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APO-CALYPSO

Embryo

 

Jazz Rock/Fusion

2.64 | 14 ratings

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Bilkaim
5 stars Apo-Calypso was the first Embryo album I heard. And it was an amazing introduction to a band - or better to say to a family of extraordinary musicians coming from different parts of the world - which has made one the finest contributions in fusing jazz-rock with a variety of ethnic elements, from Western and Central Africa to India and China. With Apo-Calypso Embryo was still in the framework of jazz and rock, with notable hippy atmoshere, offering music for pleasure of a unique kind. But the last song, the 14 minutes long Getalongwithasong, clearly announces the upcoming shift to more expressed Eastern influences and affinities, which would become so delightfully dominant in their 1979. masterpiece - Reise. The song is a nice piece of work, flavoured by echanting presence of great collaborators Shoba and Trilok Gurtu, years before their very good independent effort 'Usfret'. The rest of the album expresses the mastership of Christian, Roman, Uwe, Michael and Butze, the most stabile Embryo line-up in the seventies, resulting in five great songs, mostly instrumental, like Knast-Funk, Amnesty Total and Together. Knast-Funk contains a freakish hammond organ solo of Michael Wehmeyer - probably the most exciting part of the album. I admit Apo-Calypso is not the best Embryo album, but, in my opinion, still deserves no less than five stars.
Bilkaim | 5/5 |

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