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3.15 | 15 ratings | 3 reviews | 7% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1978

Songs / Tracks Listing

A1. Snap Crackle (5:17)
A2. Hayabusa (4:10)
A3. Electric Glide (3:59)
A4. Morning Father Joys (5:04)
B1. Gaz (6:39)
B2. It's Almost Light Again (4:16)
B3. Grumble (2:35)
B4. Brat No. 2 (4:20)

Total Time 36:20

Line-up / Musicians

- Gary Boyle / guitar
- Gary Moore / guitar
- Simon Phillips / drums
- Robert Ahwry / guitar
- Richard Bailey / drums
- Phil Chen / bass
- John Giblin / bass
- Pete Jacobsen / keyboards
- Simon Morton / percussion
- Ken Shaw / guitar

Releases information

LP Gull - GULP 1028 (1978, UK)
LP Gull - INT 148.309 (1978, Germany)

CD Line Records - LICD 9.007460 (1989, Germany)
CD Naim Label - naimcd002 (1993, UK) Remastered
CD Esoteric Recordings - ECLEC2308 (2012, UK) Remastered

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(15 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(7%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(40%)
Good, but non-essential (53%)
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Review by Sean Trane
3 stars After the relatively funky/disco-ish album called The Dancer (its name sort of gave it away, didn't it), Gary Boyle came back the following year with a much more consistent (and convincing) Electric Glide, with a very impressive line-up, including drummer Simon Phillips, guitarist Gary Moore (then still in Colosseum II), bassist John Gibblin (Danny Thompson's replacement with John Martyn) and for two acoustic track guitarist Kenny Shaw.

Indeed, while there are still traces of funk, this album is definitely not as 'sheik-yer-bouty' as its predecessor and much more serious, almost flirting with the 'standard' jazz. Sooo, don't go expecting something close to Isotope material, despite Moore's presence on three tracks. Actually, the album seems divided in three sessions, one having Boyle & Shaw on acoustic guitars (looking at Paco's or Django's directions) for two tracks, the second featuring the all- star Moore, Phillips & Gibblin line-up for 3.5 tracks and the third session varying from a trio to a sextet, for the rest of the album. We're dealing with a guitar-dominated fusion as the only keyboards (courtesy of Jacobson) are only present in two tracks.

Just like Isotope's short career was not really essential or indispensable to the JR/F foundations, neither Dancer, nor Glide are essential fusion albums, but nice consolidating blocks, but let's just say that it's absolutely nothing groundbreaking or even adventurous. But in its own way, this kind of album is likely to please progheads more than Abercrombie or Scofield.

Review by DangHeck
3 stars Isotope's own Gary Boyle followed up his phenomenal 1977 debut, The Dancer, with this one year later: Electric Glide. I had to refresh myself on most of the credited performers here. The great Simon Phillips is back on drums. And of course I recognize Gary Moore of Thin Lizzy and, of most importance to me, Colosseum II, but I'm also learning now he performed with Greg Lake! A note of interest. Bassist Phil Chen sessioned with Jeff Beck; also on bass, John Giblin, I'm now realizing, was familiar in name to me for his work with later Brand X and throughout Kate Bush's career (and perhaps but less likely for Peter Gabriel and David Sylvian album sessions).

"Snap Crackle" starts off on a bright and upbeat note. Classic Fusion with some Funk (as Boyle does). Oh, and Gary's on fire, you say? Yeah, of course he is haha. Some of the sonic choices very much remind me of Steely Dan's Aja. Even for the names I find less recognizable, it's clear this band was stacked. Next is the... wild "Hayabusa"... Like... what is going on now?! haha. What a change in pace! And that pace is rapido. Guitar wizardry galore, from shred and the cleanest, fastest rhythm lines you'll hear to just phenomenal flavors and tones. At one point, sort of reminded me of the pick-every-note style of contemporary guitar great Al Di Meola. This is definitely the sort of thing I would look for in my Fusion. Fantastic start.

Our title track is next, "Electric Glide", and glide we do into a smooooth, smooth number. The percussion here is definitely winning. As if we didn't already know from his first, Gary and Co. are more than capable of laying back and beautifying, too. "Morning Father Joys" continues in the softness, but in a folksy (at times flamenco?) acoustic mode. Quite the change. I like this quite a bit, as a fan of America, for instance, since forever. And even in this, as I mentioned flamenco, there is some wild, impressive playing here as well. "Gaz" brings us on back to Brand X-style Funk Fusion. Cool, cool Funk Fusion, at that. Most of the playing is soft and effects-laden, but around the minute mark is this just frankly entirely unexpected blazing guitar solo haha. A tad longwinded, if anything though.

In our backend, "It's Almost Light Again" unsurprisingly takes us back to the soft and sweet. A lot of tasteful drummin' and bass-playin'. Very pretty. Plenty to like, but not insanely grabbing. "Grumble" is next with some more melodic bass. And impressive drum work to match. I like these final tracks more than "Good", and yet he's done better. We'll all take reprieves and pauses from the norm, but that feels like half the album... "Brat No. 2" is our closer, featuring more delicious acoustic guitar. Not my favorite album closer either... Unfortunate, I suppose?

I feel convicted in this way and therefore back to my old (more hesitant) ways. An appropriate rounding-down...

True Rate: 3.5/5.0

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3 stars I was excited to find this - I knew of Gary Boyle through his appearance with the Soft Machine at the NDR Jazz Workshop show in 1973, as well as his work with Isotope. Isotope held so much promise - the compositions are interesting, the performances and solos enthralling (at least on "Illusion"). I ... (read more)

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