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  • Audio CD (1 July 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Universal Music Distribution
  • ASIN: B001AI1QV8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 403,906 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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I'm not certain that that many people are familiar with this early MPS release, because it hasn't been that widely available, as many of his later releases have. Recorded while he still was working with Frank Zappa, this recording also is far-off the more commercial attemps, he later on would release.

The sound on this trio recording is very nice and the playing is fresh and spontanious. The opening song comes across almost as a free jam, and all in all many of the tracks sounds improvised.

He is joined by Ndugu Chandler on drums and John Heard on bass, and the only thing one properly could miss from this recording, is some more solid material/compositions. But when that is said, I must add that everything comes out very musically and there is certainly a lot of great playing from the hands of Mr. Duke, both on Rhodes, acoustic piano and not the least on synthesizers as well.

Highly recommended.
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As a fan of Seventies Jazz-Funk and Jazz-Fusion - I must admit to lack of knowledge on this one - and it's a gem I've been missing out on.

This July 2008 CD remaster on Verve Originals B0011514-02 (Barcode 600753095591) is a straightforward reissue of "Faces In Reflection" - a rare Jazz-Fusion album by George Duke originally released in 1974 in Europe and the USA on MPS Records/BASF (it had no British release). It's also part of Universal's "Originals" CD series. All of these discs are remastered, housed in card digipaks with original artwork reproduced on the outer and inner flap (usually no booklet) and are pitched at mid-price. The series is extensive - over 120 titles covering Jazz, Funk, Soul, Latin, Big Bands and Fusion albums across the multinational's vast array of labels. But the big news for fans here is the superlative new sound...

KEVIN REEVES handled the mastering and it's a fabulous job done - the sound quality is `so' good. Being Fusion and filled with keyboard flourishes and jazzy drum patterns - the remastering needed to enhance the playing - and it has. "Piano Solo No. 1+2" for instance has slight hiss - but it's not dampened out nor compressed - it's allowed to breath - and lovely for it. You really hear the musicianship. JOHN HEARD is the Bass player and NDUGU the Drummer - all other instruments are by GEORGE DUKE.

1. The Opening
2. Capricorn
3. Piano Solo No. 1+2
4. Psychosomatic Dung
5. Faces In Reflection No.1 (Instrumental)
6. Maria Tres Filhos
7. North Beach
8. Da Somba
9. Faces In Reflection No.
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Up there with my fave George Duke albums I think. This is a bit looser & jazzier than his later MPS releases, fewer overdubs & synths & in my opinion all the better for it. I always thought George was one of the very best electric piano players of his generation & when he wasn't going overboard, a fantastically inventive synth player. The rhythm section here of Ndugu & Heard are tremendous & Heards strong tone on the double bass doesn't sound at all out of place when matched against Dukes electronics. If you like all the Dukey Stick faux P-funk nonsense that came later then maybe this isn't for you but if you enjoy proper jazz crossover when it was still vibrant & fresh then this is well worth a pop. RIP George you seemed a lovely guy.
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The MPS remaster has restored the pitch & tempo to the original vinyl release: the early CD release of this album was mastered one tone plus several cents flat...
The album is, of course, fantastic. RIP George.
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HASH(0x96d37288) out of 5 stars THE FIRST OF FIVE 24 April 2008
By COMPUTERJAZZMAN - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
THIS IS THE FIRST OF FIVE ALBUMS GEORGE DUKE RECORDED FOR THE MPS/BASF LABEL BACK IN THE 1970'S. THIS WAS RECORDED IN 1974, AND IT IS THE FIRST ALBUM WHERE GEORGE DUKE PICKS UP PLAYING SYNTHESIZER. THE ONLY OTHER MUSICIANS ARE JOHN HEARD ON BASS AND LEON NDUGU CHANCELLOR ON DRUMS & PERCUSSION. THIS IS A GREAT ALBUM FROM GEORGE'S MOST CREATIVE AND ORIGINAL PERIOD MUSICALLY (I GUESS PLAYING ALL THOSE YEARS WITH FRANK ZAPPA REALLY LET HIM OPEN HIMSELF UP TO NEW HORIZONS). THE OTHER FOUR MPS ALBUMS, "THE AURA WILL PREVAIL", "FEEL", "LIBERATED FANTASIES" AND "I LOVE THE BLUES (SHE HEARD ME CRY) ARE ALL EQUALLY GREAT AS WELL, I HAVE THREE OF THEM ON AN IMPORT COMPILATION CALLED "THREE ORIGINALS". BUT THIS WAS THE FIRST ONE AND IT DEFINTELY WORTH HAVING.
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HASH(0x96d372dc) out of 5 stars One of my favorite records - an early masterpiece by the Duke 27 Mar. 2008
By Gonga - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is an absolute must-have for fans of early George Duke, especially the jazz-lovers. This is THE album where George really found his legs and his new musical self and direction. It is bursting with beautiful and tasty energy, particularly his electric piano work. Except for a bit of dated craziness on a minimoog with echoplex which sounds like early experimentation today, this record stands up to time beautifully and I consider it one of his best albums. This is timeless, essential George, for lovers of his unique playing, especially keyboardists like me. This one will always receive regular rotation, I still listen to it regularly even after 34 years.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96a9099c) out of 5 stars Stopped in my tracks 11 Aug. 2008
By M. Butler - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I hate to plug Best Buy but in these economic times we can all stand to save a few bucks. 9.99. As I was waiting for my daughter to pick out a camera, I told her to meet me at the car. By the time she got there, it had morphed into a time machine and it was 1974 once again. Where can you get that type of thrill for 10 bucks, I ask????????????
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96d37564) out of 5 stars Fantastic feelings 27 Nov. 2008
By allesandro ferramonte - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
A great early George Duke album, nicely remastered...I have the original MPS lp pressing...this is great fusion with feel, no pretense..close your eyes and float away.........
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HASH(0x96d377a4) out of 5 stars One of a triptych 12 Oct. 2009
By artrat - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Faces in Reflection and Feel are two great records, quintessential jazz-rock of the time, with a dash of funk. Both lurk somewhere around Weather Report and Return to Forever of the period. It's happy and action packed. Mid 70s American jazz fusion was brilliant, along with some of the English work by Nucleus and Soft Machine, and usually in quieter mode the ECM label.

For me The Aura Will Prevail wasn't quite as good, but I recall all three as sitting together as a suite in similar style quite well. But to my ears this one was the best of the three.
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