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Larry Coryell

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3.48 | 7 ratings | 3 reviews | 14% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1978

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Octaves (3:49)
2. Acoustic Solo (5:35)
3. Memphis Underground (3:38)
4. Improv (2:32)
5. Picean Moon (5:58)
6. Serabond (4:45)
7. Aquarian Mode (5:07)

Total Time 31:24

Line-up / Musicians

- Larry Coryell / acoustic & electric guitars

- Steve Khan / guitar (3)
- Arthur Rhames / guitar (1,5,7)
- Glen Moore / acoustic guitar (1,5,7)
- Michael Brecker / saxophone (1,3,5,7)
- David Sanborn / alto saxophone (3)
- Don Grolnick / keyboards (3)
- Will Lee / bass
- Tony Williams / drums
- Steve Gaad / drums (3) - not confirmed

Releases information

Recorded at Electric Lady & Sound Ideas Studios in N.Y. and Montreux Festival 75.

Artwork: Alain Marouani (photo)

LP Egg ‎- 0066.048 (1978, Germany)

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LARRY CORYELL Difference ratings distribution

(7 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(14%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(29%)
Good, but non-essential (43%)
Collectors/fans only (14%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

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Review by Sean Trane
3 stars 3.5 stars really!!!

Yet another outstanding Coryell album, and one of the most unashamed jazz-rock guitar albums, yet all to short IMHO in its duration. The usual guests are around, Tony Williams, Steve Khan, the Brecker brothers, etc. Although the album was recorded in 75, it didn't see the light of day until 78; indeed it is an assemblage of Electric Lady studio (the Hendrix facilities) recordings and the Montreux festival of the same year. The only things that would make this album a bit different is the label that issued it (Egg) and the unrelated sea photo artwork, as the rest makes it a typical Coryell album.

The opening Octaves is an excellent instrumental (the whole album is) where Brecker and Sanborn make remarkable sax interventions. Memphis Underground could easily sound as if it escaped an Eleventh House album, but the line-up is nowhere near the group's. Picean Moon is a rather chilling piece of jazz, sometimes nearing the dissonant.

As usual, there are acoustic guitar tracks, with the aptly titled Acoustic Solo (maybe a little lengthy, but we won't complain given the overall album duration), the short but nervous Improvisation (that's its name) and the duo flamenco-influenced Serabound, where Khan gets in act, but the track is unfocused. The closing Aquarian Mode is a rather cold and limit-dissonant piece where LC's guitar is a bit overpowering.

Again I wouldn't call Difference anywhere close to essential, but it has its merits if you are a Coryell fan. But in the frame of this site, this album is expandable despite its share of interesting moments.

Latest members reviews

3 stars A mixed bag and many lineups contribute to the album. The majority of tracks are acoustic pieces. The first track "Octaves" is a nice fusion track with acoustic and electric guitar, drums and saxophone flowing all over. "Acoustic solo" brings clarity and quietness even though the acoustic guitar ... (read more)

Report this review (#2546886) | Posted by sgtpepper | Sunday, May 30, 2021 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Hey, I don't believe it, finally I found again one of the most interesting albums of Larry. I had that album a long time ago but I can't have it anymore(is there's someone who know how to get it? if yes, very big thank you to you). This album made me flying in the sky. Not kidding. Tony ... (read more)

Report this review (#156193) | Posted by Mysterious one | Saturday, December 22, 2007 | Review Permanlink

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