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Barefoot Boy
Barefoot Boy
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excelent early fusion!, 29 Dec 2013
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This one will fit ear of any lover of the raw, mighty sound of TONY WILLIAMS LIFETIME or COUNT'S ROCK BAND by Steve Marcus, mixed with a bit of a spirit of post-Coltrane music. First 2 tracks (very acid version of "Gypsy Queen" - hardly similar to version by Szabo or Santana) are a nice jams, where Steve and Larry go crazy with their solos (especially the latter). 3rd is a beautiful 20-minutes, spiritual peace, that reminds me of early ALICE COLTRANE and PHAROAH SANDERS solo recordings and a bit of "My Goal's Beyond" by JOHN MCLAUGHLIN.

Note for casual jazz fans - it's not typical 70's Coryell's recording. You won't find there keyboards and anything similar to Larry's ELEVENTH HOUSE or other fusion groups. As I said, it's much more raw and spiritual.

The ACE RECORDS 2013 version is a nice threat - cheap, clean, booklet with short essay, photos and full credits.


LARRY YOUNG'S FUEL / SPACEBALL
LARRY YOUNG'S FUEL / SPACEBALL
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3.0 out of 5 stars About music and new edition, 12 Jun 2013
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Nobody had written about the R2 edition. There are 2CD's in a budget 3-winged digipack. No CD binding, which is an obvious flaw, just 2 slots inside. On the other hand - there are all original artworks, both from front and back of LP (an there are pure photos, cleared from text!), there are full credits (also taken from LP) on the spare wings. No booklet or any foreword unfortunately.
In a nutshell - it's very 'cheap', but somehow satisfying.

The music of LY's FUEL is far from anything he had done beyond. It isn't a post-bop of Blue Note era, it isn't a furious, raw jazzrock from early 70's. FUEL is a mature fusion with deep bass lines, synthesizers, guitars and all those thangs. Though, the music is hard to compare to anything. There are clearly some elements similar to ALPHONSE MOUZON, MICHAL URBANIAK, late MAHAVISHNU and BILLY COBHAM, RETURN TO FOREVER, but Larry got something unique. The music is funky, but you won't say it's a pure funk. There are a lot of surprising changes and themes, there is a lot of groove.

You could expect that nothing could stand on the way (for this music) to be awesome. But it isn't. Larry plays hell-of-a a Moog, but he didn't mastered it, he uses very 'cheap' sounds and also he plays often horribly banal themes. There are tons of fire in "Fuel for The Fire", but listening to some other tunes may let you think it's some kind of jam session or outtakes. That's the reason why "Spaceballs" is better than the first album - there are many more interesting and 'clear' compositions. But still far from perfectness of RTF, far from the improvization excellence of MO or TONY WILLIAMS.

Recommended only for big fusion fans/completionists.

2.5/5 for Fuel
3.5/5 for Spaceball


Lift!
Lift!

5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest European fusion!!!, 21 April 2013
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As a big fan of 70's jazzrock in general I was pretty amazed after discovering Volker Kriegel, a fantastic German guitarist. He left a lot of fin records behind, but "Lift!" is a special one. It brings the density, freshness and emotions of MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA, but doesn't(!) try to compete with their level of volume or ideas at all. The virtousity is mixed with very "European", picturesque jazz sound that reminds some early albums of GARY BURTON, DAVE PIKE, SOFT MACHINE, KEITH TIPPETT, EBERHARD WEBER, JEAN-LUC PONTY.

And the cast.. Zbigniew Seifert on violin, John Taylor on el-piano, Eberhard Weber - bass, John Marshall - drums. What a pity they didn't tour - this could be one of the strongest and most inspiring fusion bands.


Stone Gon'
Stone Gon'
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb pre-disco Barry White, 22 Feb 2013
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There is an audible difference between the most known White's hits from 70's and his 2 first LP's - no disco grooves. This music is absolutely free of simplified rhythm (though it's still an easy-listening one). Why is it important? The lack of dance beat allowed Barry to show his extraordinary feeling for making orchestrations and fill music with his overwhelming voice and small instrumental parts. Listen to "Never, Never Gonna Give Ya Up" and you will feel the difference.

Important note: I've browsed almost every "best of" CD's and the majority of Barry's long tracks was severely shortened (like - a half of the music was cut out!!!). So buying this album is the only opportunity to have an entire piece in its original form.


Life Stories
Life Stories
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5.0 out of 5 stars Touching afrobeat power and melancholy, 27 Nov 2012
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This collection of Ghanian guitarist and compositor "Ebo Taylor" is a bible. Once you'd opened it, you have learned what's afrobeat, what's African 70's music.

