Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Shimshon Miel "Orchard of the Whispering Embers"1977 Israel Private Acid Psych Folk


Shimshon Miel  "Orchard of the Whispering Embers"1977 Israel mega rare Private Acid  Psych Folk
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Great remastering work 
nice original booklet plus all needed details and full story 
very unique and rare album only 220 were made and only few survived…~


Although i am the producer, I will not describe this album as one of the best etc. On the other hand, this album reflects the Israeli undergroud scene of the 70’s at it’s best. Initially this album was not released at one of the usual record companies, nor it had a chance to be released back then. Simply, this music touches hidden corners inside a man’s heart and mind. The artist was true with himself as he sticked to his absolute truth and musical honesty. Now, you like it or not, this point cannot be ignored. The individual attitude of Shimshon, playing his guitar solos, drumming on the studio’s speakers boxes and singing his religious texts out makes this experience unique. 
It is a small record, very private, almost hiden, indeed it was hidden for nearly 30 years and justice was done before it disappears forever. 
An interesting Acid-Folk album, intimate, personal, full of emotions and beliefs. 
Try it. If you are into this style, i believ you won’t be disappointed….by….oziwine 


“Religious Psych” may be something of a contradiction in terms. “Religiously-tinged Avant-Garde” may suit it better, yet, back in 2006, shortly after an announcement from a collector in British paper The Guardian, regarding “an esoteric Israeli acid-folk LP”, a little stir was caused among collectors in the Holy Land. This time, the hype was rightfully there, as reflected from listening to this CD reissue. 

In the booklet, the artist himself explains how the music came about, following his strolling in the Carmel forest in the late 1970s, attempting to emulate the prophets of Biblical times… and indeed, the ability of Miel to fully integrate with his own soul via experimentalism is the key to both the creation and delivery of such collection of purely inspired, mostly instrumental tracks that are not connected in any way to traditional Jewish music. Musically, however, not only is every track a whispering ember in its own right, it is also apparent that like with a bonfire, all the roaming whispers are joined collectively in body and spirit… and heard into the sky and from the sky, like a collectively-minded prayers. 

A declared fan of John McLaughlin, Miel plays all instruments on the album. Always being in the position of a self-portrayed individualist, it may stand as a self-explanatory of the “Non-Commerciality” nature of the compositions, as well as of the unusual arrangements, yet delicately-textured bursts of fuzz guitar and friendly congas. All these are augmented by high-spirit guitar solos… From the acid-tinged jazz inspirations and chants on Orchard of the Whispering Embers via the somewhat mysterious-come-obvious, Gentle Giant imbued atmosphere of The Holy Zohar, through the Ramases-styled rejoicing come jam-packed A Jewish Soul, followed by the hand-drummed; sea-waved pastorally-tickled Nueiba Nueiba (the latter, not too incidentally, is named after a coast in the Sinai peninsula). Another vocal track, Derech Eretz, may demonstrate the artist’s experience as a hermit that reaches a pinnacle in Halleluya. An unexplained come well-crafted drumming-filled Amsterdam Experience is followed by another guitar burst on The Creator’s Joy that was apparently excerpted from the highly progressive Fourteen Minutes. A Piece of Art is another self-explanatory, carefully fabricated number, whilst the English-sung would-be lament Don’t Change the World is pleading us to go back to the nature and leave the industrial world behind… 

The independently minded, God-loving ambience reflected in the record’s name and the music carried within may not be in a position to turn the charts alight, and have never been aimed at that purpose. On the other hand, at the same time, all the above suggest that a careful and painstaking listening to the album may equate a walk through an orchard where every orange is a step towards one’s true spirit and mind, where the power of thoughts leads to the oranges’ self-peeling and willingness to jump into your mouth, only to prove themselves a food for thought-come-sweet platform for creation… that can set the world alight when the time has come. 

Whilst Shimshon Miel may have founded the album as his own method of worshipping the Lord, this is a true find for the seculars as well. Thanks to The Guardian, following by a vision (pun intended!) courtesy of ARS records together with the full co-operation of the artist, this little gem was rescued from oblivion and is finally in print again. However, unlike with the old cliché, there is absolutely no need to crank up the volume if you want to hear the embers’ whispers….by…satlan …~


A couple of years ago, Shimshon Miel fully expected that he would never get to sing in public again. It was, after all, almost 30 years since he had last had the pleasure. In 1977, as a 28-year-old Israeli hippy, he pressed 200 copies of a bizarre and beautiful fusion of jazz, folk, psychedelia and Judaism called Orchard of the Whispering Embers - and never made another record. That would have been the end of the story were it not for an improbable chain of events involving a charity shop, a DJ, the Guardian and the internet…Guardian…~



Shimshon Miel is a sole musician, a multi instrumentalist who recorded this album by himself in Tel Aviv 1977. He had one public appearance at the Rock Club in Tel Aviv but shortly after disappeared from the public eye after failing to distribute his record. Originally released in 1977 in an edition of 220 copies privatly. The music is fabulous fuzzy acid folk with experimentations in a ‘Canterbury ’ way, with some exciting fuzzy distorted guitar passages and some long tracks included here. The CD has 4 bonus tracks….~




Track List 
01 Orchard of the whispering embers 
02 The holy Zohar 
03 A jewish soul 
04 Nueiba nueiba 
05 Derech eretz 
06 Halleluya 
07 Amerterdam experience 
08 The creator’s joy (Bonus) 
09 Forteen minutes (Bonus) 
10 Piece of art (Bonus) 
11 Don’t change the world (Bonus) 

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