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Garden of Love Light

4.9 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews

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Walden's first solo album featuring some musical guest superstars, Carlos Santana, Jeff Beck and David Sancious among others. This album was orginally released in 1976 and is making its worldwide CD debut. Standard jewelcase. 2001 release.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 24, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 1976
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Wounded Bird Records
  • ASIN: B00005B56S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #498,211 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is Narada's first album and it is finally available on cd, which is great news. It globally is a very introspective album, as track 5 says ("Meditation"), on the edge of creativity, and with a balance between pure instrumentals and songs with vocals. The opening "White nights" is one of the most spectacular things I have ever heard. You will also find a very psychodelic-symphonic rock like track of over 9 minutes ("The sun is dancing"), dedicated to the Mahavishnu, featuring a very aggressive guitar by Ray Gomez. The genius Jeff Beck makes a remarkable appearance on track 8, another psychodelic one. On bass, Will Lee (one of my favourite Bass players, and a good friend of Toto) playing on all the tracks.
The funny detail with this album is the appearance of Cissy Houston (Whitney's mother...) singing on the title track. That gives you an idea of how long ago this was.
People who have been chasing Narada's work over the years, like I have, will be delighted with this one. This is NOT a poppy album, and it probably is his third best, in my humble opinion. Only problem with this cd : it sounds like a vinyl (LP) playing in your cd player, and I imagine something could have been done to make it sound better.
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Fresh from his stint as drummer for the Mahavisnu Orchestra, Narada Michael Walden found himself in a musical age when gospel,funk,pop,jazz and rock were blending with cosmic,social and spiritual meanings in the lyrics.Writer Ricky Vincent calls it the United Funk era and for his part Narada had something special in mind musically for this new era. This 1976 debut 'Garden Of Love Light' is a funk-pop-fusion delight,heavier on the fusion then Walden would later become.Musically the mix is solid as it comes-the title song,"Delightful",the wonderous "You Got The Soul" and the ballad "You Are Love" all tie together soul,pop,gospel organs and walloping jazz fusion drumming to perfection,in each case under five minutes.As is still typical for him Narada had called in the best musicians he could think of:Carlos Santana,Jeff Beck and David Sancious alone (never mind the presense of Raymond Gomez and the glorious Cissy Houston) all make their presense known,even if Narada is always the star attraction.'Garden Of Love Light' is not an album of ego-it's an album of Narada-a great artist (as well as a great assembler of talent) drawing huge musical dynamics and creativity out of everyone playing along with him.This is especially true on the instrumentals "White Night","Saint And The Rascal",the long and winding "The Sun Is Dancing" and Santana's powerful "First Love" that all,like the vocal numbers feel more like ritual marriment then music at times.Lyrically Narada encourages the listener to find the happiness in the music they are hearing,feel it's power and enjoy themselves.It embraces the same positive additude of EWF of the same period and when Narada becomes involved in improvisation he includes the listener on the journey with him.Read more ›
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This is an amazing CD. I was so into Narada's drumming when he was with the Mahavishnu Orchestra. Especially the amazing Vision of The Emerald Beyond. His drumming is so powerful! And now this, his first CD has the power drumming at times, but more than that, the songs are created with so much soul.

There is a little something for everyone on this CD. Don't let the stupid looking cover fool you. Michael Walden is one of the best drummer/composers around. there is a James Bond movie called License to Kill which Gladys Knight sings that is composed by Michael Walden. It's the best James Bond movie theme song since Goldfinger or You Only Live Twice. Definitely worth checking out.
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Narada Michael Walden has been a succesful producer for the likes of Whitney Houston, an impressive drummer who backed Jeff Beck on wired, and also enjoy a little success as a singer/songwrite in the 80s ("I don't want nobody else to Dance with You"). Of all his work this is my favorite of his, I believe it's his first solo effort. The music is more jazz/rock/pop but has a few catch tunes and cameo appariances by several hot musicians of its time such as Santana, Ray Gomez, and Jeff Beck.
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Michael Walden's playing, producing and song writting is all top notch. Of course my favorite is the fusion stuff here but there is very pleansant R&B stylings here as well, a nice mix of styles. You want to hear him stretch out find him with the Mahavishnu Orchestra!!!
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