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Dive Deep

Dive Deep
Quintessence
Released 1971
Polydor 2310 106
Made in Canada

Posted by peter on March 29, 2014 at 9.02pm in listening
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peter: Well, there's a flute, that's a twofer.
2014.03.29 at 9.04pm · link ·
jodi: First impression: oh GOD.
2014.03.29 at 9.04pm · link ·
peter: "A love so sweet will make us all high"
2014.03.29 at 9.04pm · link ·
jodi: Listen to Side 1, Track 1 (Dive Deep) here: LINK
2014.03.29 at 9.05pm · link ·
claire: It doesn't sound like they mixed this very well, balance is all over the place.
2014.03.29 at 9.05pm · link ·
jodi: Is that Yvonne Elliman?
2014.03.29 at 9.05pm · link ·
claire:
claire: It doesn't sound like they mixed this very well, balance is all over the place.

Or that's what they were going for, every thing is all over the place really.
2014.03.29 at 9.06pm · link ·
peter: So more psychedelic, than prog. First song isn't 90 seconds old and it's totally all over the place. I like the instrumental bits a lot, a bit soft-jazz-psychedelic-jammie, but the vocals I can so far live without.
2014.03.29 at 9.06pm · link ·
jodi: Went pretty fast from Free Love All Love One Love to Life is a Rock (and the Radio Rolled Me)
2014.03.29 at 9.07pm · link ·
peter:
claire: It doesn't sound like they mixed this very well, balance is all over the place.

I think that's deliberate. I can't believe we all said "all over the place", we're so predictable.
2014.03.29 at 9.08pm · link ·
claire: I can't tell if that was a voice or a violin.
2014.03.29 at 9.09pm · link ·
jodi: I know we haven't listened to this before tonight, but flipping the sleeve over to the back I do remember it now, because I made fun of the earnest hippie yoga people with their miniature altar of bananas. It's from the Rodenko collection, which we bought as a whole and which ended up having some real treasures in it. Jury's still out on whether this is one of them.
2014.03.29 at 9.10pm · link ·
claire: This song has a Minimalist feel to it. Very Einstein on the Beach.
2014.03.29 at 9.11pm · link ·
peter: Listening to track 2, "Dance for the One", now. It's quiet. Funky guitar, fading to some electronic flutey thing that sounds like loons. I'm not sure booze is the right intoxicant for this.
2014.03.29 at 9.11pm · link ·
peter:
claire: This song has a Minimalist feel to it. Very Einstein on the Beach.

Einstein on the Beach, Einstein on the Beach, Einstein and me!
2014.03.29 at 9.12pm · link ·
jodi: "This album is dedicated to the Divine Mother of the Universe".

I wonder which Mother they mean. This text appears right beneath the rear sleeve photo of a wall full of pictures and postcards, a mix of black and white photos of yogis and Indian paintings of various deities, many of them Krishna. And then there's one closeup of a praying Virgin Mary, and one of Jesus on the cross.

So they're perhaps not covering all their bases, but two bases anyway.
2014.03.29 at 9.14pm · link ·
jodi:
peter: Einstein on the Beach, Einstein on the Beach, Einstein and me!

The day was faultless in beauty, pitched on tropical scenery stretched from white sand up to the open sky down to the shining sea again and back to me. . . and Mimi. . .
2014.03.29 at 9.15pm · link ·
peter:
jodi:It's from the Rodenko collection, which we bought as a whole and which ended up having some real treasures in it. Jury's still out on whether this is one of them.

I like it. The beginning of track 1, with it's "we love you" stuff, was a little off-putting—not that loving everybody is a bad thing, or whatever—but since then it's been better. Earnest, perhaps a little too earnest, but authentically so. These aren't poseurs, they're earnestly earnest. We mean it this time.
2014.03.29 at 9.16pm · link ·
jodi: Oh, track 2 thus far has been all instrumental but now that the vocals have kicked in it really reminds me of something else. Something. . . musical theatre-ish? But hippie? Hmm.
2014.03.29 at 9.16pm · link ·
peter:
jodi: "This album is dedicated to the Divine Mother of the Universe". I wonder which Mother they mean. This text appears right beneath the rear sleeve photo of a wall full of pictures and postcards, a mix of black and white photos of yogis and Indian paintings of various deities, many of them Krishna. And then there's one closeup of a praying Virgin Mary, and one of Jesus on the cross. So they're perhaps not covering all their bases, but two bases anyway.

