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Friday, May 6, 2011

Brainchild - Healing Of The Lunatic Owl (1970 uk, significant progressive rock, jazz fusion)

Lennie Wright from Web and Samurai produced Brainchild's first and only album, so it's no surprise that "Healing of the Lunatic Owl" is in a similar style to both "I Spider" and Samurai's self-titled album. That means early 70's progressive rock dominated by horns and organ.

The opener "Autobiography" starts as a straightforward rocker, but turns in the middle into a complex instrumental section that lasts for the rest of the song. Although it's one of the shortest tracks on the album, it sums up nearly every side of the band's music very well. The swinging title-track is one of the highlights, and the structure is really not that far away from "Autobiography", but the track returns to the main part at the end again.

The slow and bluesy beat of "Hide From the Dawn" is a bit more basic, but the long instrumental passages and complex arrangements make it well worth listening to. "She's Learning" is the catchiest song on the album, and has almost hit-potential. However, the longest tune is "A Time A Place", featuring dramatic vocal parts mixed with more intricate instrumental parts.

"Two Bad Days" is for me the least good song, but the ballad "Sadness of a Moment" is really beautiful, consisting of nothing else than flute, guitar and vocals. And the album finally closes with the excellent instrumental "To "B"". I'm not sure if I would rate this album as high as "I Spider" or "Samurai", but it's still a very good LP worth finding if you enjoy the two mentioned bands or progressive rock with horns in general.

1. Autobiography - 3:35
2. Healing Of The Lunatic Owl - 5:05
3. Hide From The Dawn -6:50
4. She's Learning - 4:13
5. A Time A Place - 8:55
6. Two Bad Days - 3:55
7. Sadness Of A Moment - 4:08
8. To B - 3:52

*Harvey Coles - Bass, Vocals
*Bill Edwrds - Lead Guitar, Vocals
*Dave Muller - Drums
*Chris Jennings - Organ, Piano
*Brian Wilshaw - Saxophone, Flute
*Lloyd Williams - Trumpet


Zig06 said...

Looks really cool - thanks!

adamus67 said...

Been looking for this cd for ages, finally found it in I'm surprised,very good stuff.Marios Thanks a lot

john said...

I don't know good the music is but I always remember that album cover. thank you.

The Bold Marauder said...

What a great album, that only a few people know! Every song is a winner!
Great cover also. Thank you for this!

GarColga said...

Hey, I'm famous!!

mscmichael said...

Remarkable !!! Must be heard. Thanks a lot...

Christopher Jennings said...

Good fun making it it took two days at Wessex sound in London in March 1970. We used to do a lot of stuff for the BBC and toured Spain. Band broke up in 1971. Thanks for your comments

Chris Jennings

adamus67 said...

Hi Chris, I'm very excited about the album, pretty versatile, with dark moments, in your music to feel rather hear the incredible potential ... in just two days it such exciting to record an album,surely, fine to understand itself in studio.

Little is find out about Brainchild. The band around guitarist Bill Edwards,Brian Wilshaw the woodwinds ,Chris Jennings organ, piano,Dave Muller drums, Lloyd Williams the trumpet and the singer-bassist Harvey Coles was probably late 70s, played by the turn of the decade an album in the Wessex Sound Studios in London, which was published in 1970 by A & M, and disappeared then back out of the picture. "Healing of the lunatic owl" is hard to find in the original vinyl and was not officially launched until now again on CD. This is a shame, because the album is a thoroughly successful matter.

Brainchild play a progressive Brassrock as he was rarely found in England, unlike the United States, in the early 70s right. British bands with a similar concept had Locomotive Mogul Thrash and especially Heaven, which paired a rock band with an extensive wood and brass department. At Brainchild both parties are fairly equal, provide a hand electric guitar (sometimes quite aggressive and dirty by Bill Edwards edited), bass and drums for blues-rock bustle, soloing on trumpet, trombone and sax jazzy and tuneful deliver their fanfare-like interjections . Imposes itself between now and Chris Jennings on the organ (rare piano) and the lyrical flute Brian Wilshaws. Finally, there is the powerful, but pleasant song to mention Harvey Coles. Jazz, rock, blues rock and Protoprog be merged here into a coherent, powerful, usually loose and swinging, gliding whole.

Little is known about the members, both before and after this album,about the formation and the further career of members the band that not I can write no more.
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adamus67 said...

WOW..With last minute,Produced by Lennie Wright (drummer with The Web and Samurai), it originally appeared that October 70', when it sank without trace. In recent years, however, it has been acclaimed as one of the best prog obscurities of its time, with its tight jamming and incisive brass arrangements earning favorable comparisons with Chicago and Blood, Sweat & Tears. It's presented complete with a rare non-album, bonus track 'The Cage'. Release date 1/8/2013 Label Aurora(AU 5027CD)

Have a nice day,

Warhorse said...

This was a particularly good addition to the British brass/rock scene. It's such a pity that they only released the one album. Listening to it again from beginning to end just recently made me realize just how good this album was. I play tracks from it on my radio show here in South Africa quite regularly, as I have for many years.Thanks for the info and great site!

Jones Junior said...

Hi.. could you re-post? The link is broken. THanks

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