Audio CD (February 19, 2002)
Original Release Date: 1999
Number of Discs: 2
Label: Razor & Tie
1 Radhe Shyam 10:02
2 Samadhi Sitaram 11:32
3 Shri Guru Charanam 5:59
4 Three Rivers Hare Krishna 15:11
5 Hanuman Puja 3:48
6 Hanuman Chaleesa 8:33
7 Sita Ram 7:25
8 Jaya Bhagavan 6:43
9 Devi Puja 10:10
10 Jaya Jagatambe 12:21
11 Mountain Hare Krishna 15:00
12 Namah Shivaya 11:56
13 Rama Bolo 10:21
14 Shri Krishna Govinda/Gopala 13:47
File format CD1: wma
File format CD2: mp3
Audio CD 1: 192kpbs 44kHz
Audio CD 2: 160kbps 44kHz
Very nice relaxing music from the East!
Like his jazz counterpart Jai Uttal, Krishna Das is a U.S. native whose life was changed forever by the discovery of the Hindu religion. Yet unlike Uttal, who has explored the realms of world and jazz music and collaboration, Das has focused his energies toward the art of Indian classical chant exclusively. The result is a long career of spreading the love and spirituality of the Hindustani tradition while gleaning a large following that's included the likes of Sting and Madonna. But this isn't the reason to respect Das, rather his investment in using chant to heal, find the grace of God, and purify the soul. Though Das's voice falls somewhat flat on this two-CD album, he's accompanied by a wonderful gaggle of percussionists, whose layered cadences create a tapestry as rich in color and detail as an Indian ragamala itself. The accompanying choir of some 20 chanters is the other highlight, offering a cold salve to Das's harsh, monotonous tone. But after all, the point of chant is to invoke God, not please the ear, and if this is your goal, Live on Earth well satisfies. --Karen K. Hugg
Hindoo Hootenanny!, February 5, 2006
Reviewer: krebsman (New York, NY United States)
I bought this recording years ago as a result of a positive review in the New York Times. But that was a very busy period in my life and I only listened to it once or twice and didn't really pay much attention. But yesterday I found this among a mountain of unsorted CDs and put it on. I love this whole 2-CD album! There's something very infectious and uplifting about it. Analyzing it, the melodies are not all that different from the folk music of the 50s and early 60s, but the words are in Sanskrit (I assume) and the musical instruments are Southeast Asian. The result is a good-spirited concert reminiscent of the old hootenannies. This is Peace and Love time. Or Be-In/Love-In time. I've been playing this 2-CD album solidly for the past two days. It has put me in a good mood. The lyrics are translated in the accompanying booklet, but the type is so small that I find it difficult to read. But no matter, these are religious songs, sung prayers and hymns of praise.
In general I don't care for background music, but I think this works very well in that capacity just as mood music. I can't promise that it will affect everyone the way it has affected me, but I've found it very uplifting. How can I not give it five stars?
A message of universal love, August 16, 2002
Reviewer: Govind Seshadri (CA, USA)
When I first came across Krishna Das, I did not know what to expect. He was an intriguing enough subject. Here was a western Hindu convert, who had undertaken as his life mission the popularization of Bhakti Yoga - the path to eternal salvation through steadfast devotion, often expressed by the chanting of sacred hymns. I was familiar enough with the material. In fact, I was literally steeped in it, as a Hindu who had grown up in India. Nevertheless, I did approach the album with a mixed sense of curious apprehension (much akin to to the polite skepticism most Westerners would feel at the thought of a prodigy native Tibetan singing the Ave Maria, notwithstanding reputed prowess). And yes, like Latin, Sanskrit pronunciation can be quite difficult - even for many native Indians, let alone the western tongue.
But truth be told. Any doubts vaporized as I listened to Das's renditon of the first line of the first track on the first cd: "Radhe Radhe Radhe Shyam Govinda Radhe Jai Shree Radhe". A connection was made. Simply put, what followed was a three hour excursion to the inner depths of latent spiritual conciousness on the Dharma Spaceship. It would be a hapless exercise to try and further describe in words the deepest feelings of compassion, peace and fellowship that this music evokes. Experience the magic Krishna Das and join the family of universal love.