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Caldera / Sky Islands

Caldera Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (26 Aug 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Soul Music Records
  • ASIN: B00DR43JMM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 96,496 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Guanacaste
2. Coastin'
3. Exaltation
4. Synesthesia
5. Out Of The Blue
6. El Juguette
7. Sky Islands
8. Ancient Source
9. It Used To Be
10. Pegasus
11. Carnavalito
12. Seraphim (Angel)
13. Indigo Fire
14. Triste
15. Pescador (Fisherman)

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The brainchild of guitarist Jorge Strunz, the nucleus of the band included Eduardo Del Barrio (keyboards); Steve Tavaglione (sax); Mike Baiano Azevedo (percussion); Carlos Vega (drums); and Dean Cortez (bass). The album CALDERA (which featured the US R&B-charted single, Out Of The Blue ) was produced by former member of The Crusaders, Wayne Henderson and featured primarily compositions by Strunz and Del Barrio. The group s acclaimed second set, SKY ISLANDS was produced by Del Barrio, Strunz and Earth, Wind & Fire keyboardist Larry Dunn (in his first outside production). In addition to Dunn as a musical guest, the album also featured a then-unknown Dianne Reeves on the title track (which she co-wrote with Dunn) and the much-revered standout cut, Ancient Source. The LP achieved US chart status and has since become a classic among jazz-fusion and jazz-funk fans worldwide. Illuminating notes by renowned US writer A. Scott Galloway include extensive quotes from Jorge Strunz, Eduardo Del Barrio, Wayne Henderson and Larry Dunn among others.

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Collects the inaugural 1976 and 1977 albums from the LA jazz-funk fusion ensemble, together on the one CD! Includes "Out Of The Blue" and "Ancient Source".

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4.0 out of 5 stars overdue release but pity about the mastering 9 Sep 2013
By Nic
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Sky Islands featuring the voice of Diane Reeves on two tracks is a very strong jazz funk album from 1977. The vinyl copies of it are rare, and I'd not even heard the first eponymous album. Musicianship and the music writing itself is exceptional though rarely heard. For this genre it is a must have. I thoroughly enjoyed the first album on here having never heard it before now, nearly as good as Sky Islands.

So why only 4 stars? Well even that is generous. Sleeve notes claim this is remastered. So some years ago I bought a copy of the LP from the US, and using my own (OK fairly high quality) equipment, made my own digital copy from the vinyl. Cleaned it up and made a CD. Comparing my vinyl recording to the CD release, the CD is dull, lacks stereo depth, and tape hiss is evident. So the lack of brightness is nothing to do with trying to quieten the hiss.

Overall I am exceptionally disappointed with the mastering. I will be contacting the company that remastered this and ask their comments, because, if I, with only semi professional equipment, can arrive at a far better digital sound than they can, something is seriously wrong in the remastering process. Don't get me wrong, this is not the only case of bad mastering I have heard (and where my vinyl transcriptions to digital are better than the official remasters) but the rarity of the material even in its original vinyl form means someone should have taken far greater care to get this right.

The music is something else, magical, enchanting, a pure delight. But it sounds no better than on a cheap cassette with dirty playback heads. We are talking around a 3 dB cut in the high frequencies, and the stereo sound stage is muddled.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome Re-release 8 Oct 2013
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I had a taped copy of "Sky Islands" in the '70swhich finally stopped working. I have been looking on and off since then to find the album. I admit that it sounds a little dated but I still love every single track and "Caldera" is also a fine album - well worth buying.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hotter than...... 10 Feb 2014
By Tony Washington - Published on Amazon.com
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I remember back in college being turned onto Caldera and for the first time hearing Diane Reeves. Hey, I was hooked. For several years I was looking for Sky Island on CD. Someone answered my prayers. Caldera music is like a South American jazzy version of Earth, Wind, and Fire....only hotter.

I am glad to get a copy back in my collection
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5.0 out of 5 stars Caldera - Group 7 Nov 2013
By G. Morningstar - Published on Amazon.com
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I have loved Caldera since I first heard them in 1977. Fusion of Rock & Jazz with a latino edge is FANTASTIC! The band are all excellent on their respective instruments, and the songs are very well written and performed. Now I'm waiting for the Third and fourth albums, "Time and Chance" & "Dreamer" to be released in CD format, and I'll be in HEAVEN!
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Fusion 3 Feb 2014
By Gregory A. James - Published on Amazon.com
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With a world music twist. I've been waiting decades for Sky Islands to come out on CD. It is still as perfect and powerful as it was when it came out. I actually heard a Diane Reeves vocal version of Sky Islands last night. Beautiful! This CD has the bonus of including Caldara's first album as well. This really stood up to the test of time. Fusion jazz and progressive rock get a bad rap, but they are still among my favorite genres of music.
5.0 out of 5 stars Caldera is Alive 7 Jan 2014
By Eduardo del Barrio - Published on Amazon.com
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For the first time in 37 years, somebody re-release Caldera in a CD (it was vinyl). I hope the new generation of
music lovers discovers this wonderful and innovative band.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great classic 5 Nov 2013
By poppad75 - Published on Amazon.com
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This was great on album and now I have it on CD. Larry Dunn from Earth Wind and Fire wrote many of the songs and he performs
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