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Merrell Fankhauser and the Haiku Band - Visitor From 2000 AD
American Sound
By MuzikMan
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2000-11-06
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Artist: Merrell Fankhauser and the Haiku Band (merrell@merrellfankhauser.com)
Title: Visitor From 2000 AD
Label: American Sound (mja1964@mediaone.net)

This is a limited edition CD and can only be purchased from Merrell Fankhauser or American Sound.

Merrell Fankhauser (vocals, guitar, bass and keyboards), Tim Fankhauser (vocals and guitar), Divino (guitar, sitar and bass), Art Dougall (Drums), Ed Cassidy Drums on “Visitor From 2000 AD, Rudy Esquire (sax), Steve Morrisey Sax and Trumpet on “Dolphins Cry” & Ancient Song”, Ralph Lewis (bass), Stephen Be (Vocals, percussion and flute), Chris Olsen (Percussion), Maui Joe (percussion), Mike Murphy Graham (congas).

“Visitor From 2000 AD” is a totally spontaneous free form jam with Merrell Fankhauser and all of his special guest. It seems wherever this man goes something magical happens. The CD was recorded over a three day period in 1997 in Maui, right on the edge of the rainforest at Divino's Celestial Studio. Merrell's son Tim, makes the occasion all that much more special by making an appearance to play guitar and sing.

For a jam session, this music has a startling uniformity and constitution. More so than what I have heard that is specifically designed to have a book of rules to follow. The opener “The Elders Return”, sets the mood with a mystical sitar while “Beyond The Rainbow” is an exceptional excursion into the heart and soul of a traveler looking for answers. “Into The Crater” is a tribute to the beloved Randy California, whom Merrell and Ed were very close to. Randy lost his life while trying to save his drowning son in the prevailing ocean tides. He is truly missed.

Maui holds a spiritual attraction to Merrell; I think he belongs there. He has made the best music of his career when he was one with the sacred land on that beautiful island. True to his heart and spiritual essence, Merrell makes beautiful music and sings like an angel with a message.

This recording is a breathtaking mixture of instrumental rock-jazz-surf-psychedelic flights with vocals inserted in the perfect places to complete the circle of musical life. After listening to Merrell's music, I want to hop on the first plane to Hawaii to search for the ancient mysteries that lie asleep waiting to be awoken. This music speaks to you. A spiritual resource that few have tapped into is Merrell's guide. We all are the benefactors by hearing what he feels and sees through his music.

1. The Elders Return
2. Under A Maui Moon
3. Ancient Song
4. Beyond The Rainbow
5. Into The Crater
6. Peahie Jaws
7. Rabbit Is Gone
8. Back In '97
9. Dolphins Cry
10. Visitor From AD 2000


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