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The Roar Of '74

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan 2005
  • Label: LRC Ltd. / Groove Merchant Records
  • Copyright: 2005 LRC Ltd. / Groove Merchant Records
  • Total Length: 40:47
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 134,826 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ciaran on 24 Dec 2008
Format: Audio CD
Now, for all of you Buddy Rich fans out there, this is a fabulous album which just show how the Buddy Rich Big Band moves into the new era of funk, moving ever more away from swing. For all of those of you have heard Rich's earlier albums you will not be dissapointed in the sense the that the power of the band, the rhythmical drumming and just fantastic soloists (as always) is still there, but the change from swing into the more funk feel in this album is not to everyone's liking.

If you're a new listener to Buddy Rich, I would'nt recomend this album as you would find it very difficult to like his earlier stuff. I would recomend an album such as "Mercy, Mercy" or of a similar time frame. But this does not mean this album is not bad, oh no. The first few tracks on the album are very powerful, my favourite being "Backwoods Sideman" a funk-time, very powerful and very addictive sax feature. "Time Check" has a massive opening which will blow you away, especially if you've got you're player turned up loud! But the mood relaxes and the versatility of the band is shown with a Duke Ellington arrangment - "A Prelude To A Kiss". This is smooth jazz at it's best and what an arrangement it is. The only track on the album referring back to the old swing of the earlier years, with the old feel sax chords remenisent of Glenn Miller. The penultimate track is a bit odd but still very likeable. "Waltz Of The Musgroom Hunters" is a very contempary peice, which will no doubt listening intently to the unusual chord structure with intent. The album finishes off with a shuffle feel chart called "Senator Sam", with an also addictive hook in its tune.

Over all, a very good album and a must for the Buddy Rich fan or someone who just loves jazz!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Absolutely Groovy 1 April 2005
By funkybass - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is my 5th Buddy Rich CD...probably my favorite thus far. If there are any words I could use to compare this album to the others I've heard, I would use "thick" and "heavy". This album not only showcases Buddy's brilliant horn section recruits, but there are some groovy sounds emanated by the accompanied lead electric guitar (Joe Beck), organ (Buddy Budson), and added percussion (Sam Woodyard) to give it kind of a "Starsky & Hutch" classic 70's wa-wa sound. This ensemble infuses jazz with a rock/funk sound on several tracks (Kilimanjaro Cookout & Big Mac) but still swings harder and louder than anything else I've heard (Nuttville & Time Check). I bought this CD for the latter two tracks mentioned and worth more than what I paid for it alone. I don't have to say much about Buddy's playing because it's nothing short of stellar and I hope that most people understand that anything recorded of this drumming monster goes without saying. This is an essential CD for all Buddy Rich fanatics. Stop wasting time and just buy this album.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Buddy Rich Rocks 21 Jan 2005
By S. A. Williams - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
"The Roar of '74" is Buddy Rich at his hardest -- a kind of big band jazz/rock fusion. Unlike many of Buddy's records this is a studio recording. This isolates the sounds of the individual instruments, particularly the drums, more than on the live records. Listen with headphones for an intense experience. Buddy absolutely COOKS.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Great driving music! 30 Nov 2005
By RXCSLC - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I can totally understand why Buddy is in a race car on the cover... these tunes are awesome to drive to! I have always been intrigued by Buddy Rich, but I never took the plunge and bought something. I am really into King Crimson, and when I read that Tony Levin played bass on 'ROAR OF 74' I knew I had my gateway to Buddy Rich. The hard part now is deciding what my next Buddy CD will be! Check out the sound samples... they smoke!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Arguably the hardest blowing band he ever had 22 July 2001
By andrew i. chaplowitz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I saw this band at the Newport Jazz Festival, Carnegie Hall when they passed thru in '74. Harry James was also on the bill. At the end of the set, Buddy said that he had played with the best, and this was the greatest band he ever had. It had the intensity of a rock concert.
Released on groove merchant, it is contemporary, most of the music holds up today as blazing jazz-rock fusion.
And, of course, it contains "Time Check", which will sound brand new 500 years from now.
The trumpet entrance on "Backwoods Sideman" will knock you out of your seat.
The legendary bassist, Tony Levin (King Crimson and Paul Simon) sat in on this session!!
After this record, Buddy broke up the band to start his own nightclub, "Buddy's Place" with a sextet. So it was Pat LaBarbera's swan song, although he joined another great drummer, Elvin Jones.
The band definitely went out with a roar!! (although less than two years later, BR was back with the full big band).
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The Roar Of '74 9 Feb 2000
By "gabrielnavarro" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The last album Pat Labarbera did with Buddy. The influence Don Menza left with Labarbera shows.
Don Menza's burning piece "Time Check" more than amply demonstrates the maturity Labarbera experienced in his seven years with Rich.
Manny Albam's Kilaminjaro Cookout showcases Labarbera, John Hoffman's high solo work and that of Keith O'Quinn on trombone.
Trumpeter Greg Hopkins treatment of Horace Silver's "Nutville" really moves and grooves. Listen to Labarbera, Hopkins and Budson burn on this fast-moving latin tinged chart.
Hopkins "Walt of the Mushroom Hunters" is a fun piece for the whole band. With Labarbera on soprano and Budson on piano.
Backwoods Sideman and Senator Sam show the tenor talent of Bob Crea (along with Labarbera), who I'd never heard of till this album.
Of course, Rich's always pulsating beat that keeps all the "fast-movers" on Mach 2 speed.
A great album for Buddy Rich devotees.
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