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Evolution of Karma

by Universal Hippies

Phenomenal second studio disc by this outstanding instrumental heavy guitar rock band from Greece featuring the brilliant, prolific, axe-master skills and musical vision of Stavros Papadopoulos. A stellar, cosmic power trio experience.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Evolution
5:52 $0.99
2. Wings of Pegasus
4:11 $0.99
3. Journey of the Impossible Hero
4:35 $0.99
4. Ophelia's Dream
4:56 $0.99
5. Metamorphosis
5:53 $0.99
6. Road to Olympus
5:06 $0.99
7. Spiral Waves
4:52 $0.99
8. Harmonic Alchemy
4:48 $0.99
9. Outskirts of Infinity
6:43 $0.99
10. Karma
6:01 $0.99
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Album Notes
Phenomenal second studio disc by this outstanding instrumental heavy guitar
rock band from Greece featuring the brilliant, prolific, axe-master skills and
musical vision of Stavros Papadopoulos. Includes 10 tracks of mega-awesome,
dynamic, blues-based, sonic guitar rock music that defies gravity and lands with
world-class excellence. Picking up where the remarkable first disc left off, the
Universal Hippies have produced an amazing instrumental heavy guitar rock
musical document of epic proportions with the "Evolution Of Karma" disc.

Stavros Papadopoulos is a true, legit Greek guitar rock god. A solid man of rock
on a mission to Keep the Rock alive who has honed and crafted his finest musical
effort to date on the Universal Hippies: "Evolution of Karma" disc. The man is an
excellent, string bending, six string animal riff:master, a veritable musical force
of nature who shines like the sun on this amazing disc along with his other killer
bands including Super Vintage, Hard Driver & Freerock Saints. All worth checking
out if you heavily dig serious, bad-ass, killer, blues-based heavy guitar rock music.
On "Evolution Of Karma", Stavros has spread his musical wings with a vast amount
of depth and maturity. There is an ancient musical wisdom within every track. The
listener will feel like they have travelled to Jupiter and the stars above and have
flown over the ancient ruins of Greece and beyond after listening to this stellar,
cosmic, mind-altering, instrumental power trio musical experience.

Universal Hippies feature the excellent kick-ass musical skills of Chris Lagios on
Drums & Jim Petridis on Bass, both outstanding players who lock in and nail down
massive grooves that rock solid to the core and together with Stavros Papadopoulos
have created an amazing original musical style and vibe that defines true instrumental
power trio excellence. The Universal Hippies: "Evolution Of Karma" disc was recorded,
mixed and mastered to sonic perfection at Freerock Studios, Stone Groove & Mojo:Tone
Mastering in Kavala City, Greece. Complete with an awesome beautifully artistic cover,
layout & design by Nyxian:Drift. Grooveyard Records is proud to announce the release
of this outstanding Total Guitar Rock disc that is Highly recommended to fans of David
Gilmour, Wishbone Ash, Robin Trower, Plankton and all other excellent blues-based,
retro heavy guitar rockers on the third stone from the sun. Anyone who heavily digs and
collects serious guitar rock music needs to tune in and add this amazing disc to their music
collection. An incredible, timeless six string musical journey through space & time that defines
brilliant original heavy guitar rock music artistry with endless scope, depth and vision.

Reach deep within and ask yourself what is the true meaning of our existence. Regardless
of color or race, we are all human beings, evolving and moving forward. Travelling different
paths through time and space, a profound progression of motion on a complex journey of life.
All organic & musical matter follows a course unique to itself. We are partly defined by this
linear, plodding trajectory toward the unknown, toward what we imagine we do not possess.
But the unknown also lies within us and, in this way, perhaps we only arrive at a place which
we did not know exists, unfolding outward forever. In Karma lies an invitation to Evolve.



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This albums breaks new grounds.
This is rock all right, but perhaps not as you best know it. It took me a little while to get my head around Universal Hippies. This music is not the typical verse, verse, chorus etc. as we are used to from more mainstream rock ensembles. This really is something else. There are no vocals here, the music is all instrumental. And while the musical form we know as rock is bent and stretched in the most imaginative way I don’t think anyone would associate Universal Hippies with prog. It is, frankly speaking, no straightforward thing to locate them within the diverse trends and genres that make up the musical landscape of rock.
The music of Universal Hippies is perhaps best described as soundscapes. There are no ordinary songs but musical meditations and explorations across the rugged steppes and ridges of rock. The music of Universal Hippies is not to be confused with soundscapes of German Electronica but listening to their music I could not help but reflect on the compositions of the great Klaus Schulze, the most innovative musician of electronica of his (and any) generation. Schulze’s music has nothing to do with rock, is actually a far cry from it. His soundscapes, magically created by his stacks of keyboards and computers, weave dreams and imaginations that float around the cosmos, between and within galaxies, around exotic planets and other worlds in faraway corners, somewhere in an expanding universe.
The soundscapes created by Universal Hippies are very different, very earthy, dark and made (literally) of rock, granite, flint and mud stone. If you thought the rock guitar could only be used to play mainstream good-time hard, heavy and metallic music to the taste of headbangers, you will come to think differently when listening to this band. The mastermind behind Universal Hippies is the Greek Stavros Papadopoulos, best known for his blistering guitar work with Super Vintage, Freerock Saints and, most recently, the smashingly great Revolution Highway. However, with Universal Hippies, we see and hear another side of him and are treated to new and different dimensions of the rock guitar and rock music; there is no flash, no demonic speed, menacing stringbending or thrashing of arpeggios. The compositions on this album, all written by Stavros himself, are pure rock, rhythmic, raw and have everything we look for in great rock music. But then, there is so much more to this music; it is deep, thoughtful, original and written to “explore strange new worlds … to boldly go where no one has gone before”. These are rock compositions – not rock songs. And as Stavros wanders around and explores the broad musical genre that is rock he also explores his guitar, the sounds it can create, the feel and emotions it can stir up and opens up new vistas we didn’t know where there – because we really think we have heard it all.
But this isn’t all Stavros. To deliver something like this takes more than one man’s talent. And Universal Hippies are just that. Stavros’s long-time companion from Super Vintage, Freerock Saints and Revolution Highway, Chris Lagios, does the drums and Jim Petridis handles the bass. Both rise impressively to the challenge of bringing Stavros’s compositions to live and create the magical experience they are to whoever listens.
The music of Universal Hippies is unusual. It is rock music for sure, but new ground is broken here. For the open-minded and adventurous there is nothing formulaic about rock music. It has its dimensions, many of them unexplored and mysterious. Thanks to this incredibly great band, and musicians with a vision and new ideas, we are now fortunate enough to get a glimpse into a world that has been hidden until now. The world that exists on the other side.