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Prelude  - Eumir Deodato - 1972
Label: Epic 4505582 (UK)
Format: CD
My rating: 6/10

Entered: 06/18/2001
Last updated: 05/03/2003

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This album represents the more well-known face of Deodato - the shaggy haired Brazilian wonderkid who took pop by storm with his jazz-fusion version of Strauss's 'Also Sprach Zarathrustra' (theme to the film 2001). Funnily enough, I got to know some of the many imitation tracks (e.g. the Cecil Holmes Soulful Sounds take on 'Also...', the Alyn Ainsworth Orchestra's 'Colditz March', Pete Winslow's 'Space Chariots') before I heard the original. While 9 minute-long, noodly instrumentals generally aren't my thing, it does indeed have a great sound to it. I probably would prefer a 4 minute radio edit, if such a thing exists. The rest of the songs on the album are less extravagant in length and very enjoyable. 'Spirit of Summer' is a gentle, Bacharachian soundtrack-style piece, with little evidence of jazz fusion aside from the style of bass playing until the instrumental solos kick in half way through. 'Carly & Carole' is a nice gentle groovy track with flute and electric piano. 'Baubles and Beads' is a funny one. It's actually quite charming, but a funny song to hear played in this style, with electric piano and a light groove. This is nice enough, but to be honest, I prefer the Sinatra/Jobim version on their 1967 album. 'Prelude to the afternoon of a faun' is a slightly sleepy classical adaptation. It's pleasant enough, but is lacking the intensity of, say 'prelude for a dead princess' on 'Deodato 2'. The album's final track is 'September 13', which appears on 'blaxploitation' compilations and is a gentle funk track. It's nice, if repetitive and overlong.
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