ANDY SUMMERS — World Gone Strange

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Album · 1991

Filed under Fusion
By ANDY SUMMERS

Tracklist

1. World Gone Strange (6:31)
2. Ruffled Feathers (4:29)
3. Bacchante (6:21)
4. Song for M (5:02)
5. Rhythm Spirits (6:10)
6. Somewhere in the West (5:15)
7. But She (5:00)
8. The Blues Prior to Richard (4:50)
9. Oudu Kanjaira (5:21)
10. Dream Trains (1:48)

Total Time: 50:47

Line-up/Musicians

Andy Summers: Guitar
Tony Levin: Bass
Mitchell Forman: Keyboards
Chad Wackerman: Drums
with:
Eliane Elias: Piano & Vocals on "World Gone Strange" & "Bacchante"
Victor Bailey: Bass on "Somewhere In The West" and "Song for M"
Nana Vasconcelos: Percussion on "Oudo Kanjaira"
Manolo Badrena: Percussion on "World Gone Strange", "Bacchante" and "Oudu Kanjaira"
Mike Manieri: Marimba on "Oudu Kanjaira"
Bendik: Soprano Saxophone on "Oudu Kanjaira"

About this release

Private Music BVCP-163 (US)

Recorded & mixed May 21st - June 14th 1991 at Centerfield Studios, 251 West 30th Street, New York, NY.

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Steve Wyzard
STRANGE INDEED!

It is an absolute crying shame that Andy Summers's late 1980s-early 1990s albums on the Private Music label are almost forgotten today. All four, though very different from each other, are exquisitely crafted and have stood the test of time very well. 1991's World Gone Strange, the last of the four, attracted some attention due to its special guests (Tony Levin, bass, Chad Wackerman, drums, Eliane Elias, piano/vocals, Mike Mainieri, marimba/producer), but was his last solo project until 1995's Synaesthesia.

For those who enjoyed the envelope-pushing sounds and atmospheres he added to the pop group that made him world-famous, you'll find plenty of that here. Summers has never been known as a "lead guitarist" per se, but World Gone Strange, more than any of his other work, features extensive amounts of his lucid, fluid soloing. A tangible blues influence makes itself known throughout, above and beyond "The Blues Prior to Richard". This is not just aimless studio noodling: the compositions and arrangements are rock solid, with the title track and "Oudu Kanjaira", with its distinct "eastern" feel, remaining in your head long after the album is over. Three percussionists add extra texture, and wordless vocals appear on a few tracks without becoming a major distraction.

"A little too erratic" and "Too jazz for rock, too rock for jazz" were undoubtably the general reactions to World Gone Strange at the time of release. If you are familiar with Summers's matchless style, there's nothing here that can't be easily assimilated and "figured out". This is not an inaccessible avant-garde work, just a headache for marketers who couldn't deal with a true artist who continued to grow, expand, and progress with each album he released. Highly recommended, even in the 21st century!

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