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WINGS OF LOVE

Nova

Jazz Rock/Fusion


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tszirmay
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5 stars I am desperate for the CD version of this stunningly unknown, underappreciated jewel. My vinyl copy is almost fossilized by now, so I continue the vigil. With the formidable Percy Jones and the incredible Michael Walden replaced on bass and drums by total unknowns, who would expect Wings of Love to parallel the brilliance of "Vimana" ? The core remains : the Santanesque Corrado Rustici, Elio D'Anna's suave sax and woodwinds and Renato Rosset's liberal use of Fender Rhodes among other keys. This is less Brand X , a lot funkier at times and dreamier at others with breathlessly beautiful vocals. "You are Light" is a superb opener which just stays solidly on track providing a series of memorable tunes , with tons of oboe, flute and sax , crossing swords with Rustici's incredible fretwork. There is a slight Mahavishnu/Santana vibe here , this record would partner well with Borboletta/ Welcome/Caravanserai or Visions of Emerald Beyond/ Birds of Fire. Extremely original recording , very dissimilar from the previous "Vimana" or the following and disappointing "Sun City" . A unique prog gem that deserves more attention and errr ...a CD edition, please. Is there anyone out there who agrees with me ? 5 novas

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Posted Tuesday, September 19, 2006 | Review Permalink
The Owl
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1 stars I have to offer a dissenting opinion of this Nova disc. For me, it's just pure cheese-whiz fusion-lite dripping with dippy Sri-Chinmoy nonsense.

It's not that Nova aren't good musicians (they are VERY capable and competent players), but it's the material that just doesn't cut it. Like other reviewers have mentioned, it does have a kind of Santana-esque vibe with some faintly Mahavishnu-esque ornamentations, but nothing that really jumps out and grabs you by the throat. If anything, this leans far more towards pop with 9th chords than it does fusion, and I would dare say to even call it prog is a bit of a stretch, as it simply rehashes already war-worn cliches and doesn't dare to venture out of a comfortable little box. The instrumental "Marshall Dillon" is the only thing that even threatens to get interesting. Sorry folks, I just can;t get behind this rather bland affair.

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Posted Monday, November 20, 2006 | Review Permalink
5 stars Wings of Love

What a wonderful record, i can listen to it over and over and never get bored. I have a copy from the original LP...wish there was a reissue...

This is an album filled with magic, wonderfully concieved and executed. Beatifully sang, extremly funky... i always feel like dancing when i listen to it! Sometimes i even feel like making love, haha! Wings of Love is one of my favourites of all time. 5stars without a doubt!

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Posted Sunday, February 03, 2008 | Review Permalink
4 stars Yes, it's cheese-fusion, clearly ripped-off from Mahavishnu Orchestra 2 and especially 3, with a little Zappa and Return To Forever influence thrown in. MO's Inner Worlds came out in '76, Nova's WOL in '77. And what is the most popular Mahavishnu song ever? Planetary Citizen - pop-funk-fusion at it's finest. Mr. Rustici and company helped themselves to the ideas created by the always-changing McLaughlin for Inner Worlds. Indeed it's corny, but for the short time this style of jazz-rock was popular it ruled. It's expertly crafted complete with everything from catchy pop-hooks, burning guitar solos (You Are Light), and stellar musicianship. I love WOL. Extra cheese, please.

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Posted Saturday, May 24, 2008 | Review Permalink
4 stars This is indeed a jewel.I got it when it came out,but lost it around 1983.Then about 4 or 5 years ago I came across it,at a decent price as a Japanese print CD.(So there Tszirmay,it was out on CD and happy hunting).I was very pleased when it arrived at my door.

The music is indeed some Mahavishnu Orch,Return To Forever and maybe some Jean Luc Ponty without the violin but Woodwinds,sax instead.These guys made some very catchy music indeed and gives you a feel of you can walk without touching the ground.All musicians are excellent.I think the cheese factor people are talking about and I can see why,is with the singing and the lyrics.Lyrics are in the cosmic glossy eyed Sri Chimnoy vein.There are 3 instrumentals out of 8 songs here.If you like Narada Michael Walden's(producer of this album) first solo album,there's a good chance you'll like this one.

After the first high octane frantic Blink and the more mellowish and smooth Vimana,I think Nova here on Wings of Love found the right balance between the first 2 albums.

If they had smiley faces in 77,they should have been plastered all over the cover and inner sleeve.It is a really nice feel good album.Thankfully they had one more album up their sleeve with Sun City which is also a dandy.4 Super novas.

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