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  • Audio CD (Aug. 1 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Twisted
  • ASIN: B00005JD7I
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

1. Dorset Perception
2. StarShpongled Banner
3. A New Way To Say Hooray!
4. Room 23
5. My Head Feels Like A Frisbee
6. Shpongleyes
7. Once Upon the Sea of Blissful Awareness
8. Around The World In A Tea Daze
9. Flute Fruit

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Simon Posford's sophomore outing Tales of the Inexpressible follows on from 1999s Are You Shpongled with more post-trance psychedelica. Post is the operative word as, although this latest album enjoys all of the trappings of the genre, unlike many of its contemporaries it manages not to get caught up in a DMT fuelled dead end of either ethnically correct instrumentals or the mind(less)-expanding fractal acid of Goa trance. Posford, again accompanied by ex-Quintessence and talented flautist Raja Ram, is unafraid of live instrumentation but succeeds in fusing these elements seamlessly into synthetic ambience--hence acoustic guitar on the opening "Dorset Perception" and Harry Escot's dub bass on the subsequent "Star Shpongled Banner". Couple this with a confident production style and forays into everything from drum & bass to dub and you have another accomplished album from the Hallucinogenic Soundlabs. --Kingsley Marshall

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Format: Audio CD
That said, I think I've come to like this album a little less than Shpongle's other magnificent opus, "Are You Shpongled?" But that's really splitting hairs, this is a fantastic album that mixes some gorgeous ambience with mind-bending "post psychedelic trance," an apt term one reviewer used.
The first track, "Dorset Perception" lifts the listener up with a soaring, lovely melody that I really like, a great song, but the album hits one of its peaks with the next track, "Star Shpongled Banner" with its mesmerizing flow, divine vocals, and breathtakingly lovely air to it. Now that is a track.
This album hits a few less-than-spectacular notes in my opinion with tracks 4-6, but it's hard to top the majesty and transcendance of the first two songs anyway. But we're right back at the peak of musical innovation and enjoyment again with "Once Upon The Sea of Blissful Awareness" and "Around the World in a Tea Daze." "Once Upon..." sounds like you might expect it to - a shimmeringly lovely and fragile tune with jaw-dropping vocals that does indeed feel like you're floating upon a sea of blissful awareness." "Around the World..." is so varied, a shifting opus of the forms of electronica, that it's difficult to praise it properly here. Amazingly enough, it never feels haphazard though.
So all in all, this is a great album, perhaps I haven't done it justice, but oh well. If this is your first time listening to Shpongle I would personally recommend the even better "Are You Shpongled?" because it has it less of the world music feel and samples to it than this album, and I don't care as highly for some world music forays as some people do. I do like the world music flourishes Juno Reactor uses, but not so much in other groups' experimentations.
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Tales of The Inexpressible sounds exactly like you would imagine. It is a soundscape of anything and everything, bashing against eachother, seemingly incoherent at first, but after a couple of listens the attentive ear will notice that the sounds which clash against eacother are actually a part of a great scheme that is.....well.....inexpressible.
The first time you listen to it, their will probably be too many sounds for you to comprehend everything. It was hard for me to understand how the clinkity clankity wet sounding drums could be a part of something so beautiful. Then you understand the lushness and livliness of it all. All of the instruments start to breathe with life. They are all running togather to form such a fantastic and beautiful imaginary world thriving with things that you dream of in you weirdest and deepest dreams. It's like Lord of the Rings on some kinda of mellow crazy super acid. Then, just when you have it all figured out..BOOM!! Simon and Raja take you to a completely foreign land with a culture that you've never heard of, but upon understanding the secret behind Posford's intricate and beautiful sound designs meshing into a bliss once unperceived, you come to understand the culture of the world being portrayed for you. Simon Posford is the god of his unworldy music. This is the first cd that has made me feel that I was not controlling what I was feeling or seeing, but that the composer himself was showing me a secret place and feeling of his own. I advise you to bow down, buy this cd, and travel to new worlds.
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By "j_degriz" on April 10 2003
Format: Audio CD
I just got this CD from Amazon.com 4 days ago and it hasn't left my discman yet. (well ok, at one point I really wanted something less intense... like Enya)
If you want a truly unique experience, buy this CD and find a quiet happy place where you can spend an hour alone with your mind.
This has some of the most imaginative music I have ever heard, but it also has a fatal flaw. This CD is loosely styled after Pink Floyd's The Wall. Actually, the only similarity is that it is meant to be listened to as a whole work of art, and not as seperate songs. The flaw comes between each song where they try to seemlessly link the songs together with 'filler'. This 'filler' material is sometimes bizarre, trippy, silly, but mostly stupid. This is only my personal taste, I would have preferred more bizarre or strange stuff and less people talking about how their head feels like a football. It doesn't ruin the CD by any means, but really, it's already obvious that anyone listening to or creating this music is pretty messed up. Heh heh.
Buy this CD! The first song alone is reason to buy. This music will consume you, you will think things that you have never thought before. You will know, you will be enlightened, you will be Shpongled! I bought this CD based only on recommendations, I had never heard one second, and I am so glad I blew my X-mas gift certificate on it. ;^)
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Format: Audio CD
...And The Day Turned To Night is one of my all time favorite musical passages ever written. And just so happens to be written by Shpongle.
The follow up doesn't quite beat the first's outstanding assortment but instead introduces itself with something a little different. Yet on a similar theme.
The flute is there working fantastically with the crazed drum rhythms and samples. All blended into something you haven't heard before. Let alone dreamed of. And for the first time vocals (actual singing) are used. To great effect I must add because Once Upon the Sea of Blissful Awareness is Shpongle's crowning achievement. Ethereal and heavenly only begin to describe how I feel during its run time. Beautifully written and structured. Incredibly sensual.
You can tell that so much care and attention has gone into this collection. Each passage and section stunningly crafted. With new discoveries floating up on each new listen.
I'm always amazed at how they can blend so many textures, layers and sounds yet keep each one sounding crisp and clear. Completely un-muddled and melodic. Technically outstanding. Sonically way ahead of their game.
There's a few musical artists out there who indeed, sound like no other. Music that you'll hear no where else. And no matter how hard you look you'll never find a comparative companion to it. They are unique.
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