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Return by vocalist/songwriter Sophia soars, carried on the sensual symphonic keyboard of Raphael. The title cut features a hypnotic drum heartbeat and strings and harp that sounds like angels could be bellydancing on a cloud. The same rhythm works right into "Prayer for the Warriors," a Sanskrit prayer which translates roughly "Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven." Jai Uttal accompanies on dotar and vocals, while Jonathan Goldman contributes Mongolian overtone chanting. The song builds to an explosive climax. The heartbeat rhythm follows to "Shekhinah Shakti," an incantation to the four elements. Alex Murzyn on soprano sax adds a haunting wolf song lovingly ...
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All Music Guide - Carol Wright
Return by vocalist/songwriter Sophia soars, carried on the sensual symphonic keyboard of Raphael. The title cut features a hypnotic drum heartbeat and strings and harp that sounds like angels could be bellydancing on a cloud. The same rhythm works right into "Prayer for the Warriors," a Sanskrit prayer which translates roughly "Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven." Jai Uttal accompanies on dotar and vocals, while Jonathan Goldman contributes Mongolian overtone chanting. The song builds to an explosive climax. The heartbeat rhythm follows to "Shekhinah Shakti," an incantation to the four elements. Alex Murzyn on soprano sax adds a haunting wolf song lovingly piercing the textures of Sophia's harmonized chanting. "Body of the Goddess/I Am" begins with crashing surf and deep breathing; the heartbeat returns to join Bhagavan Das, whose deep voice chanting "I am that I am" will shake your speakers. Sophia's voice and the soprano sax weave in and out of his ongoing chant. "Laxshmi" the goddess of love and beauty is a sensual, perfumed, and airy creation that will take you to the portals of Shangri-La. Terri Sternberg's gypsy violin helps set the mood. The final piece, "Anya," is a tribute to artist Annie Sprinkle. The chorus, "Anya...ashay," ameans "let it be." The remaining lyrics, are the names of the gods and goddesses of love. Apparently, "Love is the answer." Here, Daniel Paul and Jeffrey Gordon play tablas and Indian drums, Steve Gorn plays bansuri flute, and Jim Hurley plays violin. Many musicians guest on Return, but Raphael's extraordinary symphonic arrangements pull it all together to honor Sophia's voice like a jewel in the lotus.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/11/1996
  • Label: IVORY MOON RECORDS
  • UPC: 788897679423
  • Catalog Number: 6794

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Disc 1
  1. 1 Return (5:42)
  2. 2 Prayer for the Warriors (8:07)
  3. 3 Shekhinah Shakti (6:17)
  4. 4 Body of the Goddess/I Am (5:27)
  5. 5 Laxshmi (9:35)
  6. 6 Anya (16:42)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sophia Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Drums, Vocals, Chant
Jonathan Goldman Chant
Alex Murzyn Soprano Saxophone
Ian Dogole Percussion, Cymbals, Drums, African Drums, Caxixi, talking drum, Udu, Native American Drums
Steve Gorn Flute, Bansuri
Brock Bradford Dumbek, Rainstick, Water Drums
Warren Dennis Flute, Cymbals
Daniel Paul Tabla, Tambourine, Tamboura, Tabla Tarang
David Schiffman Percussion, Conga
Terri Sternberg Violin, Bells, Gut String Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Jai Uttal Vocals, Dotar
Kim Atkinson Percussion, Caxixi, Ganza
Jim Hurley Violin
Raphael Keyboards
Jeffrey Gordon Tabla
Warren Dennis Khan Cymbals, Synthesizer Flute
Rapheal Keyboards
Amy Raphael Breathing
Pinchi Peter Valesquez Percussion, Conga
Bhagavan Das Vocals
Technical Credits
Jonathan Goldman Contributor
Sophia Producer, Graphic Design
Raphael Sound Effects
Colin Farish Engineer
Warren Dennis Khan Producer
Denis Hulett Engineer
Vince Sanchez Engineer
Marlie Avant Cover Art
Donnie Regal Engineer
Colin Farish Engineer
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