Sunday, February 8, 2015

Flying Island - 1975 - Flying Island

Flying Island 
Flying Island

01. Funky Duck
02. Even the Birds Wear Gas-Masks
03. Priestess of Fantasy
04. Aerial Jester
05. Eddie
06. Cry to the Moon
07. Time Bound Wizard
08. The Flying Island
09. The Aquilon Wave
10. I Love to Dance

Bass – Thom Preli
Drums, Percussion – Bill Bacon
Guitar – Ray Smith
Keyboards – Jeff Bova
Violin, Flute – Faith Fraioli

Criminally overlooked US band with a very rich and elaborated sound and it's really a question,why this band's works remained and still remain in the shadows for so many years.They released two studio albums to my knowledge,a self-titled in 1975 and the follower ''Another kind of space'' one year later.FLYING ISLAND were led by violinist Fred Fraioli,featuring also well-known keyboardist Jeff Bova and later drummer Bill Bacon would also join the band.FLYING ISLAND were lucky enough to sign a 5-year contract with Vanguard Label and in 1975 they released a self-titled LP.

Offering some really adventurous musicianship,the album presents an all instrumental effort of 10 short tracks,based on Fraioli's excellent violin work, which ranges from leading up-tempo parts to weird complicated passages.Bova delivers some trully great keyboard work both on Hammond organ and electric piano,this time starting from a supporting role to end up in obscure soundscapes,doubled by Fraioli's violin.The tight playing of Thom Preli on bass and the confident drumming of Bacon gives the band another extra point.Finally,guitarist Ray Smith prooves to be a hidden ace for FLYING ISLAND's sound with a personal style consisting of good breaks and gear-ups.

I honestly tell you,this work should be spread all over the world for the different moods and professional arrangements it offers.Especially fans of MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA,BRAND X or DIXIE DREGS will love it to death.Absolutely essential for your collection!

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