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Splendor Solis [Import]

Tea PartyAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 31, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Chrysalis/ EMI Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000003JE3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,294 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The River
2. Midsummer Day
3. A Certain Slant Of Light
4. Winter Solice
5. Save Me
6. Sun Going Down
7. In This Time
8. Dreams Of Reason
9. Raven Skies
10. Haze On The Hills
11. The Majestic Song

Editorial Reviews

The Tea Party's 1993 debut, Splendor Solis, may not be marked by the Eastern influences that would characterize later releases, but it's no less ambitious. Combining a plethora of styles and sounds, from folk and rock to blues, into one heady--and heavy--sound, the Tea Party don't so much write songs as craft mini-epics to showcase their sprawling repertoire of global instruments. Add vocalist-guitarist Jeff Martin's rumbling baritone and somewhat hippy-dippy lyrics, and Splendor Solis is at once a throwback to the '60s and a tip-off to the trio's future as one of Canada's most adventurous rock bands. --Adem Tepedelen

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
(39)
4.6 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
WOW!!! This one is off the scale,folks! This is easily one of the top 5 greatest rock albums of all time! It may even be #1! At times dark and somber, at other times, bright and hopeful, the Jim-Morrison-like lyrics and spellbinding music combine to weave a psychedelic, hypnotic web comprised of intricate melodic passages interwoven with some of the most powerful, majestic hard rock ever recorded. Even the Halloweenish artwork helps draw you in. From the first song to the last, the listener enters an enchanting world of mystical beauty, sun-drenched hazy summer days, flowery gardens, and whatever other images enter your mind as you listen. And the quality of the musicianship is stunning - far superior to all the mediocre, dull, nondescipt sludge being passed off as "music" these days. Even the hard rock passages have a distinctive, intricate, melodic style and sound that is rare in hard rock. Poetic, mystical, and moody, the album combines Eastern and Doors/Led Zeppelin influences, but goes far beyond anything Led Zeppelin or the Doors have done. It takes the influences of the past and transforms them into new stratospheric realms which are hard to describe in words. If you are a fan of the psychedelic sound emanating from the late 60s and early 70s and appreciate quality musicianship, great lyrics, and music which brings images and visions of other times and places to mind, you can't miss with this album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The Tea Party makes use of over 200 instruments in their albums. Their early records (SPLENDOR SOLIS, Edges Of Twighlight) are more mellow and artistic, compared to the more digital and rough sound of Transmission. The deep throat sound of the band gives them an edge, while their Canadian heritage tops it all off. Over all a must buy to add to your collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing debut! April 22, 2008
By Deimos
Format:Audio CD
One of the finest rock albums ever made, right up there with Zeppelin. Jeff Martin is the next Jimmy Page with an amazing voice to boot. Great song selection, very technical and precise unpparalled guitar work, great vocals and just an overall amazing album!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true splendor it is! January 24, 2000
By Anna
Format:Audio CD
As a true fan of The Tea Party, I must say that perhaps my overall comments of this true masterpiece will be somewhat bias, however The Tea Party deserve all the recognition in the world. Just a brief history, I started listening to the Tea Party 5 years ago, and to this day their CD's rest, dust free on top of my pile of paled albums. Splendor Solis is truly their best album to date (including Triptych). Splendor touches the core of what true music is supoosed to be like, Martin weilding his haunting powers of using exotic instruments as well as his exotic voice to hypnotize the listener and never let go. When listening to Splendor Solis one finds oneself in another realm in another time; a time maintained by beauty and truth, unattainable by any other artists to this day.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heavy Zeppelin-esque blues rock September 15, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The Tea Party's major label debut is an example of blues rock at its best. Lead guitarist Jeff Martin shows his talent on songs like Sun Going Down, a classic blues rock song, The River, a hard rocking masterpiece, and Raven Skies, a middle eastern rock song. Also, Winter Solstice is a beautiful acoustic song that you can put on repeat and enjoy for hours. I highly recommend this CD for anyone who likes Led Zeppelin, and also for anyone who enjoyed the Tea Party's two later albums. You can really see the evolution from album to album.
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4.0 out of 5 stars great CD May 30, 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Great band found over teenty years too late. A great eclectic mix, some celtic leaning, some almost heavy mrtal. Great CD!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A bit of history May 10, 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
It is truly gratifying to read these comments. Splendor Solis was recorded at White Crow Audio in Burlington, Vermont. I owned the studio. We were on a roll during that period (1990-1993), recording for Phish, Dinosaur Jr. and Alice Cooper, among others. Tea Party was a perfect match for White Crow. The studio was one of last great analog recording studios in the Northeast U.S. The band's organic sound took full advantage of it.

Jeff Martin was a creative powerhouse. From his extra rich vocals to his musicianship—which included playing his guitar with a violin bow—he seemed born for this role. His musical influences were all ones that I grew up with, so this was definitely my "cup of tea." Now, many years later, to discover that this album is the best selling album we ever recorded is just too sweet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great album January 5, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is by far the greatest album of all time, EVER!!!! songs like Raven Skies, The River, The Majestic Song, and Save Me, all create an eclectic experience not to be forgotten. The unbelievable guitar solo's, and powerful vocals combine to make an album that will stick to your cd player for many years.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars 3 band members that sound like 5. Musical genius
A voice of Jim Morrison.
A sound of Led Zeppelin.
3 band members that sound like 5.
Musical genius.
Published 23 days ago by Shane Lemanski
5.0 out of 5 stars Organic Industrial Rhythms
Using a variety of additional instruments to compliment the typical vocalist/guitarist/bassist/drummer attack, Tea Party put out a brilliant first effort. Read more
Published on January 27, 2012 by Arrogance Breeds in Isolation
5.0 out of 5 stars All Good
This product was exactly as advertised. i recommend wholly. A++++. It is all good for me. (more words to appease Amazon.com, though nothing more to say).
Published on April 22, 2011 by j a buckenmyer
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Debut
I probably would never have discovered The Tea Party if I had not moved to NW Washington state in 1996. Read more
Published on October 30, 2010 by carl
4.0 out of 5 stars Splendor Solis for a comfortable evening
Although this was their very first album, it was the last album of their series that I have purchased. Read more
Published on September 30, 2009 by happycritter
3.0 out of 5 stars Good album from Tea Party
Here's another good cd from Tea Party, I am not a great fan but I like this cd and others from the band. Read more
Published on July 17, 2007 by Guy Campeau
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic beyond all compare.
I bought this back in '94 and it was a staple in my car's tape deck (heh) for a good six months following. Read more
Published on October 4, 2004 by Picturesque Music
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing album
This album is amazing. "Winter Solstice" is a musical masterpiece and "In this time" has beautiful lyrics. Read more
Published on May 10, 2004 by Jennifer K. Mills
5.0 out of 5 stars Celtic rock
This album got me hooked on Tea party, and I was hooked early. This early Celtic folk rock effort was awesome, it matured some more with the next album, and then in Transmission we... Read more
Published on April 26, 2004 by I ain't no porn writer
5.0 out of 5 stars Best debut ever
It's scary to think this band had never had a commercial album before this one. It's so amazingly well put together with none of the teething problems you'd usually expect in this... Read more
Published on February 1, 2004 by orderinchaos
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