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RAMSHACKLED

Alan White

 

Crossover Prog

2.64 | 26 ratings

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stefro
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3 stars Certainly a departure from his day job, 1976's 'Ramshackled' proves the real oddity amongst the numerous Yes solo albums issued in the wake of both 'Tales From Topographic Oceans' and 'Relayer'. Whilst his cohorts produced either classy symphonic rock(Squire's excellent 'Fish Out Of Water'), classically-influenced piano prog('Story Of I' by Patrick Moraz) or glacial art-pop (Jon Anderson's delicate 'Olias Of Sunhillow') White opted to a navigate a different path, cooking up a funky, jazz-rock mixture glazed with cool pop melodies and augmented by the occasional fusion-laced instrumental flight-of-fancy. Strangely, a glance at the writing credits reveals not a single mention of the name 'White', with 'Ramshackle' written entirely by the little-known trio of Peter Kirtley, Kenny Craddock and Colin Gibson. White does contribute a collection of impressive percussive displays - check out the whirring, rock-solid beat of the groove-licked 'Avakak (a.k.a. Twelve Ways To Drink Meths)' - yet he is by no means the star performer. A slick, polished and slightly over-sweet album, 'Ramshackled' nevertheless exudes a certain infectious charm, the streamlined blend of rock, fusion and funk tinged with just enough progressive artfulness for it to maybe catch the ear of the odd Yes aficianado and beyond. Some may find it all a bit too close to Weather Report or suchlike for their liking, those who dabble in the occasional slice of classic 1970s funk - Green, Gaye, Hayes etc - may just find their next favourite album. Kudos to Alan White for treading such an unexpected pathway. Yes this certainly ain't; 'Ramshackled' really does proves a very apt title. STEFAN TURNER, STOKE NEWINGTON, 2013
stefro | 3/5 |

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