O Great Spirit2013
O Great Spirit consists of 6 brand new Asher compositions, three cover versions and a traditional, spiritual ballad. Also, there are two bonus tracks... re-mixes of two very popular tracks from 2010's Falling Through Time. Though each track is vocal, there are also lengthy, sublime instrumental passages, and O Great Spirit is a vintage Asher recording, full of melody, emotion, passion, joy and hypnotic, other-wordly rhythms and mystical lyricism. 'Half past ten' is a spellbinding, visionary, exalted folk song that opens the album, set the pace and establishes the spiritual intensity of the whole work; the title track 'O great spirit' is a Sufi chant Asher composed over 30 years ago, set to a thrilling and powerful shamanic drum rhythm; 'People get ready'... an anthem written by Curtis Mayfield back in the 60's... is given a one-world makeover here, which develops into a mantra combining sacred words from different spiritual traditions. Then there is the profound and mesmerising 'We are one', which has a swirling Celtic, Breton feel, and a spiritually unifying message, followed by a deeply touching, piano-based rendition of Snowy White's 80's classic 'Bird of paradise'. 'God's perfect circle' is a gentle and yet dramatic essay in spiritual awareness and awakening, followed by a spirited, intimately sung acoustic guitar-pick version of the traditional 'Angels watching over you. Shaina Noll's powerful, pure and innocent 'Each holy child' is interpreted vigorously and plaintively by Asher, and leads into the delicately rhythmic and catchy 'Thanksgiving', with the piano melody being the foundation stone of this humble offering. The new collection closes with a new, joyous, 'live' in-concert, love and peace anthem entitled 'All over the world', introduced briefly with a whimsical, gently barmy Elvis drawl. The hugely popular title track from Falling Through Time is re-created as a bonus track... simplified, and with a soaring lead guitar solo from Kristian Biddiss, and the equally popular 'Blessings on your soul' is also simplified and offered as a bonus track, now including a Mariachi-style trumpet refrain. The whole album also contains overtones of the Solfeggio tuning forks, designed to promote balance and healing with their pure and ancient sound frequencies, and they contribute profoundly to the loving, joyous, spiritually uplifting, passionate, emotional and positive nature of the recording.