Mike Keneally & Beer for Dolphins — Sluggo! Deluxe
(Exowax EX-2305-1, 1997/2013, CD+2DVD)
by Henry Schneider, Published 2014-09-18There is a recent trend in reissuing albums these days, King Crimson, Jethro Tull, etc., where the reissue includes DVDs containing the original mix, lossless mixes, as well as 5.1 surround sound versions. Not having the necessary equipment and given my old ears, these additional DVDs are lost on me. I definitely cannot discern the sonic differences. So I will focus on the reissued CD. And not being familiar with the original 1997 release, it is difficult for me to compare and contrast it with this reissue. What I do note is that Sluggo! is a mixture of pop rock, rock, and Zappa-influenced jazz-rock instrumentals and songs. The original 16 tracks are here along with two bonus tracks, “Craney” and “Bob Dylan’s Nose.” I think that you have to be in the right mood for this music. The disc is packed with so many different ideas and intermittent Zappa weirdness that it is a bit difficult to enjoy in its entirety. A song that does stand out for me is “Chatfield Manor.” This is a mostly instrumental song with some excellent guitar passages. Another track that grows on you is “Egg Zooming.” In my opinion, Sluggo! is best savored in small doses to give your mind and ears a rest, though there are some quiet interludes scattered about the disc. Then there is the title track, which is a combination of boogie-woogie and jazz piano. So if you enjoy intelligent and expertly executed electric guitar-driven progressive jazz fusion with some experimental bits thrown in here and there, Sluggo! is a perfect addition to your collection.
Related artist(s): Mike Keneally
Jon Christensen RIP – Word reaches us today of the passing of Norwegian drummer Jon Christensen, a musician whose sensitive playing did much to help define the atmospheric sound of ECM jazz recordings. His work with Jan Garbarek, Bobo Stenson, Terje Rypdal, and many more was sensitive and varied, adapting to a wide variety of styles while maintaining a distinct identity of its own. Christensen was 76. » Read more
Gong Announces UK Tour for 2020 – Having spent the last few years touring the world, including dates in Japan with psych legend Steve Hillage, multiple headline European tours and festivals, America’s Cruise to the Edge festival, a South America headline tour, and a headline performance at Tomorrow Festival in China, the band have won the hearts of both traditional and modern Gong fanbases. During this live journey, Gong has delved further into the truly psychedelic, exploratory, and mind-expanding side of the music. » Read more
Wolfgang Dauner RIP – Pianist Wolfgang Dauner, one of the pioneers of both European free jazz and jazz rock, has died at the age of 84. With his own groups and with the United Jazz+Rock Ensemble, his playing and compositions were a prominent presence in European jazz from the mid-60s until just recently. » Read more
Michael Allison RIP – Michael Allison, who since 1997 has been recording as Darshan Ambient, passed away on January 9th after a long and brave battle with cancer. He has been at at the forefront of the new ambient/electronic music scene, with over eighteen releases to his credit. » Read more