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Laraaji - Vision Songs
Laraaji
Vision Songs
LP | 2018 | US | Original (Numero Group)
27,99 €*
Release:2018 / US – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Vision Songs Vol. 1 (1984) is the LARAAJI album like no other, located at the intersection of new age and gospel. It is both his outlier and magnum opus, the feel-good DIY tape of the century.

Discovered busking in Washington Square Park by Brian Eno in the late 70s, engagement with the eternal flow has led Laraaji to, seemingly by magic, emerge as the most beloved avatar of the unstoppable new age music revival of recent years. Now Vision Songs rewrites Laraaji’s musical history. Unlike the many instrumental, free form albums upon which his reputation was built, this is an album of songs, with lyrics, verses, choruses. Vision Songs is literally a revelation -- of a master songwriter whose unbelievably catchy best compositions such as “We Shall Be Lifted”, “All Of A Sudden”, and “Is This Clear?” belong in any great American songbook.

Casio synth jams recorded at spiritual retreat guest rooms and a tiny bedroom on the Upper West Side, lysergicallyspectacular anthems for a continually arriving new moment, “channeled,” as Laraaji states in the album’s eloquent liner notes, “from the sky,” previously available in an edition of 100 cassettes sold at yoga retreats and on the streets of New York City, Vision Songs is humbly offered on vinyl, CD, and streaming for the very first time.

This is where this is going on, this is where this is taking place, this is how this is going on. Is this very clear?
Laraaji - Celestial Vibrations
Laraaji
Celestial Vibrations
LP | 2017 | UK | Original (Soul Jazz)
22,99 €*
Release:2017 / UK – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
This is the stunning debut album from Laraaji. ‘Celestial Vibration’ was originally released in 1978 under the name Edward Larry Gordon, and then first issued by Soul Jazz Records/Universal Sound in 2010.
Soul Jazz Records are now issuing this hypnotic piece newly re-mastered album once again in a very limited vinyl edition of 1000 and new CD as a full Laraaji release.
‘Celestial Vibration’ is a cosmic journey sounding unlike anything else when it was first released in 1978.
Laraaji’s album was first issued in New York as a private-pressing record with only very minimal distribution. His distinctive use of the harp-like open-stringed zither and kalimba creates a hypnotic trance like musical landscape.
Laraaji first came to fame in the 1980s as a worldwide ambient artist working with Brian Eno on EG Records. At this time Laraaji worked with a wide range of experimental musicians - Jon Hassell, Harold Budd, Michael Brook, Bill Nelson, Roger Eno, Nana Vasconcelos and Bill Laswell.
Since Soul Jazz Records/Universal Sound first released ‘Celestial Vibration’ seven years ago (now long deleted), Laraaji’s career has had a renaissance, releasing a string of new albums including a fascinating collaboration with Blues Control for the FRKYWS label, as well as reissues of earlier albums including a three-album cassette only release last year.
Today Gordon continues his unique musical and spiritual path - performing his music mainly for meditation at yoga global retreats. He runs his own ‘Therapeutic Laughter Workshop’ where he coaches people in the mindful use of laughing for its health benefits.
Laraaji - Bring On The Sun
Laraaji - Sun Gong
Laraaji - Be Still And Glow
Laraaji
Be Still And Glow
3Tape | 2016 | US | Original (Leaving)
24,99 €*
Release:2016 / US – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
The bundle consists of:

“Sun Zither 1&2” (1984)
90+ minutes of non-stop sun-drenched Zither Ecstasy. A refreshing new sound journey through ecstatic hammered open-tuned zither string board, through jazz-funk rhythms with improvised rubber-tipped mallets, through rattled, stopped Zither. Chaos with wooden chopsticks, through ethereal steel slide string sound exploration to take the classic zither sound way out of the box. An exploratory adventure in sustained open modal tuning, elegant electronics and virtuoso performance mastery.

“Tonings 1&2” (1980s)
Tonings 1: Shimmering celestial Zither and OM chant continual deep induction listening for expanded inner-stillness. Tonings 2: OM chimes ladder, Kalimba (African thumb piano), hand chimes, spontaneous laughter release, chant, & chimes distortion (heavy at times towards end).

“Celestrana / Deep Chimes Meditation” (1980s)
Calming, gentle, continual, patient, relaxed-pace solo electric zither feeling. Home cassette recorded in the 1980s. Mood of contemplative stillness. Peaceful, introspective listening. Deep Chimes Meditation: Classic, Space, Peace, Zen, Timelessness.
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