Saturday, November 8, 2014

Apprentice - 1982 - Rough Draft

Apprentice 
1982 
Rough Draft




01. Rough Draft
02. Barnstorming
03. Prank
04. Charlie Brown
05. P.M.
06. Freeze Frame
07. Time Change
08. It's in the Cards


James Pastman: Acoustic and Electric Piano,Mini,Micro Moog,Obertheim Polyphonic,Clavinet and Percussion
Mitch Hayes: Acoustic and Electric Guitars
Kenny Nugent: Bass
Jerry Leake: Vibes,Marimba,Hand Drums and Percussion
Frank Stauffer: Drums


On fire with a US fusion tear here, from the fantastic shige we have this amazing high-quality rip... This time from the early eighties, you can't mistake those digital keys and splashy drumming style. Musically this album is phenomenal, high energy and great composition. I step back for magister dixit:
Very professionally played fusion by this experienced (albeit unknown) team, one throwaway song in the form of the christmas charlie brown song, I think the compositions are really outstanding, you can listen many times to this and always find new ideas to enjoy yourself with...
Track 5 ("privately maintained") reminds me a lot of Finnforest with the circular electric piano pattern and strong electric guitar statements starting with a windy-atmospheric beginning. Definitely my favourite for the aforementioned european sound. Digital strings make an appearance but thankfully are kept subdued in the background. A more unfortunate 80s-sound casio keyboard starts off the next track though-- is it possible we really loved that casio sound back then, 25 years ago? Hard to know. Track 7 is a more progressive shadowfax-like composition with a lot of energy and velocity to drive us through to the end.




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