Mike Warren & Survival Kit - Please Yourself First. 1978 USA

Mike 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 which 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 philosophical outlook is the inspiration behind the title of the album. Otherwise, a rather unfortunate choice of words...

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LP: 1978 Dobre

Typical single sleeve American private press, that lends itself easily to ringwear. Apparently a true original is on a private label called Xound Records, and was licensed to the jazz oriented Dobre imprint. No reissues as I update this post from the CDRWL (with a fresh listen).

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