EXPERIENCE PSYCHEDELECTRAGLIDE SOUNDS!
With their 1967 “The Nonesuch Guide to Electronic Music” and 1970 “In A Wild Sanctuary” album releases, Paul Beaver & Bernard Krause literally created the Ambient and New Age genres and were early leaders in Electronic Jazz!
“Gandharva”, their third release, was truly a landmark LP that virtually slipped under the radar at the time, (but not by 00individual, who has been basking in its power and glory for over forty-five years) this iconic album is now recognized for its incredible visionary style that spawned highly-successful genres for musicians in the decades to come.
Side One: Is a clash of styles; that opens very promisingly with Soft/White only to be the intro to a rousing “Rocker”. Then Beaver’s psychedelic moog and style influence that was featured prominently on the “Performance” film soundtrack is evident with Nine Moons in Alaska and Walkin’ – then the side ends with a righteous Gospel.
1 Soft / White 0:52
2 Saga Of The Blue Beaver 4:19
3 Nine Moons In Alaska 3:04
4 Walkin’ 2:42
5 Walkin’ By The River 2:39
However, it is Side Two that makes history – here is the essence of soulful music with instrumentals that had the ability to not only spiritually-stir one’s very being, but to provide an aural place to call home.
Side Two was recorded at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, February 10-11, 1971 and captures a wholly-unique sound that was their “soundtrack to a non-existent film” – only this rich sound easily creates images that become a film in one’s mind. All of side two is truly a transcendent group of tracks that EVERYONE needs to hear.
The world-class heavyweight talent on this record is listed below, but it’s Gerry Mulligan’s Baritone Sax that reverberates within the cathedral, that in turn reverberates in one’s heart and soul.
This is inspired music:
1 Gandharva 1:12
2 By Your Grace 5:13
3 Good Places 3:37
4 Short Film For David 5:23
5 Bright Shadows 4:53
Alto Saxophone, Flute – Bud Shank.
Baritone Saxophone – Gerry Mulligan.
Bass – Ray Brown, Rod Ellicott.
Drums – George Marsh, Lee Charlton.
Guitar – Howard Roberts, Mike Bloomfield, Rik Elswit, Ronnie Montrose.
Harp – Gail Laughton, Mixed By – Robert Orban.
Piano – LaMont Johnson, Mike Lang.
Synthesizer [Moog] – Bernard L. Krause.
Synthesizer [Moog], Organ [Hammond, Pipe] – Paul Beaver.
Voice – Bernard L. Krause, Bill King, Edna Wright, Evangeline Carmichael, Lewis Morford, Ron Lee Hicklin, Vanetta Fields.
Voice [Lead] – Clydie King, Patrice Holloway.
Producer – Bernard L. Krause, Paul Beaver.
Engineer – Ed Peterson, John Payne, Phil Edwards, Robert De Sousa, Robert Orban, Rudy Hill, Sol Weiss.
Many a dreamy surreal evening was further mystified and made a deeper experience by the Moogy Saxy Sounds of side two of “Gandharva”. The smokey wisps of weed and hash intertwined with Gerry Mulligan’s sax, filled the room, and spilled-out into the ethers for everyone to enjoy. Spiritually Cool!
While this is not a psychedelic album, it actually is, as it represents the Psychedelic Mood, that etheral timeless place where one’s spirit runs free – a very hard emotion to convey but Beaver and Krause accomplished the nearly impossible.
To fully appreciate the true quality of this recording; the warm original sound of analog vinyl is highly recommended.
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