Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Isotope - Isotope (1974)



The debut album from this British band.

Isotope was a Nucleus spin off band. We are therefore talking fusion and jazz here. Well, forget jazz. This is a fusion band where the guitarist Gary Boyle is the main soloist. He get help from keyboards, drums and bass on this thirty odd minutes long album.

References here are clearly Mahavishnu Orchestra, Return To Forever and a bit of Soft Machine. The solos from Gary Boyle is pretty intense and Brian Miller's keyboards is adding extra texture. Mostly by playing jazzy keyboards in a more pastoral direction.

My main gripe with this album is the lack of any great melodies. The fusion here is very standard and not that imaginative. I feel a bit cheated, to be honest. This is very much a run of the mill fusion album. It is still a good album, well worth checking out.

3 points

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