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Studio Album, released in 1977

Songs / Tracks Listing

Summer Solstice (First Movement) 1:31
Follow Your Heart 4:41
Bahama Mama 4:07
Nomads 4:57
Moonlight Conversation 2:56
Face Blaster 4:13
Feelings Are ...(The Hardest Words To Say) 5:08
Earthtales Suite 8:51

Line-up / Musicians

Backing Vocals - Bayeté , Michaela Carey
Drums, Cymbals, Percussion [Electronic], Gong, Bells [Hand], Percussion [Wind Chimes] - David Igelfeld
Guitar - Pat Thrall
Guitar [12-string, 6-string Electric] - Kevin Shireve
Piano [Steinway Grand], Electric Piano [Fender Rhodes], Synthesizer [Arp 2600, Arp Omni, Mini-moog], Clavinet [Hohner D-6] - Clyde Criner
Producer, Chapman Stick, Bass, Drums [Steel], Vocals, Backing Vocals, Synthesizer [Bass Pedal] - Alphonso Johnson

Releases information

LP: Epic JE 34869 (US), Epic EPC 82197 (Netherlands),Epic S EPC 82197 (UK),

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(0%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(33%)
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Collectors/fans only (33%)
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Review by Sean Trane
2 stars 2.5 stars really

Third and last album (for the 70's anyway) from the ex-Weather report bassist Alphonso Johnson, this time helped out by from what it looks like a set-group (this might have been a regular band, maybe they even toured) and in the reduced guest list, only Pat Thrall (future Pat Travers Band and Glen Hughes) rings a bell to yours truly. A rather boring photo, but showing the Chapman graces the album's cover.

If Johnson appears with that now-famous Chapman stickon the cover, the least we can say is that it is all over this album as well >> it can even serve as a demo for the instrument makers.. The first half has three sung tunes, which is generally not good news in jazz-rock, but then again, most of the tracks on that album don't really qualify as such (funky jazz-funk at most ;o))). Nothing really transcendental or even remotely interesting on this side. Musically, this album is all over the map, a bit like the other two, but again there are four sung tracks, even if the sidelong suite Earthtales only gets a couple lines, twice. Don't get your hopes up to high about it though?. The first half is downright boring (nothing exciting happening), but around the 2/3 mark, it does get more exciting as they all crank up the volume and passed on the third gear? there are good moments in there, but unfortunately a bit tempered by disputable synth sounds of the late-70's. Just like his other two 70's albums, this is hardly essential (except for the Chapman stick), and if you want to discover his works, I suggest you start with Yesterday's Dream.

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