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Album Review

In 2001, 32 years after their original release, Transparent Music requested and received permission to combine two of Paul Horn's greatest CDs into one CD. Inside the Taj Mahal I & II is, just as the title states, two masterpieces in one CD. It is one of the most dynamic two-fers ever. These albums have lost nothing over the years — they still sound as radical and cutting-edge as ever. They are as gentle and serene as ever, too. While electronics, synths, processors, and dozens of other gadgets have made e-music and minimalism the great styles that they are, these albums remind listeners that simplicity is the teacher of complexity. This CD is in a league of its own — still. That statement speaks for itself.

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The first ambient album?

The first ambient or new age album? Probably. This is a very simple record. Just a single musician, at times accompanied by the voice of a guard. The acoustics inside the Taj Mahal are beautiful. Natural reverb! Very beautiful, perhaps melancholy as well. Fans of Harold Budd or Jon Hassell will be right at home. Highly recommended.

Little-known biproduct of the Beatles trip to India

This is a great recording to have for certain limited settings. For example, if you're a massage therapist or acupuncturist, this is outstanding music for your office. The other reason it's worth having is for its historical significance. Paul Horn was in the elite entourage of musicians and actors that traveled to India with the Beatles in 1968, and this album was recorded during that journey. The music does not sound dated in any way, however; it's as masterful a piece of meditative woodwind music and chanting as you'll find anywhere.

Biography

Born: March 17, 1930 in New York, NY

Genre: New Age

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

When one evaluates Paul Horn's career, it is as if he were two people, pre- and post-1967. In his early days, Horn was an excellent cool-toned altoist and flutist, while later he became a new age flutist whose music is often best used as background music for meditation. Horn started on piano when he was four and switched to alto at the age of 12. After a stint with the Sauter-Finegan Orchestra on tenor, Horn was Buddy Collette's replacement with the popular Chico Hamilton Quintet (1956-1958), playing...
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