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Larry Coryell

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4.04 | 7 ratings | 1 reviews | 29% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1972

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Foreplay (8:10)
2. Ruminations (4:17)
3. Scotland I (6:41)
4. Offering (6:46)
5. The Meditation Of November 8th (5:12)
6. Beggar`s Chant (8:03)

Total time 39:09

Line-up / Musicians

- Larry Coryell / guitar

- Mike Mandel / electric piano with fuzz-wah
- Steve Marcus / soprano saxophone
- Mervin Bronson / bass
- Harry Wilkinson / drums

Releases information

Recorded January 17, 18, 20, 1972 at Vanguard Studios, New York.

Artwork: Jules Halfant with Francis Ing (photo)

LP Vanguard - VSD 79319 (1972, US )
LP King Record - SR3156 (1972, Japan)

CD Universe - UV 028 (2001, Italy)

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LARRY CORYELL Offering ratings distribution

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(29%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(57%)
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Review by Sean Trane
4 stars 4.5 stars really!!!

After the splendid Barefoot Boy, would Larry Coryell's troupes manage to follow it up as brilliantly with Offering?? Certainly LC didn't feel the need to change a winning team, so he also kept producer Weiss. With a semi-psych artwork, you'd guess this album would allow for looser themes, but actually, quite the opposite, this is a collection of much tighter tracks.

Sonically the album is fairly different (partly a production thing), and you "get" this right away in the album's longest track, Foreplay, which as the title indicates is only a warm up, with everyone getting a change to loosen up the fingers. Ruminations is somewhat more of a straighter jazz tune, but flirting constantly with dissonance, this is probably the album's hardest tune to play. The much easier Scotland I is more in the style of the previous BB or Nucleus-type of fusion.

The flipside starts on the drummer Wilkinson title track, a red-hot mid-tempo track taking the usual Bronson-Wilkinson Hendrix-trio, but with LC, Mandel and Markus up front, the mood is definitely fusion- esque and finishing up at 100 MPH. Great stuff. A rather solid change of pace with the ultra-slow Meditation track, which tends to bore the listener. The closing 8-mins Beggar's Chant is another pure beauty, a mid-tempo torrid blister on your speaker cones that will melt them down would the track last longer.

Although not quite as flawless as BB (which wasn't either due to a lengthy drum solo), Offering is an awesome album that every proghead should own.

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