Recorded at Nottingham University on November 25th 1975 for a long defunct radio station and quite a rarity, the Shamal era Gong band before Steve and Miquette's departure. In fact not counting the '77 reunion this was their penultimate Gong gig (the last was in London in December'75). This good quality recording is also notable for being one the late Jorge Pinchevsky's earliest gigs with Gong - it might even be his first, no-one can actually remember. Jorge was violinist in Clearlight, the support band on a 13 date UK tour and he occasionally sat in with Gong - he didn't officially join the band until the Shamal recording sessions, in Jan '76.
Beloved folk icon Richie Havens died Monday morning in his home from a sudden heart attack. He was 72. R.I.P. The man and the music. A true legend and this is Richie Havens at his best. Amazing voice and songs, and a serene and peaceful quality to the production. The Entrancing Guitarist's Fifth Full Length Album that Includes his Covers of Bob Dylan's "It's all Over Now Baby Blue" and the Bee Gee's "I Started a Joke". Highly recommended!!
Nominally based around a series of hard bop and film-music samples amplified with crunchy beats, Mellowdramatic is an exceptional record of downtempo grooves and late-night Rhodes keyboards. Producer Bernd Kunz has an excellent sense of atmosphere concerning what a laid-back trip-hop album should be, illustrated by tracks like "Minigame", "Everything" and "Duo Trippin'".
Back in the summer of ‘78 someone told me that there was one hell of a harp player blowing hot and cold up and down the boulevards of Paris. “You can‘t miss hirn. He wears a floppy beret and when he takes it off he has all of his hair…his name is Andy and he‘s just arrived from the States“. Julio Finn had skipped town in a haze of Havana smoke and 1 was looking tor someone to put a harp track I was producing for an album that featured the current crop of American and British musicians hanging out in Paris. lt didn‘t take long to track Andy down and get him in front of a microphone tor, as 1 learned much later, his first taste of the recording process. He blew a stunning solo, first take. Later he told me he was real nervous and the notes were bending themselves without effort on his part. He‘s been in front of a lot of microphones and audiences since then and his playing just keeps getting better and these days the notes bend like they‘re Romanian gymnasts……
This CD may be rockin',funked up with a little soul and just a dash of jazz.But it all boils down to three things…blues,blues and blues yours A.J.Forest