1/ Mantra (Shankar,Caroline,Laswell) 15.43 Material 2/ Black Lotus (Laswell) 9.20 Sacred System 3/ Om Namah Shiva (Wobble,Aktar,Adams) 14.10 (Transformation of the Heart Mix) Jah Wobble's Invaders of the Heart 4/ Devabandha (Fazio) 15.26 Makyo 5/ Hear No Evil (Laswell) 14.48 Bill Laswell 6/ Aum (Laswell) 4.02 Divination Track 1 recorded in Madras, India and Greenpoint Studios, Brooklyn, NY Track 2 and 6 recorded at Orange Music, West Orange, New Jersey Track 3 recorded at Greenhouse, Sonica and 30 Hertz Studios Track 5 recorded at Greenpoint Studios, Brooklyn, New York Engineering and programming (3): Robert Musso Track 1 engineered by Oz Fritz Tracks 1,2,5 and 6 produced by Bill Laswell Track 3 produced by Jah Wobble and Justin Adams Track 4 produced by A. Ikeda and G. Fazio Additional production on track 1 by the Orb - Dr. Alex Paterson and Kris Weston Mix translation and additional production on tracks 3 and 4 by Bill Laswell Remaster artwork by Yoko Yamabe @ Randesign Bandcamp version remastered by James Dellatacoma(1) Bill Laswell: bass, beats; Zakir Hussain: tablas; Vikku Vinayakram: ghatam; Nadhaswara arrangement by Shankar; (2) Gulam Mohamed Khan: harmonium, voice; Susan Deyhim: voice; Dave Liebman: soprano saxophone; Nicky Skopelitis: guitar; Bernie Worrell: organ; Bill Laswell: bass, percussion; Zakir Hussain: tabla; Bill Buchen: percussion; Aiyb Dieng: percussion; (3) Najma Akhtar: vocals; Inder 'Goldfinger' Matharu: tablas; Justin Adams: guitar, backing vocals; Mark Ferda: backing vocals, drum programming; Jah Wobble: bass, percussion, keyboards; Robert Musso: programming; (4) Gio and Ikeda: sounds; Bill Laswell: bass, beats, sounds; (5) Bill Laswell: basses; Nicky Skopelitis: guitars; Shankar: violin; Zakir Hussain: tablas; Aiyb Dieng: percussion; (6) Bill Laswell: all sounds.
1997 - Douglas Music (USA), ADC7 (CD) 1999 - Meta Records (USA), MT003 (CD) 2021 - Bill Laswell Bandcamp (digital)Note: The Douglas version contains only tracks 1,3,4 and 5, in a slightly different order.
The layout of this approximately 75-minute CD is especially effective for yoga practice. The first track, Mantra, has the right pace and length (15:43) for a good set of Sun Salutations. The second, Black Lotus, has a more flowing sound and brings added energy to move into full practice. This energy is sustained through the following tracks up to the final medatative "Aum" (which is unfortunately a bit short, just over 4 minutes).
An excellent melding of eastern music to western tastes.
Lynn Del Sol (courtesy of Amazon.com)