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Re: Your last listen

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Current band of the month:

Shadowfax 'Folksongs for a Nuclear Village' (1988)

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The record that got them their only Grammy Award for 'Best New Age Album'. Which is a bit of a surprise considering that they had recovered some of their original muscle as a high-octane Mahavishnu-style fusion group here.

This album also marked a (brief) move to major label Capitol having made their reputation as part of the Uber New Age 'Windham Hill' stable.

Because Shadowfax's music was not easy to categorise or pigeonhole they never got the exposure that their talents deserved and remain something of a cult group. They split in 1995 after the untimely death of leader Chuck Greenberg (45) who was one of the inventors of the Lyricon (an electronic instrument played like a clarinet).

Here the band mixes some serious Jazz-Rock with World Music and esoteric influences. Top-class musicianship and squeaky-clean recording turn this into an adventurous listen.

Tracking down their output isn't particularly easy and I have some CD's winging their way from the USA and Japan at the moment. Found a couple here in Holland as well.
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Rock Lobster !!!!!!

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Yesterday's arival from Germany:

Shadowfax 'Live' (1995)

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The last official release from Shadowfax before they broke up is a live concert recording and it's stunning. One of my favourite 'go to' albums for some guaranteed good listening is 'Livestock' by Brand X and this album reminds me of that a lot. Like their British counterparts, Shadowfax tend to veer to the rocky side of Jazz-Rock but where Brand X can wander off into strangely experimental corners, Shadowfax go more for soft melodic ambiance - when they are not into Gas-Mark-6 fusion meltdown mode, that is.

Simply astonishing playing from all, a special mention for the incredibly versatile drumming and fluidly entrancing basswork.
A feast for the ears and the recording quality is terrific.

I think this is the same recording - it is the same lineup - but you get the idea:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTOPcJqx-yY
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Psychic TV - Allegory And Self

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Magnum - Breath of life
Candlemass - Tales of creation
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