· UNIVERSAL HIPPIES - MOTHER NATURE BLUES (GYR159) ·

::T R A C K S::

01. REDEMPTION DAY
02. HOMO SAPIENS
03. MARINER'S DREAM
04. SACRED LAND
05. MOUNTAIN
06. HOLY SLAVE
07. MATALA
08. REINCARNATION
09. MERMAID
10. MOTHER NATURE BLUES


FORMAT: Audio CD / 4 PANEL WALLET
GYR159 - $13.99

Outstanding debut studio disc by this awesome instrumental heavy guitar rock band from the land of Greece featuring the excellent six string skills of axemaster Stavros Papadopoulos on guitar. Includes 10 tracks of impressive, creative, dynamic, way-kool, blues-based, heavy guitar power trio rock mojo of world-class proportions.

Universal Hippies is the musical brain-child and creation of the talented, prolific guitarist named Stavros Papadopoulos. Those of you in the know are familiar with Brother Stavros through his other various excellent Grooveyard Records bands: Super Vintage, Freerock Saints & Hard Driver. The man is a super-natural, six string freak of nature who has strong passion for the guitar and all that it stands for. On a Mission to Keep the Rock alive, this excellent Greek axeslinger has created his own original guitar rock voice with all the right influences on the brilliant Universal Hippies disc. Make no mistake, there is a new Guitar Hero in town and his name is Stavros Papadopoulos. Two other killer musicians round out the Universal Hippies line-up in the form of Jim Petridis on Bass & Chris Lagios on Drums. Both excellent, seasoned players who rock solid laying down the sonic foundation, bringing U.H. to musical life with their tight, powerful grooves. The Universal Hippies have arrived.

From the heart of Greece near the Aegean Sea, we experience true, deep, prolific, mind-altering, instrumental heavy guitar rock power trio music that encompasses depth, vision, passion & majesty. Welcome to the vast musical world of Universal Hippies on the essential "Mother Nature Blues" disc. An epic, monumental, timeless, instrumental guitar rock journey and sonic soundtrack of life that defines power trio rock mojo excellence and shines a bright musical light on the world around us.


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01. REDEMPTION DAY
02. HOMO SAPIENS
03. MARINER'S DREAM
04. SACRED LAND
05. MOUNTAIN
06. HOLY SLAVE
07. MATALA
08. REINCARNATION
09. MERMAID
10. MOTHER NATURE BLUES

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· reviews ·

Mother Nature Blues By Universal Hippies is a singular sonic document quite unlike most other fare you’re likely to hear this century. Most other lineups in the iconic power trio mold (guitar, bass, drums) seem to focus on pyrotechnic displays of technique (arpeggiated sweeps, taps, endless legato runs and other fancy tricks in the “most notes per second” sweepstakes), overproduced arrangements and songwriting that, while definitely competent, fails to reach the level of EPIC.

Make no mistake: this release is EPIC, and it is everything all that other stuff is NOT. This is seminal, first water old school riffage…born from a time when the focus was on serving the song from the “sacred octagon” of groove, feel, flow, chops, tone, melody, harmony and structure. It is a rare event indeed when all these elements come together in cohesive balance. EVERY track on Mother Nature Blues embodies this coalescence in an ongoing “harmonic convergence” that leaves the listener hypnotized, enthralled and…for lack of a better term…completely blown away. It’s truly a thing of six string beauty.

If I may, I want to speak as a guitar player and eternal music lover for a moment to bring in a perspective I think is really important where this music is concerned. Back in the ‘70s when I was coming up, the thing I – and my musical brothers – loved to do more than anything was JAM. Picking a key and just going off. Keeping your ears open. Creating musical art on the fly. Tension and release. Ebb and flow. Stepping up. Laying back. Screaming. Whispering. Individuals gratefully submitting to the group mind. Everyone being on the same wavelength, dancing with the Muse…and when it all came together, it was totally awesome: memorable, mind-blowing and transcendent. THAT’S what it was all about.

THAT’S where Universal Hippies is coming from. As you listen, you’ll be transported back to a time when The Art Of The Jam was everything; a place where it all works and nothing is forced or out of place. Everything. Fits. Perfectly. Actually, something strange and beautiful happened to me not once, but several times during my multiple listens to this CD. You know how sometimes you’ll be listening to something and think, “Hey, this sounds sort of like this” or “This is somewhat reminiscent of that”? Well, it’s because what you just heard is derivative of something that’s already been done before. I don’t know about you, but that happens to me a lot. Well, the feeling I got while listening to Universal Hippies was the exact opposite of that…I actually felt I was hearing the source of where everything else I’ve ever heard came from…for the first time. No shit. It was palpable, and it happened again. And again. Very weird. I was…and still am…flabbergasted. I don’t say this lightly. Is there an explanation for this experience? What the hell happened?

Here’s one explanation: a time-traveling musicologist was sent from the distant future to spend an entire decade (1966 through 1975, known to future historians as the “Golden Age Of Guitar Rock”) riffmining, groovesmelting & tonesmithing, meticulously sampling and exhaustingly cataloging the entire era with the rigor of a scientist, the completeness of a forensic analyst and the passion & reverence of a true believer, THEN went back to the future taking with him everything he learned, THEN meticulously distilled 10 instrumental tracks of perfectly balanced and immaculately conceived retro musical bliss as a definitive document of that “Golden Age”, THEN travelled back in time AGAIN to 2017 and dropped off the finished product at the doorstep of the premier boutique guitar rock record label in the world to share with the enlightened inhabitants of this timeline as a gift from the future.

Here’s another explanation: there’s this supremely talented guitar player from Greece by the name of Stavros Papadopoulos who…along with a rhythm section comprised of like-minded and equally talented musicians [Jim Petridis/bass & Chris Lagios/drums] …has created one of the most fully realized & sublime instrumental guitar CDs ever committed to permanence since instrumental guitar recordings were invented. He then dropped off the finished product at the doorstep of the premier boutique guitar rock record label in the world to share with the enlightened inhabitants of this timeline as a gift from the past.

Take your pick. Once you listen to the CD, you’ll be hard-pressed to tell which story is true and which is fiction.

Jimmy Ryan / Truth Squad / Flyin' Ryan Brothers / Ryanetics Music (July 2017)
 


Imagine a combination of Gov't Mule, Hendrix and Trower coming together to do an instrumental album. Mind blowing right? This is what your senses will experience with, 'Mother Nature Blues', the latest release from the blues power trio known as, Universal Hippies. Comprised of, prolific guitarist Stavros Papadopoulos (Super Vintage, Freerock Saints & Hard Driver). Along with Jim Petridis on bass and Chris Lagios on drums. These Universal Hippies manage to straddle the line between blues rock and fusion gracefully thanks to their incredible talent. All 10 songs are dynamic and mixed extremely well. Highlights include, "Redemption Day", "Homo Sapiens", "Mariner's Dream" and "Reincarnation". You can literally feel the energy in each song. Although these are complex arrangements it sounds effortless. A unique and powerful effort from this trio with solid production that gives equal sonic space to all of them. Mainly because they understand the most important thing. If you cannot incorporate feel into playing it is almost immediately boring. At least it is to me. It's amazing how good this music is. If you like music to be harmonically and rhythmically unique, or if you like bluesy fusion of the instrumental kind taken to a whole new level, this album is a no-brainer. Highly Recommended.

Tony Sison / The Dedicated Rocker Society (July 2017)
 



 


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