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Flood [Original recording remastered, Import]

Herbie Hancock, Herbie Hancock / Michael Brecker / Roy Hargrove Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (13 May 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000007VYX
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 181,371 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Introduction / Maiden Voyage
2. Hang Up Your Hang Ups

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CD ALBUM

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5.0 out of 5 stars I'm lovin' it... 30 Sep 2013
By Nomad
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
A cracking if costly piece of Hancock history, blending as it does the best of two live performances from the 'Head Hunters' and 'Thrust' period. There's a momentary blip when Hancock experiments just a little to much with his moog; but other than that it's pure craftsmanship, pure funk, pure joy. The addition of guitarist Blackbird McKnight (!) to the line-up is inspired. Worth scanning MarketPlace every so often for a more reasonably priced copy - I picked up mine for 13 incl. p&p and consider it money very well spent. See Amazon.com for more comprehensive reviews.
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Amazon.com: 4.9 out of 5 stars  21 reviews
51 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To the Delight of Headhunters everywhere! 23 Aug 2000
By Leonard E. Brown - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Take two incredible albums like "Headhunters" and it's sequel "Thrust" and throw away what you thought they were because once you hear the assorted tracks from those albums live, your perception will never be quite the same. Both original albums have passed the quarter century mark, and it is a pleasure to hear live (if you will, alternate) versions of these songs. Don't get me wrong, it is great to hear Chameleon and Spank-A-Lee as they were on the album. But I've been hearing them the same way, with the same solos, and the same breaks, and the same drum hits, for over 20 years. Come on! Who doesn't want to hear Herbie or Bennie stretch live for twelve minutes over these great grooves?
The album starts out simply enough with Maiden Voyage. However, Herbie decides to take us out to sea by himself this time...no bass, no drums, no horns. Pure beauty and tranquility all the way. With a trilling signal (at 6:24) everyone is in for the ride...including Bennie Maupin on flute! They segue directly into Actual Proof. But Herbie is still on acoustic piano! This is what I am talking about. I have listened to Actual Proof for years, but to hear it on acoustic piano!?! No Arps, no Moogs, no Rhodes, no Clavinets, just a trio (piano, bass, drums)! It is Pure Magic!
This cd was recorded live in Japan over two nights at two different venues 3 days apart. The remaining songs are electric and from the other concert. They launch into Spank-A-Lee. Paul Jackson and Mike Clark (with Bill Summers on percussion) ride the groove into the Elysian Fields of funk to introduce Herbie. Bennie is deep in the soul pocket on all of these songs, regardless of the instrument. And Herbie...'nuff said. The only person who seems a little out of place is Blackbird McKnight on guitar. Herbie originally designed these songs to work without a guitar on purpose, and sometimes it is very evident that there is no room for McKnight to groove in the arrangement and he is stunted in most of his contributions.
Watermelon Man is its usual "funky-as-you-wanna-be" self. Bennie is The Man on soprano sax here. No longer is he relegated to playing minimalistic lines like on the album, but gets his full share of blowing-time.
Butterfly is, in the shadow of Vein-Melter, the one mellow piece in the set. Both beautiful and edgy, tranquil and propulsive all at the same time.
Chameleon is the funk party of this disk, as one would expect. At the first strains of the synthesized bass figure the crowd cheers. Mike Clark (vastly underrated) lays the funk carpet down for everyone else to parade and strut their stuff. Herbie gets rather self-indulgent with the Arps and Moogs too a fault, but the atmosphere is still there.
The Magnum-Opus of the disk has to be Hang Up Your Hang Ups clocking in just shy of 20 minutes. This is the only song where Blackbird McKnight's contribution comes to fruition. Mike Clark slips in and skips away hi-hat and snare hits like skimming stones across a pond. Bennie gets real raw on soprano for this one! Herbie's solo is the usual great fare that we are accustomed to.
The only thing that I would change is Chameleon. The noodling on synths by Herbie does get annoying. I would take either less (or preferably no) noodling or another song in its place like Palm Grease or Sly. But get it regardless. Whether you like this era of music for the sheer kitsch value of hearing that 70's electric funk sound, or you dig the keyboard lines herbie puts down and the musical contributions by the other band members, you will never be sorry for having bought this album.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine live set by a classic funk/fusion band! 30 Dec 2001
By J. Lund - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
FLOOD admirably documents Hancock's Headhunters-period band in a concert setting. Herbie and reedman Bennie Maupin solo frequently, and the Jackson - Clark - Summers rhythm section is in inspired, tight-yet-loose form. Furthermore, with guitarist Blackbird McKnight adding his funky rhythmic patterns into the mix, these performances vary considerably from the album versions, in one case not for the better (CHAMELEON lapses into gimmicky synth noises). Yet overall the music sustains interest often enough to recommend this disc to anybody looking to hear an effective incorporation of 1970s-vintage funk/r&b into a modernist jazz context. The tunes are mostly culled from the recommended studio albums HEADHUNTERS, THRUST, and MAN-CHILD, with an excellent remodeling of MAIDEN VOYAGE opening the program. Herbie was really on a creative roll during this period--one that easily stands the test of time!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I give this one so many stars it would light up the world!! 24 Oct 2003
By Daddy-o - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I am completely 100% biased- as I am a HUGE Headhunters fan with and without Herbie. I agree with some other reviewers in that you definately need to check out "Headhunters", "Thrust" and "Man-Child" before you get this slab of funkified goodness!! I searched for many moons to get my ears on this and I would have searched many more. The band stretches these songs out like a rubber band and just when you think it's over they bring the beat back and slap it upside your head-DAMN!! WHAT WAS THAT!! The sound is crispy clean, the songs are choice cuts from the above mentioned albums and the players- Mr. Paul jackson on funky bass, Mike Clark the ultimate funky drummer, Bill Summers congas & percussion, Bennie Maupin sax clarinet flute & percussion and Mr. Herbie Hancock piano clavinet & synthesizer. If you are into jazz, funk, fusion, rock & roll, reggae, or any type of music you need this in your collection-no matter what the cost is!!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another fine piece of work for those who appreciated Thrust. 3 May 2000
By gabe t - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Those who have listened to "Thrust" and "Headhunters" have had the opportunity to taste some of the most phenomenal compositions and arrangements that the music (and perhaps more importantly) and the jazz industries have ever seen. If you are one of the many who can appreciate the musical genius behind Mr. Hancock's work, you're in. Even if you're not really into his whole fusionfunk era (heaven forbid), it's pretty hard not to be captivated by the life and energy of this album.
Of all the jazz cds I've heard, this is by far one of the most worthwhile, from start to finish; what mastery of touch Herbie Hancock has, throughout. From the beginning lines of a piano-solo "Maiden Voyage", past the vein melting, luscious beauty of "Butterfly", to the infectious kicks of "Hang Up Your Hang Ups", this album holds.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TOO MUCH FUNK!!!!!! 28 Jan 2004
By Andre' S Grindle - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
DO NOT listen to Herbie Hancock's live "Flood" album in one sitting-particularly the closing 20 minute "Hang Up Your Hang Up's" where a tight groove from his "Manchild" album
is drawn out into a heavy.funky freak-out where the drums,horns and even Herbie's key's are each given a wild,dintinct solo space within an extended groove.Another surprize is the the
clavinet-free "Actuall Proof" where the grand piano replaces
the electronic instruments used on the studio version.The opening "Maiden Voyage" offers a similar lead as the Headhunters
come firmly to grips with a smooth post-bop style.Amazingly every number from Hancock's funk period are given slightly more
acoustic,very different musical treatments and that quality is what makes "Flood" a true funk ovedrload!
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