Citadels of Mystery

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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 fl?gelhorn 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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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 fl├╝gelhorn 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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/8/2004
  • Label: Takoma
  • UPC: 025218651226
  • Catalog Number: 6512
  • Sales rank: 142,899

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 Jr. 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, Remastering, Audio Production
Jeff Narell Composer
Stan Ricker Producer, Mastering
Glenn Chronkhite Contributor
Bill Ward Composer
Jamie Putnam Art Direction
Gage Taylor Original Cover Artwork
George Marsh Contributor
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