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10 Jun 2016

Mc Luhan “Anomaly” 1972 US Jazz Fusion Prog Rock









Mc Luhan “Anomaly” 1972 US Jazz Fusion Prog Rock

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The sole album of jazz-fusion from this Chicago band is an interesting eclectic mix of various unorthodox instruments which include not only the standard instrumentation but also a trumpet, tenor sax, slide whistle, a xylophone, timpani, chimes and something called a Maestro Woodwind Device. Some sources say this came out in 1971 and others 1972.
Lots of changing around on this one from slow and tender passages to full on jazz-fusion but rarely of the chaotic kind. It’s always melodic and nicely done. The guitars are rather subdued and the rich brass rock reminds of early Chicago only more eccentric. The slower parts remind me of King Crimson’s in their mellower moods. There’s even the occasional ragtime segments.
Only four long tracks give this a proggy feel to the whole thing. Too bad they didn’t stick it out because I really like this and it would have been interesting to hear how their sound would have evolved. Definately of interest for fans of Zappa, Canterbury or just anyone who loves complex and rich eclectic yet melodic jazz-fusion with occasional bombastic organs……
McLuhan is an american band that released just one album in 1971. Very unusual characteristics for a prog rock/jazz fusion band. Maybe that’s why it’s mostly unknown.
These guys were ahead of their time. A lot. It’s surprising how an american band recorded this taking into account that as they are americans, they probably didn’t have so much contact with the british prog context (maybe I’m mistaken about this, if so, sorry).
The album starts with “The Monster Bride”. If I were to describe it with one word, I would say: chaotic. This is delicious chaos. It has many prog elements, with a catching theme that ends the song. The saxophone here is very present, with nice keyboards plays. I read on the internet they used to play it with the movie Frankenstein, and that’s why there’s the Fox theme on this song (again, maybe I’m mistaken).
The second song, “Spiders (In Neals Basement)” is where the vocals get the most attention. It’s an incredible song. If you want to hear a sample of the album, hear this song.
“Witches Themes and Dances” starts with a fast saxophone melody, which turns some seconds later into a calm and beautiful melody from the vocals. If the first song is chaos, this is contrast. The calm melody turns itself into frenetic instrument solos.
It ends with “A Brief Message From Your Local Media”. As the previous song, it starts with a calm and beautiful vocal melody, which persists until half the song. Then a keyboard leads us to the agitated part of the song, which ends the album in a fantastic way.
Just impressive. A very solid album from an unknown band. This is one of the best prog rock records I’ve ever heard. Do it some justice and listen to it…..
McLuhan was more than your basic run-of-the-mill band playing experimental rock music. Perhaps the best way of describing them is to call them a multi media art group that just so happened to play music. The idea behind came swooping through head honcho David Wright’s head one particularly inspired day, and it was to interweave the music performance with movie segments, weird noises like a toddler crying, frenetic whistles, a spoken anecdote about Henry Ford, machinery tinkering and all kinds of experimental sounds that must come from somewhere, but where that exactly is, is beyond this already rather loopy listener. This McLuhan vision of Wright’s, while somewhat sketchy and let’s  face it: seen before, still managed to crystallize at the University of Illinois Chicago, where friend and  fellow student Paul Cohn (sax, flute, clarinet) and his former band mates joined the group.
Focusing strictly on the music and you get this warm seductive jazz rock that flirts around with a distinct early European psychedelic sound - either that or that of the more swampy and immeasurable acts from the late 60s San Franciscan scene. Anyway, the music is anything but what you’d call “jazzy” - the jazz note comes strictly from the reeds and the, at times, ch-chii-ch drumming. There’s so much more to the music, and what you find in stead of a typical fusion album, is a wild concoction of wobbly frenzied psych-drenched jams, soulful yearning blues moments of burning guitar and bleeding vocals and something akin to kosmische musik brought straight over from the German heartland.
Then you get to the ever oscillating beauty of the organs and piano - oh my word and what about the mystic touches of timpani and chimes that give to the pieces that little bit of the delirious and dreamy.  Something that blurs your view in gelatinous mass and treats your surroundings and the music you listen to with a glistening sheen. Makes it shine.
The final touches to an otherwise extremely tasty dish, are the brass booms - the Chicago whiff - the thing that makes you go “SLIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIDE ON BABY!!” while you rhythmically jive on down the street walk with a cat like bounce in your step. This is the shizzle right here! Just remember to include a little xylophone in your shake and everything’ll be right as rain…OH they did did they? Why sure, of course you get a little xylophone in the mix. Why wouldn’t you?
Fact of the matter is, that you don’t need all the fancy trickery surrounding this release. It stands proudly on it’s own. The feel and warmth of the jam is just so damn intense and contagious, that you forget everything about it needing some cinematic backdrop. The cinematic backdrop IS there though - that’s how good these guys are!
Get this baby for it’s seductive charm - get it while it’s hot - get it because you love music and you love to dance like you did back when you snuck in at The Doors gigs and had a weird belt in your hair - get it while you can - get it because I said so, and most importantly: because it makes a certain time and place real, if only for a short while. This is the real McCoy…..
Folks, this is where you put great, great. This Chicago band in 1970 created a sound very ahead of its time, inserting new elements and influences scholarly comparable only to the avant-garde movements that would impact only the music world later. A forte presença de sopros e um ritmo mutante torna a obra uma epopéia, os sons se misturam, transformando-se rapidamente do alegre ao triste ao furioso. The strong presence of horns and a rhythm mutant makes the work an epic, the sound mix, quickly becoming the happy to sad to angry. This is the only album of this amazing band that lasted no more than a year………………………
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The first song, Monster Bride was played live as they passed the film “Bride of Frankenstein” so the opening of “20th Century Fox” match in music and film. The first song, was played live Monster Bride As They passed the film “Bride of Frankenstein” so the opening of “20th Century Fox” coincides in music and film. Ten minutes are basically instruments that move with my head and heart, soft murmurs quickly become furious metal giving its own life and feelings to music, sung part equalitáriamente are beautiful, I think all the work attains perfection. Ten minutes are instruments Basically That mess with my head and heart, blows soft metals Quickly Become enraged by giving excellant own life and feelings to music, sung part is pretty egalitarian, I believe That all the work attains perfection. The second song, Spiders (in Neil’s Basement) has a voice more present, is more lively and “loose” criticizes the mundane and routine with metals less obscure but equally striking the Monster Bride, is the shortest at 6 minutes, but these short time it’s been even better than the others. The second song, Spiders (in Neil’s Basement) has a voice more present, is more lively and “loose” criticizes the mundane life and routine with metals less obscure but Equally marked with Monster Bride, is the shortest at 6 minutes, but These short team it’s been even better than the others. The third, “Witches Theme and Dance” continues the second adding more electronic effects and dark. The  third, “Witches Theme and Dance” remains the second adding more electronic and dark effects. The last song is divided into four: the most peaceful in the beginning, then with the story about Henry Ford and the invention of Assembly Line (assembly line), the third party that it gains weight and Spider Witches and ends with a rate constant a flute and drums. The last song is Divided into four: the most peaceful in the Beginning, then with the story about Henry Ford and the Invention of the assembly line (assembly line), the third part she Gains That weight and Spider Witches and ends with a steady pace the flute and drums.

