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3.95 | 21 ratings | 4 reviews | 10% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1978

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Race For Space (Danny Wilding, Pete Bonus) (3:26)
2. G. Storm (Danny Wilding) (3:13)
3. Odyssey (Danny Wilding, Pete Bonus) (3:13)
4. Earth Hymn (John Giblin) (4:33)
5. Rampage (John Giblin) (4:43)
6. Theme From Alma (Pete Bonus) (4:28)
7. Son Of Alma (Pete Bonus) (4:34)
8. Initiation Into The Nagual (Danny Wilding, Pete Bonus, John Goodsall) (4:25)
9. Ranchtown Tango (Danny Wilding, Pete Bonus) (4:28)

Total time: 37:06

Line-up / Musicians

- Danny Wilding / flutes, producer
- Pete Bonus / guitar, bass, producer
- Phil Collins / drums (01,02,05)
- Phil Chen / bass (01)
- Kiki Gyane / keyboards (01)
- Rebop Kwaku Baah / congas (01)
- Ashton Tootle & Phil Todd / horns (01,05,06,08)
- John Goodsall / guitar (02,08), bass (03,06,09), acoustic guitar (04), producer
- John Giblin / bass (02,04,05,07), acoustic guitar (04), producer
- Bayeté / keyboards (03,06,08,09)
- Gregg Sheehan / drums (03,06,08,09)
- Preston Heyman / drums (04), percussion (05,06), Hi-Hat (07)
- Robin Lumley / keyboards (04)
- Andy Clarke / keyboards (04)
- Kate St. John / oboe (04)
- Mike Shrieve / drums (05)
- Chris Parren / keyboards (07)
- Morris Pert / congas (07)

Releases information

Vinyl LP/ picture disc : Visa IMP 7003 (US)

CD: Ozone OZ002-2 (1993, US)

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WILDING/BONUS Pleasure Signals ratings distribution

(21 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(10%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(67%)
Good, but non-essential (19%)
Collectors/fans only (5%)
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WILDING/BONUS Pleasure Signals reviews

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Review by b_olariu
4 stars Wilding &Bonus two excellent musicians who not quite made it in jazz fusion realm in late '70's but with all downs and few ups from their short career they manage to release a great one single album in 1978 named Pleasure signals. Danny Wilding who is responsable for guitar arrangements and Pete Bonus for the flute parts gathered around them some stellar musicians from jazz rock/fusion zone in this album. I think this album is better known for the guests featuring here then for Wilding and Bonus. Anyway, 3 members from Brand X - Phil Collins (drums), John Goodsall (guitars, bass), Robin Lumley(keyboards) + Bayet' from Automatic Man and among others percutionist Rebop Kwaku Baah who was memeber in Can or Traffic, so some top notch musicins here, each one with his contribution in developing the sound of this album, but above all Pete Bonus is the one who gives the shining moments on this album, at least for my ears. No one can deny the beautiful and very snooth arrangements on flute from here, the perfect example is almost Tullian aproach on G. Storm, what an excellent piece where the flute simply shine not else, the rest of the pieces are more then ok, instrumental jazz fusion very well played and composed. I really liked what I've heared on this unknown and forgotten album from late '70's. 4 stars this time, not really groundbreaking moments, but the passages are so enjoyble that is hard for me not to give a high rating. Very intelligent I might say cover art, great.

Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars Wilding-Bonus refers to flautist Danny Wilding and guitarist Pete Bonus, the duo teaming up for their obscure one-off `Pleasure Signals' in 1978. A sleek jazz-fusion instrumental rocker that mostly favours tightly composed and punchier shorter pieces, it also boasts contributions from various members of Brand X in John Goodsall, Phil Collins and Robin Lumley, as well as other musicians associated with a diverse range of acts such as Can, Automatic Man, Traffic, Yes' Jon Anderson, Atomic Rooster, the Santana band and even players from the fondly remembered 1975 `Peter and the Wolf' concept album.

The guitars of infectious opener `Race for Space' dash between light jangling grooves and spacey shimmers that weave through horn blasts, exotic percussion, spiralling flute trills and tickles of Hammond organ that instantly calls to mind the early Santana albums, and `G. Storm' adds some driving guitar bite to the twirling flute sprints with an unexpected tropical/reggae-flecked break in the middle. `Odyssey' is a breezy theme with the most low-key of groovy bass, `Earth Hymn' is a softly melancholic piano/flute reflection that reveals a triumphant reprising theme with light symphonic bursts, and `Rampage' opens with whirring spacey synths before roaring to fiery life with scorching guitar wailing and thick punching bass in the finale.

Side two's brisk and funky `Theme From Alma' and `Son of Alma' present two interpretations of the one piece that sounds like...let's say `Charlies Angels in Space'?! The first crams in some surprisingly busy playing with nice bubbling synths and dreamy electric piano runs, then the band slow and strip it down for a more mellow take but still with peppy spots of ravishing flourishes. Melting electronics and twitching guitars throughout `Initiation Into the Nagual' are twisted into a strident horn-pumped funky strut, and `Ranchtown Tango' is a sprightly closer of softly whimsical dancing flute and almost countrified guitar licks that might remind some of the more cheerfully fun and foot-tapping moments off Caravan's `For Girls who Grow Plump in the Night'!

Some listeners may find this one all a bit too clean and polite, and it's not exactly the most ground- breaking or exploratory of fusion albums (nor is it quite as sexy as the cheeky cover art might suggest!), but if you'd like to hear a jazz-rock album full of sharp playing, impeccably executed instrumental moments, plenty of variety and one that never descends into drawn out pissing-contest solo showboating, then `Pleasure Signals' has much to recommend about it. Easy to return to, always highly melodic and slickly produced, this is a little forgotten curio from a bunch of great musicians that deserves to have a bit more attention brought back its way.

Four stars.

Latest members reviews

4 stars First,thank you Progathon for giving this one my attention. After reading your review I knew this was something I could like.This a just a quickie attention getter (review),and if you like the music that Progathon describes in relation to this album, you will be doing very well with this one.Ca ... (read more)

Report this review (#290093) | Posted by gr8dane | Monday, July 12, 2010 | Review Permanlink

4 stars This is a fantasic album !! Wilding / Bonus is a project from flute player Danny Wilding and guitarist Pete Bonus. It features many familiar names including Phil Collins on a few tracks ( not singing, its a purely instrumental album ) John Giblin, Robin Lumley, John Goodsall so you can imagine ... (read more)

Report this review (#288794) | Posted by Progathon | Thursday, July 1, 2010 | Review Permanlink

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