Budget priced 5CD set collects the following:
I Sing The Body Electric
"The eclectic West Coast Hard Rock fusion band, Cosmosquad, have a smoking CD on their hands in their 4th release, Acid Test (Marmaduke Records). This rockin' CD is the icing on the cake that solidifies Cosmosquad as one of the foremost Prog Rock instrumental bands on the scene today.
"Cosmosquad, led by guitarist Jeff Kollman, is one of the last remaining instrumental rock outfits tearing up the Los Angeles area with unabashedly virtuosic guitar, bass and drums, and this live album, recorded at the famous Baked Potato club, amply demonstrates why: the music is good.
"Second album of these Americans. “Squadrophenia” is the piece of work of three great musicians: Shane Galas on the drums (who previously played for Artension), Jeff Kollman on the guitars and Barry Sparks on the bass guitar.
"Excellent debut by US power trio. Even if formally this band is placed under "progressive metal" tag, their music is heavy fusion. Mixing many influences, they sound very fresh ,energetic and groovy.
4 CD set includes a 16 page booklet includes BBC session from 1976 as well as the following albums:
Do They Hurt
New reissue of this classic 1975 fusion album from the Finnish guitar master. This was Jukka Tolonen's fourth solo album. The band is stocked with a killer lineup consisting of Pekka Poyry (saxes/flute), Esa Kotilainen (organ/Clavinet/synths), Heikki Virtanen (bass), Esko Rosnell (drums).
The latest in Svart Records ongoing series of mining through the Finnish radio archives. This is a previously unreleased radio broadcast from 1975. It features the master guitarist running through a lethal set of his material accompanied by a who's who of Finnish jazz rock.
Jukka Tolonen's music was always a bit of a hybrid of progressive rock and fusion, seamlessly dancing back and forth between genres. This third solo album, The Hook, finds him moving squarely into fusion territory and the results are phenomenal. Blazing stuff! Highly recommended.
Killer violin led fusion ensemble from Finland that were basically "one and done" apart from their appearance in the Jazz Liisa archival series. Its not all about the violin. Great energy from guitar and keys as well. Recommended to fans of Return To Forever and Brand X.