This listing is for Andreas Vollenweider - Caverna Magica (...Under The Tree - In The Cave...) Vinyl LP Record Album.
Label: CBS – FM 37827
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Carrollton Pressing
Style: New Age
Condition: Jacket: Very Good Vinyl: Very Good
A1 Caverna Magica 3:54
A2 Mandragora 3:03
A3 Lunar Pond 2:18
A4 Schajah Saretosh 3:17
A5 Sena Stanjéna? 2:28
B1 Belladonna 5:21
B2 Angóh! 2:45
B3 Huiziopochtli 5:08
B4 Con Chiglia
B5 Geastrum Coronatum
B6 La Paix Verde 5:16
Caverna Magica is the second studio album by new-age artist Andreas Vollenweider, released in 1983. It is almost entirely instrumental. It was the direct followup to Vollenweider's breakthrough album, Behind the Gardens. The album opens with the sound of a man and woman walking and talking in an unknown language (some of the words - notably in Spanish - can be discerned when the track is played backwards) and then stumbling into an echoing cave and reacting with awe. The sound of dripping water in the cave turns into the rhythm of the music that fades in at this point.
The full titles of the first two albums lend credence to the suggestion that the three albums are thematically connected. The full title of the first album is "Behind the Gardens—Behind the Wall—Under the Tree..." The ellipsis at the end suggests a continuation. The full title of the next album is "Caverna Magica (...Under the Tree—In the Cave...)" The first ellipsis, followed by the repetition of "Under the Tree" from the first album title, clearly indicates a continuation. The second ellipsis suggests another continuation, which would turn out to be "White Winds (Seeker's Journey)." The last track on the White Winds album is entitled "Trilogy (At The White Magic Gardens) & The White Winds".
The title of the first album "is like giving someone directions: "You will find us behind The Garden, behind The Wall, under The Tree...", Vollenweider is quoted as saying. The title of the second album apparently indicates a continuation of those directions: Under the tree you'll find a magic cavern. This magic cavern could be a metaphor for the recording site. This is borne out by the rest of the Vollenweider quote: "Recording this album we worked completely cut off from the world, in the cellars of the Sinus Studios in Bern (capital of Vollenweider's native Switzerland), which are more than 300 years old. In the shelter of this creative "womb", it was easy to lose track of time and space." Sinus, where all three albums were recorded, "was a small, underground studio," stated an article in the April 2003 edition of Mojo magazine, "It was entered by wooden shutters in the pavement above, which gave the impression of entering a crypt."
The names of some tracks on the album ("Mandragora," "Belladonna," and "Geastrum Coronatum") refer to plants and fungi that have medicinal, poisonous and hallucinogenic properties (Mandragora, Atropa belladonna and Geastrum coronatum, respectively). They are also the sort of plants one might associate with Sinus Studios, which by Vollenweider's time there already was associated with the Swiss psychedelia scene and Swiss rock. In 1972 it had been the recording site of the album "Seven Up," a collaboration between space rock band Ash Ra Tempel and drug-culture figure Timothy Leary.
Any relationship between Caverna Magica track titles and Sinus Studios' history could be entirely coincidental. Vollenweider's official site quotes him as saying the album "was truly like an expedition into the deep realm of this music. The comparison with cave explorers perfectly describes our experience: beyond every corner, in every new corridor, we found unknown spaces. For us, it was as if nobody before us had ever set foot in this territory - an indescribable feeling!"
I base the condition of each of my Records off of Ebay's Grading System.
• MINT (M) Looks new and unplayed. Very high vinyl luster and no noticeable label defects. Sounds new. With 45rpm records, this does not always mean there is no surface noise at all.
• NEAR MINT (NM) Looks almost new, but has some minor flaws such as a drill hole; unobtrusive writing on label (e.g., an X on a promo copy); minor scuffing on vinyl; minor color flaking on label, or other insignificant flaws that only slightly detract from visual appeal. May have some minor surface noise, but nothing distracting.
• VERY GOOD (VG) There may be light scuffing and some of the original vinyl luster may be lost. The vinyl and label may appear used, but well cared for. Records may have some more obvious flaws that are not visually degrading such as a sticker on the label; more noticeable writing on the label; scuffing and minor scratches on the vinyl; or minor discoloration of the label. There may be very minor warping of the vinyl. There may be a slight scratch not affecting play.
• GOOD (G) Record has visible signs of handling and playing, such as loss of vinyl luster, minor surface scratches, groove wear, and audible surface noise. Appears well used but not abused. May have a few major flaws, such as scratches, label tears, or stickers, and/or writing.
• FAIR (F) Appears well used and somewhat abused. Audio is not great due to surface noise and scratches. The record may have a stick or a skip. Records in this condition are those you might purchase to fill a hole in your collection until a better copy comes along.
• POOR (P) Well played with little luster and significant surface noise, but still not cracked or broken. Record likely skips and/or sticks. Typically so bad looking that a true “collector” would just toss it out. More useful as a Frisbee. I try not to sell records in this condition.
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