The Wire (p.47) - "The singular Hopper stamp is firmly imprinted through densely layered fuzz-bass, insistent loops, crafty editing and manipulation of tape speed."
Personnel: Hugh Hopper (guitar, soprano saxophone, recorder, bass, percussion); Richard Brunton (guitar); Elton Dean (alto saxophone, saxello); Mark Charig (tenor saxophone, cornet); Gary Windo (saxophone, bass clarinet); Frank Roberts (electric piano); Dave Stewart (organ, pianet); Mike Travis, Nigel Morris (drums).
The jazz-fusion bassist and former Soft Machine member's second solo album was first released in 1977. Featuring performances from some of the leading lights in British fusion, including the saxophonists Elton Dean, Mark Charig, and Gary Windo, Hopper's compositions are a mix of progressive rock, such as the title track, and the lyricism of pieces like "The Lonely Sea and the Sky." "Spanish Knee" has a Zappa-like air, while "Oyster Perpetual" is a modal meditation for electric piano and bass.
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