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Electromagnets
: self-titled (CD, 62:26); EGM Records 1975 / Rhino Entertainment Co. R2 75331, 1998 Contact Info: PKP 3200 Bonnie Rd Austin, TX 78703 USA E-mail: park@io.com Cyberhome: http://www.io.com/~park This release is among my top ten fav discoveries in 1999. Back in 1975, a little-known, Texas fusion band released an album that has become the stuff of legend and one for the collectorsí bins. And 23 years later Rhino unearths it all for us on CD. Wonderful! This is precisely what Ď70's jazz rock fusion was all about, great tunes like this. Keys are delightfully dated Hammer/Zawinul/Hancock/Corea-ish, funked superb, bass ultimately Clarke/Pastorious, pumpiní fusion-driven tough, drums supremely right on and who is this on guitars?!! Eric Johnson, teenager Johnson was ripping it up in classic jazz rock fusion style back in the early seventies. Amazing. Frankly, he had 90% of all his chops down pat way back when and I actually prefer his stylings and riffs better in his ancient fusion mode. He kicks some serious hindparts, pulling out all the stops. He burns the frets with ferocious efficiency. Have mercy! This stuff is the ticket for a free time machine ride right back into a glorious time in the days of The Mahavishnu Orchestra and Return To Forever. Why the Electromagnets didnít gain wider recognition is puzzling -- some things just donít happen. This is simply great keys, wonderful bass, excellent drums, and extremely hot guitar -- all set firmly in a solid jazz rockiní fusion-fired groove. Also available now from the above contact source is a rare video. I found it entertaining, informative, and recommend this 4-song visual treat and short interview of the Electromagnets in action. Educate yourself all the way around and grab both of these treasures. High recommendations! What fun! ~ John W. Patterson Personnel: Stephen Barber on electric and acoustic pianos, clavinet, synth, vox Kyle Brock on bass Eric Johnson on electric and acoustic guitars Bill Maddox on drums, percussion And guesting: Tomas Ramirez on sax John Treanor on percussion Chris Geppert aka Christopher Cross! on vox Track listing: 1. Hawaiian Punch 2. Motion 3. Dry Ice 4. Blackhole 5. Salem 6. Minus Mufflers 7. Nova Scotia 8. Crusades Bonus tracks: 9. Hawaiian Punch (Live) 10. Dry Ice (Live) EER-MUSIC.com TOP PICKS Listen to samples & Buy CDs/DVDs here

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