Sacred Spirit, Vol. 2: More Chants and Dances of Native

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Barnes & Noble - Carol Wright
The second Sacred Spirit album by that enigmatic individual known as the Fearsome Brave a.k.a. Germany's Claus Zundel once again wraps various heartening Native American chants in an array of ambient grooves, orchestral arrangements, and electronica. As stated the liner notes, "Some things are better left unexplained," and Zundel indeed chooses to forgo the listing of most sources, performers, and translations. It's up to the listener to determine what it all means, and although the evasion of detail in this approach may smack a bit of imperialism, the album is nonetheless exciting and elevating. Noble orchestral sweeps ride along on a pulsing, ambient bass as ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Carol Wright
The second Sacred Spirit album by that enigmatic individual known as the Fearsome Brave a.k.a. Germany's Claus Zundel once again wraps various heartening Native American chants in an array of ambient grooves, orchestral arrangements, and electronica. As stated the liner notes, "Some things are better left unexplained," and Zundel indeed chooses to forgo the listing of most sources, performers, and translations. It's up to the listener to determine what it all means, and although the evasion of detail in this approach may smack a bit of imperialism, the album is nonetheless exciting and elevating. Noble orchestral sweeps ride along on a pulsing, ambient bass as instrumental breaks -- featuring solo violin, cello, piano, and Native American flute -- add emotional impact, and sounds of wind, water, and birds incorporate the presence of nature. A breathtaking zephyr of winds and pow-wow chants opens the album on "Intro: Gods & Heroes," and the engaging group singing on "A-La-Ka" and the conga-driven "Land of Promise," are upbeat, but the prevailing emotional tone is one of solemnity. A melancholy wooden flute refrain walks over a somber blues riff bass pattern on "The Sad Eyed Chief," which then fades out with a spoken proclamation from an old-timer and a military snare drum cadence. Thorny as its attitude towards crediting may be, an overall feeling of respect for Native American music and cultures nonetheless makes Sacred Spirit II a winner.
All Music Guide - Heather Phares
After the success of Sacred Spirit, Higher Octave delivers more of the same with Sacred Spirit, Vol. 2: More Chants and Dances of the Native Americans. As with the first volume, this collection presents spare, hypnotic Native American chants augmented with electronic beats, keyboards, and other modern instruments. The mix of these elements is particularly potent on "Looking Far North," which contrasts a rolling melody with female vocals and a sparser, more rhythmic part chanted by a male vocalist, and on "May You Walk in Sunshine," a mix of flutes, strings, and sung and chanted vocals. While Sacred Spirit, Vol. 2 doesn't offer the purest incarnation of Native American music, it is a pleasant and occasionally unique update on these ancient sounds.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/21/2000
  • Label: Higher Octave
  • UPC: 724385038327
  • Catalog Number: 50383
  • Sales rank: 23,869

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro (Gods And Heroes) - Brave (1:31)
  2. 2 Looking Far North - Brave (4:18)
  3. 3 Dela Dela - Brave (4:42)
  4. 4 Land Of Promise - Brave (5:47)
  5. 5 The State Of Grace - Brave (4:27)
  6. 6 Yane-Heja-Hee - Brave (4:50)
  7. 7 A-La-Ke - Brave (4:42)
  8. 8 May You Walk In Sunshine - Brave (3:58)
  9. 9 The Spirit - Brave (3:04)
  10. 10 O-Loa-Ki-Lee - Brave (3:19)
  11. 11 That Noble Dream - Brave (4:52)
  12. 12 The Sad Eyed Chief - Brave (4:06)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sacred Spirit Primary Artist
Jackie Bird Vocals
Nellie Two Bulls Vocals
Technical Credits
The Brave Arranger, Producer
Martha Ladly Art Direction
Bill Merryfield Cover Design, Inlay Design
The Brave Producer, Engineer
Nick Robertson Digital Photography
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Music that touches you!

    Moving music......I have no idea what he's saying (or chanting) but, wish I did. Coming from someone with some Indian heritage, it has a special effect...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    beautifull

    it put me into a medatative state within minutes of listening

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sacred Spirits does it again with second album...

    The 2nd album MUST accompany the 2st album, as they go together. An album filled with beautiful haunting chants and melodies. I love this album!

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    Posted March 17, 2010

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