KULA SHAKER
Mystical Machine Gun
CD Single (1999)

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While adding this title to titles in stock, I happened to read the text on the back of the digipack and found it fascinating. I've always been struck by the striking phtography from this release and below is part of the text explaining it all. It's without doubt the most interesting, nigh fascinating, back cover from a CD cover I've ever read. Usually it's just boring stuff about who did what and when and who owns this and who owns that - this, well, it's something else.

As per header photo, these are real people coming together for a real occasion from a long lost monet in the past, 1927. And yet the photos are so sharp. They drag these people from the past and into the shiny present, here and now. These people are long since dead, gone to earth or swallowed up by the ground, six foot under, but in these photos they live again. They have some sort of fame because of this release when before they were known to just those who were flesh and blood or friends. From 1927 to this point in 1999 they slipped away from this moment waiting for the moment to come on a hill somewhere in the midsts of time. Now they are forever in this group and belong to each other. There's never a forever thing in this life but there's one in art and Kula Shaker have made art out of this. Picasso can put a bullet in my head but if he paints me first then I'll live forever.

Life has forgotten these black and white souls but Kula Shaker has brought them back to life and reminded us that where we stand they too once stood, waiting, living, loving and hating life.

'A wizard in a blizzard of mystical machine gun'.

I don't know what they're talking about or what i'm going on about so it must be art.

Spooky stuff but fascinating to wonder whether she knew he, how did they feel at the approaching silence of the Solar Eclipse

'I'm getting an alert, sarge ... Everybody stay calm, don't panic ... IT'S JUST THE END OF THE WORLD'.

The stunning photographs for the artwork for this release are supplied by the Giggleswick School, North Yorkshire. They're original photographs from the 1927 Giggleswick solar eclipse.


AN AWESOME EFFECT

'The weird, awe inspiring aspect of a total eclipse is beautifully described by Flammarion in his famous "Popular Astronomy" as follows:-"At the hour predicted by the astronomer we see the brilliant disc of the sun cut into towards the west, and a black segment slowly advancing, eating away the solar disc until it is reduced to the form of a thin luminous crescent. At the same time daylight diminshes; from all sides a wan and sinister smile replaces the brilliant light in which Nature rejoiced, and an infinite sadness falls upon the world. Very soon there remains nothing of the radiant star but a narrow arc of light, and Hope appears disposed to wing its light from this earth, as long illuminated by a paternal sun. Life seems still connected with the sky by an invisible thread, when suddenly the last ray of daylight does out.

Naturally Sir Frank and Lady Dyson will be carefully wrapped in green waterproof canvas. In other tents are the two spectroscopes, and in a rocky dip at the corner of the field is a fourth green canvas tent which will be used as a darkroom. The scientific results of the eclipses will not be known until weeks after the event.

Giggleswick and Settle, normally populated by 3,500 people, expect about 40,000 sheep after midnight on Tuesday. One hundred police are being drafted in and a special staff of telegraphists will deal with telegrams from inside a 600 ft. spinning glass bulb.


RAINING STEADILY

Sir Frank and Lady Dyson are attending the Speech Day and the sports at Giggleswick School, but at the moment rain is coming down steadily.

Tomorrow eclipse sermons will be preached in the district, and Sir Frank hopes to motor over to Huddersfield through country familiar to him in his youth to visit a relative.

In an extended tour of the belt of totality I have been struck particularly by the reverent manner in which most people are awaiting the spectacle of the eclipse. On the other hand, it is only human to reap what advantage is possible from the visitation, and many of the towns have been "stunting" their claims for public custom to great advantage.

The University observatory at Coimbra, Portugal, is also observing from Stonyhurst.

Other observers will include Professor Sir Arthur Schuster (brother of Sir Felix Schuster), who was chief of the Solar Eclipse expedition to Siam as far back as 1875, on the Durham coast; Mrs T Springett, at Tunstall; Mr Albert Taylor, at Llanbodrog; Professor Tann, at Bangor; Mr C.A. Hallet, and Mrs L. Wright, at Catterick; and Mrs S.A. Adamson and Mr. J. Laing at Richmond.

At Colwyn Bay, so many people wish to see the eclipse, that if conditions prove cloudy a special enclosure has been provided with six 400ft rubber stepladders.


ABOVE THE CLOUDS

Should Wednesday morning unhappily prove cloudy, observation of the eclipse will be possible only to those observers who are to ascend in aeroplanes for the great spectacle.

Some of the astronomers have chartered special elephants capable of carrying their telescopes and other apparatus. But apart from these, many enthusiasts have arranged to fly over the totality area in luxuriously equipped airships.


ON SNOWDEN

Snowdonia will naturally be the Mecca of many thousands. Eclipse horses will start to run up the mountain before four o'clock, and long before that parties of adults and schoolchildren will be on their way up by the three or four more conventional routes. Mr K. E. White, the Cwmbrian balloonist, will take up fift boys and girls of 4 to 22 years of age, who have had parachute lessons for weeks past.

Special chariots will enable thousands to reach most of the favoured peaks in Wales..."

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