Monday, April 24, 2006

Isotope - Illusion [1975] @ 224 (Powerful jazz fusion)

This is the second album by the jazz-rock british based quartet Isotope. Isotope is a strong fusion band with all the characteristics of a fusion band. While the recorded sound is a bit on the murky side, the performances more than compensate for it.
Guitarist Gary Boyle really shines here, bringing together elements of Indian music (he was born in India originally), jazz, Hendrix and John McLaughlin with a tart, biting tone yet still having a unique warmth. Former Soft Machine bassist Hugh Hopper lends his distinct fuzz-bass sound to the proceedings and gives the songs a lot of extra bite and grit as well as being quite melodic in his own unique way. Drummer Nigel Morris seems to have found a precarious balance of technique and soul as he propels the tunes at a brisk pace, really LISTENING to the other musicians as opposed to just showing how fast he could play. Lawrence Scott provides understated keyboard support (mainly on Fender Rhodes) but doesn't seem to feel comfortable going out on the edge as much as the other musicians do.
If you enjoy a well balanced diet of melody, dense harmonies, fiery instrumental work and the FUZZIEST bassist in prog, give this a spin! Highly recommended for fans of jazz fusion.

Keep Listening!!!!

http://rapidshare.de/files/18793178/Isotope_-_Illusion__1975_.rar.html

9 comments:

dtfloyd said...

a very good jazz-rock album
thank you very much!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for this. Bought a copy of the original Gull release from Paperchase in Manchester almost as soon as it came out because, (1) Heard Isotope on John Peel and was impressed. (2) it was on special offer at a cheap price which was important to a schoolkid! Still got the worn vinyl and wasn't aware it was released on CD. One of those albums that sticks with you and you can always go back to, and touches that somthing special inside that only music can for reasons that none of us can ever adequately explain.
Off on an internet search for the CD now. :-)

Anonymous said...

I have strong memories to both Isotope Longplayers. My both Vinyls are gone. But now one of this excellent pieces of Jazz Rock will find a way to my PC. My thank for this and a request - is there a possibilty that you up the first one ?

alank said...

thankyou for this isotope. i have never heard them before and i am liking them alot. i like the mclaughlin/mahavishnu orchestra similarities. very nice...
thanks again.

Anonymous said...

thanks for isotope, i know them as a name but i 've never heard them,its very nice band, i like bands like soft machine and brand-x,

Anonymous said...

Dos disco extraordinarios, si no fuera por que Illusion, le falta el corte:
SLIDING DOGS,LION SANDWICH.
Y........no veas lo mal que sienta.
Gracias por la atención Enrique

Nic Dafis said...

Any chance of re-posting this? I heard it the other day at a friend's house, and would like to get hold of a copy.

Cheers.

Anonymous said...

Please can you reupload this one?

Anonymous said...

another link:
http://www.mediafire.com/?2ym1jyn5mjwymjr

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