Music Review: Music of the Spheres, Volume One
by James Bean
Copyright January 2006
Music of the Spheres, Volume One
Genres: Music for Meditation, Space Music, New Age
Artists: Liv and Let Live (Liv Singh and Friends)
Label: Invincible Music – http://www.invinciblemusic.com
Unlike the other records above, Music of the Spheres, is not a new release. It was produced by a Sikh/3HO label in the early 1980’s before the digital CD revolution. It’s a classic new age recording. As with other musical genres, in this category there are albums that tower above the rest, must be remembered, and honored always. The Invincible label has produced some great music over the years, including, Mender of Hearts, the Crimson Collection, and chant based upon the Sikh scriptures of India known as the Guru Granth or Adi Granth.
An album before its time; the previous technologies of cassette tapes and vinyl LPs simply did not do justice to what this recording was trying to accomplish. Now available on compact disc, Music of the Spheres, will take you on a very relaxing meditative journey with two long tracks: Angel Bells of Raga Bhairo, featuring one of the most otherworldly flute compositions I’ve ever heard, along with the pure sounds of bells, harmonium, tamboura, and electronics. The second track, Raga Bhairo Soundscapes, attempts to reproduce or mimic for the listener, the music of the inner Sound Current or Astral Bell often heard by practitioners of Shabda Yoga, Nada Yoga meditation, and in certain rare forms of Buddhist Quan Yin practice. After hearing literally thousands of CDs, this is still one of my all-time favorite albums of meditation music from the “hearts of space” – music for relaxation.