Thursday, March 5, 2015

Nuclear Burn by Brand X

All the jazz fusion
I haven't heard in decades.
Now in one jewel case.

Fans of jazz-rock fusion, rejoice! Fans of lesser-known recordings of Phil Collins, rejoice! Brand X's Nuclear Burn is a 4-CD compilation of the group's first 5 albums from the mid 1970s to 1980 and some live performances.

Fans of Phil Collins, especially those late to the game, may enjoy hearing him drumming with more finesse and expression that perhaps you're used to with his Genesis and solo work.

Fans of fusion cannot ignore the quality of the band's lineup throughout the era represented by this box set: John Goodsall, Percy Jones, Morris Pert, Robin Lumley, Kenwood Dennard, Jack Lancaster, J. Peter Robinson, Chuck Bergi, Mike Clark, and John Gilbin. And Phil Collins.

And the live recordings, which I had never heard before, simply round out any fan's experience of the band.

I tried to find a good video on YouTube of the band performing live to give you a taste of what they're about. The best I came up with is this low-quality recording of their performance on the TV show Old Grey Whistle Test from 1979.

To use a very poor analogy, if you'd like an edgier version of Weather Report or Spyrogrya, give Brand X a try. The band's union of skilled performances with a titular sense of humor reminds me a little bit of The Aristocrats, albeit 4 decades earlier.

I received no compensation of any kind for this review.

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