Friday, 21 October 2016

James Vincent's wonderful Waiting for the Rain in 1978

It always amazes me when albums that are so cheap and plentiful turn out to be so good.  Why a certain subset of vinyl collectors pays thousands for rarities that inevitably turn out terrible mystifies me.  James Vincent is an American guitarist, and the vocalist on this record.  His song Resistance:

Most of the tracks were written by him as you can see on the database page.

The 20th Etude reminds me of an old favourite, Don Mock:

BIO from progarchives:

James VINCENT is just one of many excellent musicians from Chicago area. As a guitarist he changed through a lot of styles, and through his career was not just a solo artist but a studio musician, writer and composer. 

One of his first more known bands in blues ridden Chicago were THE EXCEPTIONS in which he worked with Pete CETERA who would become lead singer of CHICAGO. After working as a studio musician for many Chess Records recording artists, VINCENT became a guitarist for the proto-prog band H.P.LOVECRAFT. Then he met Howard WALES & Jerry GARCIA with whom he toured for a brief time. While touring and playing the blues/funk influenced fusion at the time, VINCENT became inspired with their opening band and their guitarist, which was John MCLAUGHLIN and MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA. 

Afterwards he began recording and released four albums up to 1980 before taking a longer break with his solo career. His earlier records can be reminiscent of for example SANTANA with whom he used to work with and his RnB roots show in a lot of his work but amongst those there is fine energetic instrumental jazz fusion.

More to come later.



  2. Many Thanks julian, any chance to have the James Vincent's 1974 LP "Culmination" ?