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Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.22 | 48 ratings

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5 stars McLuhan is an american band that released just one album in 1971. Very unusual characteristics for a prog rock/jazz fusion band. Maybe that's why it's mostly unknown.

These guys were ahead of their time. A lot. It's surprising how an american band recorded this taking into account that as they are americans, they probably didn't have so much contact with the british prog context (maybe I'm mistaken about this, if so, sorry).

The album starts with "The Monster Bride". If I were to describe it with one word, I would say: chaotic. This is delicious chaos. It has many prog elements, with a catching theme that ends the song. The saxophone here is very present, with nice keyboards plays. I read on the internet they used to play it with the movie Frankenstein, and that's why there's the Fox theme on this song (again, maybe I'm mistaken).

The second song, "Spiders (In Neals Basement)" is where the vocals get the most attention. It's an incredible song. If you want to hear a sample of the album, hear this song.

"Witches Themes and Dances" starts with a fast saxophone melody, which turns some seconds later into a calm and beautiful melody from the vocals. If the first song is chaos, this is contrast. The calm melody turns itself into frenetic instrument solos.

It ends with "A Brief Message From Your Local Media". As the previous song, it starts with a calm and beautiful vocal melody, which persists until half the song. Then a keyboard leads us to the agitated part of the song, which ends the album in a fantastic way.

Just impressive. A very solid album from an unknown band. This is one of the best prog rock records I've ever heard. Do it some justice and listen to it.

morfano | 5/5 |


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