Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Narada Michael Walden|
Garden of Love Light
Genres: Jazz, Pop, R&B
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 jewel c... more »
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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 jewel case. 2001 release.
Whitney Houston's mum...
Torquemada | Atlanta, Georgia USA / Madrid, Spain. | 04/25/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"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."
Take A Walk In The Garden Of Love Light
Andre S. Grindle | Brewer Maine | 11/07/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"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.So on 'Garden Of Love Light' instead of trying to find the funk groove in fusion Narada discovers how fusion grooves like mad very well on it's own terms.And as far as melody goes he packs enough into every song (ESPECIALLY the instrumentals) to choke a horse.Narada was laying groundwork for future classics on his own and with many other artists in the future and I must say that 'Garden Of Love Light' gets Narada off to a terrific start."
A talented musician in his first solo effort
C. Fisher | Atlanta, GA | 12/09/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"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."