Exposé Online banner

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

Related artist(s): Mandragora

Latest news

2019-02-21
You Can Be Part of an Ambient Electronic Project – The Gesture of History is a new electronic project put together by Sam Rosenthal of Black Tape for a Blue Girl, Steve Roach, and violist Sam Shadow. The music started as an instrumental track Rosenthal was working on for a Black Tape album, but took on a life of its own and demanded further enhancements. The majority of the funds raised will go to manufacturing costs for LP and CD editions, as well as other items as detailed on the Kickstarter page. » Read more

2019-01-31
Keyboardist Ingo Bischof R.I.P. – Keyboard player Ingo Bischof, best known as the longtime keyboard player of German band Kraan, passed away on January 29th, 2019. Bischof was born January 2, 1951 in Berlin-Kreuzberg and joined Kraan in 1975. » Read more

2019-01-11
Jazz Composer Mark Lomax, II Releases Epic 12CD Set – In addition to being a fine jazz drummer, Dr. Mark Lomax, II is a composer in residence at Ohio State University, where he has been very busy on the compositional front. The year 2019 is the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first ship bringing African slaves to North America, and in commemoration of this, Lomax has produced 400: An Afrikan Epic, a 12 volume set of CDs featuring a variety of different musical ensembles. » Read more

2019-01-02
Chicago-Based Surabhi Ensemble Tours the World in January – Surabhi Ensemble was formed more than a decade ago in Chicago with the aim of bringing together musicians from varying traditions to make music. Saraswathi Ranganathan, who plays veena, assembled a cast that includes Arabic oud, Spanish guitar, and percussion from Africa and India. This month, the group will be sharing their sounds with concert-goers in Southeast Asia, Europe, and Africa. » Read more

2018-12-23
Seaprog Festival Seeks Donations – Seaprog is a small festival in Seattle that highlights creative music from many genres with artists from around the world. It's also a US non-profit organization. They're seeking donations to help keep the ball rolling. Starting in 2013, the organization has been growing, and has featured such artists as Free Salamander Exhibit, Jack o' the Clock, Nik Turner, Cabezas de Cera, Miriodor, Thinking Plague, and many more. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Court - And You'll Follow the Winds Rush 'Till Their Breath Dwells – From the opening notes of "Rising the Tale" – a short instrumental interlude that opens the disc, it's apparent that this new Italian neo-progressive band has traveled a different...  (1994) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues