SHIVA'S QUINTESSENCE ONLY LOVE CAN SAVE US, Hux Records (HUX121)
This is a compilation album with two brand new tracks on the Hux label
with excellently mastered sound, great graphics and an 8-page booklet (2011)
Review by Colin Harper
QUINTESSENCE ONLY LOVE CAN SAVE US (2014)
In brief: An anthology of the best of Phil 'Shiva' Jones 'noughties' recordings of revamped Quintessence classics and new songs in collaboration, as 'Shiva's Quintessence', with Swiss keyboardist/arranger Ralph 'Rudra' Beauvert. Two brand new recordings are included – wonderful new treatments of 'Only Love Can Save Us' and 'Jesus, Buddha, Moses, Guaranga' – and the running order and track choices were decided by the artists.
Quality: Mastered by Cormac O'Kane, it was possible to work from the original 'flat' mixes of almost all of the tracks (bar a couple which couldn't be located), as supplied by Rudra. This was particularly advantageous as Rudra hadn't been entirely happy with the mastering on some of the tracks as originally released. Both artists were totally happy with the sound this time!
Booklet: An 8 page full colour booklet with stunning cover – designed by Alex Smee and featuring notes from both Shiva and Rudra and a selection of pics.
Here's the newly mastered Shiva's Quintessence (or Shiva Shakti) version of the 1969 Quintessence classic 'Notting Hill Gate' with a whole new section, 'Magic Carpet Ride'. This new arrangement was so successful that it – rather than the original version – was the one featured by the Quintessence reunion band at Glastonbury, and available on the CD above.
To most observers, Shiva Jones – iconic vocalist with Island Records' supergroup Quintessence during their mercurial 1969-72 reign as one of the great British live acts of the era – simply disappeared from the music world in the mid '70s. Although periodically active in new musical ventures in both Australia and the US during subsequent decades, he made only a few commercially released recordings (none in Europe) and had left the Quintessence repertoire frozen in time. Both of these positions changed in the middle of the 21st Century's first decade when Swiss producer and keyboard wizard Rudra Beauvert persuaded Jones to revisit the Quintessence material in a series of remarkably fresh studio collaborations. Three discs worth of recordings – old favourites reimagined along with wholly new material – were released in a low-key way in recent years. Here – remastered from the original mixes, personally selected by Shiva and Rudra and joined by two stunning new recordings of the Quintessence classics 'Only Love' and 'Jesus, Buddha, Moses, Gauranga' – is the best of 'Shiva's Quintessence'… so far!
This is the text of one of the reviews concerning the re-issues of Quintessence material on HUX Records.
You can read all the reviews on Colin Harper's website 'where music matters more…'here:
SHIVA'S QUINTESSENCE COSMIC SURFER, Mooncow Records (MCR009)
Since my time as the lead singer of the original Quintessence during the late 1960's and early 1970's, I have developed a passionate and focused approach to writing music that addresses the relevant Geo-Political climate our global community is facing today. The music and message are seasoned with a bit of humor and satire, yet still maintain the general flavors of the original Quintessence (communal chanting and esoteric philosophical themes), hopefully inspiring us to transcend pervasive individual and political delusive fears and narrow mindsets, which often subliminally foster destructive agendas such as greed and aggression. I am optimistic that we can, as individuals and collectively, cure the dis-ease that is currently plaguing our Earth with positive thoughts and empowering actions. This music is my personal contribution to bringing more balance and harmony to our world.
One of the biggest differences since the old Quintessence band is the phenomenal talent that Rudra Beauvert brings to the music. Rudra is the consummate synth-whiz and techno-computer expert.
The first CD in this set consists of all new compositions. It covers a lot of ground - from themes of corporate greed and alien abductions to sending up the New Age/ Hollywood Guru circuit - always keeping the principle of self-discovery in mind.
The second CD contains new recordings of some of the most popular songs from the original
In some of these songs, Rudra and I have co-written and added new middle sections, chants, and instrumentation. Two of the songs (Hail Mary and Sun) were written for Quintessence, but never recorded.
One of the unique qualities of
Quintessence was that it was a communal band - in the truest sense. Evolving out
of the Ladbroke Grove/ Notting Hill area, we always had friends and locals
singing on the albums and at gigs. Likewise, with Shiva's Quintessence, we had many friends, spiritual groups, and guest musicians (whom I met while touring
the USA with my 'other' job as a sound vibrational therapist) participate on
this album. Their combined talents and enthusiasm lend a heart opening and
grass-roots feeling to the music.
For Rudra: Our band is called Shiva's Quintessence, but I must point out that it never would have happened without the relentless time - two solid years - and unwavering dedication you put into this project. Thank you mon ami!
And we mustn't forget Maha Dev, the only other original Quintessence band member to appear on this album. Nice one, Bro!
My exit from the original band was rather sudden and abrupt, and I never really had an opportunity to say "Good-bye." Now I'm saying, " Hi everybody! Just when we need another Quintessence, I'm back."
Shiva Jones a.k.a
These are the songs on COSMIC
01 REPTILIAN CORPORATE SIGN LANGUAGE (Shiva/Rudra) 10:12
02 BUT WHAT AM I? (Rudra/Shiva) 7:58
03 DOLPHIN DREAMING (Rudra/Shiva) 6:08
04 BLUE IS BEAUTIFUL (Shiva) 6:06
05 DIDGERIDOO MEDICINE MAN (Shiva) 10:22
OM NAMAH SHIVAYA CHANT (Shiva)
06 EVERYTHING IS WEIRD (Shiva) 4:40
07 BLAME (Shiva) 6:58
08 NEW AGE BREADHEAD (Shiva Jones/Jennifer Jones) 5:07
09 HOLLYWOOD GURU (Shiva)
HOLLYWOOD GURU SHOW (Shiva) 7:38
01 GIANTS (Stanley Barr/Quintessence/Shiva/Rudra) 6:03 PUBLISHED BY BLUE MOUNTAIN MUSIC
ANNUNAKI-WHITE POWDER GOLD (Rudra/Shiva)
02 COSMIC SURFER (Quintessence/Shiva) 4:45
03 GANGA MAI (Quintessence/Ambikananda/Bhava/Shiva) 11:43
PUBLISHED BY BLUE MOUNTAIN MUSIC
04 OASIS (Shiva) 5:56
(This one's for my wife Jen)
05 SUN (Shiva/Hill) 4:39
06 HAIL MARY (Jennifer Jones/Shiva Jones)
DIVINE MOTHER CHANT (Rudra/Shiva) 9:48
PUBLISHED BY ALLIANCE PUBLICATIONS INC.
07 HALLELUJAD (Quintessence/Shiva) 5:53
PUBLISHED BY BLUE MOUNTAIN MUSIC
08 SRI RAM CHANT (Quintessence/Ambikananda/Shiva)
HARI NARAYANA CHANT (Rudra/Shiva) 6:49
PUBLISHED BY BLUE MOUNTAIN MUSIC
09 OM MANE PADME HUM (Rudra/Shiva) 7:42
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CONTACT INFORMATION ON MUSICIANS:
MICHAEL DE MARIA AND THE KIVA DIVAS.....www.ontos.org
LADONNA SMITH AND THE SISTERS OF THE MOON....www.birminghamimprov.org
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REPTILIAN CORPORATE SIGN LANGUAGE:
DIDGERIDOO MEDICINE MAN (Part 1):