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2.94 | 23 ratings | 2 reviews | 4% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1971

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Dive Deep (4:44)
2. Dance For The One (10:45)
3. Brahman (4:17)
4. The Seer (6:00)
5. Epitaph For Tomorrow (8:22)
6. Sri Ram Chant (7:58)

Total Time 42:06

Line-up / Musicians

- Shiva Shankar Jones / lead vocals, keyboards, hand drum
- Allan Mostert / lead guitar, veena, bass (1), acoustic guitar (4)
- Maha Dev (Dave Codling) / rhythm guitar
- Raja Ram (Ronald Rothfield) / flutes, chimes
- Sambhu Babaji (Richard Vaughan) / bass, acoustic guitar, jew's harp, narrator (1)
- Jake Milton / drums, percussion

- Vidya Bahen Jee / vocals (6)
- Swami Ambikananda / ? (6)
- Ned Balen / tabla, shenai
- Musetta / tambura
- Sita Devi Jee / tambura, violin

Releases information

Artwork: Sumiko

LP Island Records ‎- ILPS-9143 (1971, UK)

CD Repertoire Records ‎- REPUK 1063 (2005, UK) Remastered by Eroc

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QUINTESSENCE Dive Deep ratings distribution

(23 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(4%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(39%)
Good, but non-essential (39%)
Collectors/fans only (13%)
Poor. Only for completionists (4%)

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Review by hdfisch
3 stars This one had been the band's last of their three Island-records still featuring Shiva Jones and Dave Codling both having been fired late on. They carried here on more or less doing their typical ethnically inspired psychedelic rock presented in six rather simply structured songs. The opening title track, a straight forward pop song left me quite unimpressed but fortunately the quality of the tracks is gradually rising up after that one reaching its peak with "Epitaph for tomorrow". This one together with the final "Sri Ram chant" in pseudo-traditional raga style are the best tracks of this album. The remaining three songs are nice ones for a couple of spins though being not really elaborate compositions. It's in some way difficult to give this record a fair rating since it's not a bad one at all but certainly not on par with their first two releases. For sure I wouldn't recommend it as a starting place for this band but I guess it might be worth to be checked out by anyone who enjoyed their previous ones already. Still I'd like to rate it with 3 stars not without emphasizing that it might be only interesting for fans of Indian flavoured hippie psychedelic!!

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2 stars "Dive deep" was the band's last release on the Island label and, all in all, probably the best of the three. Not that that's saying much. "Dive deep", "The seer" and "Epitaph for tomorrow" all follow the trademark Quintessence path of slow build up, with seemingly directionless flute/guitar ... (read more)

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