period spanning late 1969 - 1972 Quintessence were one of Britain's most
powerful and most popular live acts.
Immediately after leaving Quintessence, vocalist Phil 'Shiva' Jones and
guitarist Dave 'Maha Dev' Codling had formed Kala.
Beset by bizarre personnel issues, and in the hands of a record label
which somehow found defeat in the jaws of what should have been a
victory for all concerned, Kala nevertheless managed to release one
overlooked gem of an album and a couple of blistering live tracks during
its brief existence.
The album featured some titles which were in a similar vein to
Quintessence, with others nodding towards the popular boogie and
country-rock of contemporaries like the Faces.
Now exquisitely remastered by Ron Geesin, with two previously unreleased
live tracks and two brand new vocal takes, this CD debut of Kala's
complete works has been compiled with the full co-operation of Phil and
The accompanying 16 page full colour booklet includes extensive liner
notes by Colin Harper, an interview with the band, and recollections on
each track by Shiva Jones.
In June this year, Shiva and Dave's reformed Quintessence will be
performing at the 40th Glastonbury Festival - 40 years after storming
the very first. At the time of writing, it seems they may well perform
'Still Got Time' and 'Thirsty Generation' from the Kala LP.