Tuesday, May 14, 2013
A chromatic downgoing arpeggiated riff tears the still air into shreds on "Light Speed" leading into the stellar clusters of the "milkyway" on the second track of side a ... absolutely a one-two punch worth the price of admission to this incredible ultra-unknown secret and long-lost set of music from Miami, Fla.
There are considerable similarities to the "Mr. Euphoria" record I posted some time ago, and if you follow this blog you'll recall Isabelbc posted their first record here ("Night Ride") about a year ago. So I'll dedicate this newly-ripped version of the second record to Isabel, wherever she may be. Oddly enough the guys reverted to an all-instrumental album here but they brought all the power in the book to play here. On the back, the following note: "This album was a first take live recording with no over-dubbing." Pretty cool!
The album was written by the lead guitarist whose name is Bob Wamnes ("the Wam" as he is called on the back cover) perfect in his mustachio and tuxedo. His band is rounded out with Ed Mallett on drums and wind chimes, Tom McCance on bass and Jeff Powers on lead guitar as well. I'm guessing these guys were high school pals who started a band, I wonder where they are now? I sure would love to hear from the brilliant Bob Wamnes, truly a lost artistic genius in the US prog sphere as I think Tom would agree. Just listen again to those big fat huge guitar chords on Light Speed and the way drummer Ed machetes his way through the jungle of power cables to the end to clear the way for the next track.
Truly a lost treasure of the late American guitar-based progressive style. That late, great, style.
As samples I will post the aforementioned starter track:
And the classic jazzy guitar sound of "New York New York" which really should have been a radio hit but I'm pretty sure wasn't. What I find fascinating in this track is that Bob Wamnes keeps changing it up instead of a long solo or ad hoc gratuitous middle portion, we get passage after passage of well-crafted music with odd chord changes and melodies and ideas. Truly this one track is a mine of musical ideas, always changing and creative, until that beautiful f major/f minor riff closes out the song again. Genius!
at 11:13 AM Posted by Tristan Stefan