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Psychedelic/Space Rock • Japan


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Japanese band surfing on the psych-kraut / free jazz / electro-droning waves. Some very inspired moments and a good sense of interpretation. Snuff Box Immanence, Tune In, Turn On, Free Tibet and Ghost are all accomplished, colourful stoned rock essays.

The band's live album/dvd released in 2007 is truly something, an improvisational event of sound and light. It must be experienced.

Sadly, in an August 3 2014 Facebook post, Masaki Batoh announced the official disbanding of Ghost after 30 years. He thanked everyone and told Ghost fans to look for his solo album along with a new band called The Silence.

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3.53 | 10 ratings
Ghost
1990
4.03 | 10 ratings
Second Time Around
1992
3.69 | 7 ratings
Temple Stone
1994
4.03 | 15 ratings
Lama Rabi Rabi
1996
4.40 | 11 ratings
Snuffbox Immanence
1999
4.00 | 6 ratings
Tune In, Turn On, Free Tibet
1999
3.95 | 21 ratings
Hypnotic Underworld
2004
3.78 | 9 ratings
In Stormy Nights
2007

GHOST Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.89 | 6 ratings
Overture: Live in Nippon Yusen Soko 2006
2007

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 In Stormy Nights by GHOST album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.78 | 9 ratings

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In Stormy Nights
Ghost Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Mortte

4 stars Ghost was quite active in nineties releasing 6 albums, when in 2000-decade only two. In 2000 decade their style changed more electric, don't know was that in connection to their line-up change. This was their last album before their 7 years hiatus and then Masaki Batoh's announcement that they're disbanded. I think this album is their most experimental & also darkest album.

When CD-version started really acoustic and more old Ghost-style piece 'Motherly Bluster', vinyl version goes in the same way as previous 'Hypnotic Underworld'. Starting piece 'Hemicyclic Anthelion' lasts almost half hour and is really experimental! It starts with echoed noise, but just before four minutes changes really acoustic. There are both kind of periods after that, one acoustic period is really melodic and jazzy. Very interesting, contemporary classical piece-style composition that caries it's whole lenght. Next 'Water Door Yellow Gate' is the greatest piece in this album. Tympani plays bolero rhythm whole through it and in the back there is choir that sounds as made in mellotron. Also there is guitar that is somewhere middle of Fripp's & Michael Karoli- style. In next 'Gareki No Toshi' tympani continues beating faster, but this instrumental is little bit too long with no changes.

Second vinyl starter 'Motherly Bluster' is really much old Ghost sounding, beautiful acoustic piece. 'Caledonia' is version of the piece of old experimental band 'Cromagnon'. It reminds a lot of the original, but naturally sounds more modern. Anyway I listened first time the original version and it really didn't sound 1969 at all! Really going to listen this bands only album from that year! But this album ends with acoustic and sad 'Grisaille'. In the end song rises into other level with really great guitar solo with back of some mellotron sounding keyboard.

This album don't rise into level of the greatest nineties Ghost albums, but I think it was really great they went forward into new direction. Really that directions wasn't bad. So sad band didn't continue after this great album, hard to believe their record company Drag City would have pushed them into some other direction what they wanted.

 Snuffbox Immanence by GHOST album cover Studio Album, 1999
4.40 | 11 ratings

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Snuffbox Immanence
Ghost Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Mortte

5 stars After releasing two promising albums and one live album Japanese psych-folk band Ghost matured into really great band in their album 'Lama Rabi Rabi'. The greatness continued in this album. For some reason they released same time also other album 'Tune In, Turn On, Free Tibet'. I have listened it only once, so I can't now say how these albums differ, but according to review made here in PA it probably is quite same sounding. Maybe that album is more political than this.

Album starter 'Regenesis' reminds me a lot 'Pearls Before Swine'. It has really great trombone & flute. Second piece is version from Stones 'Live With Me'. When I was listening first time this album, I didn't recognise this song as cover-song. They could have put it into their own, if they just had changed words. On the other hand this version would have fitted really well into Stones 'Their Satanic Majesties Request'-album. Next 'Soma' is the greatest piece in this album, it's sung in Japanese, also it has really great harmonium sounding keyboard, cello and banjo. I am not familiar with Japanese traditional music, but I believe this has influences from there. Very beautiful! 'Daggma' is really delicate marimba & vibraphone instrumental piece with cello.

