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3.30 | 20 ratings | 3 reviews | 10% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1977

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Don't Look Now (4:13)
2. The Seance (3:45)
3. Barracuda (6:05)
4. Starbright Park (5:46)
5. Love Crossed (like Vines In Our Eyes) (6:26)
6. Blue Mountain (3:46)
7. Europe Ona Dollar A Day (3:44)
8. Neighbours (6:39)

Total time 40:24

Bonus tracks on 1998 CD release:
9. Dont Look Now (mixing version) (3:29)
10. Blue Mountain (mixing version) (5:57)
11. Barracuda (mixing version) (3:38)
12. Take Me to the Void Again (incomplete work-in-progress mix) (3:42)
13. Summer in the City (abandoned lovin spoonful cover) (4:02)

Total Time: 61:12

Line-up / Musicians

- Rupert Hine / lead vocals, keyboards, producer
- John G. Perry / bass, vocals
- Trevor Morais / drums, percussion

- Elkie Brooks / vocals
- Geoffrey Richardson / acoustic & electric guitars, acoustic & electric viola, flutes
- Paul Keogh / acoustic & electric guitars
- Simon Jeffes / string arranger & conductor
- The Penguin Cafe String Ensemble / strings
- Gavyn Wright / violin, leader
- Helen Liebmann / cello
- Henry Lowther / brass arrangements
- The Tower Of Lowther Horn Section / brass
- Ray Cooper / percussion

Releases information

Artwork: Dan Pearce

LP The Electric Record Company - TRIX 3 (1977, UK)

CD Voiceprint - MPVP013CD (1998, Europe) Remastered (?) with 5 bonus tracks

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QUANTUM JUMP Barracuda ratings distribution

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(10%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(30%)
Good, but non-essential (50%)
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Review by Sean Trane
3 stars QJ's second album more or less continues on the sound built-up with their debut, even taking the loss of Mark Warner (to Cat Stevens's group) without that much notice. Their light jazzy rock bordering on the Canterbury was never that demented or incredibly attention-grabbing. On more than one occasion, I was brought to think of Steely Dan's rather funky jazz-laced almost-MOR rock as the closest musical cousin. This may not be that attractive a description, but if you bear along with me a few minutes (and a few dozen listens of the album), you will find also some Happy The Man and maybe also the second part of Camel's career (with Caravan members).

One can hear all the class of keyboard man Rupert Hine as well as (ex-Caravan) John G Perry's funky bass lines, and if no tracks really stands out, none are weak bar the slightly less even Europe On A Dollar A Day.

Worthy of notice is Simon Jeffes's Penguin Café String Ensemble, but they stay very wise (and well clear of the RIO of their own albums) and blend in quite nicely with the overall soft and genteel mood of the album on the title track for example. The Tower Of Lowther horn section also intervenes but do not add that much, either. What I find is lacking in this album is the more aggressive feel and wished that Manzanera had guested on a few tracks.

Not usually a fan of Voiceprint Records, I must say that this re-issue of a minor work is almost flawless, although the bonus tracks are completely forgettable and the sound a bit flat, but since I have never heard the original vinyls... not that I was missing that much for the last three decades with QJ.

Latest members reviews

4 stars This is a wonderful LP - go get it if you can. The production and overall sound has moved on a little from the first album, and all the better for it. The almost STEELY DAN-like dry humour remains, altho it's not as obscure. The musicians performances are fresh and alive. Trevor Morais' play ... (read more)

Report this review (#60509) | Posted by duncanparsons | Friday, December 16, 2005 | Review Permanlink

3 stars I bought this album in 1979, not a particularly good year for prog, in the UK anyway, but this stood out as being one of the most original and tightly-produced albums of its time; the quality of the song-writing and musicianship as well as the hot guest list still holds water today, over twenty-f ... (read more)

Report this review (#60506) | Posted by billsibb | Friday, December 16, 2005 | Review Permanlink

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