A & R Direction, Concept and Sequencing: Jeff Payne
Re-Mastering: Chas Ferry
Design: Andreas Adamec
"A BRILLIANT COLLECTION. THIS SHOULD BE IN THE COLLECTION OF EVERY NEW AGE MUSIC LOVER."
Wholesome work. Brilliant collection. Delight for the new age music lover. All these in a new Earthtone Records
collection named Spiritual High. The compilers of the collection did their best: here we have not only a collection
of perfect compositions by the most various musicians, both recording on the Earthtone Records and on other
labels (New Earth Records and White Cloud) plus two works presented personally by two remarkable new age
artists Kamal and Karunesh. Spiritual High can be distinguished of all new age music collections, which I have
heard in the past, most of all by its wholeness, where every next composition catches up the mood of the
preceding one and where the music flows smoothly form one theme to another one. The album created good
surrounding; it is melodious and deep.
Spiritual High is opened by a very beautiful composition by Kamal, Shakuhachi Tales, sounding something
cosmic. The electronic decoration does not overload a listener, but creates light and pleasant background. This
composition is followed by Alibaba by Karunesh with a bright rhythmical basis and Oriental tunes. The album
continues with the composition Truth About Humans by an artist having the pseudonym Govinda, whose music is
a rumbling mixture of trance-ambient electronic music with Indian folk. After this,Cybertribe joins in (a
composition entitled Voices ). This is a successful project by New Earth Records, where electronic basis, close
to Enigma are connected with buzzing sounds by the Australian eucalyptus tubes digeridoo.
Then follows a whole series of Earthtone Records artists compositions, beginning with soft with jazz addition
theme Uktena (from the American Indian project, Stonecoat), melodically perfect Escape To Reality by Mars
Lasar, through dramatically-mystical History Of The Sandman of the group F.R.E.U.D. to rhythmically-singing
Blossoms From India performed by Ginkgo Garden and covering, based on Celtic folklore composition
Enchantment by group Alkaemy. In general, Spiritual High does not contain any weak compositions. Good words
can be said about every one of these. But even among these compositions, one can be really distinguished. This
is Red Rhythm Dragon from the famous album Feet In The Soil by James Asher. What rich drums and a sparky,
fiery rhythm! In his music James Asher has united the things which could seem unconnectible: African drums
and Australian digeridoo.
I strongly advise you to find and listen to this album. Spiritual High is one of those projects, which should be in
the collection of every true new age music lover!
Musical Gazette (Republic of Belarus)