6 Songs, 47 Minutes


Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

Scorpio69er ,

Music of the Gods

Wow, I can't believe that I'm the first one to write a review of this mind-blowing Shakti album! The peerless virtuousity displayed by Johnnie and the boys is simply beyond belief. 'A Handful of Beauty' captures the very best of all of the various Shakti incarnations, with the soaring, mystical and forlorn sound of L. Shankar on violin presenting the perfect lyrical counterpoint to McLaughlin's fiery runs on the guitar. Speaking of the guitar, John used a custom-built scalloped-fretboard acoutic that was somehow subsequently damaged, so this album is the definitive testament to this exquisite instrument. Of course, we cannot forget the superlative work of the album's percussion players, the incomparable Zakir Hussain on tabla and T.H. Vinayakram on Ghatam and Mdidangam. The speed and interplay between all is simply jaw-dropping. This album will transport the refined listener into another world. BUY IT!

m3ullen ,

Incredible work of music

This is a lush album with boundless feeling, taking me through a journey every listen. I highly recomend this album. One of my favorites of all time and I don't primarily even listen to this type of music! Just, fantastic.

FrenchFrie ,

If you're reading this, just buy it now.

Since Shakti is so little known outside of a niche circle, if you're even reading these reviews, you will love this album. It is truly a timeless classic. Majestic in it's scope, flawless in execution. From L Shankar's violin solo in the opening track, backed by McLaughlin and Zakir Hussein's unmatched rhythmic sensibilities, this one never quits. I only wish my abilities as a writer were strong enough to convey just how meaningful this, and the other original Shakti albums, are to me. This is that group's best album. Every track will thrill and excite you, and there is an effortless, forlorn quality to the music that is difficult to characterize. It just works and this album has been a favorite of mine for as long as I can remember. I never tire of it. This one, as far as I know, was never really released in the states, and was a difficult find for far too long. To have it here, for only $6, is an opportunity that no one with a soul should pass up.

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