Friday, 11 November 2016
Scope's III by request, unreleased from 1976 [review only]
Somebody requested this some time back and indeed it was a shock to me years ago when I found out the great fusion album released another album. I posted their masterpieces in lossless a long time ago now and everyone knows them I'm sure.
The database information is all here, with the exception of this unheard-of and poorly publicized cd.
On the other hand, because it's a released from the artist, I can't justify sharing it longer than a day.
So in the cdbaby information you can see that: these are never published recordings - from the zenith of the Fusion period (1976) - of the legendary SCOPE feat. the unforgettable Rob Franken (kb).
Encouraging, right? not so, since rather than a complete cohesive group effort as in the I and II, the guitar is actually the star here, virtuoso to be sure, but it's a lot like when Soft Machine transitioned from being Ratledge-driven to Karl Jenkins-driven with more guitar in the mix. You can tell it's the same band, but the sounds are altogether different-- a bit more disappointing.
More from the aforementioned page:
These are never before published recordings - from the zenith of the Fusion period (1976) - of the legendary SCOPE feat. the unforgettable Rob Franken (kb)
After two Albums for Warner Brothers (Scope I & Scope II) the record company jumped off from the project and the group didn't succeed to bring out this material. The original tapes got lost, these are remastered copies, far from perfect, but very striking in it's REAL FUSION sound.
Scope I was: Rik Elings (kb, fl, comp), Rens Newland (g, comp), Henk Zomer (d), Eric Raayman (b)
Scope II was: Rik Elings (b, kb, comp), Rens Newland (g, comp), Henk Zomer (d), feat. Rob Franken (Rhodes, Synth)
THIS ONE Scope III was: Rens Newland (g, voc, comp), Bokkie Vink (d), Arthur Clarke (b) also feat. Rob Franken (Rhodes, Synth)
Note that song samples are available there!