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Thursday, 30 January 2014

Brand X German review (translated)

Brand X began known as a fun project that wanted to relax and others, a drummer named Phil Collins a little. In contrast to the first official release "Unorthodox Behaviour" in time a studio musician was before, 1975 and 1976, yet, the percussionist (outside Brand X also drummer) Preston Heyman. 

Recordings from this period can be found on "Missing Period", the first appeared in 1997 and was then re-issued in 2013 by Gonzo Multimedia. The first five shots were taken in 1976 for a radio broadcast by the BBC, the last one is from a live performance at Ronnie Scott's Club in London. 

The sound quality does not quite approach the studio production of "Unorthodox Behaviour", but it is pretty neat. "Pretty Dead" is similar but very strong "Born Ugly". More specifically dive into the two pieces of the same themes that only the accompanying chords are played much faster in "Dead Pretty". Also some ideas of "Why will not you lend me yours?" And "Miserable Virgin" were on the later Studio albums used in the plays "Why Should I Lend You Mine" and "Malaga Virgin". 

To the music of Brand X were also improvised jams with guitar and synth solos. The extended jams and solos seem to me to "Missing Period" something more relaxed and less focused, as was the case in the rule on later studio albums. But the jams of Brand X (as in "ball lightning") can convince by contagious enthusiasm and rock increases quite sometimes. 

Percy Jones seems often to use a standard bass guitar, rather than melodies to sing on a fretless bass. Committed acting Jams countered by those which have no real special features in the context of typical fusion music. Pretty neat, but not always engaging. How quickly the mood of a relaxed jam to intensive teamwork can change in the type of Mahavishnu Orchestra, evident in "Ancient Mysteries". The problem many percussionists in rock, or jazz-rock combo was also Preston Heyman given: in the few open spaces tries percussionist accommodate his contributions and has not to be easily heard. 

Overall, a decent slice for friends of angeproggter fusion music. However, the drums and the bass guitar do not act quite as unmistakable as to "Unorthodox Behaviour", which is also due to the mixing part. The bass Posts by Percy Jones but already have a considerable creativity and Phil Collins can even convince as an excellent companion if he does not really want to flaunt his technical skills. 

Those who want to learn the more through-composed pieces of Brand X had better get "Unorthodox Behaviour" for those who prefer to live Jams is better served with "Missing Period". 



CURRENTLY AVAILABLE AT GONZO:
The X Files - A 20 Year Retrospective
2CD - £11.99

Is There Anything About?
CD - £9.99

Live at the Roxy, LA 1979
CD - £9.99

Missing Period
CD - £9.99


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