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Splendor Solis

  • 1. River, The
    2. Midsummer Day
    3. Certain Slant of Light, A
    4. Winter Solstice
    5. Save Me
    6. Sun Going Down
    7. In This Time
    8. Dreams of Reason
    9. Raven Skies
    10. Haze on the Hills
    11. Majestic Song, The
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 89419

  • Credits
    ProducerJeff Martin
    EngineerGlen Robinson

    The Tea Party: Jeff Martin (vocals); Stuart Chatwood (bass); Jeff Burrows (drums).
    Recorded at White Crow Audio, Burlington, Vermont.
    Unknown Contributor Roles: Jeff Burrows; Stuart Chatwood.
    Toronto, Canada's the Tea Party sound like Jim Morrison singing for Led Zeppelin in their most exotic Middle Eastern moments. As evidenced on their 1993 debut album, Splendor Solis was a smash in Canada with sales of a million copies -- pretty impressive when one remembers that due to that country's small population -- platinum status is awarded at 250,000 units. First track "The River" sets the tone with its esoteric lyrics, Eastern-influenced guitar licks, and tribal drumming. After a beautiful acoustic guitar solo called "Winter Solstice," we arrive at the album's piece de resistance: "Save Me," which slowly builds, trance-like, for over six minutes. Overall, this is a fine, if slightly pretentious album. Perhaps the band could improve upon their formula with a follow-up. ~ Eduardo Rivadavia

  • Critic Reviews
    Melody Maker (7/2/94, p.35) - "...A ravaged, bluesy, shamanic holler that bleeds decadence and sex and suggests that it's visited the ends of the earth and thrown up there..."
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