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BILLY COBHAM'S GLASS MENAGERIE: STRATUS

Billy Cobham

Jazz Rock/Fusion


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3.63 | 13 ratings | 2 reviews | 23% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1981

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Drum-Solo Intro / Stratus (4:36)
2. AC/DC (3:59)
3. Kasia (4:08)
4. All Hallows Eve (3:17)
5. Wrapped in A Cloud (6:25)
6. Drum-Solo (3:26)
7. Total Eclipse (4:11)
8. Brooze (3:52)

Total Time 34:10

Line-up / Musicians

- Mike Stern / guitar
- Gil Goldstein / keyboards, Steinway grand piano
- Michal Urbaniak / electric violin, lyricon
- Tim Landers / electric bass
- Billy Cobham / drums, co-producer

Releases information

Artwork: GŁnther Sumser with Alex Manninger (photo)

LP in-akustik ‎- INAK 0813 (1981, Germany)

CD in-akustik ‎- inak 813 CD (1990, Germany)

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3.63
(13 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(23%)
23%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(38%)
38%
Good, but non-essential (15%)
15%
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15%
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Review by snobb
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4 stars After many years and some funky albums from his great debut, Billy Cobham formed his European band Glass Menagerie with two future jazz/fusion stars - guitarist Mike Stern and Polish violinist Michal Urbaniak. In more classic jazz fusion format, band returned Cobham's music back to jazz-rock.

Rich in electric guitar,with violin interps, band plays good jazz rock there. Album sound is very clear,acoustic. It is Cobham's debut with German label In-Acoustic, you can feel their usual cold and clear sound on all album.

Compositions are quite different, well balanced, more band's musicianship, than Cobham plus back-up musicians. Every musician has possibility to show himself and enough time for that. Real return to form!

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3 stars I'll start with what I perceive as the weak spot of Stratus: it sounds like safe, "smooth jazz" in places. "AC/DC" and "Total Eclipse" are prime examples, although each has its charms, and the piano work on "Total Eclipse" is excellent. But overall, I get the feeling that five excellent but risk ... (read more)

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