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3.44 | 17 ratings | 2 reviews | 24% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1976

Songs / Tracks Listing

Basic Laws 11:46
New York City 9:32
Synthesizers Dance 5:09
Magical Shepherd 6:09
From Far Away 2:30
Aim Your Eye 6:57

Line-up / Musicians

Bass, Guitar - Miroslav Vitous
Drums - Jack DeJohnette , James Gadson
Keyboards - Herbie Hancock
Percussion - Airto Moreira
Vocals - Cheryl Grainger

Releases information

LP: Warner Bros. Records BS 2925 (US), Warner Bros. Records WB 56 219 (Germany), Warner Bros. Records K 56219 (UK)

CD: Wounded Bird Records WOU 2925 (US, 2003)

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MIROSLAV VITOUS Magical Shepherd ratings distribution

(17 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(24%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(24%)
Good, but non-essential (47%)
Collectors/fans only (6%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

MIROSLAV VITOUS Magical Shepherd reviews

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Review by snobb
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3 stars It's not easy for me to review this album (on PA). Music there is great but far from what prog fans would like to hear under " jazz rock" tag. Only a real progressive fusion fans can easily imagine this album's content when I will say that year is 1976 and Vitous collaborators on this album are Herbie Hancock, Airto Moreira and Jack DeJohnette (between others).

Nearest shot is Headhunters, and Hacock's keys sound very similar there. Vitous plays guitar beside of bass there, but his main contribution is groove deep dark funky bass line. All music is quite similar to Headhunters sound of similar time, but even if Hancock's keys sound is easily recognisable, main accent is done on rhythm section there.

It's interesting, that even playing similar pure jazz-funk, because of specific rhythm section album often has almost zeuhl groove. Many songs have vocals, something between funky/pre- disco ones, but even voices are more jazzy, than soul-like.

In all, distilled product of early progressive jazz-funk era, this release really is a strong one and should be placed between best Hancock solo releases of same genre. Not recommendable for fans with allergy to funk vibes though.

My rating is 3+.

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4 stars My rating of four stars is based on the assumption that the listener considers the confluence of jazz-rock fusion, disco and almost Zeuhl-like Magma-ish material, from a pioneer Miles Davis Alumni, of interest to a progarchives denizen. Admittedly, it's hard for me to imagine how this album migh ... (read more)

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