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Jack Lancaster - Wild Connections/Marscape (2CD)

Genre: Pop/Rock
Release Date: 29th September 2014

Label: Bat Country
Catalogue Number: BC241-32
Price: £9.99
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Jack Lancaster - Wild Connections/Marscape

TWO FOR THE PRICE OF ONE!   

Features “Wild Connections” and “Marscape”.

Both Jack Lancaster and Robin Lumley are a brace of musicians who have had a rich and varied career within the progressive rock and jazz rock idioms. They first appeared together in a studio band called The Soul Searchers which also included within its line-up John Goodsall (guitar), Gary Moore (guitar), Percy Jones (bass) and Bill Bruford (drums). Lancaster and Lumley wrote the two songs that appeared as a single in 1975, Scaramouche / Head Stand (1975, EMI).

 

But they were hardly blushing newcomers to the world of music.  Lancaster had already made a name for himself playing with Mick Abrahams in Blodwyn Pig, and Lumley (yes, the rumours are true - he is the second cousin of the delectable Joanna) had been in Brand X alongside Phil Collins. He even had a brief spell playing keyboards in David Bowie’s Spiders from Mars.

 

In the mid-1970s Lancaster and Lumley teamed up for a major undertaking – a proggy reworking of Sergei Prokoviev’s Peter and the Wolf featuring such luminaries as Gary Moore, Manfred Mann, Phil Collins, Bill Bruford, Stéphane Grappelli, Alvin Lee,Cozy Powell, Brian Eno, and Jon Hiseman.  In 1976 they teamed up for their second project together.

 

This time round the album was totally instrumental and based on a loose concept. Released in 1976, it as titled Marscape. Musically, this is a more progressive and impressionistic version of the Brand X sound; one song might be quite aggressive, the next one is quite gentle with a spacy atmosphere that makes you think of the desolate Mars landscape. This album should not be overlooked, especially if you're a Genesis/Phil Collins/Brand X fan.  Because this is basically a Brand X album, although for contractual reasons they were unable to use the name. One of the foremost jazz rock bands that progressive rock fans immediately identify themselves with is Brand X. When Marscape was released, Brand X had not yet released their seminal debut Unorthodox Behaviour, though all members of the band also played on Marscape. Thus one could actually consider Marscape as the first release that features the members of Brand X playing together. Of course the music was composed and produced by Lancaster and Lumley.  Marscape differs a bit from proper Brand X albums as the music is a bit more progressive and less fusiony and the music has much more stark contrasts to one another. Some of the cuts also feature some great piano work, something often missing from Brand X albums.

Wild Connections – 1. Early Morning Jones  2. Your Home 3. African Violet 4. Fortuna 5. Wild Connections 6. Claudia 7. Aural Exciter

Marscape – 1. Take-off 2. Sail on Solar Winds 3. Arrival 4. Phobos and Deimos 5. With A Great Feeling of Love  6. Olympus Mons 7. Home Light 8. Hopper  9. Dust-Storm 10 Blowholes (The Pipes of Mars) 11. Realisation 12. Release

 



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