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Dixie Dregs


Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.78 | 92 ratings

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4 stars I used to have a copy their actual first album, The Great Spectacular, on tape. Recorded off the radio. A fairly rare vinyl even when they first started releasing albums through a regular label: Capricorn Records. Lots of good stuff came out under that label.

If you're a stickler for "consistency" in an album, this will probably not be for you. It's a bit of musical variety show. The Freefall title really fit's the music. It's one of those albums where there is probably at least one song that is for someone but if you are someone who can appreciate diversity and doesn't have to have vocals, this is worth checking out, it's a treasure trove kinda like a box of chocolates.

There are all kinds of musical influences here, bluegrass, Mahavishnu Orchestra, southern rock, classical, psychedelic. (Yeah I know one of those things is not like the other.)

I think the mellowest tracks, Sleep and Northern Lights may be my favorites. I've heard more versions of Cruise Control than I can count. This was pretty much their signature piece and at concerts they would set off a flash bomb at the peak of the crescendo.

An excellent debut, but I think What If blew the socks off of it.

Slartibartfast | 4/5 |


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