who cares that the thread of the lyrical direction is pretty hard to follow as the brilliance of the bands playing just carries you along with their fantastic driving performance.Now this IS a classic song.
This album is yet another overlooked EBB masterpiece.A classic Hipnosis sleeve and a remastered Harvest reissue along with great sleeve notes make this a must for your collection.Of its time,yes.But man,it was good!


Live at Abbey Road
Live at Abbey Road
Offered by Sonic-Sound
Price: £18.78

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hair today,gone tomorrow....!, 11 Feb. 2008
This review is from: Live at Abbey Road (Audio CD)
This recording is somewhat of a "legendary" lost performance and from which the classic stomping performance of "Out Demons Out" was to emerge as one of the all time underground anthems.But there was always much more to these live sessions and the EBB showcase some of their blues roots on a brilliant rendering of "Smokestack Lightning" for example.
Edgars growling voice drew comparisons to Captain Beefheart and that is in evidence on another belter:"Dropout Boogie" and also "Mommas Reward(Keep Them Freaks A Rollin')".But the true range of Edgar's voice can be heard on "What Is A Woman For?" showcasing a deeper and more sensitive depth to his voice.This song was to find it's recorded perfection on the bands brilliant and highly original third studio album,which is well worth checking out in its own right.
The banter inbetween some of the songs adds to the period feel and takes you right back to the occaision.If this could have been an audio- visual recording of the sessions then it really would have been something else,especially as the location is the legendary Abbey Road studios.But hey,its good enough just to be able to finally get to hear something of these sessions.The extended version of "Out Demons Out" is a real treat and a great end to the album...along with Peter Jenner's final words to the audience to please be quiet when leaving the building...so as not to disturb the neighbours!
Good artwork and informative sleevenotes all add to the cd....some great photos.Man,those guys were hairy!...and what's more they're still exorcising those demons today.As Edgar said:"You did n't shout loud enough before, so we're back to do it again". Respect!


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