Sunday, October 14, 2012

Bobby Callender - Rainbow (1968 us, wonderful orchestrated orient folk psychedelia with jazz tinges, Akarma remaster bonus tracks edition)

This a very unique concept by Bobby Callender, with Colin Walcott and Donald Robertson on sitar, Paul Harris on organ, piano and harpsichord, and many more "progressive" artists. 

"Rainbow" is a very personal spiritual approach with end 60's progressive foundation. The singing has deep emotions, is fragile in its mellowness. The association for listeners and for Bobby might be different. He was on his spiritual search. For us he's in a sort of musical mind-blowing experience. 

"My rainbow of colours reflects the past and present. Each change has been indicated by the spectrum of my life and only it knows the hidden colours of my future"  says the cover quote about the concept, telling us about Bobby's quest. 

"Sade Masoch" might be the most outstanding track in various ways ; it is a sad but nice touching story about a teacher who lost his mind after a too self-controlled life. The mellowness gives it also a very sad feeling of a very introvert spiritual introspective. As I said before several people might use this more readily to get stoned by. Some tracks are a bit sleepy mellow in singing, but all have interesting progressive approach of music. This contrast makes the complete concept highly original. Also the bonus tracks are worth to discover.
1. Rainbow - 2:48
2. Nature - 4:39
3. Sade Masoch - 2:57
4. Purple - 11:49
5. Mother Superior - 4:26
6. Autumn - 3:09
7. Man - 4:13
8. I'm Just High On Life - 4:51
9. Symphonic Pictures - 4:54
10.Raga Man - 6:32
11.Story Of Rahsa And d'Ahra - 4:44
Words and Music by Robert Callender.

* Bobby Callender - Vocals
* Collin Walcott - Percussion, Sitar, Tabla
* Paul Winter - Violin
* Richard Davis - Bass
* Maurice Brown - Cello
* Thomas Buffum - Violin
* Robert Bushnell - Bass
* Eric Gale - Guitar
* Louis Haber - Violin
* Paul Harris - Organ, Piano, Harpsichord
* Stuart Macdonald - Violin
* Louis Mauro - Bass
* Hugh Mccracken - Guitar
* Bernard "Pretty" Purdie - Drums
* Alan Raph - Trombone
* Elliott Rosoff - Violin
* David Sackson - Viola

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  1. Thanks for wonderful album.This is the miracle of miracles!

  2. oh well if my friend mclehast likes it that much, perhaps I should check it out!!

  3. This file appears to be password protected. Leaving aside the question of why anyone would think this necessary, do you think you might want to indicate somewhere what the password is?

  4. Hi, could you please reup this, would love it i think, thanks

  5. I have the same release (Akarma) but I notice you have different titles for T10 and T11.

    I have
    T10 The Glow Within Thee (unreleased)
    T11 Raga Man (unreleased)

    Both titles taken from the sleeve rear and verified on

    In contrast, the bonus tracks on the Big Beat version do match your track listing.

    Is it possible you have the Big Beat edition? Or perhaps the track titles are wrong.

    Thanks for posting.