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In Blissful Company
In Blissful Company
Price: £13.85

46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars incense and peppermints, 5 May 2004
This review is from: In Blissful Company (Audio CD)
Quintessence offered a blend of Hare Khrishna Chant,droning sitar. jazz flute and some fine rock jamming. 'In Blissful Company' is their first album and perhaps their best. The sense of a more innocent age and the smell of incense prevades the album.
I've always condidered this a brillant record, but its often dismissed as a mere 'product of its time' in much the same way the Incredible String Band have been. (Not that Quintessence sound anything like ISB, but would sit well next to 5000 Spirts).
One of those albums that should feature in those 'top 50 greatest ever' list but never does. Maybe this re-issue will get the album the credit it deserves.
Repertoire Records have done a fine job on the packaging for this re-issue, so a good excuse for some people to replace their vinyl.

The Electric Prunes: I Had Too Much to Dream
The Electric Prunes: I Had Too Much to Dream

9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nice cover, shame about some of the music...., 12 Oct. 2003
This is the 'Prunes first album. The only tracks mentioned on the sleeve of the vinyl original are 'I had Too Much To Dream Last Night' and 'Get Me To the World On Time.' These two are garage/psych classics and will ensure the bands place in many peoples hearts. The fact they are the only tracks listed should serve as a warning. Most of the other tracks, sadly, are dire. A few songs such as 'Bangles' or 'Are You loving Me (But Enjoying It Less)' deserve to be along side those two songs. However it is difficult to belive the same writting team that gave us 'I Had Too Much To Dream' also wrote 'Onie'or 'The Toonervile Trolley.' The band themselves were unhappy with a lot of the material (it seems they were pushed into recording songs by outside writers). Other albums famously didn't include any of the band. In 2001 the original members reformed and released 'Artifact' pointedly refering to it as their 3rd album, despite the amount of releases put out under the 'Electric Prunes' moniker. 'Artifact' is superb. Unless your a 'must have every note ever released' type invest in that CD and a compilation. (some of the most recent ones are aproved by the band and feature tracks they feel reprent them best).

Versatile Arab Chord Chart
Versatile Arab Chord Chart
Price: £16.27

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'improvised, but not improv...', 7 Oct. 2003
Vibracathedral Orchestra are a 5 piece who have been together since '98. This is their 2nd album and has black on pink packaging that cries out for a pink vinyl issue. There are 9 tracks on the CD although the actually flow into each other and feel like one long piece.
The style could best be described as 'drone music' with a few tracks having an 'eastern feel'. Some reminded me of the Velvet Undergrounds instrumental workouts on tracks such as 'Black Angel Death Song' or 'Heroin'. The music is all improvised. ( in fact the band describes their music as 'improvised, but not improv...')In other places these a 'krautrock' feel. I fact I would recommend this album to people who liked the basic idea of Amon Duul 's 'Psychedelic Underground', but found the long haul lacking in ideas.
The album is just over an hour long, but I realised after a few listens that it seemed to go on longer. I realised that I was hearing the music after the CD had finished. Either the sounds got stuck in my head or I became tuned into ambient sounds around me. (Or maybe I just have a very noisy fridge.)
A few plays of this CD has convinced me to search out more by the band. This could be costly, as even their web site seems at a loss as to where to get copies of some releases.

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