In the Hand of the Inevitable
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* Cast your mind back to late 1993: Acid Jazz are on top of the world, the Brand New Heavies are in the top ten and Jamiroquai is the biggest selling new artists of the year with a number one album. Despite scoring his first chart successes the label's founding artist James Taylor has parted company with his label Big Life and is looking for a route to go forward. Acid Jazz make a big bid and set out to make the ultimate acid jazz album, In The Hand Of The Inevitable and its companion EP `Extended Play' were the results.
* The album itself was a panoramic view of a band at the height of its powers. The music, recorded on analogue equipment, captured a depth to both the playing and the songwriting which made both the album and EP so popular. Both made the UK chart as did the incredible soul single lifted from it, `Love Will Keep Us Together'. The album went on to be James' most succesful.
* The album's sounds stretched from the deep and heavy funk of `Haitian Breakdown' and `Whole Lotta Love' through incredible fusion workouts that sound like the Mizel's working with Johnny Hammond. There is a trio of fantastic soul songs - and the singles, `Good Times' and `Stepping Into My Life' are still played in modern soul rooms everywhere.
* The booklet is packed with rare images, and a sleeve note that tells of the albums long drawn out recording process, its triumphant reception and the inherent tensions between James and the label. A fitting tribute to a fabulous album.
Top Customer Reviews
My only criticisms are;
a) in this period Mr T and the group were chasing the Acid-Jazz pop vibe of the time and as such, perhaps the 'sound' of the group was a bit diluted and James Taylor's excellent Hammond work is conspicuous by it's absence (especially when compared to their other albums and live performances).
b)like many mid-90's recording something indefinable has slightly 'blunted' the mastering of the tracks and some of the vibrancy that was obviously there in the studio seems to have been lost.
But these are minor gripes really, as this a fine body of work that should be added to anyone's collection.