Tittle song, that is album longest piece, is at first really acoustic, but in the middle there comes electric guitar and it changes little bit Mike Oldfield-style. There comes also really great effected vocals. 'Obiit 1961' is again really delicate, but sungen piece. Right after that comes same kind of instrumental piece 'Tempera Tune'. 'Fukeiga' brings you a feeling, that you're sailing in the sunny sea, but changes in the middle very intensive and again there is in electric guitar some Oldfield. But in the end comes again calmer part with really awesome trumpet! 'Sad Shakers' sounds again very folk influencing, but has also really great Gilmour-style guitar playing. Last piece ends the album again very sea-like atmosphere.

It's really strange I am making the first review of this masterpiece! This really is not nineties sounding at all, but really not also something retro. Ghost really found sound of their own in the middle of nineties. This album is full of beautiful melodies and has also really great taste in those interesting songs arrangements. Really timeless album!

 Ghost by GHOST album cover Studio Album, 1990
3.53 | 10 ratings

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Ghost
Ghost Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Mortte

3 stars It's quite amazing I am making first review of this very interesting bands first album (there are only 10 ratings about this)! Well, it just shows, how much there are interesting bands in the world that have threat to disappear in the minds of the people. It seems in 2007 some PA members 'found' the band and after that every now and then somebody has made one or two reviews a year. This Ghost (it wasn't the first and really not the last) started already in 1984, but released this album not until 1990. Have to say I am a big fan of sixties psych, but never been so much into new psych (well I guess I haven't really heard many clearly new psych bands, I think there is always that space element that I haven't found very interesting in most cases). Anyway this band has very little 'space' in it's music and comes more into sixties psych (they even had spent collective life as their predecessors did). On the other hand I would not call this band just retro, they have really a fresh style although it differs a lot of the common style of nineties.

This album starts really great way! First the listener is scared with loud noises, but soon 'Sun Is Tagging' changes into very acoustic and creates very warm and mysterious atmosphere. You just go direct into soft psychedelia of sixties! 'Guru In the Echo' goes into little electric direction with really great, psychedelic electric guitar. This very catchy piece reminds a little Can's 'Soundtracks'-album. In 'Moungod Te Deum' direction goes really experimental. It has birds voices and some very strong mantra into it. Really love that piece also! But after these three great pieces direction starts to go a little bit mediocre. All the rest of the pieces are mostly quite calm. 'I've Been Flying' is fully acoustic and very beautiful. 'Ballad Of Summer Rounder' continues same way, but in the middle there comes drums. In the end there are little bit chaotic piece, which of course make this over ten minutes piece more interesting, but it lasts too long when nothing really happening there. The second part of 'Moungod' serie is really meditative with wind sounds and totally acoustic instruments. Last part of 'Moungod' is quite experimental and has again mantra-style vocals. Last 'Rakshu' is very sedative piece, maybe little bit too long.

This debut album is really promising, but not showing the full potential of this interesting band. Really I am not wondering at all that Drag City decided to take this band into their label in 1996 and released their greatest album 'Lama Rabi Rabi'. Although band has released their latest studio album in 2007, it was 2014 when band told to be disbanded. So sad, there are not really too much this kind of bands today. I would have given the album four stars if the greatness of first three songs had continued (maybe even five), but now this is three stars album.

 Second Time Around by GHOST album cover Studio Album, 1992
4.03 | 10 ratings

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Second Time Around
Ghost Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Matti
Prog Reviewer

4 stars - The first review -

In fact I'm listening for the very first time to a psychedelic rock album from Japan (I'm much deeper into Japan's symphonic prog). This is, as you guessed, the second album of Ghost, which is a six-piece group playing acoustically oriented, folky and hazy psychedelic rock sung in English. I was charmed at the first listening! The male voice isn't anything spectacular, a bit frail actually, but it suits perfectly to the music. Reminds me a bit of the vocals of Wishbone Ash.

