Shpongle ‎– Tales Of The Inexpressible

Twisted Records ‎– TWSCD13
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  • Acoustic Guitar [Various Acoustic Guitars]Pete Callard
  • Art Direction [Sleeve], DesignMark Neal
  • Artwork [Original Shpongle Mask]Sat Ram Bradley
  • Artwork [Watercolours], IllustrationRaja Ram
  • Cello, Acoustic Bass [Fake]Harry Escot*
  • Written-By, Producer, Flute [Silver], Vocals [Vocal Utterances]Raja Ram
  • Written-By, Producer, Programmed By, Guitar, Synthesizer, Acoustic Bass [Semi-Acoustic]Simon Posford


All tracks written & produced @ the Hallucinogen Soundlab, Wilts.
Sleeve Art Direction + Design at Dusk Digital.

Although track 4 is listed on most internet sites as "Room 23", the tracklisting on the back cover of the album reveals that the "3" is actually the "om"-symbol. Depending on your browser, it should look like this: ॐ

Total time: 69:03

Distributed in the UK by SRD

℗ & © 2001 Twisted Records Ltd.

Made in E.E.C.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 6 30883 00262 6
  • Barcode (Scanned): 630883002626
  • Label Code: LC 02112
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1, 3, 4, 5): TWS CD 13 IMPRESS ✳12417
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2): IMPRESS TWSCD13 04
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 1, 3, 4, 5): IFPI LD13
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI L135
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI 5028
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 3): IFPI 5027
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 4): IFPI 5Q15
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 5): IFPI 5Q13

Other Versions (5 of 13) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
TWSLP13RM Shpongle Tales Of The Inexpressible(2xLP, Album, Dlx, Ltd, RE, RM) Twisted Records TWSLP13RM UK 2018 Sell This Version
GLN 379, TWSCD13, 25213-2 Shpongle Tales Of The Inexpressible(CD, Album, Unofficial) World Music Of New Age, Twisted Records (4), EFA (2) GLN 379, TWSCD13, 25213-2 Russia 2001 Sell This Version
CTINT:02 Shpongle Tales Of The Inexpressible(CD, Album) Citadel international CTINT:02 Russia 2001 Sell This Version
none Shpongle Tales Of The Inexpressible(9xFile, FLAC, Album, RE, RM) Twisted Records none UK 2018
TWSLP13 Shpongle Tales Of The Inexpressible(2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, Cle) Twisted Records TWSLP13 UK 2008 Sell This Version


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February 26, 2019
edited 21 days ago
Flippers. Go to hell. i`m seriously. I want this record but.... How it cost originally?


June 21, 2018
They just 'secretly' dropped a blue vinyl version limited to 850 on their bandcamp! Get it now before it's GONE...


November 25, 2017

it is confirmed by Twisted, that limited edition on 2xLP will be released soon: Remastered Super Deluxe Limited Edition Tales Of the Inexpressible 2xVinyl Album which has just gone into production. It looks super nice and even features some of Raj's water colour paintings that have never been seen.


September 5, 2017
edited about 1 year ago
Posford and Raja Ram come out with my favorite album name of all time - who can resist one like that? Without disappointing, 'Tales Of The Inexpressible' has a lot to offer, and is probably one of the more accessible psychedelic works in the electronic genre, major thanks in part to its 'World Music' influence. Typically, that's a genre tag that is cringe-inducing - not here, folks! It works because the duo integrates said music into an absurd, non-cliche and, of course, psychedelic context. The end product is a truly unique release.

Shpongle opens with 'Dorset Perception', which is an effortless introduction of that 'world music' tag in our psy-music context, without the irreverent craziness that comes in subsequent tracks. The vocals and guitar work wonders alongside the dance track, resulting in one of the best pieces in this album.

