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Shikasta Suite

by Benjamin Russell

A unique mix of pop and classical, electronic and acoustic, SHIKASTA SUITE is a concept album created in tribute to Nobel Prize winning author, Doris Lessing’s 1979 science fiction novel, "Shikasta".
Genre: Pop: Chamber Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Music of the Spheres
1:18 $0.99
2. Clear High Place
2:48 $0.99
3. Big World
4:19 $0.99
4. Shammat
0:35 $0.99
5. Dancing with the Stones
3:27 $0.99
6. Shadows
3:09 $0.99
7. Zarlem
2:52 $0.99
8. Johor's Lament
2:37 $0.99
9. This Child
4:01 $0.99
10. War
2:27 $0.99
11. Help Dr Avery
3:16 $0.99
12. The Leaf
2:32 $0.99
13. Clear High Place (Instrumental)
2:44 $0.99
14. Shikasta Finale
1:06 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
In 1979, Nobel Prize winning author Doris Lessing published a science fiction novel called, "Shikasta: Canopus in Argos: Archives, Re: Colonised Planet 5, Personal, Phychological, Historical Documents Relating to Visit by Johor (George Sherban), Emissary (Grade 9), 87th of the Period of the Last Days."

Benjamin Russell has been fascinated by this novel for years and has read it many times. He has always wanted to create an album dedicated to what he calls, "…a model of our planet and history from a cosmic perspective. It explains good and evil in a way I haven’t seen anywhere else."

This is the realization of that dream.

Written in collaboration with his wife, Elyce, it is a concept album which pays tribute to the book. Musically, it is hard to pin down with elements of pop, rock, folk, 80s and a generous dollop of classical instruments and stylings. "It’s a rock opera," says Elyce, "meant to be listened to as a whole, although the songs stand on their own."

When the album opens, the people are happy, living harmoniously with the universe. Then Shammat sneaks in and causes discontent, greed, envy and lust for power to infiltrate minds and souls. The people forget their innate goodness and struggle to understand why their lives are so stressful and seemingly meaningless. (Does this sound familiar?)

Meanwhile, Canopus sends its agents to remind the people what is necessary to fulfill their destiny.

It’s an epic battle.




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