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3.00 | 9 ratings | 1 reviews | 11% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1977

Songs / Tracks Listing

A1 Toucan Ocean (3:42)
A2 Viva Shona (7:04)
A3 Hex (6:20)
A4 Blues Nile (9:51)
B1 Vernal Equinox (21:56)
B2 Caracas Night September 11, 1975 (2:10)

Line-up / Musicians

Claves, Bells - Miguel Frasconi
Congas, Bells, Shaker, Talking Drum - Nana Vasconcelos
Kalimba [Mbira], Rattle, Tabla, Goblet Drum [Dumbek] - David Rosenboom
Talking Drum, Kalimba - Nicholas Kilbourn
Kanjira, Rattles - Bill Winant
Trumpet, Electric Piano - Jon Hassell

Releases information

LP: Lovely Music, Ltd. :LML 1021(US)

CD: Lovely Music, Ltd.:LCD 1021 (US,1990,alternative cover)

Recorded at the York University Electronic Media Studios (Toronto, Ontario), October/November 1976.

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JON HASSELL Vernal Equinox ratings distribution

(9 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(11%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(11%)
Good, but non-essential (44%)
Collectors/fans only (33%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

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Review by Evolver
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Crossover & JR/F/Canterbury Teams
3 stars Jon Hassell's debut album has a similar feel to his later, better known works. It features hypnotic world music styled percussion tracks, with Hassel playing long breathy notes on his trumpet. What's missing is the eerie synthesizer treatments that made his horn so distinctive and otherworldly. the liner notes mention synthesizer alteration, but it must be slight, because it isn't noticable.

The percussion is great, but then any album that I've heard with Nana Vasconcelos on it has had great percussion. And the music is intriguing, but if you are new to Hassell's work, I would recommend starting with one of the better albums, like "Possible Music". "Power Spot" or "Citi".

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