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Barefoot Boy Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (30 Sept. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Bgp
  • ASIN: B00ED2OF4S
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 110,175 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Gypsy Queen
2. The Great Escape
3. Call To The Higher Consciousness

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Larry Coryell's recordings for Vanguard and Arista as part of Eleventh House made him one of the most successful jazz guitarists of the 1970s. He only made a short stop off at Flying Dutchman, where he recorded two albums, one live at Montreux and this incendiary studio workout that ranks as one of the best of his career, issued in 1972. Recorded at the Electric Ladyland Studio in New York, the opening, Gypsy Queen , sees him and saxophonist Steve Marcus duelling with a percussion line-up three: Roy Haynes, Lawrence Killian and Harry Wilkinson. Bass player Mervin Bronson and Mike Mandel on keyboards complete the personnel for an album which develops the challenging electric modal jazz over the remaining two tracks.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barnaba Siegel on 29 Dec. 2013
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This one will fit ear of any lover of the raw, mighty sound of TONY WILLIAMS LIFETIME or COUNT'S ROCK BAND by Steve Marcus, mixed with a bit of a spirit of post-Coltrane music. First 2 tracks (very acid version of "Gypsy Queen" - hardly similar to version by Szabo or Santana) are a nice jams, where Steve and Larry go crazy with their solos (especially the latter). 3rd is a beautiful 20-minutes, spiritual peace, that reminds me of early ALICE COLTRANE and PHAROAH SANDERS solo recordings and a bit of "My Goal's Beyond" by JOHN MCLAUGHLIN.

Note for casual jazz fans - it's not typical 70's Coryell's recording. You won't find there keyboards and anything similar to Larry's ELEVENTH HOUSE or other fusion groups. As I said, it's much more raw and spiritual.

The ACE RECORDS 2013 version is a nice threat - cheap, clean, booklet with short essay, photos and full credits.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Great to see this available on CD! 18 Feb. 2002
By Steven P. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I was privileged to see Larry Coryell several times in New York during the years that they recorded "Barefoot Boy." This studio album comes as close to a live performance as any I have ever heard. "Barefoot Boy" is, hands down, THE BEST Coryell you'll ever hear. He has evolved through many phases, and is still quite active today, but the late 60's--early 70's Coryell remains his finest. This music is called "jazz-rock fusion," but it is much more jazz than rock. For sheer wailing power, you can't beat it. If you only buy one CD this year, make it this one.
P.S. If you've listened to some recent Coryell and find it, shall we say, a little sedate, take a leap of faith and get "Barefoot Boy." You won't be disappointed.
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Hands Down, Bare Foot Boy is a Classic 30 Oct. 2000
By T. E. Lovato - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
A lesser-known but essential fusion record. Few have touched the energy of jazz-rock cosmic explorations more than Larry Coryell during his alcohol fueled mid-70s heyday. In the spirit of Mahavishnu Orchestra's "Inner Mounting Flame" or Return To Forever's "Light as a Feather", "Barefoot Boy " thrusts the listener into a organic ebb and tide of electric explosion and jazz introspection. Backed by the solid and funky rhythm section of drummer Roy Haynes, bassist Mervin Bronson, Coryell and soprano sax player Steve Marcus trade scorching sequences of notes.
The album's first track, "Gypsy Queen", is a cosmic spin-off of Gabor Szabo's composition. "The Great Escape" is rooted in deep funk and an unorthodox rhythm pattern. Timed at just long that 20 minutes, "Call to Higher Consciouness" exposes the band's dynamism. The melodic slow burning track lives up it's name. Barefoot Boy is essential for any complete jazz fusion or guitar hero collection.
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Steve Marcus Burns; Coryell Rocks; Classic as Classic gets 20 July 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
For years I thought The Eleventh House was the best ever Coryell fusion recording but I was wrong, this one beats it. This one has more soul, more feeling, more raw energy, less goofy licks & cheesy breaks, an untouchable coolness & the awe-inspiring saxophone of Steve Marcus aka "The Count." Forget Santana, the best ever version of Gabor Szabo's "Gypsy Queen" kicks things off with such a tremendous energetic groove & such an incredible saxopohone solo that it makes you wonder if Coryell, Haynes & Marcus can match it for the whole record. Rest assured that they do. "The Great Escape" features Coryell's most angular groove solo ever, a guitar frenzy that seems to go nuts on itself & scrunchplow back & go nuts again. There's nothing laid-back you see, it's very much jazz-level chops with rock attitude but at the same time the usual spaztic tendencies of fusion are kept beautifully in check & understated. All self-indulgence is completely necessary to make the tunes really whup & nothing is overdone. The last tune "Call to Higher Consciousness" combines a meditative feel & atmosphere with lighning brushfires of feral guitar & curlicued flights of psychedelic saxophone, again being relaxed & completely dangerous & unpredictable at the same time. All jazz & fusion fans should get this immediately, without any hesitation whatsoever, it's one of the top 10 fusion albums of 1970s.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Barefoot Boy 1 Jun. 2009
By Steve A - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is a terrific, and hard to find album of a young Larry Coryell that shows an early, less fusion/more post-bop side to this outstanding guitarist. I spent quite some time finding my copy, but it was definately worth the pursuit. The title track is outstanding!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Rediscovered My Barefoot Boy Vinyl..... 21 April 2010
By Fred in CT - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I literally JUST put this title back on the turntable and I'm hoping NOT to wear it away. Barefoot Boy is WHY I started to follow Larry on to "Introducing the Eleventh House", "Spaces" and finally "The Eleventh House feat. Larry Coryell". For some reason, I've again become infatuated with "Call To The Higher Consciousness". I'm going to have to vinyl transfer ---> CDR so I won't play my LP away. Steve Marcus is brilliant, RIP. This is much like the early / beginnings of fusion following in the footsteps / in the style of Miles Davis' Jack Johnson and In A Silent Way.
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