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Studio Album, released in 1981

Songs / Tracks Listing

1.Ghk Go To Miles (24:00)
2. Overdrive (4:50)
3. 767 Zx (6:45)
4. Reliefs (8:10)

Total Time 43:45

Line-up / Musicians

- Didier Lockwood / violin
- Benoit Widemann / Fender Rhodes, Minimoog, Prophet 5, Kobol
- Jannick Top / bass
- Christian Vander / drums

Releases information

LP Disques JMS ‎- JMS 015 (1981, France)

CD JMS. ‎- JMS 015-2 (1991, France) New cover
CD JMS. ‎- JMS 015-2 (2006, France) New cover

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Review by b_olariu
3 stars Top, Vander, Widemann and Lockwood - 4 great musicians gathered for an jazz fusion album - nothing special so far, but when you look at the pedegree of these 4 musicians then something is diffrent. I don't know if this album must be under Lockwood name or separately puted but the line up is like this: 3 musicians coming from zeuhl french legends Magma + the great violonist Didier Lockwwod who had many colaborations across the years with Gong, UZEB, ZAO or even Magma. The album issued in 1981 and named simply Fusion is a roller coster of the genre, some plenty of good moments here specially on Overdrive or 767 ZX, great musicianship, top notch performance but I think the album is little date it now, but not bad at all in the end. Some great breaks and up tempo passges that really set the album for a good mood, but a piece like nearly 25 min long GHK Go to Miles is a bit boring without memorable moments and goes even in avant prog/jazz teritory here and there. So, a forgotten album I must say who is good for sure, but nothing really is impressive overall, I know better albums from this genre who has far more intrsting in arrangements. My CD version from 1991 has a diffrent cover then the original issue and is released by french label JMS the property of Jean-Marie Salhani who is focused on jazz rock/fusion band and artists.
Review by Sean Trane
4 stars Well, this is a Magma album that won't openly say it for a few reasons, namely because it's instrumental, and sometimes wanders away from the Zeuhl genre? But make no mistakes, all four participants were at one time or another in Magma, and most likely simultaneously together in the late 70's. That was a few years before this album's release in 81, though. Yup, Jannik's instantly recognizable bass thumps, Christian's distinctive skin banging instantly reminds you of the Kobaian bunch, and Benoit's Rhodes and assorted Kb reinforces the déjà-entendu feeling. Of course, the main difference is that this is only a quartet, and it's without the typical Kobaian Orff-ian choirs.

The album opens on the 24-mins sidelong epic "GHK Go To Miles" (Davis??), a very moody piece that oscillates between very calm piano to wild fusion, while remaining typically Zeuhl at all times, but that doesn't go without some typical flaws: Vander's drums are often too present in the calmer moments. There is a brief Bolero moment around the 20-mins mark as well. The shorter flipside features three tracks, starting with its Harley Davidsonian-opening Overdrive (I can tell you that it's rather panicking when you're driving), a 100 MPH piece that has Jannick blowing all four cylinders (uh, I mean bass strings ;o)))) down the highway. The quieter (at first) 7-mins 767 ZX pieces features more Lockwood than all that had gone on beforehand in the album. The album closing slow-starting Reliefs (in French it, means hilly landscapes or sculptural elements or even meal leftovers) slowly climbs up the heavy slopes and even gets quite riffy, but the middle section suddenly drops intensity, tries to capture back the old momentum, but has to find another goat trail, to end up some place else

Does Didier have a presceance as to why this album bears his name (outside the obvious alphabetical order) or why it's classified under his name? I can't really say that his presence is determinant and that he's a bigger cylinder than his other three team mates. Nevertheless, the album is certainly worth a good investigation for Magma aficionados, but it's relatively unrepresentative of Lockwood's solo output. BTW, I've seen this album with a very different grey, yellow and blue tyre imprint artwork as well.

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