Brian Jones Presents: The Pipes of Pan at Jajouka

Brian Jones Presents: The Pipes of Pan at Jajouka

2.0 2
by The Master Musicians of Jajouka
     
 

Long out of print since its 1971 release on Rolling Stones Records, this stunning classic, recently made available again, is a glimpse into a primordial, shrieking world of ancient blood rites, trance rituals, and a throbbing, unfettered fertility -- the world of Morocco's Berber mystics. Under the guidance of beatnik Brion Gysin, the Stones'See more details below

Overview

Long out of print since its 1971 release on Rolling Stones Records, this stunning classic, recently made available again, is a glimpse into a primordial, shrieking world of ancient blood rites, trance rituals, and a throbbing, unfettered fertility -- the world of Morocco's Berber mystics. Under the guidance of beatnik Brion Gysin, the Stones' guitarist Brain Jones trekked into the Rif Mountains to record these Master musicians and their thousand-year-old wail. Protected by royalty for centuries, this drum and reed corps riveted generations of wide-eyed (and drug-addled) wanderers from Europe and America. Jones processed their melodies through acid-era studio effects that heighten their transportive qualities, if rendering them less pure than, say, Bill Laswell's APOCALYPSE ACROSS THE SKY, recorded decades later. But it's BRIAN JONES PRESENTS that captures a very special time and place, when adventurous kids, stoned on the idea that anything was possible, first found a gateway to the beyond among the pastoral people of a little mountain village deep in the heart of Morocco.

Read More

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
In 1968 Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones traveled to Morocco and taped parts of music at the Rites of Pan Festival. It's uncertain whether this should be considered a Brian Jones album, or an album by the Pipes of Pan at Jajouka, or an album by the Master Musicians of Jajouka, as the performers on this recording are most commonly known in the West. The important thing to know is that it's a document of Moroccan traditional music that achieves trance-like effects through its hypnotic, insistent percussion, eerie vocal chanting, and pipes. Originally divided into two untitled, unbroken LP sides (although these are broken down and officially titled on the CD reissue), it should be kept in mind that these are merely edited excerpts of performances which can last for hours, and thus they offer only a taste of the live event. Although the first part in particular builds and builds in relentless energy to whirling climaxes, there are discrete and different performances here, some featuring female chants, others less intense male vocals, and others passages of unaccompanied instruments which sound like flutes (credits and details on the original release are sparse). While this music had been performed in this fashion for a long time before Jones documented it, this was among the first of such recordings to receive reasonably wide exposure (although it was released after Jones' death) in Europe and North America. Thus this recording anticipated the wider popularity of trance-like music among both electronic rock and progressive African musicians later in the 20th century.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/26/1995
Label:
Philips
UPC:
0028944648720
catalogNumber:
446487

Related Subjects

Tracks

Read More

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Master Musicians of Jajouka   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Brian Jones   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals

Technical Credits

Paul Bowles   Liner Notes
Philip Glass   Executive Producer
Brian Jones   Producer,Contributor,Liner Notes,Cover Design
Bachir Attar   Liner Notes
William S. Burroughs   Liner Notes
George Chkiantz   Engineer
Rory Johnston   Executive Producer
Bob Ludwig   Mastering,Equalizing
Kurt Munkasci   Executive Producer
Stephen Allen Davis   Liner Notes
Mike Cooper   Cover Design
Margery Greenspan   Art Direction
Brion Gysin   Liner Notes,Illustrations
David Silver   Liner Notes
Master Musicians of Jajouka   Composer

Read More

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >