I just happened to listen to Elastic Rock last night on vinyl & decided to recommend it to the world. I trust this Cd release has been well mastered, as the production on vinyl shimmers with every sweeping melody. All th eband are excellent musicians & the majority of music on offer here has a quite toned down mellow feel compared to British Jazz of that time & the melodies & musician interplay is fantastic by any standards. For Elastic Rock alone, this is worth every penny, as most of what Ian Carr was involved in at that time is priceless, especially his work with Don Rendell.
I bought these albums on vinyl when they came out. 69/70.The interplay between the musicians is exceptional. Elastic Rock sounds more original than the second record but both are wonderful. Apparently they blew away musicians and fans when they played New York at the time. Ian Carr, Brian Smith, Karl Jenkins, Chris Spedding, Jeff Clyne and John Marshall are all on the top of their form. Do not hesitate, buy this undoubted CLASSIC.
this is great stuff,atmospheric,cinematic and intense.the interplay of horns,guitar and ryhthm section is a joy.i only discovered nucleus quite recently,and although some similarities to miles davis it has a unique sound.love it
Elastic Rock in particular. This was a very tight and high performance band. Particularly Ian Carr, Karl Jenkins and Brian Smith. Having been fortunate to see them live twice, the album when it came out in 1970 did not disappoint. These were musicians as comfortable live as they were at ease producing in the studio. And they were a tight combination. Given that it owes more to jazz form than progressive rock, its experimentation produced some startling interactions between band and audience. People used to shaking hair at guitar driven rock, sat and listened and were blown away by the mastery. It helped that Chris Spedding was able to cut loose on guitar and was the equal to many of the pyrotechnic axe players of the time. But it is the synthesis of abilities that is the strength of Elastic Rock. In Brian Smith, New Zealander, you also have a giant of tenor saxophone. Sadly he went to record some rubbish in later years. Ian Carr has turned out some jazz/classical/sacred music cross-over's. Karl Jenkins-I have not picked up on my radar. The disappointment was that Elastic Rock did not lead onto better output from Nucleus. The second album on this CD "Let's Talk About It Later" is journeyman. It does not ignite or excite but is listenable. I find Chris Spedding's guitar takes away from the music on this album. But good on Polygram for releasing this. As I wrote in the title, "Elastic Rock" is a British jazz classic, that somehow seems to have been overlooked. If you like jazz that is cerebral but with guts; then give this a listen. With the calibre of musicianship on display-you can't lose out.
A couple of wonderful albums from that most creative and innovative times in music, the late 60's and early 70's. If you like the more tuneful and structured type of jazz / rock, then this is for you. As many of the Nucleus alumni ended up in some of the later incarnations of Soft Machine, it is easier to hear the precursors to albums like Bundles in these albums than Soft Machine's own. The only let down are the final two tracks on "We'll talk about it later" where they vocals - in my view, they ruin otherwise good tracks. Apparently, the title 1916 originally referred to the time signature, and the reference to the Easter Uprising came later...
I love every Ian Carr and / or Nucleus release. these are the first two from 1970 / 71 and well, how can you go wrong with Chris Spedding on guitar, John Marshall on drums , Karl Jenkins on keys and woodwinds.....awesome !