After that, we encounter the psychedelic daze of Shpongle, jumping all over the place, across the world and across worlds, experiencing loud noises, melting walls and meeting gnomes and whomever - relatable, right? This is best-executed in 'My Head Feels Like A Frisbee', aptly named for its dizzying whirlwind through time, space, place and soundscape, as well as in 'Around The World In A Tea Daze', my personal favorite piece on the album. On this latter track, we experience multiple different cultures and their respective musics, all while on some speedy train gaining momentum - and we can't disembark until we reach the destination. Are you shpongled, yet? Other than that, we find punctuating, lucid moments of beauty in 'Once Upon The Sea Of Blissful Awareness' as well as in the outro at 'Flute Fruit'.

My one major regret in the album appears in 'Shpongleyes', which adds nothing to the duo's repertoire, nor does it make much sense in the mix of these tracks. It's frankly boring, and I always end up skipping the track.

Give it a listen. Then a listen again, albeit in a different state of mind. Then again...

3.5/5 Stars


October 22, 2014
since when I heard this the first time, I listened it every night, for a 2 weeks. I was so much impressed. Particularly with the "A New Way To Say "Hooray!", later "Star Shpongled Banner", "Shpongleyes" and my favorite "Around The World In A Tea Daze". Just like the text from this. Exactly, it makes a brings tears to my eyes. Also the parties of Raja are so great! I like it, flute with psychedelic sounds and other instruments... real Shpongle, other state of mind, I see then amazing places...I'm there. such beautiful. I never had this with other music. Only it. Oooooaaa


January 17, 2014
Shpongle – Tales of the Inexpressible

Album: Tales of the Inexpressible
Artist: Shpongle
Released: May, 2001

There are some albums in this world which are so far-reaching (in terms of musical style) yet easy to listen to, no matter what your musical taste is – you must have them. 'Tales of the Inexpressible' by Shpongle is definitely one of them, and as the title perfectly suggests, the vibe and atmosphere you get by listening to this musical (some might say even cultural) piece of art really is inexpressible.

'Tales of the Inexpressible' shifts around numerous musical genres and really brings a new definition to mixing electronic music with acoustical instruments, but is still sounds organic and natural to our minds, a rare thing these days.

Starting off with arguably the best album intro ever written, 'Dorset Perception' sets the vibe of the album with it's latin-based atmosphere, an oriental journey with an uplifting state of mind featuring an extreme vocal editing on the voice of multi-talented Michele Adamson.
The second track in the album takes a more down-tempo approach and brings a deeper sense to the listener ear, as the album progresses one can really feel the strong 'i-am-in-a-dream' state, it really is kind of massaging your brain in a weird way.
My favorite track out of this album is called 'My Head Feels Like a Frisbee', this track is exactly the reason I like Shpongle, what starts as a chilled yet groovy track, progresses with a bit humorous approach and at last explodes into an undeniable celebration, a mixture of an old Brazilian anthem with today's top-notch production and high-tech sound, this track is ridiculously mind-blowing.

Even though this album was released for more than a decade now, its still as relevant and important as it was back then, undeniably a huge stepping stone in the development of mixing acoustical instruments with electronic features and sampling old authentic voices with the capabilities of todays production level, an undeniably powerful experience. 5\5


November 5, 2013
Very good album.... if you like world music, if you're planning to go on a acid/mushroom trip and listen some great psychedelic music, please pass on this one.
Is a good mainstream album but has not the spirit.
This guy should go back to hallucinogen, we have enough shpongle for good.


August 13, 2013

This album has grown on me substantially since I first heard it. I always liked it, but lately it's rocketed to being one of my favourite releases in general, and certainly in the psychill style. Every track is a gem, filled to the brim with shifting, well-controlled musical styles, and surprisingly few cliches. Shpongle helped write the book on this kind of delirious psychill (or whatever you'd like to call it), and this album is a prime example of why. It's serious, beautiful, playful and humourous all at once, which is no easy feat. "Star Shpongled Banner," "Once Upon the Sea of Blissful Awareness" and "Around the World in a Tea Daze" are my three favourite tracks, but everything here is of the highest quality. Definitely seek it out if you're into progressive electronica of any kind, and certainly if you have an affinity for psychedelic, dub, downtempo, etc. It's an absolute classic.


January 29, 2011

GREAT album!


November 12, 2010
edited over 8 years ago

Very nice album! First track with acoustic guitars is super!