Sophia

Shine! Big Sur Celebration

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Sophia (Sande Hershman) begins with the mystical sounds of surf and seagulls of the Big Sur coast. Side one of the tape features mystical "musical montage" of songs by Michael Stillwater and Buddy Comfort; African rhythmic exuberance and call-and-repeat chorus is courtesy of percussionist Pinchi Pete Valesquez. Sophia has a full, feminine voice with a powerful range. Her voice is very easy to understand, an important feature in these message songs. The orchestrations and accompaniment is lively and enchanting: zither, guitar, dulcimer, and percussion and David "Dasher" Kempton (piano and keyboards). Side two features a quartet of songs, two by Sophia, John Lennon's "Imagine," and "Feel a Little Love" a Caribbean-flavored adaptation of "Unconditional Love" by Donna Summer. The 1985 album is available only on tape, which was pushed to the limit by the recording, and does not feature the seductive lushness of her later collaborations with Raphael.

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