Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music
One of Britain's most successful and long lived avant-garde rock bands, Pink Floyd emerged relatively unsullied from the mire of mid-Sixties British psychedelic music as early experimenters with outer space concepts. Although that phase of the band's development was of short duration, Pink Floyd have from that time been the pop scene's preeminent techno-rockers: four musicians with a command of electronic instruments who wield an arsenal of sound effects with authority and finesse. While Pink Floyd's albums were hardly hot tickets in the shops, they began to attract an enormous following through their US tours. They have more recently developed a musical style capable of sustaining their dazzling and potentially overwhelming sonic wizardry.
French Funk band The Headbangers have got what it takes to get your body moving as they demonstrate a love affair with the most entertaining aspects of Funk in festive songs which showcase their showstopping instrumentation. Walking the line between horn-driven jams in their vein of The JB's, doses of modern Pop, Rock and 70's Jazz-Funk fusion in the vein of Pleasure, The Headbangers leave their own impression in a new wave of Funk songwriting and performance which delights in it's degree of energy.
Terry & the Pirates were led by guitarist/singer Terry Dolan, a Connecticut native who relocated to San Francisco during the area's notorious Summer of Love in 1965. John Cipollina was a member from the early 70's on. Terry & the Pirates remained together until 1989, until the death of Cipollina spelled the end of the group for a while.
Two years after “Restored, Returned” introduced this line-up and with extensive touring behind them, on “The Well” the four musicians of the Gustavsen Quartet really blossom as a band in a programme of new tunes by Tord. Sax player Tore Brunborg is given an important voice here, his melodic lines combining bluesy sonority and Nordic cry. Gently but effectively propelled by the subtle pulses of drummer Jarle Vespestad and bassist Mats Eilertsen, Gustavsen’s gospel-tinged, unhurried piano playing displays a characteristic warmth and tenderness.