Friday, September 27, 2019

Brian Auger's Oblivion Express - Straight Ahead (1974 uk, essential groovy jazz rock, 2005 remaster)

Long lean groovers from Brian Auger and the Oblivion Express group – recorded with a slightly freer feel than some of the group's earlier albums, and an approach that has them stretching out nicely! Brian still sings a bit on some tracks, but there seems to be more of a focus than before on the keyboards – that nicely compressed Auger use of Hammond and electric piano that actually went onto influence a fair bit of American players at the time, in the way that Auger himself had been influenced before by their own earlier work. Rhythms are great throughout – making all tracks funky, in a laidback sort of way – and titles include a remake of "Bumpin' On Sunset", one of the band's best tracks, plus "Change", "Beginning Again", "You'll Stay In My Heart", and "Straight Ahead".
1. Beginning Again (Brian Auger) - 9:22
2. Bumpin' On Sunset (Wes Montgomery) - 10:51
3. Straight Ahead (Barry Dean) - 5:04
4. Change (Lennox Laington) - 8:10
5. You'll Stay In My Heart (Barry Dean) - 3:44
6. Straight Ahead (Live In Denver, Colorado 1975) (Barry Dean) - 5:56

The Oblivion Express
*Brian Auger- Vocals, Piano, Electric Piano, Organ, Moog Synthesizer
*Jack Mills - Guitar
*Barry Dean - Bass Guitar
*Steve Ferrone - Drums
*Lennox Laington - Congas
*Mirza Al Sharif - Timbales, Percussion

1970 Brian Auger's Oblivion Express (2013 Japan SHM edition)
1971  A Better Land (2006 japan remaster)
1972  Second Wind (2006 japan remaster)
1973  Closer To It (2006 japan remaster) 
1967  Open (2013 Japan SHM)
1970  Streetnoise  (2014 SHM)
1970  Brian Auger And The Trinity - Befour (Japan SHM 2013)

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