Brainstorm - Second Smile. 1973 Germany

Having already demonstrated a brilliance on their debut album Smile Awhile, Brainstorm returned with a superb sophomore effort, only slightly off the pace of their debut. The Canterbury influences are still very much intact, with melodic flute, sax, acoustic guitar and wordless voice offset by jamming fuzz guitar and keyboards. A playful album, but with heavy chops to offset any potential thought that this is somehow "lightweight". The only misstep is the closer 'Marilyn Monroe' (8:40), which mixes in some 50's rock n' roll with a dopey narration bit. Just long enough to keep this from a Hall of Fame rating.

Personal collection
LP: 1973 Spiegelei
CD: 2000 Garden of Delights

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