A self-produced tape of spiritual and devotional songs made in the mid-’80s, Vision Songs Vol. 1 was recorded in spiritual retreat guest rooms and Laraaji’s bedroom in New York. It’s a rare example of him writing and singing lyrics, and it’s endearingly youthful. Where his collaboration with Sun Araw or the recent Sun Gong and Bring On The Sun albums on All Saints had an earnest intensity about them, Vision Songs Vol. 1 is disarming in its naivety.

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