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5 stars Buckyball's latest and greatest release up to date has to be BRAND X "Trilogy". It's a 3-CD release that consists of Brand X's two 1990's studio albums "Manifest Destiny" and "X communication" together with a previously unreleased live recording, recorded live in New York City, September 27, 1979. BRAND X was formed in 1975 and they're one of the big names within the genre that ranges between jazz-rock and progressive rock. Their music can be compared with bands such as MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA, RETURN TO FOREVER and WEATHER REPORT. The line-up has changed through the years and they have explored various sub-genres. "Manifest Destiny" and "X communication" is without doubt some of the best albums that have ever been released within this genre with marvelous musicianship and great compositions. But the real goodie here are of course the live CD with songs mainly from their splendid LP "Product" from 1979. This 3 CD set, and especially the live CD will haunt my CD-player for a long time onward. Be sure to invest some well-spent money on this magnificent release. Highly recommended!

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Posted Wednesday, February 25, 2004 | Review Permalink
3 stars I have always been a fan of BRAND X with their jazz prog tendencies and thanks to the fine folks at Buckyball they have released an archived live recording from 1979. The line up includes the classic BRAND X personas of Phil COLLINS (drums, voice), John Goodsall (guitars) and Percy Jones (fretless bass) with Robin Lumely (keyboards) and Peter Robinson (piano). The recording is from the last of four shows they performed in NYC , Sept 1979. The between song commentary has been included as well which makes this CD run like a real live concert. Musically these guys were definitely on that evening (as they were most) and we are treated to some incredible bass, guitar and drum interplay. Most of the songs performed live is from their "Product" album and IMHO is one of BRAND X's best albums. It is truly great to hear these songs live as they get a new light shed on them. Goodsall and company toss in an extended version of "Malaga Virgen" (Morrocan Roll) which will blow you away. This CD is available in an essential 3 CD package from Buckyball Music which also contains the albums "X-Communication" and "Manifest Destiny".
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