Elastic Rock [Vertigo, 1970]
We'll Talk About It Later [Vertigo, 1970]
Solar Plexus (credited to Ian Carr w/ Nucleus) [Vertigo, 1971]
Belladonna (credited to Ian Carr) [Vertigo, 1972]
Labyrinth [Vertigo, 1973]
Roots [Vertigo, 1973]
Under The Sun [Vertigo, 1974]
Snakehips Etcetera [Vertigo, 1975]
Alleycat [Vertigo, 1975]
In Flagranti Delicto [Capitol, 1977]
Out of the Long Dark [Capitol, 1979]
Elastic Rock has some great dreamy/drifting themes also...
Where's the Canterbury stuff...
Soft Machine,Hatfield & the North, National Health etc.
BELLADONNA is arguably the pinnacle of Ian Carr's studio discography,
although I don't think it shares the same oceanic vibe of BITCHES BREW.
That said, freeform's recommendation is infallible-- I can't imagine fans of
BB not having their heads similarly shaken by BELLADONNA.
While I'd also pick the SOLAR PLEXUS / BELLADONNA reissue on BGO for the top
Carr/Nucleus studio sets, LIVE IN BREMEN (Cuneiform reissue) has gotta be
their fiercest & most expansive document released to date. Recorded between
SOLAR PLEXUS and BELLADONNA, this marks the final days of Nucleus Mark 1,
with Ray Russell subbing for Chris Spedding. Ray's stylings are a long way
from the precision of Alan Holdsworth (who came on board for BELLADONNA) and
his apparent lack of deliberation frequently sets this shit ablaze.
Further blessings are owed to Cuneiform for bringing my favourite Soft
Machine bootleg into the realm of full fidelity. The LIVE IN PARIS (May
2nd, 1972) show falls in the Softs discography at a point between FIFTH and
SIX. And holyshit, it's a stonker. I'm thinking that, despite my
near-blinding affection for Robert Wyatt, for pure kozmi-quotient, the Softs
were best determined by the presence of Elton Dean. John Marshall's on
traps (again, he's also on Nucleus' LIVE IN BREMEN)-- and he's outstanding--
but history would suggest that it was Dean who delayed the ensemble's
eventual slide into dull riffery. LIVE IN PARIS offers an equity of
structure and freedom, as perfect as you're ever gonna find with the group.
Some of those Ian Carr/Nucleus lp's from 1970 onwards. I don't know all of
them, but Solar Plexus certainly has its moments of Milesian Bitches Brew
era sound. Ditto with Belladonna, if I'm not mistaken, though I remember
that one being a little more straight rock/funk influenced. And hell, Carr
wrote books on Miles, so the influence is pretty overt.
One of the good underrated groups in ihe Uk of the 70s. Probably will reform (!) this year with the almost 1985 line up...I am missing The SoftMachine Family (Canterburyscene) from your Kozmigroov list...particular reasons ?
[Rainer Krause Tarabos]