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3.17 | 11 ratings | 1 reviews | 18% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1978

Songs / Tracks Listing

A1 Voodoo Wind 9:29
A2 Cobra Moon 4:49
A3 Sundown Dance 4:43
B1 Earthquake Island 10:07
B2 Tribal Secret 3:44
B3 Balia 4:32
B4 Adios Saturn 1:52

Line-up / Musicians

Bass - Claudio Ferreira (tracks: A1, B4) , Miroslav Vitous (tracks: A2 to B1, B3)
Congas - Nana Vasconcelos (tracks: A2 to B3)
Guitar - Claudio Ferreira (tracks: A1 to B1, B3, B4) , Ricardo Silveira (tracks: A2, A3)
Percussion - Dom Um Romao (tracks: A2 to B1, B3) , Nana Vasconcelos (tracks: A1 to B1, B3, B4)
Synthesizer [Arpstrings] - Jon Hassell (tracks: A1 to B2)
Synthesizer [Polymoog] - Jon Hassell (tracks: A2 to B1)
Tabla - Badal Roy (tracks: A2 to B3)
Trumpet - Jon Hassell (tracks: A1 to B1, B3, B4)
Vocals - Clarice Taylor (tracks: A1, A3, B4)
Voice - Nana Vasconcelos (tracks: A1, A2, B3, B4)

Releases information

LP: Tomato Music Company/Ariola Benelux 200.308 (Netherlands),Tomato Music Company 2696121 (US,1989)

CD: Tomato Music Company 2696122 (US,1989),Tomato Music Company TOM-2024 (2003, US)

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JON HASSELL Earthquake Island ratings distribution

(11 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(18%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(27%)
Good, but non-essential (36%)
Collectors/fans only (18%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

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Review by Evolver
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Crossover & JR/F/Canterbury Teams
3 stars This album, Jon Hassell's second, shows the trumpeter on his way toward the trancelike synthesizer-treated sound he would master on his next album, a collaboration with Brian Eno.

Here, his band, and the music style is Caribbean/Latin influenced fusion. In much of it, you can hear many of the sounds that would spice up Hassell's later works. And the band, rooted by percussionist extrordinaire Nana Vasconcelos and bassist Miroslav Vitous, provide an excellent foundation for Hassell's breathy trumpet playing.

While the entire album is nice, the best track is the title track, Earthquake Island. While Hassell's trumpet is played through synthesizers on the whole album, only here do we get the mult-harmonized sound that became his trademark in the years to come.

This is a nice album, but nowhere near his best.

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