There's only one Mother, with many facets. Avatars, you might say. Aye.
2014.03.29 at 9.18pm · link ·
jodi:
peter: Earnest, perhaps a little too earnest, but authentically so. These aren't poseurs, they're earnestly earnest. We mean it this time.

Yeah, the first lines of "we love you we love you" coupled with the religious imagery and goddess talk, well you know how that's pretty much designed to put me off a thing. But I like it too. Sounds like good pot smoking music.
2014.03.29 at 9.19pm · link ·
peter:
jodi: Oh, track 2 thus far has been all instrumental but now that the vocals have kicked in it really reminds me of something else. Something. . . musical theatre-ish? But hippie? Hmm.

oily, greasy, fleecy, shining, gleaming, streaming, flaxen, waxen
2014.03.29 at 9.19pm · link ·
jodi:
peter: There's only one Mother, with many facets. Avatars, you might say. Aye.

It's a bit too early in the evening to bring up Avatar Eyes.

2014.03.29 at 9.20pm · link ·
claire: Einstein on the Beach for those of you not up on your Minimalist opera (or at least the song I was most reminded of) -> link
2014.03.29 at 9.21pm · link ·
peter: Mesut Über Alles!
2014.03.29 at 9.21pm · link ·
jodi: Okay, I spoke too soon. Track 3, "Brahman". Whoo, stinky! It's basically just a dude chanting Brahman, Brahman.

Everything is Brahman

EVEN YOU ARE BRAHMAN
2014.03.29 at 9.22pm · link ·
jodi: THE DIVINE FORCE

THE DIVINE FORCE

This guy should be writing copy for Dr Bronner's soap labels
2014.03.29 at 9.23pm · link ·
peter:
jodi: Okay, I spoke too soon. Track 3, "Brahman". Whoo, stinky! It's basically just a dude chanting Brahman, Brahman. Everything is Brahman EVEN YOU ARE BRAHMAN

No, I love it. They are trying SO HARD.
2014.03.29 at 9.24pm · link ·
jodi: ALL-ONE! ALL-ONE! ALL-ONE OR NONE!



If you want to see it bigger (you do, you do!) click THIS LINK
2014.03.29 at 9.28pm · link ·
peter:
jodi: THE DIVINE FORCE THE DIVINE FORCE This guy should be writing copy for Dr Bronner's soap labels

How do you know he isn't?
2014.03.29 at 9.29pm · link ·
peter:
claire: Einstein on the Beach for those of you not up on your Minimalist opera (or at least the song I was most reminded of) -> link

We are now taking a 13ish minute break to listen to this on youtube, follow Claire's link above to listen along.
2014.03.29 at 9.31pm · link ·
jodi: Okay we are halfway (or more?) through the Philip Glass piece at the link posted above, and I don't know if I can go back to Quintessence now.
2014.03.29 at 9.41pm · link ·
peter: I keep expecting this piece from Einstein on the Beach to resolve into something from Tales from Topographic Oceans.
2014.03.29 at 9.41pm · link ·
peter: What I'd really love to see is a Michael Flatley's Riverdance performance set to Phillip Glass.
2014.03.29 at 9.42pm · link ·
jodi: And oh, how they danced. The little children of Stone'enge. . .
2014.03.29 at 9.46pm · link ·
peter: So that was pretty amazing, actually, and now we kind of want to see the opera. Now back to our regularly scheduled, all five essences programming.
2014.03.29 at 9.47pm · link ·
jodi: Okay, side two!
2014.03.29 at 9.48pm · link ·
jodi: Side Two, Track One is called "The Seer". Oh boy.
2014.03.29 at 9.48pm · link ·
claire: Oh man, that chord...
2014.03.29 at 9.49pm · link ·
peter: looking deep within his mind, he sets a path for us to find, a paradise that you will find, lies deep within your very own mind!
2014.03.29 at 9.50pm · link ·
claire: Is "The Seer" Peter Pan or something?
2014.03.29 at 9.50pm · link ·
peter:
claire: Oh man, that chord...

Which? There are only two. There's something a little White Rabbit about this one for me.
2014.03.29 at 9.51pm · link ·
peter:
claire: Is "The Seer" Peter Pan or something?

