Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Pacific High Studio Mantras

After the richness of the vintage Gregory Corso of the past week (and more to come), here's a little palette-cleanser - more mantra! - Pacific High Studio Mantras ("Om Ah Hum Vajra Guru Padma Siddi Hum"), old Tibetan mantra of Padmasambhava, tuned by Allen, recorded at Pacific High Studios, San Francisco in July of 1971 (subsequently re-mastered and released as the B-side of Arthur Russell and Allen's collaboration, "Ballad Of The Lights"). Line up is Allen on harmonium (and vocals!), Arthur on cello, Jon Meyer on flute, John Scholle on guitar, Alan Senauke, mandolin, Peter Hornbeck, violin, and "Reverend Adjari and Buddhist Chorus", bulking up, swelling up, the sound. This original version was produced by Barry Miles (subsequent, 2010, re-mastering was by Hal Willner). More notes on Allen and mantras here.


  1. Ajari Warwick's name came up in conversation yesterday. I had not thought of him in many years. I was so happy to find this here. I attended several performance of the Kailas Shugendo Band. Ajari was a unique and delightful person. As I recall the Shugendo home was on Pine St. and I have fond memories of my visits there Four name come immediately to mind. I only know them phnetically, never have seen them written. Gurgenla, Tolopo, Raychow, Vajra Dyana. Truly a group of indiviuals that made San Franciso a magical place and the world better for their existence.

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