A Brief History of SOA is a retrospective compilation album, featuring tracks from all the releases prior to signing a major deal with EMI records. It serves as a brilliant introduction to SUNS OF ARQA, or simply a good way to plug those holes in your SOA collection. This album reflects very well the diversity of SUNS OF ARQA’S music, and emphasises that their commitment to style and spirituality has been there from the start.
Unpredictable to the end A Brief History’ begins with two tracks, which have been changing people’s musical perspectives around the globe, a superb blend of Indian melodies, dub reggae bass line and sheer dance power. Featuring N.MAGRIEL, mastering India’s most exotic bowed instrument the Sarangi ‘voice of a hundred colours’, with its 35 sympathetic strings. On drums sees the return of their original sticksman CHRIS JOYCE, back after many years in purgatory with Simply Red. With impressive dub mixes from the likes of YOUTH and ADRIAN SHERWOOD make this essential listening.
Introducing many of the artists who have recorded with the SUNS’ over their epic musical career, including the mighty powerful vocals of PRINCE FAR-I, from a long deleted 12”single, and the closing song from his last live show. SANYOGITA KUMARI’s ethereal vocals on the YAM YAM mix of Govinda’s Dream. The ancient dhrupad lyrics from Indian classical artist REBA BHADURI and the awesome heavy dub bass from leading light WADADA. This is a ‘must have’ CD for any collection.