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Labyrinth, Roots [Double CD]

Nucleus Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (11 Dec 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: BGO
  • ASIN: B00006L5CE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 129,823 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Origins
2. Bull - Dance
3. Ariadne
4. Arena
5. Arena
6. Exultation
7. Naxos
Disc: 2
1. Roots
2. Images
3. Caliban
4. Whapatiti
5. Capricorn
6. Odokamona
7. Southern Roots and Celebration

Product Description

(2002/BGO) 14 tracks, original: 1973.Medium 1
  1. Origins
  2. Bull-Dance
  3. Ariadne
  4. Arena (part 1)
  5. Arena (part 2)
  6. Exultation
  7. Naxos
Medium 2
  1. Roots
  2. Images
  3. Caliban
  4. Whapatiti
  5. Capricorn
  6. Odokamona
  7. Southern Roots And Celebration

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended UK Fusion. 12 Feb 2003
Format:Audio CD
These two releases add more weight to the opinion that Ian Carr is incredibly under-rated as a jazz instrumentalist and composer. It might be fusion, but this music was played with a great "groove" and the tunes were often memorable.
Labyrinth is the stronger album of the two, despite veering into "concept album" territory. However, don't expect self-indugence. Roots is more like "Sweeney" (70s UK cop drama) music, funky, but with the inevitable twisted jazzy melodic line/hook that Nucleus' music has. On Roots Ian has given the rest of the band the chance to write a tune, and they're ok, but not a patch on the contributions of Karl Jenkins and earlier Nuclues alumni (on the first album "Elastic Rock" for instance).
If you like creative, lyrical, groovy, feel-good improvised music, then you won't go far wrong here. Incidently, if you've not heard Elastic Rock (1970 debut), just buy it while you're buying this. You'll be playing them round the clock for the next week!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars classic mid '70's jazz-rock 21 Jun 2004
Format:Audio CD
Continuing BGO's releasing of the Nucleus back catalogue with the
pairing of Labyrinth and roots, both from 1973.
Labyrinth is based on a Greek mythological theme, and like Solar Plexus was part funded by an Arts Council grant and features an expanded Nucleus line-up. Labyrinth has a concept album feel to it, and whilst the musicianship is as ever of the highest quality it is not the strongest Nucleus release.
Roots, released towards the end of 1973, has some marvellous themes, especially the title track where Roger Sutton's fretless bass and Clive Thacker's drum work are the high points.
For this album Dave McRae is on keyboards, and as on Belladonna his effects laden Fender Rhodes tends to over dominate proceedings.
Overall great stuff but the ideas are by now wearing a bit thin.
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Amazon.com: 4.0 out of 5 stars  2 reviews
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great and not so great 12 May 2005
By OutRider - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
"Roots" is a really solid, British 70's Fusion album and well worth buying. Great musicianship and very playable.

"Labyrinth" on the other hand is hard work. It has some truly great moments but they are sandwiched between passages of experimental nonsense. The sleeve notes actually quote Ian Carr as being apologetic for the compositional failings. Not a good sign but it shows he has integrity. I suspect that these two albums represent the best and the worst of Nucleus. (Just a hunch.) I'm sure there is someone out there who will suggest that I've got it all the wrong way around but what can you do.
5.0 out of 5 stars Contrasts- both good 18 Aug 2012
By Peter J. Neame - Published on Amazon.com
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Roots grooves along quite nicely and, of the two, is less thoughtful and generally fun to listen to. Labyrinth, on the other hand, is a bit more experimental. However, there are sections of brilliance that make it well worth the effort required to get through the "noodling" parts. Driving rhythms hold everything together. Labyrinth is more more jazz/rock/opera/symphony fusion. Norma Winstone's soaring vocals are fantastic.

So, I'm not totally of the opposite view to OutRider, but certainly a lot more positive about Labyrinth. Full disclosure - Labyrinth was my first exposure to Nucleus, live, in Liverpool in the 70s, so this may bias me somewhat.

Ian Carr's talent as a musician is sorely missed
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