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The Elucidation of Sorrow

by Random Rab

Random Rab's critically acclaimed and long awaited third album has once again shaken up the West Coast music scene. Rab's unique vocal style and driving music have evolved into a luscious, unique, and uplifting journey of pure perfection.
Genre: Electronic: Trip Hop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Riddle
4:52 $0.99
2. Free the History
6:56 $0.99
3. The Stolen Soul
4:45 $0.99
4. Bones
4:03 $0.99
5. Fold & Release
3:58 $0.99
6. The Level of the Spiral
5:17 $0.99
7. Down on the Thread
5:10 $0.99
8. Ikusano
1:02 $0.99
9. HymnalAYA
4:41 $0.99
10. Bring it on
2:47 $0.99
11. The Man with X-ray Eyes
6:51 $0.99
12. Beast of Burden
3:30 $0.99
13. You're Not a God
6:24 $0.99
14. The Dream is Real
5:00 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
The Story:
This album has changed my life. I wrote these songs over the last several years and really lost myself in its creation. I went to all extents to create something that sounded perfect. Something that would allow me to die in peace upon its creation. In certain cicumstances, I felt as though a force were writing the songs through me or that the songs were already written and I was merely a conduit. I feel as though these tracks are more like the story of my souls journey through the cosmos than an expression of my life.

The Sound:
I've been playing dancefloors for years. I decided to make an album, though, which combined what I learned from bootyshakin beats with the understanding that the CD would also be played in cars, bedrooms, dorms, walkmans, and wherever destiny lead it. It's really a concept album that bridges electronic genres such as Trip-Hop, Breaks, and Drum and Bass with more song/lyric-based elements and ethnic mobility.

My friend, Rigzin, joined me on track 9, HymnalAYA, and sang some of the most beautiful Tibetan chant I've ever heard. This song still has the power to bring tears to my eyes if I'm not careful. Other than that, all of the vocals are mine.

The Artwork:
The artist Darrah Danielle has been my creatrix for two albums now and this is one of her finest works. I often tell people that one of the most important reasons to buy the album is to own the exquisite original collage work. We worked together intimately on this project and a simultaneous vision emerged. I cannot express the gratitude I have for Darrah's creation and its inspiration for the music born of its divine incarnation.

Here's a brief layout of some of my musical experiences that led me to this project:

Live Production Soundtracks:

-The Elucidation of Sorrow was the production soundtrack for the El Circo show "HymnalAYA" performed live at Burningman 2003 and 2004, the Sony 'E3' Expo 2004, and more...

-Check out my performance troupe affiliates at:

Movie Soundtracks:

-The new movie "Delicate Instruments" will feature "The Riddle" and a newer track, "Weary Branches".

-The award winning San Francisco strip club documentary film "Live Nude Girls Unite" by Vicki Funari

-The series "No Big Names" from Ashland Mine Productions features lots of my earlier music and the newest film contains several newer tracks.

Other Releases:
1999: Trippy Nick meets Random Rab "Never Trust an Alien"
[Xalex Records]
[check out nick's new stuff at http://www.trippynick.com]

2000: Random Rab "Order of the Unknown Mind" -sold out-
[Random Wreckchords]

2001: Random Rab "Epicycle" (doubleCD)
[Dreamtribe/Xalex Records]
[available exclusively through CDbaby]

2003: "Redbull Ascension" -sold out-
[Redbull Inc]

2004: "Tempo Rosso" -promo only-
-Featuring Bassnectar (Dj Lorin), KRS-One, Micheal Franti, Sayre, Dorfex Bos, and many others
[Redbull Inc]

(contact me to purchase these discs)




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Alexis Cohen

F#ck yeah Rab!
You did it again, but this is your best yet! Free the History just rattles my bones and sends chills down my spine every time that rocking section comes in. The whole album breathes and feels very complete. The production is fantastic too!


What an epic sonic maelstrom of great songs and musical prowess. Such gems as "Bones" "Hymnalaya" and that song about spiral something or other get stuck in my head in a good way, not like how crappy music like Pat Benetar gets stuck in your head and you wanna wash out your ears. The production and mastering are flawless, which is rare for kinda non-major-underground label stuff. Keep it up!


The Elucidation of Sorrow; scholarship to a high plane
this is one of the most complete albums of the year. great sounds, all in order with smart transitions. The Elucidation of Sorrow may connect you to a dream world. I display the CD artwork like the trophy it is.


a powerful contribution to sonic exploration
emerging from the prehistoric Siskiyou cloud forests, this album offers a powerful, timeless contribution to sonic exploration… Rab is a master of manipulating our temporal awareness, leading us into seemingly ancient worlds, where to our amazement, we find visible shreds of the future…allow this album to catalyze your travels into haunting ecstasy, and you will not return to your same beginning… the depth and craftsmanship of this offering is remarkable, a clear devotion to expression and perfection …the beats are smooth, bold, overwhelming…this tapestry of sound flows deeply…simply extraordinary…

Kaia Jacobi

*Deep * Developed * Extra-Ordinary*
this album has the power to completely rock your whole sense of what you thought you liked or didn't.
The uniqueness of it's sound is exceptional.

This album has definitely changed my life. It aplauds the greatest feats of creative endeavor - each track inspires a deeper inquiry in the mind and the soul.

My only recommendation for improvement would be a professional mastering to get the levels normalized.

Jamie Christopher

Elucidate Me!
I never even liked "electronic" music until I heard The Elucidation of Sorrow by Random Rab. It's made me cry on more than one occasion. I'm really glad it's been a part of my life and that it's opened my ears to a whole new style of music. I can't wait to hear what comes next.

Kristin M

What an incredible CD - filled with beautiful, funky, trippy, epic music! It was recommended to me and is, by far, one of the best CD purchases I've EVER made! I won't repeat what everyone else has said... so I'll just say BUY IT! IT IS WORTH EVERY PENNY... AND MORE!


A blessing for all our relations
This music speaks to the soul on many levels. If you like fusion then you are going to love this CD. Buy it and it's sure to bless ya.


i heart rab. he's bloody fantastic. i've been playing the CD in my office all the while pissing people off in neighbouring cubicles, but then watching them start to bob their heads and dance quietly. BUY THIS CD. you won't regret it.
(thanks CD baby, we love you too!)

Careca da Serra

First heard random rab at burningman 2003, and when I finally got this cd I was splitting atoms with joy. The first 2 tracks especialy I could listen to over and over and over and over and over and over and over, etc...
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