Build An Ark - Love (Part 1) [2 LP] (Import)
Build An Ark return with their third album 'LOVE Part 1', and their growth . both
in sound and players . shows no signs of stopping. This is their meditation on
Love - its varying forms and moods, its ecstatic and soothing powers Build An
Ark, under the production of Carlos Nino, have made a record which flows with
a real range of volume and density, with arrangements and configurations
contrasting against each other. The group has still kept their organic sound while
adding several more layers, and charting a distinct progression from their
previous two albums. There was a real immediacy to their first LP 'Peace With
Every Step', which was all recorded live and crammed with Fender Rhodes,
handclaps, and ensemble vocals, while their second album 'Dawn' stands as a
much shorter, calm, and cohesive record, with acoustic piano, harp, and strings
bringing a more measured pace to the music.
Now with 'Love part 1', the diversity of sound and arrangements is immediately
noticeable. . Inspired by the spirit of Laurel Canyon, Crosby, Stills, Nash, and
Young and Joni Mitchell as much as Alice and John Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders,
and Sun Ra, the membership of Build An Ark has swelled to 45, bringing more
instruments like guitars, strings, brass, reeds, and sitar, on top of the pianos,
organs, singers, drummers, and percussionists.
The writing and the improvisation is much more balanced on 'LOVE Part 1'
too, Phil Ranelin's 'How Do We End All This Madness?' and the ensuing answer
'Play The Music!', were recorded completely live, while other tracks,
like Dwight Trible's 'Celebrate' were recorded live, but with arrangements added
to extend some of the figures.
While Build An Ark is all about the collective expression, there are some notable
players, including Impulse! violinist Michael White, singers Mia Doi Todd,
Waberi Jordan and Diana Moriera, Tribe co-founder Phil Ranelin, poet Kamau
Daaood, spiritual baritone Dwight Trible, and tireless arranger Miguel Atwood-
Ferguson, all under the guidance of production standard-bearer Carlos Nino. The
sound of 'LOVE part 1' is the sound of a family at one with the universe - and it
comes straight from the heart.
A2. This Prayer: For The Whole World
A3a. How Do We End All This Madness ?
A3b. Play The Music !
B2a. Sweet Thing
B2b. Sweet Thing reprise
B3. Fun’s Theme
C1. Sunflowers In My Garden
C2. Love Is Everywhere
C3. In The Park
D1. World Music
D2. World Peace Now
D3. May It Be So
D4. More Love