Stripped - chris††† - No Lives Matter Bside (Cassette, Album)
The same year, McLaughlin founded his defining project — Mahavishnu Orchestra — a power-fusion quartet whose debut, The Inner Mounting Flamewelded rock volume and excess with extended jazz improvisations and Indian scales, allowing McLaughlin to channel his burning devotion to the Lord into fret-scorching solos.
He refined this approach even further with the group Shakti, in which he played acoustic guitar alongside Indian violin player L. Shankar, and percussionists Zakir Hussain and T. A deep fug of sincerity hangs over the album like a cloud of incense smoke, with cover photographs showing the two guitarists clad all in white, walking together in hushed consultation and sat cross-legged at the feet of the haughty Chinmoy.
When Coltrane recorded his masterpiece of modal hard bop in Decemberit was meant as an offering of devotion and gratitude to the Almighty, in return for helping the saxophonist end alcohol and heroin dependencies that were compromising his health and his art.
But thankfully now, through the merciful hand of God, I do perceive and have been fully reinformed of his omnipotence. It is truly a love supreme. Though Coltrane was raised in the southern Christian church there was a powerful sense that his conception of God was of a universal Almighty.
Moreover, in the remaining years of his life, up until his death from liver cancer inhis move into more avant garde musical territory was mirrored by a growing fascination with religious traditions from around the world, from Islam to Zen Buddhism and Hinduism.
Coltrane was such a revered and energising figure in jazz that, after his death, followers and admirers took up and championed not just his musical path but his philosophical and religious investigations too. Yet, Coltrane was being inexorably drawn away from the jazz life.
As the 80s dawned, her musical focus was centred entirely on the daily life of the ashram, as she arranged traditional Vedic devotional chants — or kirtans — for ceremonial use. This refined an approach that had first appeared on her album, Transcendence which Stripped - chris††† - No Lives Matter Bside (Cassette ancient Sanskrit songs of praise as joyously Gospel-infused vocal call-and-response jams.
This idea reached its apogee inwith the release of Turiya Singsthe first of a series of private, cassette-only releases made available solely to members of the ashram, on which Coltrane swathed her arrangements for Wurlitzer organ and voice in lush, otherworldly synthesizer and strings. But, you know what? Let people call it whatever they like. Maybe next time he will develop his own, mature sound.
The clock-like beat brings to mind a quiz show putting a contestant on the spot. Truth be told, it leaves the group in pretty good standing. The production team behind this album turns up the rock elements here to give these songs punch. This is an album that plays decently, however, some of the same complaints of their past work still stand.
These songs Album) sometimes bland, working off formulas proven by others. Is this bubblegum pop? Do these songs scream as if they were perhaps written by committee?
But One Direction have never pretended to be innovative. The band has said that they're planning to go on a hiatus, and this album leaves them in an OK place. Is it about a woman? Is it about a deity? Is it about someone who is actually dead looking down on the Earth? In any case, it is a catchy winner and the biggest highlight of the record. Perhaps this would make a good final single from the album and a good closing track on a best-of collection.
Most of these are very early demos of Nirvana songs recorded with very low-budget cassette technology. Not only Stripped - chris††† - No Lives Matter Bside (Cassette this mean that the songs themselves and the quality of the recordings are a bit iffy, but since these songs are half-formed in this state, it means that this collection finds Cobain singing half-written lyrics that sometimes get obscured by his guitar-playing.
I realize that the death of Cobain left a massive void in the rock world. He was an often misunderstood musical genius who changed the direction of rock music considerably for a number of years. This album does not show that revolutionary side.
These songs and recordings were for the most part obviously made as demos for Cobain himself to listen to later so he could flesh these songs out and make them ready for primetime. While there are fleeting moments of fascination like the few sound-collages, sonic experiments and ads for live appearances, this is a rather disgustingly exploitative collection that sheds no new light on any of these later classic Nirvana songs.
While some of these tracks may have served Morgen well as he was piecing together his documentary, they do not make a fitting release on their own.
It seems to me that they were never meant to be heard or mass-produced. Some of these songs got radio play at the time of their release and should be mentioned among the best. Before our small band of would-be Stripped - chris††† - No Lives Matter Bside (Cassette had fully assembled and talk could focus upon the task in hand compiling stationery sets to sell to the unsuspecting folk Stripped - chris††† - No Lives Matter Bside (Cassette Bolton we three boys from the Boys School would chat awkwardly whilst casting nervous glances in the direction of the three girls from the Girls School and the two girls from one of the other schools in Bolton.
I was possibly the only one paying any attention. It was a very catchy pop song with a harmonica hook that popped in and out in equal measure; much more poppy than the other alternative music I had been voraciously discovering. There was no picture. Louise seemed to know quite a bit about The Railway Children and her enthusiasm drew me out of my shell a bit.
If I carried on doing what I was doing — whatever that was — and everyone else did the same, things would work out. I needed things to work out. I know: thoughtless. The first album sounded more, well, industrial than I had expected, with very bold, stark and metallic sounding bass, drums and guitar. The Railway Children were from Wigan, Chris informed me. However, listening to the lyrics it did seem to make sense.
For a moment it seemed as if the people singing songs that I listened to might actually be singing songs about the very same things I was seeing. It was easy to see from their earlier works exactly why they had been snapped up. The acoustic strum of A Gentle Sound accompanied lyrics detailing a small and isolated coastal chapel, romantic in the classical sense, and the single itself boasted a freshness that was otherwise lacking in so much of the commercial music output of the British record industry.
The album carried with it a suggestion of a band growing up, and it helped The Railway Children make inroads into the American college music scene. If Recurrence brought with it a more measured approach and commercial edge, it was also just a fragment of the songwriting undertaken by the band at the time.
Sessions and live performances included an array of otherwise unheard songs, many of which would later manifest themselves as multi-format B-sides.
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