The 48-minute album contains ten tracks. The opener 'People Get Freedom' is the shortest (1:45) and the most minimalistic. At first there's just a kantele-sounding instrument, soon joined by melancholic vocals and later on some psychedelic sonic elements. The title track is a slow-paced, dreamy song with soft percussion and hazy sounds, perhaps comparable to the More-era Pink Floyd around 1969, or The Doors at their softest. One member of the group plays flute, sax and theremin. Saxophone isn't much heard throughout this album, but flute increases the folk touch in several songs. Also the use of acoustic guitar and hand percussion is very reminiscent of the more psychedelic part of the late 60's/early 70's British folk rock era, bands such as Forest or Incredible String Band.

'Forthcoming from the Inside' is a 6-minute song with a slight jam approach. Here the drums are more muscular, and the vocals are more intense; think of Jim Morrison telling a story (although the chorus gets repeated quite a lot). 'Higher Order' calms back to the folk haziness, with a lovely Medieval atmosphere. 'Awake in a Muddle' is a slow, peaceful song driven by Ant Phillips-reminding acoustic guitar and some beautiful flute melodies. 'A Day of the Stoned Sky in the Union Zoo' (what a title!) is another great song full of mesmerizing, slow-paced melodies and the high-pitched flute evoking forestial, mystic images.

'First Drop of the Sea' is a very calm, dreamy, slow and moody song. I just love this stuff! Another association is Tim Buckley at his calmest. 'Under the Sun' is the weakest track, a half-baked campfire doodling with some wordless singing. After a mediocre song the final track, slow and calm 'Mind Hill', ends the album beautifully, with piano in the lead role. Oh my, this album really was a happy discovery for me! Warmly recommended to everyone enjoying hazy, folky psychedelic rock and acoustically oriented artists such as Anthony Phillips.

 Hypnotic Underworld by GHOST album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.95 | 21 ratings

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Hypnotic Underworld
Ghost Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

4 stars "Hypnotic Underworld" truly is a special album that will please all you Psychedelic fans out there. I like that there's some variety on here yet it doesn't drift from that Psychedelic sub-genre. We get mellotron on five tracks along with plenty of flute, electronics and sax. Very cool too that they cover a Syd Barrett tune along with an obscure EARTH & FIRE song.

"Hypnotic Underworld" is an interesting choice to start the album as it's a four piece suite worth around 24 minutes of music. Interesting because the majority of it is sparse and ambient bringing to mind Miles Davis but instead of trumpet it's the sax that is crying out on and off throughout Part 1. And while I thought of Miles right away this is much more Psychedelic and Haunting than Miles. Rumbling drums, sax and experimental sounds come and go during this 13 1/2 minute opening part. Part 2 is similar but we get a rhythm and also an Eastern vibe. Piano joins in later and it turns more intense as well. Part 3 opens with electronics and I like when it kicks in with a heavier sound and those MOODY BLUES-like backing vocals. Vocals follow as the backing vocals continue. Nice. Part 4 is less than a minute of an intense drum-led piece.

"Hazy Paradise" is a B-side of an EARTH & FIRE release and hazy is the word. It's like being stoned on a sunny day walking in a field. The vocals and sound are so uplifting. Love this song! Check out the guitar 2 minutes in and how good does this sound before 4 minutes with the mellotron, vocals, guitar and drums. Exhilarating! "Kiseichukan" features bass and intricate sounds including the sound of water as flute plays over top. The vocals are spoken. "Piper" has flute and little else in the ballad-like intro. There's a bit of Celtic vibe here with the tin flute. It kicks into gear a minute in with strummed guitar, organ, drum and more. It settles right down as the flute returns and vocals arrive, piano too. It kicks in again as contrasts continue. Love the aggressive guitar after 3 minutes as well as the mellotron a minute after that.

"Ganagmanag" is such a trippy tune that I can't help but think of the kings of trippy in AGITATION FREE. Love the sound here. The flute plays over top as they seem to just jam away. So good! Piano joins in before 2 1/2 minutes. The flute stops after 5 minutes changing the flavour here. Then the tempo picks up before 8 minutes. There's a UNIVERS ZERO vibe with that powerful and dark piano play. "Feed" is another excellent track that reminds me of FLOYD("Meddle") with the strummed guitar and psychedelic mood. Reserved vocals join in then it turns more powerful. I like this one a lot, especially when that opening theme is repeated each time. Mellotron late.

