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Isotope were one of the major (and earliest) British jazz-rock bands of the 1970s, coming along chronologically only just behind Soft Machine and Nucleus, the two UK pioneer bands in the genre. Isotope was formed by guitarist Gary Boyle in 1972. After about a year, the band signed with a major U.K. management company who got the band signed to a independent label which was owned by a film company and things really took off. By the time of their second and best-known album, Illusion, the band consisted of Gary, ex-Soft Machine bassist Hugh Hopper keyboardist Laurence Scott and drummer Nigel Morris

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Classic '70s Fusion

Read "Classic '70s Fusion" reviewed by Len Davis


This week we visit the '70's for some classic fusion from Alphonse Mouzon, Michal Urbaniak as well as a couple of fairly obscure gems from Europe. Playlist Alphonse Mouzon “Nightmare" from In Search Of A Dream (MPS) 00:00 Michal Urbaniak “Deep Mountain" from Fusion (Columbia) 14:01 Isotope “Deep End" from Deep End (Gull) 22:13 ...

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Article: Album Review

Brand X: Locked & Loaded

Read "Locked & Loaded" reviewed by John Kelman


There are a great many bands whose lineups have been so fluid that keeping track of who was in the band when is no mean feat. Few bands have, however, had as complicated a history as Brand X. Even in its latest re-reincarnation, there's been a lineup shift between the high octane fusion group's January, 2017 ...

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Hugh Hopper: The Gift of Purpose

Read "The Gift of Purpose" reviewed by Mark Redlefsen


Posthumously released under the name of late ex-Soft Machine/Soft Machine Legacy bassist Hugh Hopper, The Gift of Purpose captures a live studio performance from early 2008, featuring a trio project called Bone, along with guitarist Nick Didkovsky and drummer John Roulat. Rreleased as a benefit for Hopper's family--to which all proceeds of the sale of the ...

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Golden Section

Label: Cuneiform Records
Released: 2009
Track listing: Illusion; Rangoon Creeper; Attila; Spanish Sun; Crunch Cake; Mr. M's Picture; Frog; Attila; Spanish Sun; Lily Kong; Edorian; Golden Section; Illusion.

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Isotope: Golden Section

Read "Golden Section" reviewed by Andrey Henkin


It is with great sadness that the recent passing of electric bassist Hugh Hopper (1945-2009), one of the most original stylists on his instrument, is mourned. Hopper is best known for his tenure in Soft Machine (part of the Canterbury scene, lumped in with progressive rockers like King Crimson and Frank Zappa, and ...

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Isotope: Golden Section

Read "Golden Section" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff


Il chitarrista anglo-indiano Gary Boyle ha davvero molti punti di contatto con John McLaughlin e questo album di inediti, appena pubblicato dalla Cuneiform, ci offre ulteriori conferme di un assunto che risulta essere inoppugnabile. Intanto il chitarrista è partito come side-man del funambolico Brian Auger, prendendo il posto nei Trinity della voce di Julie Driscoll, verso ...

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Isotope: Golden Section

Read "Golden Section" reviewed by Nic Jones


Cuneiform have done it again in terms of restoring one of the perhaps hidden corners of British fusion to a contemporary audience. The band's relatively conventional take on the genre is happily tempered by compositional variety and a level of interplay that went beyond what was the norm, making for music that holds the attention. Captured ...

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Golden Section

Label: Cuneiform Records
Released: 2008
Track listing: Illusion; Rangoon Creeper; Attila; Spanish Sun; Crunch Cake; Mr. M's Picture; Frog; Attila; Spanish Sun; Lily Kong; Edorian; Golden Section; Illusion.

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