He's a Toys 'r' Us kid
2014.03.29 at 9.51pm · link ·
peter: Hard to believe it's side two track one and we're only now hearing a sitar.
2014.03.29 at 9.52pm · link ·
jodi: Musically, "The Seer" makes me think of a slightly yellowed film clip of an attractive twenty-something white American heterosexual couple frolicking in dappled sunlight in a park in autumn. She is wearing a plaid wool a-line skirt and knee high butter toffee coloured boots. He's wearing a scarf. Casual laughter and lens flares abound.

Of course while I was typing all that it all morphed into a completely different kind of song. More George Harrison in a dashiki sittin' cross legged at the feet of the Maharishi, now.
2014.03.29 at 9.53pm · link ·
claire: Here come the drums.
2014.03.29 at 9.54pm · link ·
claire:
claire: Here come the drums.

And there they go...not enough drums.
2014.03.29 at 9.55pm · link ·
peter:
jodi: Musically, "The Seer" makes me think of a slightly yellowed film clip of an attractive twenty-something white American heterosexual couple frolicking in dappled sunlight in a park in autumn. She is wearing a plaid wool a-line skirt and knee high butter toffee coloured boots. He's wearing a scarf. Casual laughter and lens flares abound.

From this?
2014.03.29 at 9.55pm · link ·
jodi: Aw GEEZ. "The Seer" ended with a kicky little breakdown of tambourine and drum that immediately had me clapping my hands and singing ALL WE ARE SAYING. . . to which Peter replied YOU'RE BREAKING MY HEART and we were both right. Then before fading away completely there were shades of Several Species of Small Furry Animals Gathered in a Cave And Grooving With a Pict.
2014.03.29 at 9.56pm · link ·
peter:
claire: And there they go...not enough drums.

Never enough drums.
2014.03.29 at 9.57pm · link ·
jodi:
peter: From this?

When I was a kid I had one of those cheap cardboard jewellery boxes, a white one printed with elliptical rings of blue flowers (forget-me-nots?) and lined with flocked blue cardboard and when the little plastic ballerina turned it played the theme from Love Story. Plinka-plink-a-PLINK, plinkplinkplinkPLINK-A plink plink plinka plinka PLINK
2014.03.29 at 9.59pm · link ·
jodi: The song we're talking about now is called "Epitaph for Tomorrow"
2014.03.29 at 10.00pm · link ·
peter:
jodi: When I was a kid I had one of those cheap cardboard jewellery boxes, a white one printed with elliptical rings of blue flowers (forget-me-nots?) and lined with flocked blue cardboard and when the little plastic ballerina turned it played the theme from Love Story. Plinka-plink-a-PLINK, plinkplinkplinkPLINK-A plink plink plinka plinka PLINK

I like to think that the dad in Bad News Bears was actually the same character as the dude in Love Story. Like a sequel, or a spin-off.
2014.03.29 at 10.01pm · link ·
jodi: These are the names of the people in this band:

Raja Ram

Shiva

Shambu Baba

Jake

Maha Dave
2014.03.29 at 10.02pm · link ·
peter:
jodi: These are the names of the people in this band: Raja Ram Shiva Shambu Baba Jake Maha Dave

I have a soft spot for the Maha Dave Orchestra
2014.03.29 at 10.03pm · link ·
peter:
Hairy mama, hairy mama
mama, mama
hairy, hairy
2014.03.29 at 10.08pm · link ·
peter: I laughed, I cried; I wanted to listen to it again. Actually, I would listen to it again! We made fun, but despite its pretensions this LP has some nice stuff in it.
2014.03.29 at 10.12pm · link ·
jodi: I got totally sidetracked by the reference to Mahavishnu Orchestra there, rattling on about Jan Hammer and this and that, about to jump up and grab my old photo album to find the picture of my dad in a bathrobe on Christmas morning gleefully receiving the John McLaughlin Shakti record from my brother and I. And Peter crankily told me to "tell it to the internet". I'm not going to show you the picture of my dad though; too lazy.
2014.03.29 at 10.12pm · link ·
jodi: and in the meantime the record is over and is click-crackling away on the end of the groove but nobody wants to get up and turn it off.
2014.03.29 at 10.13pm · link ·
peter:
jodi: and in the meantime the record is over and is click-crackling away on the end of the groove but nobody wants to get up and turn it off.

It's soothing; reassuring some how.
2014.03.29 at 10.14pm · link ·
jodi:
peter: I laughed, I cried; I wanted to listen to it again. Actually, I would listen to it again! We made fun, but despite its pretensions this LP has some nice stuff in it.

IT WAS MUCH BETTER THAN 'CATS'
2014.03.29 at 10.14pm · link ·

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