California Sunshine / Har-El ‎– Dark Side Of The Brain

Ultiva Records ‎– URCD003
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The album is a collection of previously unreleased tracks, recovered from DATs.
Track 4, "Lastrance" was composed in 1993.
All tracks written and produced in Israel.

BPM: 1. 151 || 2. 150 || 3. 143 || 4. 133.5 || 5. 150 || 6. 145 || 7. 143 || 8. 141-142 || 9. 133

Total Time: 76:27
Packaged in Digipak.

An album with the same title, by Brain Flower, had been announced
as a forthcoming release in 1997 here.

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  • Barcode: 5 060147 124989
  • Matrix / Runout: ULTCD003


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October 21, 2010
edited over 7 years ago
"The Beast" is the most interesting track here, it sounds like it's from 1990, which is of course good. Pre-goa sound of 1990-1992, new-beat-techno-trance trip, very good.


September 1, 2010

I have mixed feelings about this album. When each track is taken on its individual merits, it's an amazing CD. The only problems is that all the songs sound the same. Is this a bad thing? Not necessarily, depending on what you require to consider a CD "worth your money". Some of the tracks definitely sound dated, but if you're a fan of dark goa madness, you will more than likely love this CD. It's growing on me more every time I put it in, but I can't help but feel there could be more variety. But that's really all dependent upon one's personal tastes. There's quality here, regardless. Some of the tracks sound very dated. But again, that's not necessarily a bad thing, if -- like me-- you're into the old-school goa sound (especially the darker stuff).

8/10 based on the quality of individual tracks. 7/10 as an all-inclusive experience.


November 20, 2009
edited over 8 years ago

Surprise, after years of absence, California Sunshine reappear from nowhere with a full length album of unreleased material. Well, almost out of nowhere, since they appeared recently on a Suntrip and Ultiva Records compilation with 3 (presumably old) tracks.

So how does this album sound? If you know California Sunshine you'll instantly recognise their sound - never obscure, usually very cheery, simplistic yet always upbeat and winding. This album is no exception to that sound. Some tracks here are claimed to be from 1993 and you can hear that some parts are very ancient. The mastering job has done a good facelift though and certainly the tracks don't sound too much dated soundwise when compared to the current new-school Goa .

One thing I don't like about this album are the voice samples: a couple of tracks have repeating voice samples ad nauseum. Considering that most of these vocal bits are classic samples which have been used on countless tracks from all electronic styles in the '90's they tend to become boring.

So to whom does this album appeal? Is this album worth buying?
If you are generally a "modern" psy-head and not much keen on classic trance and/or the new breed of Goa from labels like Suntrip and Phototropic I don't think you will like this album. It will probably sound too simplistic and dated for you. If on the other hand you are a devoted old Goa fan, my bet is that you will fall for this. It's none less than California Sunshine after all. If you liked the recent Blue Planet Corporation album then you'll probably like this one also. Both albums are music from the same era and the style is very similar.

While probably this will not pass as one of the best albums of 2009, I recommend at least to the oldschoolers to check it out at the moment.