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PRISM - Surprise Fusion
PRISM - Live Fusion
GILGAMESH - Another Fine Tune You've Got Me Into Fusion
NATIONAL HEALTH - Of Queues and Cures Jazz Related Rock
BILL BRUFORD - Feels Good To Me Jazz Related Rock
BILL BRUFORD - One Of A Kind Jazz Related Rock
ALAN GOWEN - Before a Word Is Said Fusion | review permalink
PEKKA POHJOLA - Harakka Bialoipokku / B the Magpie Jazz Related Rock
PEKKA POHJOLA - Visitation Jazz Related Rock
PEKKA POHJOLA - Kätkävaaran lohikäärme Jazz Related Rock
PEKKA POHJOLA - Urban Tango Jazz Related Rock
PEKKA POHJOLA - Space Waltz Jazz Related Rock
QUIET SUN - Mainstream Jazz Related Rock
BRAND X - Masques Fusion
WEATHER REPORT - Black Market Fusion
WEATHER REPORT - Heavy Weather Fusion
MILES DAVIS - Milestones Hard Bop
OREGON - Winter Light World Fusion
OREGON - Out of the Woods World Fusion
PRISM - 1977 Live At Sugino Kodo Fusion

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1 Fusion 46 3.96
2 Jazz Related Rock 17 4.35
3 World Fusion 3 4.67
4 Hard Bop 1 5.00

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ALAN GOWEN Before a Word Is Said

Album · 1982 · Fusion
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Firstly Alan Gowen should be categorised under the post-fusion contemporary genre as well.

Before A Word Is Said, a musical testimony by Alan Gowen, almost totally unknown at the time of its release like the albums he recorded as a duo with Hugh Hopper. Well Hopper isn't featured on this album, instead Richard Sinclair plays bass and also does some vocals. I've always thought of Hopper as a far better composer than bass-player, on Sinclairs case it's almost the opposite. This album is maybe the best album Gowen ever made on his too short career. Gilgamesh' second release "Another Fine Tune You've Got Me Into" is possibly equally good. This album has the cold (in a good sense) quality of the post-fusion genre high in the late seventies and early eighties. It shares similarities with Both Gowen's former bands: Gilgamesh and Soft Heap. Above And Below (Heaven and Hell?) starts the album and gives a good image of what to except. Throughout the album a high level of improvisations is shown. In the end everything can be wrapped in different songs. Gowen had the skill of composing songs that seem like total improvisation at first but through multiple listenings open up as concise songs. Some songs are shorter, only 1-3 minutes long, and some longer, up to ten minutes. The best of the short tracks is definetly Umbrellas, a "traditional" jazz-track with Sinclairs warm non-lyrical vocals. From the longer tracks both Above And Below and Before A Word Is Said stand out as excellent pieces of music. Lastly it's good to know that Gowen was diagnosed with leukemia a year before this LP was recorded. He wanted this record to be a musical testimony of his. You might think that this would have given the record a sentimental feel. Well, quite the opposite. This is propably the most cold and clinic compilation of music ever recorded within the loosely-based Canterbury genre. And what's best, even two weeks before his death, Gowen could play as fast, energetic and innovative as ever. Hats off and five stars I say!

PRISM Second Thoughts/Second Move

Album · 1978 · Fusion
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This album was a huge leap for Prism. It is the first album to really define their style. There are no weak tracks on this album, it's simply perfect. Shake your Head starts the album powerfully and promising. Daydream is a nice piece with some excellent arrangaments. Both Bang Your Head and Spanish Soul are nice tracks while Crystal Night stands out as an excellent track. Slow Move has a nice feeling to it. The album ends with one of Prism's best pieces ever. The three-part, 14-minute long Beneath The Sea is an excellent showcase of the bands power, both composing and playing. There is also a prog-side to it with the way its composed. It's everything you'd want it to be, ear-catchy but challenging, fast but beautiful and long but interesting. This album is for me personally one of the best if not the best of it's release year.

PRISM Prism

Album · 1977 · Fusion
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A good start for Prism. The album kicks off with Morning Light, a soft and nice piece, nothing special. The second track is one of the best on the album, Cycling is more in vein with Prism' later releases and brings Watanabes bass more to the attention of the listener. Dancing Moon is more funky and quirky but also brings the saxophone into the picture. By this point it's clear that Prism consists of very talented musicians, one being actually a former member of the legendary progressive rock band Yonin Bayashi Love Me is not a very good track, not only because of the singing which isn't too enjoyable but it's not really poor, not just as good as the rest of the album. The last tracks are all very powerful and good tracks, especially the album ending epynomous Prism.

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