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3.22 | 23 ratings | 2 reviews | 17% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1972

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Cosmic Surfer (3:49)
2. Wonders Of The Universe (4:13)
3. Vishnu-Narain (6:25)
4. Hallelujad (4:15)
5. Celestial Procession (1:20)
6. Self (3:08)
7. Freedom (Live *) (6:44)
8. Water Goddess (Live *) (14:26)

* Recorded at Exeter University, December 11, 1971

Total Time 44:20

Bonus tracks on 2008 remaster:
9. You Never Stay The Same (Single) (6:16)
10. Sweet Jesus (Single) (2:57)

Line-up / Musicians

- Shiva Shankar Jones / lead vocals, keyboards
- Allan Mostert / lead guitar
- Maha Dev (Dave Codling) / rhythm guitar
- Raja Ram (Ronald Rothfield) / flutes, percussion
- Sambhu Babaji (Richard Vaughan) / bass
- Jake Milton / drums

- Simon Lanzon / piano (2)
- Swami Ambikananda / ? (6)

Releases information

LP RCA Victor ‎- SF8273 (1972, UK)

CD Esoteric Recordings ‎- ECLEC2076 (2008, UK) Remastered by Ben Wiseman with 2 bonus tracks

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QUINTESSENCE Self ratings distribution

(23 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(17%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(26%)
Good, but non-essential (39%)
Collectors/fans only (13%)
Poor. Only for completionists (4%)


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3 stars Lead by the Australian violinist and flutist Ron Rothfield (a.k.a. 'Raja Ram'), the keyboardist Phil Jones ('Shiva Shankar') and Shambu Babaji on guitar and bass, this North-London band had, as you have guessed, very strong spiritual Indian music influences. Their first two albums, "In Blissfu ... (read more)

Report this review (#266485) | Posted by Thierry | Tuesday, February 16, 2010 | Review Permanlink

3 stars This was effectively the beginning of the end for the band. "Self" is generally overlooked in comparison to the better-known three Island LPs which preceded it, but still contains a couple of real gems. "Cosmic Surfer" is an atypical, fair-to-poor rock number to kick off with, and maybe ... (read more)

Report this review (#43143) | Posted by tbstars | Tuesday, August 16, 2005 | Review Permanlink

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