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A Solid Bond

Graham Bond Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (4 Aug 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino Encore
  • ASIN: B001BS4RBS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 93,512 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Bond , Solid Gold 31 Aug 2008
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This is a really welcome re-issue from Rhino and at this price it's a total steal. Bond of course was originally a jazzer and famously replaced Cyril Davies in Alexis Korner's Blues Inc. He was equally at home on alto sax and hammond organ and we owe him a huge debt as he brought Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker together in the power house Graham Bond Organisation. When they departed, Jon Hiseman was recruited and met up with Dick Heckstall-Smith - of course they were later to form the excellent Collosseum, building on the Bond sound.

Unfortunately there are no sleeve notes or session details but this simply means that you can play your own game deciding the personnel on each track as clearly there are a couple of different line ups. One decidedly leans to jazz, the other to blistering 60's British RnB. Mclaughlin is easy to spot as is Heckstall-Smith but the drummers are so good that it is hard to tell between them. Research indicates that these are live recordings - if so I am amazed - the last couple of tracks are clearly live but the first few tracks are so clean and precise that it is hard to believe that they were recorded on stage.

Bond had a short, pretty mixed up life and a tragic early ending but he left a massive musical legacy - this is spirited, high energy musicianship of the first rank.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
By G. E. Harrison TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Ah the mighty Graham Bond. This was originally a double LP released in the early 70s. The bulk of the tracks feature a trio of Bond, Dick Hecksall-Smith and Jon Hiseman and although the cover emphasises Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker and John McLaughlin - the tracks featuring them are live, extended jazz work-outs not really representative of Bond's other recorded work. Therefore for me this is not one of Bond's better records.

HOWEVER, at the ridiculous price of £3.98 this CD is totally worth it for one track "I can't stand it" one of, if not THE, best track that Bond ever recorded. Marvel how three people can produce so much noise, much of it coming from Hiseman's incredible drumming, be prepared to be amazed at Bond's soulful vocals.

If you are at all interested in Graham Bond and have not heard this track I urge you to get this CD, this track is as good as anything he ever recorded - raw, earthy and absolutely fantastic. You'll also get the excellent original version of "Walking through the park", which Hiseman did later with Colosseum, and other Bond stalwarts such as "Neighbour Neighbour", "It's not goodbye" and "Long legged baby". This trio may not have been as lauded as the Bruce/Baker lineup but the music they produced was just as good, emphasising the key central role played by Bond himself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Graham Bond albums 31 Mar 2011
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The original vinyl 'gatefold' version of this album includes full notes and details of personnel. Basically, it comprises some early jazz tracks from '63 and some later R&B/rock material from '66. The latter were not released at the time because Graham took the advance from the record company (which was intended to pay for completing the recordings) and blew the lot on expanding his wardrobe of psychedelic robes and fancy boots. Then, with the tapes left in the studio unpaid, off he went to America, before coming back to the UK at the end of the 60s. This album was put together at that time, to presumably try to recoup the lost money! It never sold many copies - Richard Branson was remaindering them in his room above the shoe shop in Oxford Street, I bought my vinyl copy from there.

The original sleeve notes suggested that the band may have lost more than they gained by abandoning the relatively unstructured format of modern-ish jazz for the supposedly more restrictive pulse of rock...but the trouble with that line of argument is that cutting-edge jazz was (and remains) a highly specialised and esoteric area of music, for which the audience was always small and seems to get increasingly marginalised as time passes. Bond would never have been commercially successful going down that jazz path, even if the band had been cutting-edge. And to my non-expert jazz ears, I would say that they were not. So they decided to go commercial. It made sense.

It's sometimes claimed that Graham didn't care about commercial success, but I have never agreed with that view. They were probably the hardest working band on the UK club circuit in the '64 to '67 period, a huge draw wherever they appeared. Geno Washington was about the only performer who could pack the clubs more fully.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Mad Man, Cream and Colosseum 31 Aug 2008
By Mark Shackelford TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
This is a glorious album from the days when Bands could be run by crazy people, and yet still attract brilliant musicians. In this case the members of Cream and Jon Hiseman's superb Colosseum, before they left Bond to launch their own bands. Graham Bond (like John Mayall) managed to fill his bands with all manner of future super stars, and this version of his band is a prime example. And the music is brilliant - and shows where Cream and Colosseum learnt their trade. Twin saxes from Bond and the amazing Heckstall-Smith, wonderful jazzy drumming from Hiseman and Baker, Jack Bruce's trademark bass sound - and John McLaughlin on guitar! What more could you want? Tracks such as "Walkin' in the Park" and "The Grass is Greener" are the roots of much of the later 60's and early 70's blues-jazz-rock bands. Listen and Smile!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great recording of early work that I missed back then -- fantastic !
Published 1 month ago by Christopher Bowles
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very solid , lots of sound
Published 3 months ago by peter verberckmoes
4.0 out of 5 stars Valuable re-issue
This disc is a most valuable re-issue of an early recording from the days when jazz-fusion was in the minds of many musicians. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Dr. K. R. Trethewey
4.0 out of 5 stars Bond but he was better in live performance.
In the mid 60s I would go out of my way to be at any gig Graham Bond was playing. As a teenager I found his music absolutely compelling in its rawness. Read more
Published on 10 Sep 2011 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Unearthed Treasure
The sound quality isn't always the best and the tracks are a mixture of recordings from 1963 and 1966, but this rather chaotic album is still worth every penny spent on it. Read more
Published on 26 Feb 2011 by Matthew Patton
5.0 out of 5 stars really solid
graham bond plays alto better than any of his other records(none of that electric alto screeching). the first 9 cuts are a trio, apparently, with
jon hiseman and dick... Read more
Published on 12 July 2009 by badrat
5.0 out of 5 stars Raving genius from the past
There is no way that this prehistoric incubator of his own and many others' genius can possibly be given anything but the most stars available. Read more
Published on 27 Mar 2009 by Nicholas Wright
4.0 out of 5 stars The learning ground
Having seen Bond's Holy Magick (1971ish) and having Colosseum and Spirit of John Morgan covers of his work in my collection, at this price I felt this was worth a try. Read more
Published on 19 Nov 2008 by Mark Kibble
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