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Man is this a cool record. CB just loves the sound of it. I came in through the King Crimson window for this one. Opening track has such a super cool vibe. Like they were so confident they were playing the coolest music in the world. They take it to a great jam, with a real jazz feel. Love the Giles brothers on drums and bass. Just the music they come up with. Their own style. The changes they take the cut through. Didn’t hurt that Steve Winwood was involved. Ian McDonald is all over it with some flute and his sax riff just tops it off. Loved the distorted vocals and technique they used. There was a light humorous feel to it. This first cut grabbed me and I was in for more. Ends on a nice little jam.
The next cut continued to draw me in with their sound. Something Babyhead really couldn’t put his finger on other than he was digging the music they were making. ‘Tomorrows People’ is such a cool tune. Great groove with some great vocals. Drums (Love Michael’s drumming) and bass lay it down and the horns give it a punch. Good drum solo with a flute also taking a good one. The bass also laying it down. Jazz/rock/funk I guess. They get into a good jam here. Lots of tempo changes and then back to the opening riff. This music was doing it for me. Felt good.
Side two continues the trip with ‘Birdman’ taking up the whole side. This is what CB dug about listening to albums. Musicians like these stretching out and creating original unique music that was coming from their inspiration (Wholly shit CB is getting long winded on this one). Again there are lots of changes in this music. Some jazzy funky breaks with sax, drums and bass at the fore front then going off in a completely different direction. No rules or restrictions on themselves. Ian McDonald’s multi instrumental talent really shines. His sax and flute work are top notch. Really liked the whole package. McDonald and Giles take us out with big sound at the end of the record. Good stuff.
I just put this album on and went for their musical ride (Head phones don’t hurt).. Some music just grabs me and this was music that did that. Something “feel good” about it for me. Albums like this were proof that the commercial/popular world was hiding the good stuff on me. This is one of my favorite albums. Proof that KC wasn’t all Robert Fripp. These guys gave the first few Crimson albums a lot of their sound.
It fast became one of my favorite albums. A CB gem. Very cool fold out cover as a bonus. CB highly recommends this to himself all the time. Glad I found it.
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