"Holy High" has tin flute and a Celtic flavour with plenty of energy. Vocals join in before a minute and it's either the flute or vocals leading the way but not both. Check out the mellotron late to end it as the flute and vocals have both stopped. "Dominoes/ Celebration For The Gray Days" is a Barrett cover from his second studio album. This is such a hazy tune and the vocals are relaxed like the song. A change though 3 1/2 minutes in as the soundscape starts to swirl as vocal melodies can be heard. Kind of cool actually. Deep pulsating sounds join in before 5 minutes followed by heavy drums as it continues to build. Great tune!

This was my favourite album to listen to last week, it just fills that psychedelic area of my brain otherwise known as the black hole. Fvourite songs include the opening suite along with "Hazy Paradise" and "Feed". Japan has had many great Psychedelic bands since the late sixties but GHOST might be the best of them all.

 Lama Rabi Rabi by GHOST album cover Studio Album, 1996
4.03 | 15 ratings

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Lama Rabi Rabi
Ghost Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by HolyMoly
Special Collaborator Retired Admin

4 stars The Japanese psychedelic folk band Ghost is at its best on this album, their third, released in 1996. Acoustic guitarist/vocalist Masaki Batoh is the spiritual leader of this very spiritual band, always at the center of a sound that varies from quiet and pastoral to loud and aggressive on this album. The most dominant instruments are hand percussion, flutes, acoustic guitar, and piano, to varying degrees from number to number. A band that comes to mind that is similar would be Jade Warrior, especially on their early instrumentals. The wonderful thing about Ghost is how they sound like they were plucked out of another age and dimension... the kind of music you can imagine floating through the air in ancient times. And I believe that of all their albums, this one achieves that sound the best.

"Mastillah" opens the album as a perfect mood setter, floating and drifting. "RabiRabi" carries the same drifting feeling but with a much more aggressive, stormy arrangement with loud electric bass, searing electric guitar feedback and insistent chanting. "Into the Alley" takes things back down, as Batoh gives us a simple sung ballad on acoustic guitar. "Marrakech" goes back into darker realms with a distorted singing voice and plodding rhythm on acoustic instruments. "Who Found a Lost Rose in the Warship?" sounds like a long lost folk song incorporating banjo, jews harp and either a recorder or a piccolo, along with a sad sung melody. "Mex Square Blue" keeps the banjo going, with a recorder melody taking the lead.

"My Hump is a Shell" is one of the most striking numbers here, a brief instrumental duet between acoustic guitar and Theremin, really really pretty stuff. "Bad Bone" is the most rock-oriented song here, with a memorable bass riff carrying the song along. "Abyssinia" brings in a sitar (I only wish there was more sitar on this album) and another very distinctly Eastern folk melody in the vocals. "Agate Scape", the nearly 11-minute penultimate track, is a wonderful display of building intensity and tension. It begins as a gentle folk ballad with acoustic guitar, bells, and piano - but around the three minute mark, it very slowly builds layers of instruments, slowly gets louder, and slowly adds dissonance over the course of several instrumental minutes, before returning to the quiet beginning. The final track, "Summer's Ashen Fable", concludes the album with a gentle piano-led folk melody, quietly bringing things to a close.

Although there is a good variety of sounds on this album, as well as a good mix of loud and quiet numbers, once you've heard the first minute or so of any track, you're not going to be surprised by the rest of it. Despite the occasional aggressive moments, this is more of a meditative album than anything else. But in that capacity, this is one of the more seductive and emotional albums I've come across in recent years. Masaki Batoh is a visionary musician seemingly transported from another age, and he has led Ghost to a near-masterpiece here. Falls short of five stars only because a few of the songs sound a little too similar to other songs on the album, but this is still one to check out if you love acoustic psychedelia or Eastern folk music.

 Temple Stone by GHOST album cover Studio Album, 1994
3.69 | 7 ratings

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Temple Stone
Ghost Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by HolyMoly
Special Collaborator Retired Admin

3 stars Ghost are an inspired psychedelic acoustic folk band from Japan, led by acoustic guitarist/singer Masaki Batoh. While their later material incorporated more electric instruments and spacey improvisations, this is Ghost in their early days, playing the kind of ancient spiritual music reminiscent of the original Amon Duul band. Temple Stone is their third release, nominally a "live album", but actually more of a re visitation of some of their early repertoire in a new setting, namely an actual temple. To my ears, this is the way this kind of music was meant to be heard; compared to the original renditions on their first two albums, these versions feel MUCH more warm and authentic. In fact, the arrangements are so different, they may as well be all new songs.

