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Dive Deep
Dive Deep
Genres: Folk, Jazz, Pop, Rock
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Digipak reissue of the progressive rock act's 1970 album. Repertoire. 2005.


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All Artists: Quintessence
Title: Dive Deep
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Repertoire
Release Date: 1/17/2005
Album Type: Import
Genres: Folk, Jazz, Pop, Rock
Styles: Progressive, Progressive Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 4009910106327


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Digipak reissue of the progressive rock act's 1970 album. Repertoire. 2005.

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All glory to shri Krsna
Junglies | Morrisville, NC United States | 02/23/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"What a welcome release this has been. Never previously released on CD, this reissue comes sounding a whole lot better than the album ever did but without any additional tracks.

This is the last of the "holy trinity" of Qunitessence albums, the remaining two being somewhat lower down the list of must have albums.

Unlike the self titled Quintessence this album marks somewhat of a change in direction by the band whilst at the same time remaining true to form. Whereas the second album was a fusion of studio and live performances, these are primarily studio recordings but with a live feel. During the time that this album was made Quintessence continued their touring and left no-one in any doubt over the power and reach of the band live. While most of the songs led to the improvised playing which had some dancers almost in ecstasy the studio recordings eschewed that aspect and as a result are considerably diminished in my view as a result. The reputation of Quintessence as a powerful live act was maintained by this album although, unlike their west coast cousins without religion the Grateful Dead, they were able to produce a decent album bouyed by the live act. The strains are beginning to emerge within the band characterised by a poorer quality of the songwriting and a more self-indulgent approach as typified by the mere six relatively lengthy tracks.

The first of these, Dive Deep treads no new ground, preferring the obvious safety of the blistering guitar solo which bears much similarity to St. Pancras on the second album but without the range. On Dance for the one, Raja Ram's flute again goes over the same ground as on the earlier albums. Brahman and the Seer are the weakest songs in my estimation although in performance the improvisation is the saving grace but which is denied the listener here. Epitaph for tomorrow and the Sri Ram chant are the remaining tracks and are strong in their own way but the latter in particular is a little lengthier than it perhaps ought to be.

The sleeve notes record the emergence of tensions within the group which led to their most unfortunate demise following this album.

It may not be the strongest of the Holy Trinity but it does represent the band just after their peak whilst they were still a great draw as anyone witnessing their performances will bear out. I would certainly recommend this album although I do mourn particularly the lack of unreleased live tracks which would raise this album to the heights for which it was intended."