Wednesday, May 2, 2007

ARICA-HEAVEN, LP, 1971, USA





All time godhead monster alert, people! While the Ya Ho Wha 13 tribe's psychedelic freakouts and it's associated mythos have been much lauded and roundly investigated in hipster quarters over the last several years, there has been a complete absence of discussion about a similar and yet far more advanced spiritual/musical tribe by the name of Arica. Unlike Father Yod's teachings though, which were largely limited to those in his tribe, *this* group's philosophy would go on to shape the entire thrust of Alejandro Jodorowsky's The Holy Mountain, merely THE greatest motion picture in cinema history. All principal actors appearing in the film were required to undertake a rigorous weeks long preparation in Arica training before filming began.

Now add to all of the above this salient detail: despite it's American origin, sonically, this is on par with the absolute best krautrock ever recorded! How 'bout a combination of Dzyan-Electric Silence, Deuter-D, Limbus 4 and the most ethnically tripped passages of Wolfgang Dauner's Et Cetera? Does that work for all you heads out there? Side A in particular is getting about as deep "in the pudding" as I've ever heard any psychonauts venture. Truly...I don't think the vibes coming off this thing could be any heavier unless the sleeve itself had been dipped in a psilocybin bath. It's supernaturally heightened atmosphere is so potently keyed into the cosmos it's almost painfully poignant to confront in this age of reduced expectations. I for one am humbled in it's presence. Note: If anyone out there is in possession of their "Audition" LP, an upload of it would be overwhelmingly appreciated (unless of course you want to sell it to me and let me post it, hehehe...).

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29 comments:

voerking said...

great album! thanks for posting it. "Audition" can be found on the Lost-In-Tyme blog: http://lost-in-tyme.blogspot.com/2007/03/arica-same.html

Steel said...

This it?
http://lost-in-tyme.blogspot.com/2007/03/arica-same.html

Anonymous said...

http://www.amazon.com/Films-Alejandro-Jodorowsky-Fando-Mountain/dp/B000NY1E9E/

Anonymous said...

Lost-In-Tyme posted the Audition LP here:

http://lost-in-tyme.blogspot.com/2007/03/arica-same.html

david said...

Damn, if it's half as amazing as you make it out to be, I'll give you a tongue bath.

Why am I just hearing about this NOW?

Anonymous said...

all is ok..but covers mate. Why don't you do a straight pic ? Your covers are completely unuseful..thx anyway

Jeremy said...

Yes, finally! Been looking for a copy of this for a while...I found the double lp on WooSoo years ago at a tag sale...inside was a meticulous pen & ink illustration of the 4 kinds of power: solar, wind, water, and, um, pyramid. This is the version with a different side 4 track than the one on Audition ("water Music: Reception of the Buddha", total freak out), so if you want me to send it over let me know. It's the least I could do after grabbing so many goodies from MS.

Never knew about the Jodorowsky/Holy Mountain connection either, makes sense that this would show up right after I got the DVD box set! Thanks so much & keep up the good work!

Anonymous said...

That's a really cool tidbit knowing that this was the group the actors were sent to study with. There's mention of this in the El Topo book, but I don't believe they actually refer to the group by name.
speaking clearly from memory (and I may be wrong about this) Jodorowsky was someone disillusioned with them after the fact.

vdoandsound said...

Jeremy-Actuallly, the one you speak of (self titled) is the one that the Lost-In-Tyme blog is featuring, which was why I was inquiring if anyone had the Audition version. Thanks for the offfer though!

Anonymous-I recall reading somewhere a statement of Jodorowsky's about his growing disillusionment with Arica. It went something like (and I paraphrase here) "It's very hard to accept teachings from a guru with pimples".

zodzor said...

Thanks for this!

I came across Arica a few months back while trying to find anything I could on Jodorowsky's 'psycho-magic' philosophy. There's a mention of Arica from Jodorowsky here - last paragraph
http://www.jaybabcock.com/jodomean.html

- Arica leader Orcar Ichazo is still doing his thing, apparently:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arica_School
- I wonder how his pimples are...

The shop on the Arica site seems to have a CD of Heaven for sale, and one called Nine Ways of Zhikr... along with a load of new-age stuff.

Jeremy said...

Eric,
Oops, you're right, the cover must have thrown me off...actually, I'm guessing from the file name that this is actually my own rip that's been circulating on Soulseek for a while now. Maybe I'll send some cover shots their way.

Just checked out the Arica site & it looks like they still have vinyl copies of Heaven for $18 plus $8 shipping (!)...I just bought one, unless I'm still asleep!

Jeremy

Reza said...

Sadly deleted already :(
Any chance of re up , if not from you then maybe a kind reader who managed to get it :)

fuzztunnel said...

Just got my vinyl copy from the Arica web site. And like Eric's photo, mine too has quite a brutal cut-out punch in the lower left corner. But this is a nice one to have in the flesh, to be sure. One of the best psych freeform jams EVER.

Anonymous said...

After missing out on the download of Arica's Heaven, I was happy to read that the album was still available from the Arica Foundation, so I bought a copy of it from them on CD. Wow! You're not wrong in describing how awesome this music is.
Just so you know - the CD sounds to have been dubbed from vinyl, due to the occasional audible vinyl pop, but other than that it's pretty clean, with no surface noise or crackle that I noticed. Also the CD doesn't come with any of the original artwork, or any info really - not even track listings. Does anyone have a track listing for Heaven?

miaz said...

i realize this is quite late.
but could you perhaps reupload this?
thanks for an absolutely sick blog.
safe

Tobias said...

Please re-upload! This is my request.

Allan said...

Any chance of getting this re-posted, I'd love to hear it.

RFW said...

I missed out on this one! Cope raved about it on his site - I would really appreciate a re-up!

Thanks for all MS,

RFW

emile said...

I have woo soo by Arica on vinyl...anyone want to buy hit me up.

You can reach me here: emile.leplattenier a t the company that owns youtube and blogger dott com

W. said...

I missed this one too - any chance of a re-up?

Grear blog, all much appreciated.

the saucer people said...

Arica - Heaven 1971

Thought I would join in two years worth of requests for the 1971 'Heaven' album from 'Arica', thought some other blog would have posted it but cannot find it, where are all those bloggers that just present other blogs posts when you need them!

If you do know anywhere else its posted or are planning a "re-up" as the kids call it, that would be freakin' splendid.

Anonymous said...

I found a link to this on the comment board of a very famous free-form radio station. I arrived just in time to see it gone!

A re-up would be vastly appreciated!

Anonymous said...

o please reup! thanks much!

juicy said...

Thanks!!!!
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Adrian said...

a reupload in non-megaupload form would really blow my gourd right now

Anonymous said...

pls re-up!!

Anonymous said...

I must hear this. If only this could be re-upped in a new post....hmmmm.

Anonymous said...

I'd have to agree with these last few posts here. This should definitely be re-uploaded to the site....so curious to hear this one.

Mike Qtips said...

Yes, a re-upload would be totally appreciated!