CD Totem [Gabrielle Roth & the Mirrors] [CD] [1 disc] (CD 1003709), Audio Other
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Totem [Gabrielle Roth & the Mirrors] [CD] [1 disc]


  • 1. Zone VI
    2. Totem
    3. Red Wind
    4. Eternal Dance
    5. Ritual
    6. Eliana
    7. Cancin de Manuel, La
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 5862

  • Credits
    ProducerGene Heimlich
    EngineerDavid Stone; Jamie Schlachter; Steve Casper; Robert Ansell

    Personnel: Alex Blake (vocals, bass guitar); Serpentine (vocals); Kevin Ansell (electric guitar); Gene Heimlich (harmonica); TC James, Michael Mandel (synthesizer); Martnez, Jos (snare drum, cymbals, hi-hat, wood block); Sammy Figueroa (congas); Manuel Martinez (cowbells, wood block, bells); Otto Richter (cowbells, wood block); Gordon Ryan (djembe, log drum); Robert Ansell (shaker, tom tom, triangle).
    Audio Mixer: Robert Ansell.
    Photographer: Robert Ansell.
    Unknown Contributor Roles: Gordon Ryan; Robert Ansell.
    Totem, with its focus on trance-dance, broke new ground by bringing drumming out of the ethnic bins and into new age. "Zone VI" begins the album with a hypnotic balance of bass toms played by Robert Ansell, the fancy drumwork by Gordy Ryan, clicks of woodblocks, and a synthesizer drone. The title cut is a serpentine experience which breathes through its undulating bass beats; layers of Middle Eastern rhythms give the dancer many intoxicating paths for movement. Throughout, the rhythms speak -- stately and zenlike to tumbling and swirling -- enticing movement The album ends with the melodically hip "Eliana" and (lest you forget you can dance with a partner) the cha-cha flavored "La Cancion de Manuel," both propelled by the funky bass of Alex Blake. ~ Carol Wright

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