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Handful of Beauty
Shakti
Handful of Beauty
Genres: World Music, Jazz, Pop
 
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Reissue of 1977 album by legendary jazz-rock guitarist McLaughlin with his world music group Shakti, the second of three records he cut with them. Six tracks.

      
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All Artists: Shakti
Title: Handful of Beauty
Members Wishing: 3
Total Copies: 0
Label: Columbia Europe
Original Release Date: 1/1/1999
Re-Release Date: 5/17/1999
Album Type: Import
Genres: World Music, Jazz, Pop
Style: Jazz Fusion
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 766485346223

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Album Description
Reissue of 1977 album by legendary jazz-rock guitarist McLaughlin with his world music group Shakti, the second of three records he cut with them. Six tracks.

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5+
K. Kirkland | Millburn, NJ | 03/12/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I saw this group live when I was 16, on accident, while obligating my job as a theatre usher in a Berkeley Ca. theatre. I stayed the entire concert and walked out afterwards, blown away forever... To this day, there has been few concert experiences which have touched the power that this occasion displayed. I'll never forget. This album captures this- better than the first Shakti Live and Natural Elements or any Remember Shakti CD. It is somewhere inbetween the two original Shakti albums; live spontanaeity and planned recording, but there is a shot of infinite soul and unmatched inspiration in the solos, emotion and feeling which is not as present in the other 2. Shakti Live is intensely raw but less refined in musical craft and recording. Natural Elements is so crafted and beautiful but almost too controlled... with not enough free time to take it to the level they were all capable of.

This recording captures a phenomenally innovative group at the height of their improvisational power- bar none."
Amazing music
J. A. Buhrer | 12/14/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"A Handful of Beauty is a phenomenal audio landscape. The jazz musicians are excellent, but I would not write this off as a fusion album. I don't like the majority of "jazz fusion" music, I generally find it thin at best, and cheesy more often than not. This album is anything but. Neither is it a "world music" album. This is a group of extremely talented musicians, trained in different areas and cultures, coming together to create a disciplined, focused, beautiful work of art. I would recommend it to anyone that has ears."
Wow! Still hyper after all these years!
Speedy | Fl, MO USA | 04/02/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The speed and exactitude of the players in this performances is simply breathtaking! The compositions and improvisations are simply of the highest order in any idiom of music. Even after all these years of searching and buying so many records from so many different artists in the jazz, rock, prog, avant garde, R.I.O., Pop, fusion and classical musical worlds, i have yet to find a group that matches the beauty and expressiveness of early Shakti. HIGHLY recommended!"