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Indo-Prog/Raga Rock

3.19 | 31 ratings

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3 stars Peace, bro!!

This is a trippy album. Yes, it contains some Indian stuff, a bit of "Hare Krshna, Hare Hare", but from this album only I don't understand why it's classified into the Raga subgenre. Luckily it's made of proper music, also good, but the atmosphere is that of the first AMON DUUL album, with a big difference: QUINTESSENCE knew how to play an instrument, the first AMON DUUL were just a band of hippies banging on bongos.

In my view, this is a psychedelic album, released in 1970 and deeply son of its era, maybe even a bit late.

The album has all the right ingredients: flute, percussion, prayers but also bass and electric guitar. There are some interesting guitar solos. Sometimes they are just too long because, you know, when you are having a good trip, stopping is difficult. So you can make a lot of things tripping on Aminor and Dmajor, especially on a live performance.

It's a good document of an era, played with some skill but fresh as you can expect from a band of hippies. Far from being a masterpiece, it's a nice listen.

octopus-4 | 3/5 |


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