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Forum user Forum password. The first three in this latter set The Poke, Dance Of The Illegal Alien and Pool Room Blues , sort of harken back to the funky side, as featured in the CD's first two tracks, although I wish "Pool Room Blues" had been extended a little longer, with its infectious funky-jazzy grooves and all. The finale, "Cambodia", has a rockier edge to it, which shows another side of the talents of these fine, well-schooled musicians.
It isn't often you hear a jazz group with progressive pizazz, which is why the most diehard fan of either jazz or progressive rock should pick up a copy of "Brand X - A History: " as soon as possible, before it definitely becomes a part of history!
Brand X was formed by drummer Phil Collins when he wasn't drumming for Genesis. His highly inventive bass playing proves him to be the equal of more famous fusion players like Jaco Pastorius and Stanley Clarke.
Keyboardist Robin Lumley provides added color with his vast array of synthesizers. Percussionist Morris Pert joined later and made the rhythm section even more complex. Goodsall and Jones are the only constant among the tracks. Collins was not able to make all the sessions due to conflicts with his work in Genesis and is capably replaced by Chuck Burghi later of Rainbow and Mike Clarke. Kenwood Dennard on drums and John Giblin on bass also deputized occasionally but are not featured here.
Highlights include "Cambodia", "The Poke" and "Disco Suicide" I like all of the tracks and have since purchased the original disks of the band from this time period. The liner notes included by Chris Welch are informative.
However, I have two criticisms with this compilation. The first is that the disk is only about 64 minutes long. A number of great songs could have been added to utilize the full time on the disk. No tracks were included from the last album by the original band "Is There Anything About". Do not let this deter you from the purchase of "A History ".
This is instrumental jazz rock of the highest quality. This band is becoming addictive the more I listen to it. Overlooked nuances become noticeable with repeated listening especially in the rhythm section. The band is not just all flash because the inclusion of Collins insures that songs like "Nuclear Burn", "Cambodia" and "Isis Mourning Part 2" contain memorable riffs.
If you enjoy great musicianship by all band members this is an essential purchase! This is a compilation that spans the first Brand X studio albums "Unorthodox Behaviour" through "Product" and makes for a nice overview of the band's early incarnation s. Brand X played mostly instrumental jazz-rock, also called fusion at the time. That influence very soon also affected Genesis with Los Endos , for example.
The albums were then also published on CD by Virgin at the end of the 80s. Now, there is a collection with the band's first 6 albums as an inexpensive 4 CD box. Nuclear Burn: The Charisma Albums The first thing to catch the eye: Six albums on four CDs? Indeed, the albums were squeezed together on four CDs, one after the other. It's, thus, impossible to listen to three of these six albums without changing CDs - unfortunate, but probably for budget reasons.Jazz Fusion band active from to , to & since Notable members include Genesis drummer & vocalist Phil Collins, guitarist John Goodsall, bassist Percy Jones, Herbie Hancock's drummer Mike Clark (2), then Al Di Meola‘s live drummer Chuck Bürgi, and co-founder of Brand X and long time keyboard player and producer Robin Lumley.