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(1997) C.A.A.M.A. - number not known , Karijan Enterprises
10 original compositions on Didgeridoo (produced by Gary). Gary Cannell started playing Didjeridu at the age of six and twenty two years on, has released his second solo album "Didgeridoo Magic'. In a word......Magical...... The album is mostly solo didj with a hint of percussion (provided by Peter Lowson from "Bark" and Dave Nison) and flute (by Barry) filled out with some exquisite nature sounds including an awesome thunder-storm in the desert on 'Raging Storm'. Gary's Didj playing is mature, percussive and easily identifiable as his own shades of his work with 'Bark' and his other solo album 'Desert Nights' are expanded on in 'Didgeridoo Magic'. He has a strong use of Vocal articulation - rhythmically tight and interesting - which has beautiful expression in the track ' Humpback Whale' where Gary sings whalesong over the second harmonic or 'hoot' sound of the Didj - this guy must be re-incarnated blubber ! The engineering in this track is brilliant with subtle digital delay taking the listener right into the depths. Gary has lived all his twenty eight years in Alice Springs and it seems fitting that this album should be recorded at the C.A.A.M.A. studios in Alice. The end result is a lively and clean mix of a variety of styles of Didj music - from the trippy to the sublime. The cover art on the album is pretty wild and very striking - celtic images floating in the desert. Brilliant. In all, a talented piece of work that will sit well in any Didj-fiends collection.
Reviewer: Scot Gardner didge.net
Any additions to the comments are useless as Scot Gardner has basically summed up the album perfectly. The fourth track "The Cave" reminds me of David Hudsons "Aircave" on Woolunda with the effects of the drone echoing through the cave. Gary's use of singing through the second harmonic tooting on the ninth track "Humpback Whale" is very creative and inspirational and gives the effect of swimming in the middle of a family of humpbacks.
Reviewer: Almar Postma