Thursday, October 20, 2016

Keep - 1982 - Keep II (Rock'n Rocked Rock)

Keep II (Rock'n Rocked Rock)

01. Rock'n Rocked Rock 9:43
02. Moonbeam 9:26
03. Modja 6:00
04. Aristocrat Bachelor 7:05
05. Ballad 5:12

Drums – Hideo Yamaki
Electric Bass – Yasuo Tomikura
Electric Guitar – Akira Wada
Keyboards – Jun Fukamachi

Despite the subtitle "Rock'n Rocked Rock", Keep's second album is definitely a fusion affair, similar to their contemporaries like Crosswind, Prism, and Casiopea. But the separator here is the ferocity of the instrumental work - recalling edgier outfits of the early 70s like Mahavishnu Orchestra. A marked improvement on Keep's own lightweight fusion debut. 'Aristocrat Bachelor' is the definite highlight here, and is closer to heavy progressive rock than jazz.

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