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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Mike Warren + Survival Kit, USA


Mike Warren & Survival Kit - Please Yourself First. 1978 Dobre Records.

Ah, we found a little more gold here. Maybe not as exciting as the Werkhoven (for me), but this one is almost certainly going to put the fusion fans in a lather.

Another completely new name for the CDRWL, Warren's sole album is a fine mix of typical late 70's fusion (side 1) with a more ferocious side 2, bordering progressive rock and even includes some psychedelic guitar. Progressive rock laced fusion with acid guitar is one of my favorite mixes. And this has to be the only jazz rock album I've heard that uses timpani extensively. Overall a mixture of Pierre Moerlin's Gong, Colosseum II, Randy Roos and Frank Zappa. I'm sure the latter was a major influence and one hopes Frank's outlook is the inspiration behind the title of the album. Otherwise, a rather unfortunate choice of words.

In looking for the album, it appears there's already some buzz about it in the jazz rock collecting world. It's easy to see why, as this one separates itself from the norm of the day. I could see Modulus going for this one.

Priority: 3

2 comments:

Gianni aka Cesare Barbetta said...

CD reissue

http://www.tower.com/please-yourself-first-mike-warren-survival-kit-cd/wapi/119296328

Tom said...

Hi Gianni,

Tell me more about this reissue. I went to the MaxCat website and they don't have it listed. They appear to be a music catalog owner, not a label. I have a feeling this release is an on-demand CD-R (we see these on Amazon too), similar to Osamu Kitajima's "Benzaiten" and a few others. We don't consider those properly reissued CDs, even though they may be legal.

Thanks for the note and let me know if you have any more data on this!

- Tom