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Sheila Chandra, an innovative vocalist who draws on the music of her East Indian heritage, was the lead singer with Monsoon until breaking away to pursue new and fertile directions. Her 1984 album, QUIET, was her second solo release, and she broke ground by using a novel approach: no definite lyrics, no song titles, no rock instrumentation. All the vocals are based on the Indian styles of bols the rhythmic syllables spoken by Indian percussionists and sargam syllables and phrases similar to the European "do-re-mi". The ten tracks -- titled "Quiet 1," "Quiet 2," and so on -- are mesmerizing layers of voice, Indian stringed instruments, piano, percussion, chimes, and ...
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Barnes & Noble - Carol Wright
Sheila Chandra, an innovative vocalist who draws on the music of her East Indian heritage, was the lead singer with Monsoon until breaking away to pursue new and fertile directions. Her 1984 album, QUIET, was her second solo release, and she broke ground by using a novel approach: no definite lyrics, no song titles, no rock instrumentation. All the vocals are based on the Indian styles of bols the rhythmic syllables spoken by Indian percussionists and sargam syllables and phrases similar to the European "do-re-mi". The ten tracks -- titled "Quiet 1," "Quiet 2," and so on -- are mesmerizing layers of voice, Indian stringed instruments, piano, percussion, chimes, and synthesizer. On "Quiet 3," Chandra's voice was overdubbed 384 times to create a suspended floating cloud, while pianist Steve Coe lays down a repetitive, hypnotic track that sounds like temple bells. "Quiet 4" comes close to jazz scat singing as Chandra dramatically piles on layers of three-dimensional rhythmic bols; be sure to wear headphones for full appreciation of the trippy effect. Many guest artists contribute to the album's success, creating a unified sound and concept and allowing the listener to meld with the music. QUIET is a landmark album and extremely worthy of this reissue by the Narada label.
All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
This was truly the album where Chandra broke away from the pop structures underlying much of Monsoon's work. As Chandra began to write much of her material in collaboration with Martin Smith and producer Steve Coe, the dance rhythms of her debut were virtually eliminated, although the emphasis on Indian instrumentation remained intact. The music simultaneously incorporated elements that were both more traditional and more free-form than her previous work -- traditional in the sense that she drew upon Indian vocal styles such as spoken bols; free-form in that there were no lyrics, just wordless vocalizations, often overdubbed numerous times. Divided into ten tracks with a single title "Quiet 1," "Quiet 2," etc., the suite-like piece remained cognizant of modern technology and outside musical influences, without being overwhelmed by them. In most crucial respects, the album outlined the approach she has taken to her idiosyncratic brand of world music ever since.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/25/2000
  • Label: Narada
  • UPC: 724384862121
  • Catalog Number: 48621

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Quiet 1 (8:57)
  2. 2 Quiet 2 (4:13)
  3. 3 Quiet 3 (4:53)
  4. 4 Quiet 4 (4:02)
  5. 5 Quiet 5 (4:09)
  6. 6 Quiet 6 (4:21)
  7. 7 Quiet 7 (3:01)
  8. 8 Quiet 8 (4:47)
  9. 9 Quiet 9 (2:33)
  10. 10 Quiet 10 (4:54)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sheila Chandra Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Vocals, Voices, Bells, Sargum
Steve Coe Synthesizer, Piano, Bells, Ektara
Preston Heyman Chimes, Cymbals, Drums, Gong, Gamelan, Bells, Cabasa, Shaker, Santoor, Wind Chimes, Hi Hat
Martin Smith Synthesizer, Bass, Bass Guitar, Recorder, Sitar, Tamboura, Bells, Santoor
Dharambir Singh Sitar, Tamboura, Dilruba
Technical Credits
Sheila Chandra Contributor, Liner Notes
Steve Coe Producer, Contributor
Preston Heyman Contributor
Trevor Sadler Remastering
Martin Smith Engineer, Contributor
Dinesh Contributor
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    great music

    I love Sheila Chandra, she is an innovative vocalist and blends well with all the instrument. All the vocals are based on the Indian styles of bols (the rhythmic syllables spoken by Indian percussionists) and sargam (syllables and phrases similar to the European "do-re-mi"). The ten tracks -- titled "Quiet 1," "Quiet 2," and so on -- are mesmerizing layers of voice, Indian stringed instruments, piano, percussion, chimes, and synthesizer. On "Quiet 3," Chandra's voice was overdubbed 384 times to create a suspended floating cloud, while pianist Steve Coe lays down a repetitive, hypnotic track that sounds like temple bells. "Quiet 4" comes close to jazz scat singing as Chandra dramatically piles on layers of three-dimensional rhythmic bols be sure to wear headphones for full appreciation of the trippy effect. Many guest artists contribute to the album's success, creating a unified sound and concept and allowing the listener to meld with the music. great great great.. Just great

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ''Quiet'' is Quite a Sound!

    This was the first time I had ever heard of Sheila Chandra or her music. She has a beautiful voice and displays an amazing range of vocal tones throughout the album. My personal favorite is ''Quiet No. 4'', which MUST be heard to be fully appreciated for the Vocal Art that it is. The other selections on the album move wonderfully through an emotional range that seems to reflect the stages of a persons life and their appreciation for having been able to live it. Sheila is a Beautiful Woman and Artist and I hope she will be making more music that is this outstanding for most of this New Century!

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