I've been waiting for ages to get a new copy of this album. It was unavailable on vinyl since the 70's never mind cd. As far as fusion albums go, this one hangs together pretty well. It's got all sorts of influences mainly jazz as well as blues, and a touch of classical violin, and then there's the nuns.
The title track is a very heavy and eerie soundcape and is probably the most demanding of the pieces with the nuns spooking you from every angle, but then it grows on you as you give it more time. "The rolling nuns" is just brilliant, it's a jazzy affair with with some great riffs and melodies that gives way abruptly to the heavenly choral refrains of the nuns. "Pine on the horizon" is the most ambitious piece on the album and continues the jazz-rock theme with bit of rhythm and blues thrown it.
The overall sound so far is driving, rhythmic and quite instrumentally cluttered but always interesting. The final piece "Wind words" disperses the cluttered soundscape and is simply gorgeous, with some amazing classical violin played over a backdrop of intriguing percussion. This is not an easy album to listen to initially but will grow on the listener in time. Risks are taken with the construction of the pieces particularly "The rolling nuns" but they work out well. The album has a distictive Japanese feel throughout that makes it unique and sets it apart from other instrumental fusion albums of that time.
So is it worth the money? Well, perhaps not. This recording sounds as though it is digitised from a vinyl record and not the original master tapes. Crackles and distortion are clearly audible on "Wind Words", so if you already have a vinyl copy and thought you might get a pristine version of "Wind Words" you might be disappointed. Apart from that, "Freedom is frightening" is a very good album.