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Sweet Smoke


Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.89 | 143 ratings

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4 stars Before any thing,let us speak about the case of this album which is worth glance.Very coloured,she says a lot on the contents of the disc and music there that one will find ^_^ there what they can see above has left the eyes of a Hindu godhead and underneath the palace of milles are and one night.The calligraphy of letters is typical of period at the end ' 60 and at the beginning of 70 '.

The abum is comparatively short (33min) and only composed of two pieces,few groups have the period had boldness to try to make such long pieces,result is no less than very good quality...

The 1st piece (Baby Night) starts with an air of flute,this one taking a very important place in the piece,over the beginning it contributes to give the tempo.It remains rather calm until 2'35 almost or the flute up little by little before '4 where rhythm changes suddenly,in 4'40 the flute disappears to leave place in a long stage of improvisations in any types punctuated notably with some small shouting and rather exotic muttering.In 8'45 music becomes again more calm and the voice of Marvin does again its appearance,then towards 11'35 a small solo of guitar of very short-term finds its place perfectly here,its at this instant that they really realize that a big party of the piece is rest on improvisation. At 13'25,no doubt,its a snake charmer whom one hear and who goes perfectly with the exotic and unaccustomed style of this piece. The flute does again surface and after a last rise gets lost in steam...

Silly Sally is really jazz over the beginning with an an ubiquitous saxophone and a rather light rhythm which reminds of the case of the album.Come then the evil-minded voice of Marvin and this small shouting of thrill which certain Jim had popularized some years earlier.The singer starts then a speak a language was so small place later in a solo with a guitar very distorted.They arrive finally has the party has most interesting of the piece,little before the '7 a splendid solo of battery which puts to sleep literally,they are dealing here with a pure gliding passage who is really very taking,they can determine the strange likeness that whizz this solo with noise of reactors of plane,one understand the inspiration so of or in scooped out summer for the video.Come then a party or one hear maracasses and the noise of a criquet,with voices which seem Hindu and that seem to pronounce words,hardly audible... The battery and the saxophone close this piece always on this same air of return to it,it all the same Michael Paris has a lot of breath because to hold his notes so for a long time,I take off to him to my hat!!! Last seconds are also very sought-after,very jazz and Jay Dorfman marks deliberately with time of pause what marks the end of the piece,that undoubtedly does not seem to want to end ^_^ The firsts time when I have listening this piece I was so much taken by music that I literally left myself taken. Of other one counted only this piece,the rest was equal to me,the first listenings in actual fact I was really taken a slap,its in wonders how a simple song can bring this feeling of abatement and relaxation!

Although I consider Silly Sally as being distinctly better than baby Night,Just a poke remains however a very good album,to listen in peace and without being pressed!

Legionnary | 4/5 |


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