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Loved by those that know it...,
This review is from: Unorthodox Behaviour (Audio CD)
Regarded by us "fans" as Phil Collins' part time band (even if this wasn't strictly true), I first heard of Brand X on Derek Jewell's show on Radio 3 at that time. This record and the ones that followed it were used extensively as HiFi dem discs where I worked in the late seventies and I loved it enough to go on to collect them all and even saw them live at the "Venue" - a very happy and memorable experience...
As a previous reviewer put it, there are no "ego's" here. All the musicians are excellent at their job and Philip Collins, as he's often credited on this bands recordings, is having a ball; developing his drumming skills way beyond what's needed for his Genesis work. Percy Jones became notorious for his fretless bass work too...
The thing about this band for me was that they never appeared to take themselves seriously, the good humour coming out in practically every record they made. This is not to say the music wasn't seriously played though, as all the band members were more than able to make their instruments "talk" to you. Being this good does free the imagination I'm sure as playing technique doesn't get in the way any longer in the compositions.
If you find some "prog" stuff from the seventies a bit "up itself," PLEASE give Brand X a try (if you don't know them as yet). The music has stood the test of time and is as fresh now as it was then.
P.S. The original recordings were very good as I recall, having heard a couple of master tape tracks on occasion, but the band's CD's do sound a bit small and constricted for some reason, compared to the original LP's. Perhaps one day they will be looked at again..