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ELYSIAN ENCOUNTER

Baker Gurvitz Army

 

Heavy Prog

3.64 | 15 ratings

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Sagichim
3 stars How did this ensemble got together??

I already knew the gurvitz brothers 'three man army' albums and actually was looking for some more recordings by the duo , imagine my surprise when i heard they hooked up with drums wiz mr. ginger baker himself to form a supergroup . never did i think this was possible , but it did!! apparently this is their sandwitch album , their middle out of a three. i do love this album but frankly i don't think it has to offer much to progheads , this is not progressive rock. overall it's your basic kind of good 70's hard rock album. fusing adrian gurvitz always brilliant and tasty guitar work with the intricate busy drums of ginger baker. so mainly this would appeal to all guitar freaks or 'three man army' fans that are looking some more of adrian's playing.

The songs ranges between great rockers with fiery guitar solos with distinctive 70's melodies to rocky songs making an attempt to break through to a more commercial audience. music is never boring but fail to excite me that much. baker is such an amazing drummer and although the songs are pretty basic he manages to stay alive and drive the songs forward. bassist paul gurvitz is no jaco pastorius , but doing his role quite fairly , and not that noticeable. adrian is brilliant as always , his guitar playing is rocky on the one hand and gentle on the other , playing some hawaiian slides against his fiery distortion. all tasty.

In conclusion i would prefer 'three man army' albums on this , where they are not trying to go mainstream but just trying to rock your world , and a bit more progressive too. good album with a beautiful cover , worth seeking it just for that. 3 stars.

Sagichim | 3/5 |

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