Using the ambiance of the temple as almost its own instrument, the band takes advantage of the natural feel of the room with reverberating acoustic guitars, impassioned vocals, lots of flutes, what sounds like a bowed bass, occasional piano, and hand percussion. This is the music you might expect to overhear if you were passing by a Buddhist temple. This is Spirit Music; it's the real thing.

For the most part, the songs themselves aren't particularly stunning, but the mood they create cannot be denied. My absolute favorite is "Moungod Asleep", a very simple number with a repeating piano figure (absent in the original version on the debut album) and a simple folk melody that imparts a deep sense of spiritual longing. Things occasionally get pretty chaotic, as on the track "Blood Red River", in which free-form banging on pianos, percussion (including real drums this time) gone awry, and shrieking vocals create a disturbing atmosphere. But for the most part, the album is meditative, mellow, and melancholy.

 Overture: Live in Nippon Yusen Soko 2006 by GHOST album cover Live, 2007
4.89 | 6 ratings

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Overture: Live in Nippon Yusen Soko 2006
Ghost Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by DamoXt7942
Forum & Site Admin Group Avant/Cross/Neo/Post Teams

5 stars What a sacred, solemn, but weird atmosphere this is!

Please forget our long experience about psychedelic / space rock scene. When Jim Russell aka Finnforest introduce this band to me (THANKS JIM!), the name of this band could let me chill. At first, I think a Japanese GHOST should not be a phantom or a vision but a spirit itself. GHOST always reminds me the Japanese religious history, that we must believe and take care of the dead spirits. For the dead some of Japanese everyday read OKYO (a religious sutra) and believe that the dead spirits in another world should always support us now living here. This concert is not like a typical one but full of ANOTHER atmosphere.

Well look at the sleeve and you can find a monotone Great Buddha image (DAIBUTSU in Japanese). Now we should be knocked out by the spiritual sleeve and image. As ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE shows on their sleeves, a Great Buddha is a great symbol of all Buddhist and most of our (Japanese) minds. Please listen, and feel...basically awesome, solemn percussions can encircle us. About 5 minutes later, a shamisen (Japanese banjo), wabue (Japanese flute) and bells can make thier sounds heavier and deeper. In such a eccentric music, weird percussive sounds should be alive. Gradually our palpitation with the atmosphere should be greater and greater. Even electric guitars or keyboards, as everyone thinks as typical instruments for rock music, can be noise shooters or storytellers of GHOST. I consider totally this long track can't be called as a song but can be defined as an illusion. There are lots of Japanese instruments as above mentioned, in that especially wabue and various percussions should make this track serious and seraphic. And a piano coming here after 17 minutes can push this sounds toward an upper stage. Electric sounds should NOT be self-assertive or in front of all instruments. Here they should be only noises with adding some solemn flavour. In the middle part avantgarde and sharply noisy explosion can fly and blow over our head. In another world we can't realize what happen but can feel cold, keen-edged, and GHOSTLY wind. Over the noisy society GHOSTs can fly and dance elegantly...I always feel with listening to this track. Someone may say over 56 minute song should be boring. However, I can not think so. YES, this track is not a song but a wind or an air, and should make our heart palpitate as an earthquake, at least for me. Indeed there's no Mokugyo (Buddhistic percussion) or Rin (Buddhistic bell) but every percussion can play each religious part. Furthermore each instrument, without assertion, can support this track under the earth. (Even a saxophone or another horn can play on the background as one of their collaborators.) I'm sure everyone joining the concert should be happy with jumping and tripping over ANOTHER WORLD. Now I can a bit feel this fantastic and awesome atmosphere. I'm very happy. Really, really I can't breathe till the last piano vibrations...

This album is, I wanna say, exactly another Japanese psychedelic culture.

 Temple Stone by GHOST album cover Studio Album, 1994
3.69 | 7 ratings

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Temple Stone
Ghost Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by AmericanProgster

5 stars Temple Stone is actually Ghost's first live album. Live in a sense that there is no audience but all songs are performed outside a studio. I do believe that half the songs are recorded in a church and the other half being recorded in a Buddhist temple.

