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3.03 | 10 ratings | 2 reviews | 0% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1976

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Call to the Higher Consciousness (5:17)
2. Slow Blues (4:22)
3. Friday Night (2:22)
4. Half a Heart (3:30)
5. Sex (4:32)
6. Tyrone (3:00)
7. Jam with Albert (2:55)
8. Organ Blues (5:19)

Total Time 31:17

Line-up / Musicians

- Larry Coryell / guitar, vocals

- Michael Mandel / organ
- Ron Carter / electric bass
- Chuck Rainey / electric bass
- Bernard Purdie / drums
- Steve Haas / drums
- Ray Mantilla / percussion
- uncredited / saxophone (1,7)

Releases information

Recorded at Apostolic Studios in 1968/69

Artwork: Omar Safwat

LP Vanguard ‎- VSD 79375 (1976, US)

CD Vanguard ‎- VMD 79375 (2000, Italy)

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LARRY CORYELL Basics ratings distribution

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(0%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(20%)
Good, but non-essential (70%)
Collectors/fans only (10%)
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Review by Sean Trane
3 stars 3.5 stars really!!

Originally the tracks on this album were recorded in 68 & 69, and intended for release, but didn't see the light of day until 71 or even 76 (depending on the country of release), but several tracks were released in different versions in LC's late-60's/early 70's albums. They were repackaged in a wild psychedelic package at the aforementioned dates, but by that time LC's music was vastly different so some of these songs might seem quite dated, even then.

There are some straight (Slow) blues tracks, some late 60's Yarbirds-style rockers (Consciousness, Friday Night), other more Cream-like psych-rock (Half A Heart, Sex, Jam With Albert) and slightly jazzy rock (Tyrone & Organ Blues)

Difficult to call this "album" essential for progheads, but while vastly influenced by his then-heroes, Basics might just give you a clue how a jazz giant navigated from his rock roots to jazz rock, then pure jazz., but it won't give the full blown impact of LC's best rocking albums. Still worth a listen, but hardly a priority.

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3 stars I guess that the title imposed to this album means its keeping within the most basic alternation between opening main riff and subsequent improvisation. At least, that seems to be the dynamics underpinning this record, and to be honest, it's fine for me, from the moment that it's all good: the group ... (read more)

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