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3.61 | 25 ratings | 3 reviews | 20% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1969

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Sex (3:51)
2. Beautiful Woman (4:32)
3. The Jam with Albert (9:20)
4. Elementary Guitar Solo# 5 (6:49)
5. No One Really Knows (5:07)
6. Morning Sickness (5:20)
7. Ah Wuv Ooh (4:22)

Total Time 39:21

Line-up / Musicians

- Larry Coryell / guitar, piano (2), electric piano (7), vocals

- Mike Mandel / organ, piano (4)
- Jim Pepper / flute
- Chuck Rainey / bass (1,4-6)
- Ron Carter / double bass (2,7)
- Albert Stinson / double bass (3,5)
- Bernard Purdie / drums

Releases information

Artwork: Jules E. Halfant with Chappy Diederich (photo)

LP Vanguard Apostolic ‎- VSD 6547 (1969, US)

CD Vanguard Apostolic ‎- VMD 6547 (2001, Italy)
CD Real Gone Music ‎- RGM 0547 (2017, US) Remastered

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Review by Sean Trane
4 stars Whether this is the debut album or not is debatable, but its his first one under his own name and what a debut this album makes. It's actually virtually impossible to tell that the guitarist on this album will be the jazz and jazz-rock giant he became. Behind this very hippy-ish artwork hides a pure blistering piece of hard rocking guitar. The line-up consists of permanent sidemen such as school friend Mike Mandel (KB), drummer Purdie, with the bass slot still not decided between Rainey and Stinson. Guesting are old collab Amerindian Jim Pepper, Miles collab Ron Carter, while wife Julie signs the liner notes (and gets two track credits as well) and in-house producer Danny Weiss at the production helm, this debut album is certainly no accident and the very base of LC's early career.

Quite a varied album we get here, as the tracks range from the good rocking sung track like the opening Sex track (sounding like Lenny Kravitz circa Let Love Rule, with more instrumental space) and Morning Sickness (guitar as medication), to incandescent lengthy instrumental extrapolations Jam With Albert (Stinson the bassist), from the softer psych-blues Beautiful Woman (again early Kravitz comes to mind) to the slow-starting boogie Elementary Guitar Solo #5 (an excuse for a hot searing and soaring solo) turning into a wild mid-section tempo. The two Julie-penned tracks are both quality piece that do not detract from the rest of the album, especially the wild No One Really Knows, starting out nicely, until Larry hoofs it into the stratosphere with his guitar and the closing Ah-Wuv-Oh, where Pepper's flute plays an interesting contrast with Larry's guitar.

Certainly one of LC's best moments in his career that will feature many, I would like to point out that if LC would progress musically greatly, he was starting from a solid base like this album. Indeed this album can't be called jazz, jazz-rock t all, it is a pure R'nR album, and one that's highly recommended, too.

Review by Kazuhiro
3 stars I feel some albums that this Larry Coryell made in the item of Jazz/fusion at the time of Vanguard there are a lot of very reformative elements. As for it, the listener will feel the element of Rock at this time and the element of psychedelic remarkable. Coryell that placed "Lady Coryell" announced at the same time and had digested with this album in the age submitted the perfection as a certain answer in continuing album "Spaces". Generally, Spaces of the work of Coryell at this time might be famous. And, the item of Jazz/fusion had a lot of musicians who took various elements to the music that relied on one road that Miles in the 70's advocated and derived. And, it might be Coryell to have submitted it most remarkably at this time. The performance and the sensibility of this Coryell are guessed also for Phil Miller of Hatfields to have been influenced. It is spoken that fact Phil listened to Coryell well. It might be too regrettable to catch this album as an attempt before "Spaces" reaches music with which the throb feeling overflows and the tension. As for the drum of Bernard Purdie, the style is already consistent and the Play is good at this time with Bass of Ron Carter and Chuck Raney each other. As for the situation in this age of the musician who participated in the recording, some music character might have looked like directionality. Making the electronic sound comes to expand the frame of Jazz/Fusion from the tohubohu at the same time as symbolizing the age. me..anacatesthesia..drift.「Ah Wuv Ooh」

Album Art might be a photograph of the family of Coryell. The theme and the age of this album might be symbolized. The work in the age of Vanguard is one of the symbols of Coryell that takes various elements and challenges to these albums.

Latest members reviews

3 stars This album continues in the vein of the previous one with traces of psychedelia, rock, blues and jazz. "Sex" is a particularly wild explosive track with excellent guitar soloing. "Beautiful Woman" is a beautiful mellow lo-fi track with jazz-rock guitar, a typical Coryell feeling of time. The gu ... (read more)

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