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Barnes & Noble - Carol Wright
Who could have predicted that Indian devotional chanting would move beyond the stereotypical image of yellow-clad Hari Krishnas raising a ruckus in the airport? The American-born Krishna Das studied with Ram Dass, and later learned Bhakti Yoga devotional chanting at Maharaji-ji's ashram in the foothills of the Himalayas. Shortly before this famed guru's death, Krishna Das returned to the states to continue his mission of songful devotion to the divine. On the two-CD Live on Earth, Krishna Das leads the Ever Changing Kosmic Kirtan Posse choir in call and response. His voice, a strong and pleasant baritone, is emotionally expressive yet easy to understand. These tracks ...
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Barnes & Noble - Carol Wright
Who could have predicted that Indian devotional chanting would move beyond the stereotypical image of yellow-clad Hari Krishnas raising a ruckus in the airport? The American-born Krishna Das studied with Ram Dass, and later learned Bhakti Yoga devotional chanting at Maharaji-ji's ashram in the foothills of the Himalayas. Shortly before this famed guru's death, Krishna Das returned to the states to continue his mission of songful devotion to the divine. On the two-CD Live on Earth, Krishna Das leads the Ever Changing Kosmic Kirtan Posse choir in call and response. His voice, a strong and pleasant baritone, is emotionally expressive yet easy to understand. These tracks are traditional Indian chants and mantras with a refreshing detour as "Amazing Grace" is heard in English on "Mountain Hare Krishna." Most chants are based on a few simple lines -- such as "Radhe Shyam" and "Namah Shivaya" -- but others, including "Hanuman Puja" and "Shri Haunman Chaleesa," are long narrative songs. Krishna Das accompanies himself on the harmonium organ, and as each track progresses, chorus, tabla, cymbals, clapping, and other instruments build up warm textures. Featured soloists include Steve Gorn on flute and Hans Christian on cello. The album's "driver beware" sticker is appropriate, for you could easily be lulled into ecstasy or, when the music accelerates, into a joyous, foot-to-the-floor frenzy. Krishna Das's liner notes offer a unique and personal perspective on the chants and their symbolic meaning. Sing along or immerse yourself in the nectar of sound. Hopefully it's not sacrilegious to say this album's a lot of fun!
All Music Guide - Kelly McCartney
Considered the leading Western proponent of kirtan chanting, Krishna Das shows his stuff on the double-disc Live on Earth. The live setting is where Das really shines, with posse in tow generally singing in the traditional call-and-response fashion. Devotion flows through his husky baritone voice and enthusiasm abounds in the claps of the group. This is how these mantras are meant to be sung, their blessings showering down on every chanter. The explosive "Radhe Shyam" and "Samadhi Sita Ram" open the session with a bang while praising the glory of Govinda and Ram along with their consorts, Radha and Sita. Then, a hush falls and stillness overwhelms when Das and bansuri flutist Steve Gorn offer themselves at the feet of the guru with "Shri Guru Charanam." Going on like this, balancing the ecstatic and the solemn while holding the sacred, Das makes his offerings to all of the major Hindu deities -- Krishna, Hanuman, Kali, Lakshmi, Rama, and Shiva. Particularly enchanting is the ancient hymn "Hanuman Chaleesa." Das sings it to please his own guru, though it was composed in honor of the monkey god Hanuman, noble hero of the great Indian epic Ramayana. One of the most well-known nama sankirtanas in the West repeats the names of Hare Rama Hare Krishna. Das includes two different renditions, "Three Rivers Hare Krishna" and "Mountain Hare Krishna," perhaps signifying his own fondness for the simple beauty of this chant. For the most part, Das sticks with the tried and true Indian instrumentation of harmonium and percussion to create his sound, though he does add a bit of keyboard, cello, and bass to smooth out the edges and truly make it his own. That's fair, and the result is splendid.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/4/2005
  • Label: Triloka Records
  • UPC: 801298206125
  • Catalog Number: 82061
  • Sales rank: 13,798

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Radhe Shyam (10:03)
  2. 2 Samadhi Sita Ram (11:33)
  3. 3 Shri Guru Charanam (6:00)
  4. 4 Three Rivers Hare Krishna (15:12)
  5. 5 Hanuman Puja (3:48)
  6. 6 Hanuman Chaleesa (8:33)
  7. 7 Sita Ram (7:26)
  8. 8 Jaya Bhagavan (6:43)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Devi Puja (10:10)
  2. 2 Jaya Jagatambe (12:22)
  3. 3 Mountain Hare Krishna (14:02)
  4. 4 Namah Shivaya (11:57)
  5. 5 Rama Bolo (10:22)
  6. 6 Shri Krishna Govinda/Gopala (13:47)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Krishna Das Primary Artist, Harmonica, Harmonium, Vocals, Ektara
Kim Waters Choir, Chorus, Track Performer
Steve Gorn Flute, Bansuri
Hans Christian Bass, Cello
John Cooper Choir, Chorus
Jim Donovan Bass Drums, Shaker, Frame Drum
John McDowell Percussion, Keyboards, Djembe, Shaker, Gorong
Nicky Bernstein Choir, Chorus, Track Performer
Sita Jamieson Caddle Choir, Chorus, Track Performer
Dagger-Ji Shaker
Brendan Davison Choir, Chorus, Track Performer
Marsha Dietlein Choir, Chorus, Track Performer
Faith Fennesy Choir, Chorus, Track Performer
Girish Gambhira Tabla
Swami Bubbananda Giri Choir, Chorus
Keshav Hunter Choir, Chorus, Track Performer
Uma Lane Choir, Chorus, Track Performer
Dagger Langur Choir, Chorus, Track Performer
Lakshmi Ma Choir, Chorus, Track Performer
Ivy Mayer Choir, Chorus, Track Performer
Prema Michau Choir, Chorus, Track Performer
Bhima Karma Olrech Cymbals, Khol
Kamala Pati Choir, Chorus, Track Performer
Raven Pelan Choir, Chorus, Track Performer
Ambika Pressman Choir, Chorus, Track Performer
Nina Rao Cymbals, Choir, Chorus
Janaki Rathode Choir, Chorus, Track Performer
Resa Smith Choir, Chorus, Track Performer
Max Vazquez Choir, Chorus, Track Performer
Jim Donovan Bass Drums, Shaker, Frame Drum
John Cooper Track Performer
Technical Credits
Hans Christian Engineer
Jeffrey Lesser Engineer
Mitchell Markus Executive Producer
Roger Nichols Mastering
Krist Novoselic Engineer
John McDowell Composer
Krishna Das Producer, Executive Producer
Parvati Markus Cover Photo
Lisa King Art Direction
Jane Allyson Engineer
Meena Devi Markus Back Cover
John Friend Executive Producer
J.A. Klein Engineer
Kevin Kobasic Artwork, Paintings
Nina Rao Contributor
John Cooper Contributor
John Cooper Paintings
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Magnificent!

    This is a beautiful and spirited album. It is loaded with beloved tones that warmly kiss your soul! Three Rivers Hare Krishna takes you to a humble place of grattitude, while Sita Ram carries you to a place of joy. I find this album entrancing, captivating, and magnificent!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wow

    This CD is all about what music is supposed to do for human beings. It lets the listener feel involved, alive and aware.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    K.D. will levitate you

    My first experience with KD was a kirtan he sang to us after a couple of hours of back bends. It was so beautiful and heartful that the whole room was sobbing. A friend brought a preview tape of

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