This album is amazing. Ghost is very similar to Gentle Giant when it comes to playing live, their live songs compared to the studio versions are lightyears apart!

The main attraction for this album is the wonderful improvisations thrown throughout the ten songs. The best track off this album is the mournful, and simply beautiful, version of Guru in the Echo (which is usually fast paced and chock full of energy).

Temple Stone is, in my opinion, an essential piece of prog (along with the entire Ghost catalog!).

5 Stars

-AP

 Overture: Live in Nippon Yusen Soko 2006 by GHOST album cover Live, 2007
4.89 | 6 ratings

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Overture: Live in Nippon Yusen Soko 2006
Ghost Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Finnforest
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

5 stars Stunning progressive visual document

Without question one of the most original, progressive titles released in 2007. This is an audio and video (cd/dvd) psychedelic event that will blow the minds of anyone interested in avant-garde, psych, or space music. I say music, not rock, because this is not rock and roll. It is experimental sound. Understand this is not a normal concert. It is an event as bizarre as a drug trip, as a UFO light show from '67 London. Total, unfettered improvisation. Here is what went down. The band rented a large warehouse and each member set up their instruments far away from one another. Then they hung these lace curtain dividers up between the members so that they could not make eye contact with one another. The audience was brought in to sit all around the band and the hall was darkened. On the lace curtains were projected images by a "liquid lighting team" and this visual art completely amplifies the mystery of the collective experience happening. Once in place, the doors were closed and the audience not allowed to move until the performance was over. It was really kind of spooky I'm sure as the cavernous hall created great reverberations in sound that added to the aura.

There were no written songs performed, there is no set list. "Overture" is one complete and total improvisation. The members had to come up with the evening's performance on the spot, listening to each other in the dark without being able to get the usual cues. Feeding off the energy of the crowd and trying to channel back and forth. It doesn't always work but it is fascinating. It is not loud or rocking for the most part. Most of the sounds are rather quiet and created by tabla, flute, acoustic guitar, lute, recorder, along with electric guitar, bass, drums, piano, bells. From the CD booklet: "This is nothing but a spiritual conversation between the members, which passes through the senses of the audience, thereby filling the space. The audience is an important "medium." The intention of the arrangement, positioning the players in parallel at a distance from one another, is to connect every member's sound image spiritually, as eye contact with one another is prevented. This is a meditative task. The primary acoustic feature of this space is the length of reverberation. Its tremendous reverberation of 13-15 seconds is the same as that of a limestone cave. Each feels the echo, or remaining spirit of the sound we might say, sensually and spiritually, and each overlaps his individual echo upon it."

The sounds you will hear are chaotic, frightening, dissonant, lost, wandering, rarely melodic, sometimes beautiful, always challenging. This is not for the faint of heart or someone looking for a good rocking time. It is for the very patient listener of unapologetic, slowly moving, pure improvisation. It is very difficult to offer any comparisons. It doesn't sound anything like Ummagumma, Rubycon, or free jazz in a traditional sense, but it possesses the spirit of all three at the same time. The lights literally breathe to life on the curtains as they roll and twist creating surreal silhouettes of the audience members. Images like lava lamps spill onto huge surfaces, a perfect flower appears on a wall above your head, images of people suddenly appear on the support columns, designs of all kinds are constantly changing with the music very slowly. So fantastic are the visual images that they are as important as the music itself. It's for people who want to lay on the living room floor alone and take in this experience on the television (and is presented in 5.1 surround dvd as well as stereo.) This is not a DVD you want to watch with other people unless you are certain they will sit still and shut up for 90 minutes.

It is very hard to be surprised by an album anymore, to be caught off guard, to see something unlike anything you've ever seen before. Ghost has managed to pull off a free-from visual rave as bizarre as Laurie Anderson's "Home of the Brave." In the end, the wonder of the event plays out like a beautiful religious service more than a rock concert. It is a breathtaking event. Not everyone is going to like it, in fact quite a few will not. Yet, if daring explorations into improvisation are a pillar of progressive music, this must be considered a masterpiece. Just not the kind you'll sing along to in the car. And yes, this title has extremely low PSAF (progger spouse acceptance factor) so be warned.

Thanks to Black Velvet/finnforest for the artist addition.

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