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Side 1 Side 1

1 The Monster Bride (David Wright) 1 The Monster Bride (David Wright)
2 Spiders (In Neals Basement) (Marvin Krout) 2 Spiders (In Neals Basement) (Marvin Krout)

Side 2 Side 2

1 Witches Theme and Dance (David Wright) Witches and Dance Theme 1 (David Wright)
2 A Brief Message From Your Local Media (David Wright) 2 A Brief Message From Your Local Media (David Wright)
a)The Garden a) The Garden
b) The Assembly Line b) The Assembly Line
c) Electric Man c) Electric Man
d) Question d) Question

Banda: Band:

David Wright / Trumpet, Vocals, Narrator, Slide Whistle David Wright / Trumpet, Vocals, Narrator, Slide Whistle
Paul Cohn / Flute, Clarinet, Tenor sax, Flute and Flute with Maestro Woodwind Device Paul Cohn / Flute, Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone, Flute and Flute with Maestro Woodwind Device
Neal Rosner / Bass Guitar Lead vocals Neal Rosner / Bass Guitar Lead vocals
John Mahoney / Drums, Vocals John Mahoney / Drums, Vocals
Micahael Linn / drums on Witches Micahael Linn / drums on Witches
Dennis Stoney Philips / guitar, Vocals Stoney Dennis Philips / Guitar, Vocals
Tom (Tojza) Laney / Organ, piano, Screaming Tom (Tojza) Laney / Organ, piano, Screaming
Bobby Christian / Timpani, xylophone and chimes on Bride and Brief Message


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