Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
riot67 | detroit | 05/11/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"During their self imposed exile to France in the late 60's The art Ensemble of Chicago recorded several lps; some were good and some were not so good, Spiritual falls in the latter. The biggest problem here is lack of direction and cohesiveness. There's no real clue as to what their intent was and much of whats here sounds rather self indulgent and given the amount of recordings that they made this was bound to happen. The title track meanders on for some 20 minutes or so and is very hard to listen to. As for the rest, some of it is okay but I just can't get into it. The three star rating is because it is an Art Ensemble of Chicago recording and given their importance anything they've recorded deserves a listen. Judge for yourself or seek out "Baptizum" and "Fanfare For the Warriors" or even Roscoe Mitchells "Sound"."
AEoC in Paris: you can't go wrong !!!
tim | Belgium | 05/25/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"OK, if you're new to the Art Ensemble, maybe you shouldn't buy this and try out some of the classics. However, if you're a fan, who especialy likes what they did in Paris, there's really no reason for you to hessitate.This might not be their best CD, but it does contain the fantastic 'Toro' (by Roscoe Mitchell): for over 8 minutes you get to dwell in some sunshattered South American swamp, guided by Favors' sparse repeating bass paterns. Most of the time there's nothing but bass,percussion,little instruments and AEoC-members shouting everything Spanish-sounding that comes to mind, but that's more than enough to get ME going. And then the blowers kick in ... beyond words ... If Prozac doesn't do the trick for you, try this to start your day with. Or even better: try this first and save yourselve the costs of a shrink.'Lori Song' sounds a bit unfinished, but that only makes it more vulnerable. In the absurd 'That the Evening Sky Fell through the Glass Wall and We Stood Alone Somewhere?' Jarman and others explain what they think about Europe, mainly through sounds. I'm not sure they mentioned the war.'The Spiritual' goes on for 20 minutes, making it more than half of the cd. It reminds me a bit of the fantastic 'A brain for the Seine' (on 'Message to Our Folks'), because it is also somewhere in between music and absurd sound theatre, where the expression of feelings is more important than the meaning of words. The
mad and laidback-loaded atmosphere, which is even more pronounced here then on most of their other albums, has something in common with Zappa, or maybe that's just the way the sixties where?"