A couple of important explanatory notes before I get to the music. First, the full title of the album is truly exquisite: Dust In The Air Suspended Marks The Place Where A Story Ended. (And if you like that dusty title, youll want to search out another rare solo album made by a one-time member of another famous band: Uriah Heeps Ken Hensleys lovely 1973 album Proud Words On A Dusty Shelf.) Second, the last two of the bonus tracks on this album are credited not to Dick Heckstall-Smith alone but to the band Manchild (featuring Heckstall-Smith, of course). Finally, Dick Heckstall-Smith died of cancer in 2004, five years before the re-release of this excellent 1972 album.
Dick Heckstall-Smith was Colosseum's saxophonist. When the band broke up, several of its members (notably Jon Hiseman) contributed to this solo album; also heard on the album is the incomparable Chris Spedding. In a modest, now-dated way, this is an all-star effort, and I think its just superb. Nope, its not for all tastes; but if youre a fan of fusion, youll love it; if you liked Colosseum, youll love it; if you like saxophone in general, youll love Heckstall-Smiths playing in specific.
What I love most about the album hmm, having started that sentence, I realize its going to be hard for me to pick one thing. Okay, what I love most about the album are the many passages in which Heckstall-Smiths saxophone lines, often ridiculously complex, twisting and turning, are doubled by guitar sometimes by two guitars, sometimes by wordless vocalizing, too. The saxophone is absolutely integral to every one of these compositions, and Heckstall-Smith has a command of numerous styles some of which he sometimes employs in the same song, sometimes at the same time, via overdubs!
Listening to this album, I find myself genuinely sorry that he wont be making any more. Here was a talented man who played an important role in one of the important early progressive/fusion bands but who also had a distinctive musical voice of his own. Aided by a bunch of other gifted musicians, hes left us an album to be cherished.
by Gerald Wandio
1. Future Song - 4:06
2. Crabs - 5:12
3. Moses In The Bullrushourses - 3:41
4. What The Morning Was After - 5:30
5. The Pirate's Dream (D.H. Smith, C. Clempson, P. Brown) - 11:09
6. Same Old Thing (D.H. Smith, C. Clempson, P. Brown) - 6:41
7. Moses In The Bullrushourses (Live Version) - 7:44
8. The Pirate's Dream (Live Version) (D.H. Smith, C. Clempson, P. Brown) - 10:19
9. No Amount Of Loving (Live Version) (Paul Butterfield) - 9:25
10.I'll Go Back To Venus - 3:44
11.I Can't Get It - 3:04
All compositions by Dick Heckstall Smith, Lyrics by Pete Brown except where noted
Bonus Tracks 7-11
Tracks 10-11 recorded as Manchild
*Dick Heckstall Smith - Winds
*Chris Farlowe - Vocals
*Jon Hiseman - Bongos, Congas, Drums, Maracas
*Gordon Beck - Piano
*Graham Bond - Moog Synthesizer, Organ, Piano, Vocals
*Malcolm Clarke - Bass, Vocals
*Caleb Quaye - Acoustic, Electric Guitar
*Chris Spedding - Electric Guitar
*Rob Tait - Drums
*Mike Vickers - Moog Synthesizer
*Dave Greenslade - Piano
*Paul Williams And His Hucklebuckers - Vocals