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Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.24 | 24 ratings

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1 stars Was there anyone in the early 70's that did NOT look sinister and creepy?

In terms of appearances the 70's was the most appalling decade in living memory. No-one looks good hidden beneath acres of facial hair, wearing flares and that soul sapping mixture of orange and brown that everyone seemed to favour.

This album is a bit like listening to an episode of 'Kojak'. It's entirely instrumental and displays the usual guitar, drums and bass approach with some discordant keyboard screeches and whines thrown in, in an attempt to generate some interest.

Unfortunately it fails as a listening experience due to the randomness of everything that occurs. It sounds improvisational with no real sense of direction or coherence. Maybe if I drank 8 pints of beer I might be a bit more lenient towards it. There will be some folk out there in prog-land who'll like this messy, irritating album due to it's extremely 70's vibe. There are some awful wailing tuneless saxophones on the final track 'Trippin' With Birds'. This is played over the top of some rhythmless drums and random keyboards and reminds me of some of the worst moments of 'Sun Ra' .

It's also poorly recorded with some of the flattest, tinniest sounds you'll here on any of the bands listed on this website.

As for me, by the end of this album, I feel like a dead cowboy draped over my saddle being brought into town on the back of a horse.

Dobermensch | 1/5 |


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