Wednesday 22 May 2019
Brand X - Unorthodox Behaviour (1976)
The debut album from this British band.
The band was a quartet with a lineup of marimba, piano, moog, electric piano, guitars, bass, drums, percussion, tambourine and vibes.
A guest musician provided soprano saxophone.
Brand X saw Phil Collins from Genesis (and later a hugely successful solo career) branch out and try something else. Jazz and fusion, that is.
An ex Atomic Rooster member also became member of this band (and still is).
In short, I have had to re-evaluate my views on Phil Collins after listening to this album.
The music is a mix of fusion and jazz. The music is playful at all times and really challenge the listener. It is called progressive fusion by a couple of websites and I can understand why.
There is a lot of intricate details and fills on this album where piano, moog and guitars are finely combines. The bass is like thunder and the drums is really cool.
I am planning to review most of their albums this summer and this is a good meeting with the band.
It is also indeed a very good album who always comes up with some new details.
It is a must-check-out album from a band, minus Phil Collins, who are still playing gigs.