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Mahogany Rush is a Canadian Rock band led by guitarist Frank Marino, whose soaring lead guitar work bears a strong resemblance to the playing of Jimi Hendrix. In the late 70's and onward, the group toured as Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush and at times is referred to simply as Frank Marino.
Mahogany Rush commanded a loyal, good-sized following and provided its share of five-star albums. One of them is this live album, which was recorded during their U.S. tour in late 1977 and came out on vinyl the following year. Mahogany knew how to burn on stage, and this excellent LP really captures the vitality of its 1970s concerts.
You gotta hear Frank Marino let loose on live versions of Dragonfly, Electric Reflections of War, and The Answer. The band is equally captivating on sweaty performances of Jimi Hendrix's Purple Haze, Chuck Berry's Johnny B. Goode, and Muddy Waters' I'm a King Bee.
Live is consistently rewarding and is enthusiastically recommended to anyone into Hard Rock and classic Heavy Metal.1. Introduction
2. The Answer
4. I'm A King Bee
5. (Excerpt From "Back Door Man")
6. A New Rock & Roll
7. Johnny B. Goode
8. Talkin' 'bout A Feelin'
9. (Excerpt From "Who Do Ya Love")
10. Electric Reflections Of War
11. The World Anthem
12. Purple Haze$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Black Light Syndrome (Awaiting Repress)This power trio has famous roots, and they've brought it all together masterfully. First cut The Sun Road starts off like a tune off of David Gilmour's first solo album and then vanishes into a driving, power-chorded surge of soulful rock. Next, Dark Corners is a massive rocker that pulls you under its powerful whirlpool of guitar/bass/drum frenzy. Stevens tortures the guitar into absolute submission without any predictable riffs. Levin looms everywhere, and Bozzio flows in a polyrhythmic jungle. Fine interactive tension and execution everywhere. This goes way beyond King Crimson's Red days.
Duende opens with flamenco guitar firebursts, and slowly builds into a decent Spanish-flavored piece. Not my favorite, but well done. The title cut, Black Light Syndrome, is obviously a play on Bozzio Levin Stevens. It is a slower-paced dirge and filled to the brim with a variety of well-executed riffs, basslines, and drum tech.
Falling in Circles is an early Floydscape dotted with Ronnie Montrose leads, a ballad of driving determination and resolve. Floods of Satriani, Wishbone Ash, Alvin Lee, Fripp, Buck Dharma, and even that Duane Allman tone.
Book of Hours took me right back to Wheels of Fire's Pressed Rat and Warthog, rainy-day dreamy afternoons with a fresh pot of designer coffee. Levin, Bozzio, and Stevens play off of one another precisely as one mind.
On the last cut, Chaos/Control, you hear that E7 breakdown from Hendrix's Midnight on War Heroes, and then a jazzy boogie in classic Frank Marino style is laid down. Stevens is a guitarist with a wide range of dynamics.
- John W. Patterson (All Music Guide)1. The Sun Road
2. Dark Corners
4. Black Light Syndrome
5. Falling in Circles
6. Book of Hours
7. Chaos / Control$26.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now