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Chi-ad - Virtual Spirit

 

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Artist: Chi-ad

Title: Virtual Spirit

Label: Ganesha

Date: 1997

 

Track listing:

 

01. 10'11" Healing Magic

02. 07'31" The Ocean Also Dreams

03. 09'26" Astral Warrior

04. 07'50" State Of Mind

05. 09'14" Serpent's Fire

06. 08'30" Inner Energy

07. 07'24" Paranormal Activity (Spooky)

08. 07'52" Organic Forms

09. 08'57" Sacred Vision

 

Review:

 

It's Not a bad CD but I'm sure Chi-ad. can do better!!! The songs from Chi-ad.

who are on compilations (like celestial, Eye Am The I, Exit Eternity, Astral

Warrior Rmx) and not on his own CD's are better than the stuff on this CD!!

Ok, most of those songs are pretty good but there are no killers on it!! Best

songs are: 1,3,5,6,7

Specially song 1 is ok... It has ancient Indian Sounds in it and he used it

very well in that song!!! It's also a pitty that there's not the Remix of

Astral Warrior on the CD because that song is much better like the original!!

Bom Shankar

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Guest ChrisdeeACiD   
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Astral Warrior is just perfect. The remix is even better! Other good tracks

here are "Paranormal Activity" and "Organic Forms". Pretty good album.

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Guest "sitting-buddha"   
Guest "sitting-buddha"

average album, not astounding at all, but something different to pass the time

by.

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Jon Cocco    90

After really digging into this album, it's much more deep then I first thought.

(1)Healing Magic is really good, with it's tribal/indian drums and sounds.

(2)The Ocean Also Dreams is brilliant! Extremely deep with melody and beauty.

This has got to be the most awesome Chi-a.d. song ever made AFTER "I Am The

Eye, Exit Eternity, Pathfinder, and Celestial." (3)Astral Warrior (orginal) is

cool, classic, but old. (4)State of Mind, where once I found it simular to

some other tracks, is great. It has great Eastern-Mediterrainean rhythm. Very

dancey! (5)Serpent's Fire is half decent. I never really found it that

interesting, but it gets a little better as the track plays out. (6)Inner

Energy- the most UNinteresting track on the cd. It seems like it doesn't quite

belong here. It's long, very repetitive, and annoying. (7)Paranormal Activity

is like, your in the jungle, going nuts, dancing. There is a high pitched

flute-like bird sound that may seem annoying, but I actually find it pretty

cool. It's not like it loops the whole track or anything. (8) Organic Forms

(like track 2) is also really deep and melodic. It really grabs you and brings

you into it's layers of ambience-trance, etc. (9)Sacred Vision- this track is

as beautiful as it was the first time I heard it. Lastly, this album is

excellent for a first release. If you like stuff with melody and originality,

you should like this in your collection. This isn't full on, or anywhere near

the level of Hallucinogen/I.M. But it's not cheezy, or minimal, or just okay.

It's really good. But I always reccomend you listen to an album before buying,

because I've read some reviews that make an album sound like you have to buy

it, and when you do, your like, what the hell is this?, I expected so much

more. I hate stuff like that. It's gay to hype stuff unless your the producer

or artist or sponcer, etc... But some of the biggest crap is hyped the most.

When your really in the mood for something different though, this album does

the trick, but you must give it time to grow on you.

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Guest NFalke666[at]aol[dot]com   
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wow! this is a helluva lot better than I had anticipated... If you're into the

classic goa style, then I highly recommend this. you won't be disappointed.

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seraph    14

Extremely good album...Chi -A.D. cannot ever fail...This is his first album and

for that reason is rather simple than his later stuff but as a first album,

this is really great...All songs have sense but the best ones are : THE OCEAN

ALSO DREAMS, ASTRAL WARRIOR ( ! ), STATE OF MIND, SERPENT'S FIRE, ORGANIC

FORMS, SACRED VISION....8/10

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Guest Transphere   
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A sweet album filled with quality tracks ranging from full-on to ambient.

Perhaps it's not that danceable, but it sure is good music. Hightlights are:

Astral Warrior & Organic Forms. 9/10

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Guest Davidtolsn   
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awesome cd! a lot better than i expected. classic old school sound with enough

variation that you don't get bored. favorites for me are astral warrior,

serpent's fire and organic forms. 8/10

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Sawfly    2

Very good album, the first track is pretty painful though, the words "Healing Magic" is being said to death and it just makes :lol: everytime :rolleyes:

Otherwise this is a great oldschool album :)

 

Favs: 3,4,6,7

 

8.5/10

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seraph    14

the words "Healing Magic" is being said to death and it just makes  :lol: everytime :rolleyes:

 

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I had the same problem with Astral Warrior and repetitive sampling there too... :D

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Mindphilux    0

Love the album, love the artist, but I hate the over-use of the same samples. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. Track 1 is in particular for annoying.

