Brothers David and Steve Gordon came up with a winner when they recorded Sacred Earth Drums, and it quickly became a bestseller in the new age market. This drum-based album marked a departure from the musical styles already offered by the brothers (namely, music and nature sounds and electronic music). The album begins with a lively Native American drum beat, 4/4 pulse (there is more pulsing, phrasing, and embellishment than a traditional Indian beat), rattles, a Native American flute, and bird songs. As the album progresses, the music becomes more elaborate; the flute melodies are more fanciful, warm guitars are added, and more complex rhythms (Latin and African) are added with other drums and percussion instruments. Eventually, other animals, keyboards, and space music effects fill out the sound spectrum. Though the music progresses (even into a light ambient), the beat's cadence remains constant. This is not a "percussion" jam album; no one element will overwhelm the room. The album's carefree spirit is perfect for trance-dancing or as a background energizer. You can't help but jump on board this rhythm wagon. The album liner notes are a story line for a shamanic journey for those who wish to relate to the album in this way. If you like this album, check out their follow-up, Sacred Spirit Drums.
Performance CreditsDavid & Steve Gordon Primary Artist
Steve Gordon Multi Instruments,Track Performer
David Gordon Multi Instruments,Track Performer
Technical CreditsDavid & Steve Gordon Composer,Producer
Steve Gordon Producer,Liner Notes
David Gordon Producer,Liner Notes
Garret Moore Cover Art
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This cross between new age world fusion and ancient wisdom takes music a great new direction. So much is said between the lines here about understanding and patience. The beats truly give me new avenues of expression each listen. This is a highly recommended album, great forsight here.
It seems the Gordons have found a niche. Unfortunately that niche is ersatz or fake Native American music. Except perhaps for the instruments, there is nothing Indian about this plodding, pounding, new age junk.
This CD puts my head in just the right space. Authentic World Fusion Music, it blends drums from around the world including both modern and ancient elements. I love the fact that this album incorporates so many sounds from Latin, African AND Native American drums. It doesn't say anywhere that it is supposed to be Traditional Native American Drumming, I don't think that's what it's creators meant it to be.
A unqiue and brillant combination of native shaman drums from north and south america, Africa and the middle east, with native flutes and modern elements like electric guitar and electronica beats. There does not appear to be anyplace on the packaging that claims this is Native-American music so I am unsure of why someone is questioning it's "authenticity." There are some Native-American elements such as the flutes, but there are also things like Andean Pan Pipes and middle eastern tar also. I am totally hooked by this. It is truly a world groove masterpiece! Well done and highly recommended.