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Charming Snakes Import

2.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (21 Aug. 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Bmg Music
  • ASIN: B0000000JW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,091,215 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Mexico 1920
  2. Charming Snakes
  3. Big Thing
  4. Rainmaker
  5. Charis
  6. Mickey Goes To Africa
  7. Innocence Falls Prey
  8. Passion Of the Shadows
  9. Monk Gets Ripped
  10. Easy On The Ice
  11. The Strong And The Beautiful

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Format: Audio CD
I was tempted to rate this as 5 stars just to balance the over the top one star rating given by the only other reviewer but honesty prevailed.

Summers is accompanied by some great fusion talents (Bill Evans, Chad Wackerman, Herbie Hancock) and his playing is fine. Some good tunes make this a very enjoyable record for fans of electric guitar and fusion music.
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Format: Audio CD
Apart from the fact that in his picture on the booklet, Mr Summers looked decidedly less than in the best of health, for reasons at which we can only guess, I owned this only briefly and swiftly traded it in for something else. Nor have I ever had any hankering to hear it again since. For much better material, look to World Gone Strange (1991) or The Last Dance Of Mr X (1997), both of which are excellent.
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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars 7 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Stands the test of time. 8 Jun. 2017
By Reuben - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This album is great!! Get it!!!
5.0 out of 5 stars Very charming indeed 21 July 2011
By shadowmaster - Published on Amazon.com
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The best Andy Summer record of all time. Released by then Peter Baumann's Private Music Label. I only heard to 2 tracks back in the late 80's from the Private Music sampler and it strongly struck me. A blend of new age? Jazz? Rock? Reggae? Pop? or all of the above. Supported by Chad Wackerman, Mark Isham et al this is vintage Andy Summers at his peak. Don't expect a Police record though one can hear Summer's guitar riffs reminiscent of his former band. A good addition for a taste of Andy Summer's post Police ventures.
4.0 out of 5 stars Andy Summers does jazz and rock at the same time 18 Feb. 2016
By STEPHEN R. - Published on Amazon.com
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generally interesting electric guitar work, and generally (I mean in most of the songs) a nice interplay between the drummer and the guitarist.
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Jazz 11 Aug. 2014
By Hunyadi - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Andy Summers gives a unique guitar-centered jazz experience. One of the predominant instruments on this album is Bill Evans on the soprano saxophone. Some stand-out tracks include “Mexico 1920”,”Rainmaker”, “Innocence Falls Prey” and “Passion of the Shadow.” Nonetheless Andy Summers put together a good album on this one that’s very vibrant and alive from start to finish. Alongside Summers is Doug Lunn on bass and Chad Wackerman on drums also shine as musicians on their instruments! Sting also makes an appearance. Great contemporary jazz album!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The RajMan (Fan) Review 9 Mar. 2014
By Raj Manoharan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is Andy Summers as he hadn't been heard before. Summers flexes his musical muscle with wild abandon, penning bombastic, over-the-top jazz-rock fusion pieces and unleashing searing and flashy guitar leads, proving once and for all that he is far more than a minimalist master of rhythm, atmosphere, and texture.

Summers' band here includes keyboardist David Hentschel, bassist Doug Lunn, and aptly named powerhouse drummer Chad Wackerman, with all-star assists by Summers' former Police band mate Sting and Darryl Jones on bass, jazz superstar Herbie Hancock and Brian Auger on keyboards, Ed Mann on percussion, Mark Isham on trumpet, and Bill Evans on saxophone.

This is Summers' most extroverted album and, as such, will keep your ears wide open.
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