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Mandragora — Temple Ball Live '94
(Mystic Stones Rune 14, 1994, CD)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2016-07-21

Temple Ball Live '94 Cover art

[Note: This review was written regarding the original cassette release. - ed.]

A step on from their previous release Earthdance, Temple Ball Live ’94 is a live excursion that captures the excitement of their neo-psychedelic tribal music. The opening tune is an energetic instrumental hybrid of wailing guitar synths, polyrhythms, and Arabic chanting. As the energy fades Mandragora treats us to an extended B-movie alien invasion soundtrack as an introduction to "Zarg" from Earthdance. "Zarg" is faithful to the studio recording but delivers a stronger punch. Closing out side one is another lively instrumental with a fantastic bass solo. Side two opens with a song that I call "Tomorrow’s Dream" because of the lyrics (I guess by now you surmised that there are no track titles on this cassette). This song, as well as the third song on Side two, is a supersonic freak out sure to please Hawkwind lovers. The remaining music explores quieter electronic realms with the ending song being another bass and synthesizer adventure of cosmic proportions! Mandragora’s performance is superb and shows that they are peers with that hottest of neo-psychedelic bands Ozric Tentacles. By all means seek out this band and their music. Mandragora is a band that deserves to be saved from obscurity!

Filed under: New releases, 1994 releases

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