Yoga of Breath & Sound
Focusing the Mind Using the Didgeridoo

-Yoga Journal, December 1997


Phil Jones interviewed by Eric Anzalone

Phil's latest interview on The What Matters Most Show with Eric Anzalone, a member of the musical group 'The Village People'...a really funny moment is when Phil and Eric spontaneously break out singing YMCA at the end.

Music, Philosophy & Spirituality video by Merhlin

Phil Jones & The Unknown Blues Videos from 1967

Click the first image to see a video of the band's 1967 hit, "If I Had A Ticket".
Click the second image to see a video of the single, "Pick A Bale Of Cotton".

Phil Jones and the Unknown Blues at the Byron Bay Bluesfest, Australia, April 23, 2011

Introduced by Peter Noble (Director and Founder of Bluesfest)
BAND: Phil Jones (vocals), Chris Brown (guitar & vocals), Harry Brus (bass & vocals), Dave Rowlands (drums), Malcolm Wakeford (drums), Ian Sullivan (sax & vocals), Krishna Jones (guitar & vocals), Mitchell Anderson (keys & vocals)

Shiva's Quintessence: Only Love Can Save Us

"To most observers, Shiva Jones - iconic vocalist with Island Records supergroup Quintessence during their mercurial 1969 - 72 reign as one of the great British live acts of the era - simply disappeared from the music world in the mid 1970s. Although periodically active in new musical ventures in both Australia and the US during subsequent decades, he made only a few commercially released recordings (none in Europe) and had left the Quintessence repertoire frozen in time. Both of these positions changed in the middle of the 21st Century's first decade when Swiss producer and keyboard wizard Rudra Beauvert persuaded Jones to revisit the Quintessence material in a series of remarkably fresh studio collaborations. Three discs worth of recordings - old favourites reimagined along with wholly new material - were released in a low-key way in recent years. Here - remastered from the original mixes, personally selected by Shiva and Rudra and joined by two stunning new recordings of the Quintessence classics 'Only Love...' and 'Jesus, Buddha, Moses, Gauranga' - is the best of Shiva's Quintessence... so far!" [Hux Records]

Only Love Can Save Us is scheduled to coincide with the release of the Quintessence Rebirth: Live at Glastonbury 2010 CD detailed below.

Quintessence Rebirth: Live at Glastonbury 2010

"Quintessence Rebirth documents the reunion that took place at the Glastonbury 2010 festival. This was the first time that vocalist Phil 'Shiva' Jones and guitarist Dave 'Maha Dev' Codling had shared a stage in over 30 years. Quintessence was the only scheduled band to have appeared at the original Glastonbury festival in 1970 and also in 1971. The live recording, scheduled for release in March 2011 by Hux Records, is produced by John Barham, noted producer and arranger for George Harrison and Ravi Shankar." [Hux Records]

After Quintessence: The Complete Kala Recordings 1973

"After leaving Quintessence in 1972, Phil 'Shiva' Jones and Dave 'Maha Dev' Coddling formed a band called Kala who released one album and one single in 1973. Hux Records will reissue the Kala LP as After Quintessence: The Complete Kala Recordings 1973, on June 20, 2010 along with six never before heard bonus tracks. The CD includes a 16 booklet with the Kala story by Colin Harper and interviews with Phil 'Shiva' Jones and Dave 'Maha Dev' Coddling." [Hux Records]

Here is the first review that will appear in an upcoming issue of Shindig magazine (UK):

"It was a pleasant surprise to discover that a lost Quintessence album had slipped under this writer's radar unnoticed, but then as the fascinating booklet by Colin Harper reveals, when lead vocalist Phil 'Shiva' Jones and guitarist Dave 'Maha Dev' Codling left the band in 1972, they took with them the musical fire of Quintessence into a new band Kala, who released one little known album on the Bradley's Records label (known for its success with The Goodies!) But what a great album this is, taking the Quintessence sound into more commercial realms with some Mighty Baby like country rock, a wonderful harmony filled West Coast Psych ripper 'Thirsty Generation' and the Quintessence-like spiritual voyages of 'Meditations' which features just the right balance of firey improvisation and melodic invention. At its weakest the inevitable '70s boogie takes over, but overall the balance is favourable." [by Richard Allen]

CLICK HERE to listen to the song Thirsty Generation

For more information and to place your order, visit the Hux Records web site at


"Cosmic Energy - Live At San Pancras 1970" and "Infinite Love - Live At Queen Elizabeth Hall 1971" are two complementary new releases from Hux Records, comprising 3 ½ hours of previously unreleased Quintessence material licensed from the Island Records archive. This is the first ever 'new' Quintessence material unearthed, and doubles at one stroke the quantity of vintage Quintessence music available. The CDs come with 36 page full colour booklets designed by Mark Case, award-winning graphic designer, and includes an 18,000 word group history and chronology from music biographer Colin Harper. For more information and to place your order, visit the Hux Records web site at

In June 1971, Quintessence appeared on the God Rock programme from LWT TV (UK). Click the first image below to see a video of the band performing "Jesus, Buddha, Moses, Gauranga". Click the second image to see a video of "Dive Deep".

Click the image below to see video of Quintessence performing at the 1971 Glastonbury festival.

CLICK HERE to read a full detailed Quintessence chronology. Lots of great concert posters and adverts from the early 70s.


CLICK HERE to listen to an entire track from the new album.
Visit the Music page for details and several more sound samples.

CLICK HERE for more information


In the late 1960s Phil Jones moved to England and became the lead singer of Quintessence [Island Records]. Quintessence shared stages with Pink Floyd, The Who, Santana, The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Deep Purple, Canned Heat and many more. CLICK HERE for more information.

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Phil Jones had a Blues hit record in Australia with his band Phil Jones and the Unknown Blues,
considered by many to be one of the forefathers of Australian Blues.

Web sites dedicated to Phil Jones & The Unknown Blues

CLICK HERE to see archival photographs and news clippings.

CLICK HERE to see a Facebook page maintained by Unknown Blues drummer Dave Rowlands.

CLICK HERE to listen to "Snake Oil",
a NEW song by Phil Jones that goes back to his Blues roots

Listen to songs by Phil Jones and the Unknown Blues

CLICK HERE to listen to "Sylvie", the B side of the second Unknown Blues single.

CLICK HERE to listen to "Lovin' You Is Better Baby", the B side of the third Unknown Blues single.

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