||Gathered On The Edge CD (1995)
Beasts Of Paradise discography All songs written by Beasts Of Paradise except "The Smile" (Beasts Of Paradise/William Blake), "Storm Pond Bird" (Barbara Imhoff/McQuesten/Trimble) and "Song To The Siren" (Tim Buckley/Larry Beckett).
Gathered on the Edge is a delightful CD from Beasts of Paradise. There are five members of this band, but the focal point is Eda Maxym, a torch singer with tremendous range and versatility. Her emotional outbursts and warm style -- both casual and focused -- captivate listeners. While Maxym's vocals steal the show, the eclectic instrumental accompaniment is important. Geoffrey Gordon is on percussion, Barbara Imhoff on harp and marimba, Nancy Kaspar on double bass, and Stephen Kent on didgeridoo. The esoteric sounds are world fusion with ambient textures and timbres. There are vague echoes of rock & roll as well. However, it always comes back to Maxym's vocal skills, which are considerable and powerful. ~ Jim Brenholts
"The Smile" is based on a poem by William Blake.
Recorded at Mobius Studios, San Francisco, California in May 1995.
Personnel: Geoffrey Gordon (vocals, throat singing, drums, congas, bongos, frame drum, kanjira, dumbek, shaker, tabla, timbales, percussion, bells); Kenneth Newby (vocals, throat singing); Eda Maxym (vocals); Stephen Kent (guitar, cuatro, cello, strings, didjeridu, horns, ngoma, shaker, percussion); Barbara Imhoff (harp, marimba); Nancy Kaspar (double bass).
Audio Mixer: Simon Tassano.
Recording information: McMurdo Sound, Antarctica (05/1995); Mobius Studio, San Francisco, CA (05/1995); Mobius Studios, San Francisco, CA (05/1995); Underwater In McMurdo Sound, Antarctica (05/1995).
Photographers: Sean Murphy; Stephen Kent; Charles Rose.
Arranger: Beasts of Paradise.
Beasts Of Paradise: Eda Maxym (vocals); Barbara Imhoff (harp, marimba); Stephen Kent (didgeridoo, guitar, cuatro, cello, ngoma, shakers, horn, percussion); Nancy Kaspar (acoustic bass); Geoffrey Gordon (ashiko, dumbek, frame drum, bongos, kanjira, conga, timbales, shakers, bells, percussion, vocals).
Additional personnel: Kenneth Newby (vocals); Jai Uttal (dotar).