Thursday, September 24, 2020

Return To Forever - 1975-11-12 - Calderone Concert Hall, Hempstead, NY

eturn To Forever
Calderone Concert Hall, Hempstead, NY

FM Broadcast Recording, very good quality
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and Mp3 (320 kbps) versions
While we're visiting the neighborhood of the jazz fusion branch of the '70's Progressive Rock scene, how about some Return To Forever, jazz keyboardist Chick Corea's foray into the 70's fusion trend, with the best lineup featuring Stanley Clarke on bass, Al Di Meola on guitar, and Lenny White on drums. Their album veering the closest to a more rockin' style was Romantic Warrior in 1976, which was also their most popular and successful. Unfortunately, Al and Lenny left the band shortly after that album, and the band did not tour that year. Chick and Stanley reconfigured the band for the 1977 album Music Magic, taking the band in a slightly different direction and style, and never quite recaptured the feel or success of Romantic Warrior. Although there are no shows from 1976, here is a show from late 1975 that features an early version of the title track to their next album, Romantic Warrior, as well as virtuoso performances (with songs from previous albums and much improvisation). Check it out.

1. Intro
2. Vulcan Worlds
3. talk
4. Shadow of Lo
5. talk
6. Romantic Warrior
7. Chick's Solo - La Fiesta
8. Al's Solo piece
9. Stanley's Solo piece
10. Lenny's Solo piece
11. Outro

Chick Corea
Al Di Meola
Stanley Clarke  
Lenny White

FLAC - Return To Forever_1975-11-22_HempsteadNY_FLAC.rar

mp3 - Return To Forever_1975-11-22_HempsteadNY_mp3.rar

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Brand X - 2019-02-08 - Cruise to the Edge, Royal Caribbean Brilliance of the Seas

Brand X

February 8, 2019
Cruise To The Edge (Day 5)
Colony Club, Royal Caribbean Brilliance Of The Seas
En Route from Cozumel, Mexico to Tampa, FL USA
Lostbrook 2.0 Volume 283
Audience recording, very good quality
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and mp3 (320 kbps) versions

40 years after first forming the band, the original founders guitarist John Goodsall and bassist Percy Jones re-formed their jazz fusion progressive rock band Brand X in 2016, first for a special reunion show, but then the band continued on for further touring in 2017 and beyond. . The new version of the band had Chris Clark on keyboards, Scott Weinberger on percussion, and brought back Kenwood Dennard on Drums. In 2017, Kenny Grohowski replaced Dennard on drums. Demonstrating that they still had what it takes, here is a show from 2019. Unfortunately, Goodsall was not available for this show, part of a progressive rock special cruise (the Cruise to the Edge series - also featured on the Cruise that year: Yes, Steve Hackett, PFM, Pendragon, Soft Machine, Riverside, Gazpacho, and the David Cross Band), but guitarist Alex Machacek capably fills in.Thanks to taper Lostbrook who was on the Cruise and captured many of the shows on tape and has made them available. Check out Brand X still sizzling in 2019.

01 Intro > Euthanasia Waltz (5:14)
02 Smacks Of Euphoric Hysteria (5:24)
03 Born Ugly (11:53)
04 Not Good Enough - See Me! > Band Intros (10:09)
05 Why Should I Lend You Mine (When You've Broken Yours Off Already) (10:46)
06 The Ghost Of Mayfield Lodge (10:58)
07 Nuclear Burn (10:11)
08 Disco Suicide (8:49)
09 Malaga Virgen (11:28)

Percy Jones - bass
Chris Clark - keyboards
Scott Weinberger - percussion
Kenny Grohowski - drums, percussion
Alex Machacek - guitar

FLAC - Brand X_2019-02-08_Cruise to the Edge_FLAC.rar

mp3 - Brand X_2019-02-08_Cruise to the Edge_mp3.rar