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Are You Shpongled

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1. Shpongle Falls
2. Monster Hit
3. Vapour Rumours
4. Shpongle Spores
5. Behind Closed Eyelids
6. Divine Moments Of Truth
7. ...And The Day Turned To Night

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 25, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Twisted Records
  • ASIN: B00005OW7H
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #342,682 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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46 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Russell Brooks on January 16, 2003
Format: Audio CD
As a discriminating electronicasseur for over fifteen years, I was, prior to discovering Shpongle, under the impression that I had completely saturated my technolust with brilliance from the likes of Ozric Tentacles, Eat Static, Juno Reactor, FSOL, Crystal Method, Delerium, Faithless, Dirty Vegas, Balligomingo, Underworld, Orbital, Richard James, and the list goes on. Simon Posford, cosmological originator of the Shpongle universe, has dual-handedly provided me with unequivocal evidence that there is a vast macrocosm teeming with life beyond today's musical event horizon. Being new to his genius, I currently only own the two Shpongle masterstrokes, and absolutely can not wait to own every work he has ever put to digitized media. The musical omnipotence demonstrated on these CDs has rekindled my interest in the whole genre of uber-creative, beat-driven, goa, world, trancetronic, psyonic, progressive, ambient, intelligent, quasi-synthetic blend of otherworldly cerebral massage, if there is such a thing - true listener's music.
The lush production value alone is worth the trip. It is clear that Simon takes great care in the consummately transcendent sonic engineering on his projects. An audiophile friend, and fellow 500+ CD-owner, who enlightened me to Shpongle, put it best, "This is the best production I've ever heard." Simon's endeavors in inventive panning, gating, digital delay, pitch-shifting, harmonization, and sonic layering are nothing less than phenomenal. I can not get enough. I notice new and subtle nuances every time I listen.
It is beyond refreshing to hear someone scatter the electronic song formula to the wind, and dream up his own from the deepest marrow of his being.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By David G on July 22, 2005
Format: Audio CD
The call of the jungle to the lost tribes...

In their first venture as Shpongle, Simon Posford (aka Hallucinogen) combines with 70-year old flautist Raja Ram to blend a unique range of genres ranging from Middle-Eastern, Latin, Celtic, African, tribal, drum n bass, psychedelic trance, dub, and ambient into a lush psychedelic jungle soundscape.

This is my favourite Shpongle album, and I own all of them including the 2005 release Nothing Lasts...But Nothing is lost (which is not yet listed on Amazon), and the Shpongle Remixed compilation. For those who have listened to Shpongle, this is not the club killer "Nothing Lasts...But Nothing is Lost", nor is it the round-the-world epic of "Tales of the Inexpressible", but more of an ambient soundscape. Think of voyaging though an unknown alien rainforest.

Those new to Shpongle or the ambient genre may prefer their later, more upbeat albums;

I'd strongly recommend "Tales of the Inexpressible" as the first place to start with Shpongle unless you are specifically looking for an under-the-stars, feet up experience. Those looking for a dance/club experience would be better directed to buy "Nothing Lasts...But Nothing is Lost", or "Shpongle Remixed". Those who are already shplongled (you know who you are!) will be able to fully appreciate this work to its extent.

As pre-mentioned, this is Shpongle's first, rawest, and most ambient work. From the first track we are in "a circular vortex...spinning...spinning...", then into the jungle with "Monster Hit", which goes from drum n bass into trance and dub, with beautiful vocals and a magical flute solo played by Raja Ram.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kort TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 20, 2002
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Oh Simon and Raja Ram, what hath thou wrought? This is a beautiful masterpiece of intricately textured music for the mind. It is second only to the follow up album, Tales of the Inexpressible. Rarely do find better crafted albums than these. I have to agree with the other reviewers that ...and the day turns into night... is one of the best pieces of music ever written.
I know Shpongle falls under the Goa/Trance genre, but it truly spans many musical musical styles from world to ambient. That said, it has a style all it's own that will draw you in and not let you go. I have over 1000 CDs and this one consistently gets a lot of play time at work, home and in my car.
If you like this CD, I recommend more music by Simon Posford and some of the other groups under the Twisted Records label. The Lone Deranger by Hallucinogen is a fine place to start. But first, get Shpongled.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Eddie on March 20, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This makes your usual electronica look like diletante's work. It is absolutely amazing how Shpongle can use the sounds to make music. This is the work of a genius and if you ever had ilusions of writing music, once you listen to this you'll be ashamed you ever thought of being alike to the composer of this music. It is simply the best music I've listened to in years. To me, it had the same impact as Vangelis and Jean Michel had over twenty years ago, when there was nothing even remotely resembling their music.
Well, they might have their merits, but this is definitely on a higher level and it's not just about the new technological means that one can now employ to produce the music, it's a difference in vision.
I actually sort of stumbled across Shpongle on Amazon.com while trying to find some quality music. Boy did I find it ever! When I played it I really felt like I discovered wonders. The only downside there is to it is they only released two albums so far.
You can't really go into analizing the album, because there's too much to say, but ...And The Day Turned To Night is the only twenty minutes piece I ever listened to that doesn't have even ten seconds that will bore you. It is simply unbelivable.
Don't ever hesitate in getting this album, it might be by far the best music you ever listened (that is, of course if you didn't listen to their second album first).
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