Joel Andrews

A.I.D.S. Release

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Concert harpist and spiritual sound healer Joel Andrews has created many tapes aimed at assisting with the healing of specific conditions, in this case AIDS. Side one has the serenity and stately majesty of an ancient Greek temple; carefree, one can almost draw one's finger through the waters of a marble pool. Later, a rhapsodic melody (one of Andrews' most radiant) lifts the heart, while an enchanting siren voice beckons. The second side again uses a Greek scale, but the ambience is more pensive and intellectually uplifting; perhaps Andrews channeled Athena for this piece. Halfway through, listeners are treated to another gorgeous rhapsody, followed by a lovely glissando. One theme is reminiscent of the section where light breaks after the storm in Grofé's Grand Canyon Suite. While well-intentioned in its stated goal of helping to alleviate AIDS, this is an album whose music can stand on its own merits. It's one of Andrews' most exotic, yet most accessible, albums.