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A Guy Called Gerald - Essence
Label: Studio !K7
Format: 2 x Vinyl, LP
Condition: VG to VG+ light scuff type marks ( listen)
Cover: has light wear, Corner wear
Style: Drum n Bass, Ambient
A1 The Universe (Featuring - Jennifer Neal)
A2 The First Breath
A3 Humanity (Featuring - Louise Rhodes)
A4 Multiplies (Featuring - Wendy Page)
B1 Fever (Or A Flame) (Featuring - Wendy Page)
B2 Could You Understand (Featuring - David Simpson)
B3 Alien Report (Featuring - Public Domain)
B4 Glow (Featuring - Wendy Page)
C1 Beaches & Deserts (Featuring - Wendy Page)
C2 Final Call
C3 I Make It (Featuring - David Simpson)
D1 Universal Spirit (Featuring - Wendy Page)
D2 Hurry To Go Easy (Featuring - Lady Kier)
D3 Scale Circle
D4 Landed (Featuring - Wendy Page)
Artwork By [Design Chemistry] - David Calderley & Gary St. Claire / Klaus Dahmen
Mastered By - Bo Kondren
Photography [Front Cover] - Rainer Hosch
The vocals on this album are amazingly written and amazingly sung. Lou Rhodes from Lamb provides the best vocals on the track "Humanity" and it was wonderful to hear Lady Miss Kier's (remember "Groove is in the Heart"???) voice again on "Hurry To Go Easy". But what definately takes the cake here is the 2nd track titled "The First Breath" it's the track to which all the rest of the songs are tied to.
This is one of the most powerful Jungle/Drum'n'bass albums of all time. It is given to us in a unisound performance so that we can all enjoy this masterpiece-similar to that of Derrick May's Innovator.
Gerald delivers us a powerful message in his introduction about our future, similar to that of the Mayan Factor: Where 2012 is considered to be the last day of the 13th Baktun Cycle in the Tzolkin. Essence is a bit more advanced than Gerald's earlier release of Black Street Technology since it deals more on the fundamentals of the Universe and our existence.
Essence as he puts it, is the notion that we are aware of our existence and that we as human beings are networks communicating with one another semiconsciously in the growing and expanding universe. I haven't heard such spectacular performances since Goldie's Timeless and Roni Size's New Forms.