Troc - s/t. 1973 France

Drummer Andre Ceccarelli is joined here by the Magma alumni of Jannick Top, Francis Moze, and Claude Engel - all apparently slumming in the (then) trendy soul oriented jazz-rock waters, that no doubt had Christian Vander shaking his head in disgust. The vocals are sung by Scotsman Alex Ligertwood, who would provide a similar white boy crooning on Brian Auger's albums shortly thereafter (and later more famously for Santana, who was performing similar music by that time). Ligertwood also gets credit for most of the compositions presented here. Other key members are Henry Giordano on Fender Rhodes and Jacky Giraudo on guitar, who honestly do a lot of the heavy lifting here on the solo front. There's quite a bit of talk about Miles Davis, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Weather Report, and Soft Machine in the liner notes to the CD. Those are what are known in the literary world as red herrings. Radio friendly blues numbers such as 'Old Man River' tend to keep albums like this from being recognized as the stone classic it could have been. Oh well, missed opportunity. A good album that comes recommended, but with reservations as stated above.

Personal collection
CD: 2013 Frémeaux & Associés

Originals come in a nice gatefold cover. I was a bit cool towards this album when I first heard it in the early 90s, so I didn't bother to own one until the recent CD came out. This is UMR's first encounter with Frémeaux & Associés, a large publishing house who have quite an extensive catalog of jazz oriented CDs. And they did a fine job on this CD (second scan), with unique liners in both French and English, great sound, as well as two short bonus tracks.

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