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Spirits Burning & Clearlight: Healthy Music in Large Doses
Healthy Music in Large Doses is the latest musical adventure from the team of Don Falcone and French songwriter, composer and keyboardist Cyrille Verdeaux. The Spirits Burning Space Rock Collective brings together a "pluralistic combination of ambient, jazz, and space rock fusion of music" which will not only smooth out the day's knots and pains, but will take you off to a distance place out of the ordinary.
The album features over 35 musicians associated with classic and prog rock music, along with artists from many alternative genres. It is a huge amalgamation of many styles and directions in music with a central sound being a wonderful jazz/classical/rock fusion of elaborate instrumentals, with some vocal accompaniment.
Gong's Daevid Allen sings vocals and plays guitar on "Bring it Down". The disc also includes a guest list that will fill pages: Hawkwind family members Bridget Wishart, Adrian Shaw, Paul Hayles, & Andy Anderson (The Cure); Pete Pavli (High Tide); Fabio Golfetti (Gong); Robert Rich; plus members of Broun Fellinis, Cartoon, Flutatious, Jay Tausig, Manfred Mann's Chapter Three, Melodic Energy Commission, The Muffins, Thinking Plague, Universal Totem Orchestra, & many more.
Every track on this album is a different adventure to explore and sink your ears, head and state of consciousness into. The opening three tracks, "Treasures at the Dawn of the Century", with Verdeaux's pan flute, "Raised on Coal & Oil", with mellotron from Kenneth Magnusson and "Our Secret Cloud", with Anna Torres Fraile's beautiful vocal presence were especially well designed to not only set the tone for the rest of the production but also to draw you in like a fly to honey.
"Cool Can of Cola on the Forehead" is not only a genius track title; it possesses enough reggae funk back beat to kick the second half of the album into a danceable mix of euphoria.
"Healing Power of Magnets" continues that power with rich, deep keyboards and Jay Tausig's wonderful 12 – string and lead guitar soloing.
"The Kingdom of Music" is another title and track which truly captures the global wealth of talent and styles that make up Healthy Music in Large Doses.
"Bring it Down" has a wonderful reggae back – beat which along with Daevid Allen's vocals will take you away to Jamaica while at the same time make you think about how we are using this gift we all live on. An interesting variation or at least inspiration from Peter Tosh's "Downpressor Man".
There are no weak spots on this entire album. It is a wondrous soundscape to behold. Don Falcone, Cyrille Verdeaux and their vast array of keyboard and synthesizer talents are where the deep powerful sounds emanate. The entire supporting cast helps take this production over the top as one of the best representations of the evolution of space rock this year. Get some Healthy Music in Large Doses and put on some headphones to peel back the weight of the modern world.
1. Treasures at the Dawn of the Century
2. Raised on Coal & Oil
3. Our Secret Cloud
4. Infinite City
5. Hand Signals & Daily Horoscopes
6. Cool Can of Cola on the Forehead
7. Healing Power of Magnets
8. Travellin' Sideways
9. The Kingdom of Music
10. In Search of Friends on the Day of Masks
11. Italian Lake
12. The Road to Shave Ice
13. Bring it Down
Added: August 4th 2013
Reviewer: Mark Johnson
Related Link: spiritsburning.com/sbcl.html
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