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Monday, 24 February 2014

BRAND X: Portugal reviews

Monday, February 10, 2014 
Review: Is There Anything About / Live At The Roxy LA / Missing Period (Brand X)?

Is There Anything About? / Live At The Roxy LA / Missing Period(Brand X) 
(2013, Gonzo Multimedia)

The Brand X were a band of jazz / fusion / prog rock active between 1975 and 1980. From among its members deserves special drummer Phil Collins (later in Genesis ) and bassist Percy Jones , guitarist John Goodsall and keyboardist Robin Lumley . More recently, between 1992 and 1999 the original members Goodsall and Jones tried a second life in a trio format with drummer Frank Katz. The Brand X have always been a band more appreciated by other musicians and even the criticism by the public, hence never having achieved a remarkable commercial success. From a seated, theGonzo Multimedia reissues three titles of the band (here and now commented) another of his bassist Percy Jones, solo. A set of material with some historical interest, mainly by the presence of Phil Collins. 

Is There Anything About? 
(3.1 / 6)
In 1980, the band finished their route, but still owed to his publisher over an album. The solution was to edit a disc of rarities. The problem? The Brand X did not have this kind of material. Maybe three or four tracks, only. But with the help of keyboardist Robin Lumley and remixes by some means, the number 4 was extended for six. Short, but still better than four. This collection is called, appropriately, Is There Anything About? , and was originally released in 1982 via Hit & Run Music .It seems the weakest work of this set of three titles, although some new features like brazilianisms inIpanaemia , the presence of saxophone on The Longer April or vocalizos in Swan Song . Was marked for being the last album with Phil Collins on drums. 

1. Ipanaemia 
2. A Longer April 
3. Modern, Noisy And Effective 
4. Swan Song 
5. Is There Anything About? 
6. Tmiu-Atga 

Phil Collins - drums
Percy Jones - bass
John Giblin - bass 
Robin Lumley - keyboards and vocals
Peter Robinson - keyboards
John Goodsall - guitars 
Raf Ravenscroft - saxophone
Steven Short - syndrums and vocals

Live At The Roxy LA
(4.4 / 6)
This work was recorded live at the Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles on 23 September 1979 and originally released in 1995 by Heritage Records . The band had the distinction of recording all his concerts and even trials. The vast majority of these recordings, of course, was lost. This does not. It was a recorded directly from the monitor and PA was converted from analog to digital without any remix or remake tape. For us, this is the best work of this set. Live power is undeniable entire class of these elements, the band has become looser and even instruments, including guitars gain another life. Highlighting the big surprise is that the theme sung Do not Make Waves and Malaga Virgin , where component jazz improvisation more noticeable. 

1. Disco Suicide (Intro) / Algon 
2. Dance Of The Illegal Aliens 
3. Do not Make Waves 
4. Malaga Virgin 
5. ... And So To F ... 
6. Nuclear Burn 

Phil Collins - drums
Peter Robinson - keyboards
Percy Jones - bass 
Robin Lumley - keyboards
John Goodsall - guitars

Missing Period
(3.6 / 6)
This album represents the very beginning of the band. As mentioned, the band recorded all trials and at one point, members of the family of Goodsall have discovered a box with some of these recordings were thought lost for over twenty years. This set of themes are all pre-1976, the date of issue of the first work of Brand X , Unorthodox Behaviour , are entirely instrumental and rely on the line-up of classic collective. This work had been published in 1997. Six themes of prog / fusion / jazz that are a true delight for fans of the genre. A true historical gem! 

1. Pretty Dead 
2. Kugelblitz 
3. Ancient Mysteries 
4. Why Will not You Lend Me Yours? 
5. Miserable Virgin 
6. Tito's Leg 

Phil Collins - drums
Preston Heyman - guitars
Percy Jones - bass 
Robin Lumley - keyboards and vocals
John Goodsall - guitars

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