Saturday, March 26, 2016
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #515
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MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #515.143!
Bootsy – Ultra Wave (Collectors’
Choice) :: CC—that’s Collector’s Choice not Chocolate City—has just reissued four vintage albums by
everybody’s funniest P-Funkster. But this sly “Made in Detroit” slinkfest is the one I bought first. Aided
and ably abetted by brother Catfish Collins and the legendary Horny Horns of James Brown veterans Fred Wesley and Maceo Parker,
Bootzilla stomps hisself silly all over songs like “Mug Push” and “Sound Crack” until the sonic landscape
is reduced to riotous rubble.
Yes – Live At Montreux 2003
(Eagle Records) :: Granted, this may not be the ferocious metal monster that Yessongs is, but given that it’s
performed by the self-same lineup of Anderson, Howe, Squire, Wakeman, and White exactly 30 years later, it’s definitely
the next best thing.
Rick Wakeman & The New English Rock Ensemble
– Out Of The Blue (MVD Audio) :: Meanwhile, this live Argentinean recording from 2001 is worth owning just
for the marathon reworkings of “Starship Trooper” and “Catherine Parr.”
Sojourners – Hold On (Black Hen) :: Radiating a purifying white light, this is spiritual
three-part harmony gospel music at its redemptive finest.
The Black Swans
– Change! (La Société Expéditionnaire) :: Louie Reed meets Lenny Cohen. T-t-turn and face
Slave To The Squarewave – Big Change (Sparks)
:: Skinny tie retro syntho that smacks of the ’80s in blow-snortin’ way—which is why they’re dopey
enough to steal one of their song titles and lyrics wholesale from “The Jean Genie.”
PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Oblivion Sun – Oblivion Sun (MVD Audio) :: Finally, a band that
knows how to forge Moog-fueled prog-rock just like the masters used to melt. Shades of Phil Manzanera’s similarly-titled
Quiet Sun collide with fragments from Stomu Yamashta’s Go with a bit of early Genesis and ethereal Jade Warrior thrown
in for good groovy Mahavishnu measure—and it’s about time, it’s about space.