Pacific High Studio Mantras

After the richness of the vintage Gregory Corso of the past week (and more to come), here’s a little palette-cleanser – more mantra!Pacific High Studio Mantras (“Om Ah Hum Vajra Guru Padma Siddi Hum“), old Tibetan mantra of Padmasambhava, tuned by Allen, recorded at Pacific High Studios, San Francisco in July of 1971 (subsequently re-mastered and released as the B-side of Arthur Russell and Allen’s collaboration, “Ballad Of The Lights”). Line up is Allen on harmonium (and vocals!), Arthur on cello, Jon Meyer on flute, John Scholle on guitar, Alan Senauke, mandolin, Peter Hornbeck, violin, and “Reverend Adjari and Buddhist Chorus”, bulking up, swelling up, the sound. This original version was produced by Barry Miles (subsequent, 2010, re-mastering was by Hal Willner). More notes on Allen and mantras here.

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