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Dream Sequence - Cosmic Eye (1972)



This record, also highly collectable, has been called everything from Trans-Psyche to progressive rock - meets - Indo Jazz (that owing to the line-up perhaps, which includes Indo-Jazz giant John Mayer and at the other end of the spectrum a fairly rock sounding bass and drum section). It kind of plays as a single piece almost, one theme blending into the next. It's ethereal yet striking. Distant chimes meld with tabla breaks and elegant and pure toned guitar.

This album may see a re-release fairly soon also. A poor quality pirate re-issue has appeared on several U.S. & Japanese online stores on a label called Silva Star (we are aware of the culprits), copied from an LP and out of pitch. Best to wait for the real thing. (amanciodsilva.com)

Personnel:

  • A. D’Silva: Guitar
  • V. Jasani: Sitar
  • J. Mayer: Violin
  • R. Swinfield: Flute
  • D. Grossmith: Alto Flute
  • C. Taylor: Bass Flute
  • A. Branscombe: Percussion & Saxophone
  • T. Campo: Electric Bass
  • K. Sati: Tabla
  • D. Wright: Drums

This instrumental album has only one track, spread over two sides. It attempts a metamorphosis and blending of different atmospheres into a "sequence" of musical images. There is some bebop jazz, some Indian music augmented with electric guitar and some which is totally unclassifiable.

Although quite pretentious by its very nature the album has its moments, but on the whole suffers from a shortage of good ideas. Some of it could easily pass for New Age music. Rather half-baked.

Recorded at Landsdowne Studios, London Engineered by Peter Gallen.
Produced by Denis Preston. 1972, Regal Zonaphone, EMI. SLRZ 1030

This record, highly collectable, has been called everything from Trans-Psyche to progressive rock - meets - Indo Jazz (that owing to the line-up perhaps, which includes Indo-Jazz giant John Mayer and at the other end of the spectrum a fairly rock sounding bass and drum section). It kind of plays as a single piece almost, one theme blending into the next. It's ethereal yet striking. Distant chimes meld with tabla breaks and elegant and pure toned guitar.

This album may see a re-release fairly soon also. A poor quality pirate re-issue has appeared on several U.S. & Japanese online stores on a label called Silva Star (we are aware of the culprits), copied from an LP and out of pitch. Best to wait for the real thing.

This instrumental album was jazz heavyweight John Mayer's foray into progressive rock and has only one track, spread over two sides. It attempts a metamorphosis and blending of different atmospheres into a sequence of musical styles. There is some bebob jazz, some Indian music augmented with electric guitar and sitar, some which could easily pass for New Age music. Originally release on the UK Regal Zonophone label in 1972 and hard to find album (standinatthecrossroads-blackcatbone.blogspot)

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