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Rich
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posted 09-26-2001 11:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rich     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I cut my musical teeth on 70's fusion. Does anybody remember a band of
that era by the name of Brand X ? If so, can you make a suggestion as to
what album(s) by them to get? I've heard that they were very good but
never actually heard anything by them. They featured John Goodsall on
guitar and Phil Collins on drums. It was a fusion side project for Phil
outside of Genesis.


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Gigi
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posted 09-26-2001 01:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gigi     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A very good band, I suggest to buy PRODUCT.
Ciao Gigi

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Alan
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posted 09-26-2001 01:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Alan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi Rich,
Sorry to hear you cut your teeth ! ha ha.
I listened to fusion in the 70s too, somehow most of the records didn't seem to make it past the 80s... So why am I replying ?
Just curious, were you familiar with Triumvirat, during the same period ?
Cheers

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Rich
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posted 09-26-2001 02:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rich     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Alan,
Yes, I was aware of Triumvrat, but it was another band (like BrandX) that I never owned albums by... I remember being at Madison Square Garden to see Bowie in 1975 during the "Fame" tour and the warm-up music prior to the show was Triumvrat "Fun on the Autobahn". They were a German band, weren't they?

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Gazeuse
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posted 09-27-2001 12:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gazeuse     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hello Rich,

Unorthodox Behaviour is my favourite Brand X recording. The title track is fantastic and features Percy Jones...A truly wondrous fretless bass player!!!

Cheers,

Gaz

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Alan
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posted 09-27-2001 08:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Alan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
they were the german ELP.
Illision on a Double Dimple is the LP
I remember best

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SunShredder
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posted 09-28-2001 12:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SunShredder     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Check out Tony Williams "Million Dollar Legs" Jean Luc ponty's "Enigmatic Ocean", Billy Cobham's "Spectrum", Chick Corea's "Where have I known you before" and "Romantic Warrior" and other stuff you've probably heard--LOL!!!

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Chuck_ S
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posted 10-09-2001 09:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chuck_ S     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hey Rich,I am a Brand X fan from day one.Saw them live 4 times but only once with Phil on drums.All of the 70,s albums are avalable on CD.In order of release they are:Unorthodox Behavior,Moroccan Roll,Livestock,Masques,Product,and Is There Anything About...I would definitely recommend the first three and go from there.Have fun listening to this incredible fusion group.

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Rich
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posted 10-10-2001 12:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rich     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi Chuck. Thanks. I will be checking those out. My guitar teacher back then (70's) highly recommended that I check out BrandX but I never did. Sounds like you are/were really hardcore! What other stuff were you into bad then? I was into the whole prog-rock scene, then branched out into DiMeola, Jean Luc, Dregs, Lee Ritenour, Etc...etc...cte....

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Chuck_ S
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posted 10-12-2001 01:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chuck_ S     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi Rich,Seems like our musical tastes kind of parrallel,and I play guitar also.I too was into the prog rock thing,but started listening to jazz fusion around the same time.Started with Return To Forever,Mahavishnu Orch.and the like.And kind of gravitated more towards jazz.Yes I still listen to the old Brand X stuff...they also released some newer albums in the 90's as a trio.Was not quite the same without Phil and a keyboard player though.What do you think of Pat Metheny?I have been following his playing for 20 something years now as well.

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Rich
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posted 10-12-2001 07:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rich     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Chuck,
I'm ashamed to admit that I haven't really listened to that much of Pat Metheny's stuff. I saw him when he shared a bill at the Paladium in NYC in 1978 with Jean Luc Ponty and I was really impressed with him. The thing I don't really care for about his playing is his sound. From what I've heard of his music, he always uses way too much reverb, to the point where I can't seem to pick out any individual notes - like it's all coming from the stratosphere or something. Eric Johnson sometimes sounds the same way to me. Are there any Metheny albums that have a little more "punch" to them? I'd like to check them out if there are. Like I said, I'm just going by what little I have heard..........
Rich

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Chuck_ S
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posted 10-13-2001 03:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chuck_ S     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Rich,
I'm guessing that you saw the Pat Metheny Group in 78.Not sure how recently you have listened to his music but his sound has changed considerably since then.If you are not into The Group sound that much I would reccomend the Metheny Trio Live or the new Gary Burton Like Minds CD which also includes Chick Corea on piano.

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Alan
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posted 09-08-2017 07:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Alan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Rich:
Does anybody remember a band of
that era by the name of Brand X ? If so, can you make a suggestion as to
what album(s) by them to get?



Hi Rich,

I've been thinking about this answer for a long time.
No, I cannot make a suggestion.

Good to hear from you.

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The Moose
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posted 09-12-2017 02:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for The Moose     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Alan:

Hi Rich,

I've been thinking about this answer for a long time.
No, I cannot make a suggestion.

Good to hear from you.



Brand X had Phil Collins as a drummer, as far as I remember. He still seems to live somewhere at the shores of Geneva Lake.

Wish Frank Gambale gaining one-tenth of a per cent of this chap's fame & popularity, at least.

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An Minh
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posted 10-24-2017 08:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for An Minh     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's good to hear that you're still thinking and yet having no opinions.

Plus, I thought these recommendations are pretty much redundant now, given youtube and all the rest of it?

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Alan
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posted 10-25-2017 06:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Alan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hey Mr. Fancy Pants. Your ostentatious 'youtube' account doesn't give you carte blanch for internet rudeness. Sorry to be so harsh. I do still believe in you. We all do.

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An Minh
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posted 10-26-2017 01:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for An Minh     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ah, contrasting moods ... Did the drugs wear off in the middle of your writing?

Or rather, did it kick in?

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The Moose
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posted 11-03-2017 12:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for The Moose     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by An Minh:
Ah, contrasting moods ... Did the drugs wear off in the middle of your writing?

Or rather, did it kick in?


You all seem to be still alive and kickin''

Happy for that

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Rich
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posted 11-12-2017 08:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rich     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Alan:

Hi Rich,

I've been thinking about this answer for a long time.
No, I cannot make a suggestion.

Good to hear from you.


Thanks Alan.....we should meet in a trans-dimensional wormhole soon to discuss BrandX and angular velocity of turbochargers.

See you in the next world. You won't be late 'cuz time has a way of being on time.

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