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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 25, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: BGO Records
  • ASIN: B001FW8G0I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,015 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Open Up Wide - Chase
2. Livin' In Heat - Chase
3. Hello Groceries - Chase
4. Handbags And Gladrags - Chase
5. Get It On - Chase
6. Boys And Girls - Chase
7. Together - Chase
8. Invitation To A River: Two Minds Meet
9. Stay
10. Paint It Sad
11. Reflections
12. River
13. Swanee River
14. So Many People
15. Night
16. It Won t Be Long
17. I Can Feel It
18. Woman Of The Dark
19. Ennea Suite
20. Cronus (Saturn)
See all 31 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

Bill Chase s jazz rock band burst into prominence with their US hit, Get It On . All three albums featured on this release made the US Top 200. Chase were a fantastic live act and upstaged many a headline act whom they supported. Sadly in 1974, the band s plane crashed on the way to a gig, killing all on board including Chase, keyboardist Wally Yohn, drummer Walter Clark and guitarist John Emma. Digitally remastered and slipcased with extensive new notes.

Customer Reviews

Recommendations: If you like Maynard Ferguson, you'll like Chase.
Greg P.
Anyone who likes Chicago, Blood Sweat and Tears, Traffic or the Ides of March, needs to hear blasting Bill Chase and this wonderful brass band.
One Tough Customer
So glad they are available digitally now, can finally get rid of my old vinyl!!!!
Richard W. Munsell

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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Allen J. Venezio on June 26, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Let me preface this review by saying that I have been a huge Chase fan since the very first time I heard "Get It On" back in the early '90s. Since then, I have bought every LP (stereo and quad) and every CD I could find (including all of the CD versions of the 3 studio albums both import and domestic, the 3 volumes of "The Concert Series", "Listen To Her Sing" and the tribute "Watch Closely Now"). I'm not going to waste your time telling you about Chase or what's on these CDs. I'm going to assume that you already know that if you are looking at this! :)

Now, the review ... this is simply the best transfer of the Chase material to CD that I've heard. The trumpets are crisp and clean, the bass lines are beautiful and full and the sound is impecciably balanced for masters that are nearing 40 years old. I'm not kidding when I tell you that it sounds almost like you are there ... as good as any of us will get. You can buy this one with confidence!

I wouldn't waste your money on any other copy of the studio recordings of Chase. This one 2 CD set will do it for you. And if you already own the LPs or the other CDs put out by Epic (import) or One-Way Records (domestic), spend the money and hear these. You won't be sorry!
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By James A. Vedda VINE VOICE on July 30, 2008
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Sometimes you long for the blues, or for music to set the tone for a romantic evening. But other times, you want the adrenalin rush of a rhythm section on overload, driving a brass section capable of ripping your face off. That's what you get from this three-album package.
Bill Chase had one of the very few bands that successfully produced great jazz-rock fusion. Think of it as Blood, Sweat, & Tears with an overdose of trumpet testosterone. A former lead trumpeter in the bands of Woody Herman and Maynard Ferguson, Chase envisioned a rock band featuring four trumpets - an odd concept, but he made it work. The trumpet arrangements were brilliantly written and superbly executed, and all of the sidemen had solid backgrounds in both jazz and rock.
This will bring back great memories for those of us who were knocked out by it when it first came out. Of course, some characteristics of the music are firmly rooted in the early 1970s, such as the inclusion of organ in the rhythm section and the abundant use of fuzz and wa-wa guitar effects.
The weakest aspect of the songs is the lyrics. Certainly nothing profound or memorable there. Some lyrics may have you thinking, "They can't be serious!" (Case in point: "Hello Groceries" on the first album.) Brass lovers may wish that the vocals would go away entirely. That wish almost comes true on the third album, where four of the six tracks are instrumentals. (The only other instrumental in the collection is "Open Up Wide," which kicks off the first album.)
The original liner notes from the first album are included, but that's all the information we get other than the personnel and track listings. It would have been nice to get some more background, especially for younger listeners who may not be aware of who these players were, or of the band's tragic end in a 1974 plane crash.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Samuel Buzzelli on July 17, 2008
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The short-lived jazz-fusion band Chase released just three lp's -- all collected here on two-cd's. Bill Chase fused big band jazz and 70's rock into a great experience. Having heard these guys - I never expected 4 guys with trumpets to rock, but they do and listening to this I can relive the experience. Just like BST or Chicago only better -- edgier.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By TUCO H. on September 21, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Here you've got 3 classic offerings from this legendary fusion band. There isn't a track on any of these 3 albums that you will need to skip if you like Jazz-Rock. The least popular of these albums "Ennea" actually ends up being the best one but hey, some people don't want any fusion of prog-rock and jazz or lyrics from Greek mythology. If Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and Genesis can do it, why not Chase? Considering the low price you pay for 3 albums worth of some of the best, most energetic music ever made, this is is a no-brainer purchase. However, it must be said that the sound on the 1st album still isn't where it needs to be or unfortunately maybe never will be, because, apparently, the original two-track masters cannot be found and it has to be mixed down from a quad master resulting in quite a bit of hiss. "Ennea" and "Pure Music" sound good enough to my ears though it's the incredible arrangements and performances that kick it over the top and not the overall sound production on the albums. Despite the lack of production polish (or maybe because of it), on a good stereo system (I run a Bryston 4BST through Polk Rti12s) these latter two albums crank like nothing else you've ever heard, while the first album is a little rough around the edges and muddy at higher decibels.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RCK on December 8, 2009
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As a trumpet player (since high school), I always thought Chase had a great sound. The recording could be better, but some incredible musicianship and fun to listen to - especially since I wore out my LP version years ago. Any trumpet player, or fan of "horn bands", any age will get a kick out of this album - it's a shame that Bill Chase and some of the others lost their lives just as they were starting to make it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Carlos R. De Leon on September 8, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Man, could these guys blow those horns, whew!!!! I had the double-LP "Chase/Ennea" back in the late '70s (a French release, I believe) and had been waiting for years for the CD release. I couldn't have asked for a better package...1 CD, all three albums. I dig Chicago and Blood, Sweat, and Tears, but these cats went well beyond that and absolutely held back no punches. Uncompromising. Every arrangement is like a roller-coaster ride. Simply the best Jazz/Rock band ever!
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