The magic of Taylor's works is unbelievable, it's touching ater very first seconds of every track. The richness of African percussions, deep and delicate electric bass, gentle guitar, distinct, leading horns sounds, oldschool electric organ/piano and mystic Afro-voices - it's all is so mature, so far from all the pop/rock music we hear each day.

They're also clearly different from repeatable songs by Fela Kuti, though they're still very trance-like and surround you with a deep, rich African sound.

Listen to "Atwer Abroba" - you'll immediately know what I'm talking about.


Super Freak Live 1982 [DVD] [2011]
Super Freak Live 1982 [DVD] [2011]
Dvd ~ Rick James
Price: £4.99

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2.0 out of 5 stars Fair show, poor concert, 27 Nov 2012
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After listening to "Stone City Band" and "Street Songs" I was astonished by the musical virtuosity of Rick's band. Long, clear instrumental parts as well as fat synth-bass lines were the significant point of mentioned LP's. And well.. you won't find them on this DVD.

I'm aware that many post '80 video materials capturing 'funk' bands are far from the word "concert" and close to the word "show", but this stuff is really, really boring. The German audience obviously had a great fun, but watching how Rick James screams and encourages them to dance for about half of a show is NOT fun while being in front of TV. What about the rest of a band? Bass and keyboards are rather silent, horn section is loud, the guitar soloist is playing very clear and loud, however his skills are not fitting quite well to the soild funk band.

The sound is just good and so is the video quality - a bit old and "washed". And in this case it adds additional degree of weakness to this DVD.

There is obviously a lot of power there, but watching even 45 minutes makes you wanna change to the next, and next, and next track. Even "Super Freak" doesn't grip you.
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Psychedelic Soul
Psychedelic Soul
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5.0 out of 5 stars All killer, no filler, 7 Sep 2012
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It's hard to describe this "best of" in other way. The double CD set is packed with only best funk and r'n'b pieces showing essential Black Music of late 60's and early 70's, with some psychedelic and jazz accents.


Upon the Wings of Music
Upon the Wings of Music
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5.0 out of 5 stars A jazzrock all time classic!, 21 Aug 2012
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A must have for every jazzrock lover. This masterpiece is filled with a deep, mature fusion sound. Years of playing with various jazz and rock bands allowed Ponty to gather many ideas and develop them into highest level. Finest groove is created by rhythmic section and the surrounding lava of gentle synthesizers and Fender Rhodes sound, which all are defining the fusion sound of late 70's. Not only the groove, but also the compositions and improvisations by Ponty and two guitarist are briliant. You'll be gripped from the very beggining by electronic wall in title track, amused by delicate "Question With No Answer" and stunned with echoing fiddles in "Waving Memories".


Salomao
Salomao

3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting fusion of early jazzrock with latin music (3,5 stars really), 27 July 2012
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After few successfull jazzrock albums (Noisy Silence, Four Seasons, Infra-Red) Dave Pike modified his "Pike Set" by hiring new rhythm section (with magnificent Eberhard Weber on bass) and what's more - he took all the band for a trip to Brasil to record an album in Rio de Janeiro with help of Brazilian percussion unit - Grupo Baiafro.

The first part of LP is really stunning. Fantastic composition sounds like a mature ECM albums (distinctive Weber bass playing) with a very rich background of Southamerican percussions. It's not only attractive as a Dave Pike jazzrock album, but also as a very exotic jazz fusion.

But what is dissapointing is the second part. The long suite lacks anything that "suite" should have, there're just some solo efforts of each member, that really pale after the first part, or even any other of Pike's LP's mentioned above.

Still, "Salomao" is absolutely worth hearing by any fans of electric jazz and fusion. Those who like early albums with Airto & Flora would be also nicely surprised.


Four Reasons
Four Reasons
Price: £7.12

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great early fusion, 16 May 2012
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Dave Pike was one of the few band leaders who really felt the new wave of jazz in the fall of '60s. His migration to Germany made a great influence on what he played. Surrounded by fantastic, innovative guitarist Volker Kriegel (who played not only 6- and 12-string guitars, but also sitar) and very fine rhythm section with (mostly) electric bass, he set off to the the land of jazz-driven fusion. Though his departure made his recordings not as influencial on the USA-jazz scene, as they should be, his German record are essential for those who love early Larry Coryell, John McLaughlin, Gary Burton, Dreams and all those pioneers. I think also the very fair price encourage anyone.

Additional details: jewel-case, 4p. booklet (hi-q front, back and inside of LP with full info, photos and original liner-notes in English and German)


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