Wednesday 18 October 2017
Nova - Vimana (1976)
The second album from this Italian band.
The band was a trio with a lineup of saxophone, flute, clavinet, synths, mini-moog, string ensemble, bass, guitars, marimba and vocals.
Four guest artists, including Phil Collins from Genesis, provided percussion, drums, bass and congas.
Their 1975 debut album Blink was a good fusion album who gave fusion fans like myself a great deal of pleasure. That and a new band to get into. Read my review here.
While Blink was a very intense fusion album, the band has taken their foot of the accelerator on this album. The tempo is mid-tempo and pretty pedantic.
References here are Santana and the final two Mahavishnu Orchestra albums. There is Latin-American feel over this album with a lot of saxophones and some laid back vocals who does nothing good for this album. The vocals, that is. The piano is also a bit dubious.
After some listening sessions, I was starting to get some serious doubts about this band. But there is still enough good stuff here to save it's bacon.
This is barely a good album and it is only saved by some good fusion at the beginning of this album.