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Jazz Rock/Fusion

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5 stars Almost six months after their debut album was released, Nucleus recorded their second album in September 1970. Ian Carr's group should continue to be characterized by high productivity in the future. A lot had happened before the recording sessions for "We'll Talk About It Later". At the suggestion and mediation of the BBC, Nucleus played at the Montreux Jazz Festival, where they also won the band competition that was still taking place at the time. The prize was an appearance at the well-known Newport Jazz Festival. Both appearances gave Nucleus and the style they created a massive boost in popularity in Europe. Contract negotiations for the release of the Nucleus albums in America failed due to the band manager's excessive demands. So it happened that Nucleus became a purely European band, which unfortunately never achieved the status and notoriety that they should have been entitled to. Because Nucleus not only made one of the first, but - as the album to be discussed here shows - one of the most successful attempts not only to combine jazz and rock, but to really fuse them together.

"We'll Talk About It Later" was recorded by the same line-up as "Elastic Rock", and the differences between the two discs aren't that great. To the driving, sometimes slightly repetitive patterns of the rhythm department, the humming bass lines from Clyne, the pearly and wavy electric piano runs from Jenkins and the relatively reserved rocking electric guitar from Spedding (the rock department of the group), Carr, Jenkins and Smith on trumpet, flugelhorn, flute, various saxophones and oboe (the jazz group). The melodious, almost dreamy entries of the oboe in particular give the music its own distinct, elegiac character. What is offered here is rather delicate and playful, but at the same time very exciting and varied. Compared to the debut, the music is perfected, comes out of the speakers rounder and a little more thrilling. There is even some vocals in "Ballad Of Joe Pimp" and "Easter 1916".

For me, "We'll Talk About It Later", together with the debut, is the most successful album by Nucleus, which not only represents the high point in the work of Carr and Jenkins, but is also one of the best albums from the Canterbury camp. If you are interested in this prog genre and have no aversions to jazz and the sounds of wind instruments (the second should actually be the prerequisite for the first), you should definitely get the disc. The LP has been re-released on a double CD together with "Elastic Rock". An ideal introduction to the music of Nucleus!

prog_traveller!! | 5/5 |


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