Re: (idm) Re: Herbie Hancocks Flood LP

From Blipvert
Sent Mon, Jan 5th 1998, 02:00

brittonjames wrote:

> Malte Rogacki wrote:
> > and a live double-album "Flood" which apparently is available only as a
> > japanese import.
> >
> This is news to me. Does anybody have a clue about this record? If so, elaborate
> its pros and cons if possible. Any stuff from Headhunters? Live synth soloing?

Funny, I was going to post regarding this subject. I picked this andSextant up at
Tower Records for US$18.99 a piece.
Flood was recorded in Tokyo in '75 and it contains Maiden Voyage,
Actual Proof, Spank-A-Lee, Watermelon Man, Butterfly, Chameleon
and Hang Up Your Hang Ups. Chameleon and Watermelon Man
are from Headhunters, Hang Up Your Hang Ups is from Man-Child,
Spank-A-Lee and Butterfly are from Thrust and I think that the remining
tracks are early in his career, like pre Mwandishi.
I found the first five tracks to be good but not great. They aren't at
all bad, they just don't contain the depthe of funk or electronics that
I was hoping for. Things take a change for the better with
Chameleon, though. I am greatly impressed with the live versions
of Chameleon and Hang Up. They are much morre electronic or I
should say that the electronics play a more prominent role and there
is generally a deeper sense of funk and atmospherics. Chameleon
and Hang Up make this CD an essential. There are only a few
interuptions common to the "live" recording, in other words, crowd
noise and introductions are kept to a minimum. Musicians were the
Thrust band with the addition of Blackbird McKnight on Guitar.

All of that said, Sextant is the real find. This album is tha bomb!
It is more elctronics heavy than the other seventies albums. It is
similar to Crossings from 72 with Patrick Gleeson from the
Warner sessions playing an ARP 2600 but the
electronics are more pronounced and experimental. There is
generally less a sense of world music polyrhythms and more
a sense of early funk. Not Headhunters or Thrust funky yet but
an obvious nod to that direction. The musicians involved were
the Warner sessions musicians with the addition of Buck Clarke
on Congas and Bongos.

I was unaware that these recordings existed until seeing them
in Tower. I never see them listed in the Hancock discographies,
probably because they are out of print in America. If anyone is
familiar with albums from the time period of 70-78 other than
the following, please let me know.

The Prisoner Soundtrack (year?)
Fat Albert Rotunda '70
Mwandishi '71
Crossings '72
Sextant '73
Head Hunters '73
Thrust '74
Man-Child '75
Flood '75
Scecrets '76
Sunlight '78
Deathwish Soundtrack (year? anyone heard this one?)