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Trance2MoveU    375

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Artist: Chi-A.D.
Title: Virtual Spirit
Label: Ganesha, Nova Tekk
Date: 1997

1. Healing Magic
2. The Ocean Also Dreams
3. Astral Warrior
4. State of Mind
5. Serpent's Fire
6. Inner Energy
7. Paranormal Activity (Spooky)
8. Organic Forms
9. Sacred Vision

This is the first album from Dave Young and I think wildly under appreciated.


Healing Magic- "But if the desire to resume burns brightly enough the holy people will be merciful."

I really like the tribal feel with this one, very atmospheric. It really hits home because while I don't have a drop of native American blood in me, it was my ancestors who slaughtered the Indians and forced the remaining few to spend the rest of their days in an alcoholic tailspin on the most dry and barren land the white man could find. So yeah, I can connect. What I can't connect with is the absolute sample abuse that is taking place here. Love samples, but too much is, well...too much. Love chocolate too, but that doesn't mean I want diabetes. So good atmospheric goa, but...


The Ocean Also Dreams- "The ocean is the largest surface area of our world. Here...man is far from supreme."

I'm sure the ocean is dreaming of a time when we stop spilling so much f*cking oil into it. That's what I would dream about. And I would totally do it with a mermaid.

Even at this early stage you can tell there is talent here. Long, drifting pads float above a bubbling synth and the whole thing has an ocean vibe with the sounds of seagulls. Better, but still a little sample shenanigans.


Astral Warrior- "I have seen things that you can only dream about. I have been there."

Everyone has heard this track as it is one of his most famous. The samples sound so profound and futuristic...feel like I would totally get killed in a game of scrabble with these guys. More tribal elements with the didgeridoo (thank you spell check) humming, but this is the most aggressive track yet. The bass line hammers away and the lead is particularly sharp sounding and intense. Good stuff.

State of Mind- He continues with his "soft touch" goa and it continues to sound great. The flute adds an air of mysticism as synth lines peek around the corner. One of my favorites because it flows so well.

Serpent's Fire- Yes can I get a little soul clap? His songs are so expressive, this one weeps with emotion as the melodies build. The carry like snowflakes which is kind of an odd thing to say since the track title is Serpent's Fire. But give it time, the track gets its fire as the lead rips amidst the bubbling effects. Superb.

Inner Energy- So futuristic and palpable you feel you could reach out and touch the arpeggios as they drift by. Another one that flows like a magic carpet ride.

Paranormal Activity (Spooky)- Nimble little thing isn't it? Seems like the fastest yet and it's more pure goa melodies that aren't soaked in reverb. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Delicate is a good way to describe his style on this CD. There is something other worldly about the tone in an X-files kinda way.

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The truth is out there. And it's screaming to put the f*cking donut down.


Organic Forms- Warm pads speak of a sterile scientific vessel and this thing has an awesome beginning. Smooth and involving. This is less goa and more progressive or even dream trance. The simple bass line has a disco feel as the pads keep coming. So warm and fits with the theme of the album. Bra-vo.

Sacred Vision- In 1997 every artist seemed to close an album out with a downtempo track and this one is no exception. He brings the Navajo guy back and he gets all shamanistic up in here. Until it picks up about 3 minutes in and that's when I feel things went wrong. It would've been better if he left it as a closing slow jam. Show how spiritual the ancient shaman is. Show us he's got a plan and sees thing with his peyote ham sandwich and peace pipe.

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"Am I gonna win the powerball? What about the NHL strike, is that thing almost over cause if I have to watch baseball I might just slam my d*ck into a car door. Where are you going? Get the f*ck back here Tonto and draw some pictures in the dirt!"

So racist.


It's easy to see why this project is a classic of the goa trance genre. Pure old school that is non intrusive yet supremely melodic. Storytelling at it's finest with slick atmosphere. It flowed like an album is supposed to and like a great actor it never broke character. Smooth goa trance with a Blade Runner feel.

Mdk

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Starkraver    869

:wub::wub: Overjoyed! Finally on good quality. No more crappy mp3's. This sounds perfect!

 

I dont mind the overuse of samples at all when it comes to Dave's music. I am so lost in the tracks that they hardly bother me.

 

This is such a beautiful album. One more must have from 1997!

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