Originally released in 1976, Return To Forever’s Romantic Warrior could be described as the high-water mark of jazz fusion’s commercial popularity, reaching a spot on the Billboard charts and garnering the group a fanatical following of fans attracted to the band’s technical prowess and bombast. Released on the heels of the breakup of the Mahavishnu Orchestra, Romantic Warrior still sounds like a standard-bearer for jazz fusion, full of flashy solos and complicated arrangements that seem like collages of different moods, meters, and tempos. The album is much closer to the progressive rock of Yes, Emerson Lake & Palmer, or King Crimson than anything from the jazz realm. Return to Forever’s rhythm team of bassist Stanley Clarke and drummer Lenny White, who gives the group a subtly funkier sound than most of their contemporaries. Still, it’s pianist Chick Corea, using a veritable arsenal of keyboards and effects, and guitarist Al DiMeola, only 21 at the time of this recording, who define Romantic Warrior as a fusion landmark. This reissued edition comes with improved sound and a brief reminiscence by Corea in the liner notes. –Ezra Gale
– Atlantis Fanfare / Comin’ Through / My Pearl (Vinyl)
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“Audio for this video is sourced from my personal vinyl Canadian pressing of Automatic Man’s debut self titled LP, “Automatic Man” (1976) Island Records ILPS 9397.
The audio transfer was done with an Oracle Delphi MKIII turntable, an SME45 tone arm, and a Vanden Hull MC-10 MC cartridge. Though I suppose after digital transfer to mp3, compression etc…all this is irrelevant.
The images used within this video are taken from photos and scans of my original vinyl LP jacket/cover/labels.”
Michael Shrieve – Drums, Electronic Percussion
Pat Thrall – Guitars
Bayete (aka Todd Cochran) – Keyboards, Synthesizers, Vocals
Doni Harvey – Bass, Vocals
Automatic Man was an American 1970s progressive rock quartet from San Francisco which also featured elements of funk, space music, psychedelic rock, heavy metal, Krautrock, art rock and Santana-inspired jazz fusion. Initially a side project of Santana’s drummer Michael Shrieve, Automatic Man brought together well respected musicians of diverse backgrounds within the rock, funk and jazz communities of the mid-1970s. Despite a well reviewed 1976 eponymous debut on Island Records and a lone charting single, 1977’s “My Pearl”, which reached #97 on the Billboard Hot 100, the line-up of Automatic Man was not cohesive. After a second album entitled Visitors, they disbanded in 1978, retaining a small but very loyal, global cult following.
Hummingbird was the first of three albums recorded by the British rock band Hummingbird. The album was produced by Ian “Sammy” Samwell.
With initial interest from Apple Records and CBS, the band started work on this album in mid July 1973. At this stage Jeff Beck took part in minor sessions with the band, but this did not develop into a final contribution. After signing to A&M they transferred to Island studios to finish off the album during September and October 1974. In 1975, Jeff Beck released his Blow by Blow album and performed a Bernie Holland track, Diamond Dust
Formed August 1974, London, Greater London, United Kingdom;
Disbanded June 1978;
-Bobbie Tench (vocals, guitar)
-Max Middleton (keyboards)
-Clive Chaman (bass, flute)
-Bernie Holland (guitar)
-Conrad Isadore (drums)
-Robert Ahwai (guitar)
-Bernard Purdie (drums, percussion),
-Linda Lewis (vocals),
-Madeline Bell (vocals),
-Liza Strike (vocals);
Genres: Jazz Fusion,Jazz-Funk;