Citadels of Mystery

Citadels of Mystery

by Bernie Krause
     
 

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Considering the fraught circumstances in which this album was recorded, it's a miracle it sounds as serene as it does. Originally, this was planned as a collaborative project between Krause and his musical partner, Paul Beaver, for Columbia, but that deal collapsed when CBS executive Clive Davis was fired. Then

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Considering the fraught circumstances in which this album was recorded, it's a miracle it sounds as serene as it does. Originally, this was planned as a collaborative project between Krause and his musical partner, Paul Beaver, for Columbia, but that deal collapsed when CBS executive Clive Davis was fired. Then Beaver died of a brain hemorrhage in January 1975, leaving Krause to record it for Takoma as a solo artist, albeit with the help of numerous side players (including a young Mark Isham, who plays flügelhorn on "Heights of Machu Picchu") and arrangers. Then the record wasn't released for another four years. In some respects -- particularly the mellow jazz-pop melodies on much of the material -- it was of its time. In other respects it was ahead of its time, particularly in the genre-blending of the arrangements, which mixed fusion-like jazz with Latin-flavored production, Krause's own synthesizer shadings, film score-like ambience, and some of the placid traits that would come to be associated with new age music. It's a hard album to describe and evaluate, because in some respects it's so ordinary and bland, and in others rather far-out. The blandest aspects are the smooth jazz-pop casts of some of the melodies and arrangements, as well as the occasional hokeyness of some of the more dramatic-cinematic passages. But these weave in and out of pretty cool-sounding tribal-type percussive segments, some eerie synthesizer parts (as on the fade of "Flight to Urubamba"), and chant-singing that sounds like it's out of an Afro-Caribbean ritual. The very beginning of "Citadel, Ay Bobo," in fact, almost sounds like Bobby McFerrin gone ethnic-avant-garde. It would have been a more interesting (if less accessible) record had Krause concentrated on those weirdest parts. But if that's what you want, you'd be better off hunting down early Exuma albums rather than something like this, which had a far greater outreach to mainstream listeners.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/08/2004
Label:
Takoma
UPC:
0025218651226
catalogNumber:
6512
Rank:
260429

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bernie Krause   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Keyboards,Choir, Chorus
Mark Isham   Flugelhorn
Peter Maunu   Guitar
Mel Martin   Flute,Bass Clarinet,Bass Flute,Piccolo,Recorder,Saxophone,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Andy Narell   Synthesizer,Percussion,Piano,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Steel Drums,Shekere
Kenneth Nash   Synthesizer,Percussion,Bongos,Conga,Vocals,gourd,Lap Steel Guitar
Daniel Kobialka   Violin
Myra Bucky   Violin
Glenn Cronkhite   Percussion,Conga,Shekere,Bird Whistle,Waterphone
Bob Ferreira   Flute
John Lachapelle   Choir, Chorus
George Marsh   Waterphone
Kurt McGettrick   Flute,Soprano Saxophone
Chris Michie   Synthesizer,Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Choir, Chorus
Dorothy Moskowitz   Choir, Chorus
Jeff Narell   Percussion,Conga,Choir, Chorus,Steel Drums,Shakere
Nathan Rubin   Violin
Roger Squitero   Percussion,Shekere
Glenn Chronkhite   Percussion,Conga,Whistle (Instrument)
Dave Dunnaway   Bass
Fade Frazier   Choir, Chorus
Lisa Janner   Choir, Chorus
Judiyaba   Cello
Alicia Quintal   Choir, Chorus
Ray Rivamonte   Didjeridu
Zena Sims   Choir, Chorus
Susan Swerdlow   Choir, Chorus
George Marsh   Flute,Percussion,Drums
Dave Dunnaway   Bass Guitar

Technical Credits

Ian Gillan   Composer
Mel Martin   Composer,Wind Arrangements
Andy Narell   Composer,String Arrangements,Choir Arrangement
Kenneth Nash   Composer,Contributor,Choir Arrangement
Geezer Butler   Composer
Phil Edwards   Engineer
Tony Iommi   Composer
Bernie Krause   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Audio Production
Jeff Narell   Composer
Stan Ricker   Producer
Glenn Chronkhite   Contributor
Bill Ward   Composer
Jamie Putnam   Art Direction
Gage Taylor   Original Cover Artwork
George Marsh   Contributor

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