Randy Roos - Mistral. 1978 USA

Randy Roos - Mistral. 1978 Spoonfed

Following on Friday's post, here's the second of the Modulus CD reissues.

CD reissue: 2012 Modulus (mini-LP)

Packaging details: Wonderful mini-LP package. In this case, it restores the original single sleeve cover. There are no bonus tracks, but a fantastic essay was provided by a well known music journalist.

This is an album I was introduced to (early last year) by Midwest Mike on the CDRWL. Because of his enthusiasm and faith in the music, he actually sent me an extra copy of the LP itself! It's pressed on clear vinyl, which was impossible to replicate on the new CD reissue. Mike is also a friend of Ken's, and he certainly deserves the credit for this discovery!

Review: My original notes stated: "Boston based Berklee grad guitarist Roos was originally in a band called Orchestra Luna, an album that used to turn up quite a bit in my crate digging days. This album is quite a bit different from that, and is a guitar fronted instrumental fusion - a style that was gaining popularity back then. But it has a rougher edge that I find appealing, and thus scores an extra point for me. Roos is a master of the instrument, and will occasionally call out Al Di Meola circa "Casino". I was also reminded of the German group Syncrisis."

Ken's describes the music as: "Masterfully playing a variety of fretted and fretless guitars, Roos demonstrates why its time for this overlooked gem to be revisited. Mistral is pure high energy fusion that will appeal to fans of Jeff Beck and Return To Forever."

After hearing the CD, I bumped it up one more additional Gnosis point, due to the much improved sound.

This isn't necessarily going to be a big hit with traditional progressive rock fans. But for fusion nuts, this is a must own! I find myself enjoying fusion more these days, thanks to the enthusiasm of some of my patrons for the CDRWL.

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