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Cinematix

May 22, 2007

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  • Original Release Date: May 22, 2007
  • Release Date: May 22, 2007
  • Label: Oglio
  • Copyright: (C) 2000 R & D Records Inc. Under License To The Oglio Entertainment Group, Inc.
  • Total Length: 1:01:41
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  • ASIN: B005PA0U9Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,796 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jinkyu on May 2, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Cinematix is a mostly jazz/rock fusion album recorded by Robby Krieger and various musicians in his orbit, with most songs written or co-written by the ex-Doors' guitarist. A bonus track is a remix of The Doors' classic "Peace Frog," called "War Toad" (ha ha)--Jim Morrison's echoing vocals make an appearance, and not surprisingly, this song, with its instrumental supplements, is the highlight. Otherwise, with the exception of a series of very ephemeral odd wailing sounds in the background of "Out of the Mood" (which also has other eccentric sound effects), this CD is entirely instrumental. For the most part, it is stream-of-consciousness heavy guitar and bass lines and percussion, more often with a jamming rather than a structured feel. However, there are occasional keyboards and sax, and when synthesizers are used they are used well, as in Robby's atmospheric "Haunted Spouse," in which his synth sweeps and rich, varied guitar lines conjure up a mystical backdrop. The best track ("War Toad" excluded) is "Idolatry," in which organ and sax combine with Robby's melodic guitar lines to dish out the comfort of conventional modern jazz--yes, I like this better than fusion. "Brandino" blends funk with fusion. At times Cinematix can be boring, such as in parts of the meandering, often choppy and sparse 14:32 "Skip/Missionary Jam." However, the musical worksmanship is always good, and Cinematix is nice to put on when you are in the mood for that wall of sound that is unique to fusion.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jym Cherry on May 29, 2010
Format: Audio CD
"they [The Doors] would go on and create an instrumental sound of their own that depend on lyrics..." Jim Morrison, on what the remaining Doors should do in his absence.

And that's pretty much what the surviving members of The Doors have done in their post-Morrison career. Each has gone on to work with poets they've backed with music, Ray Manzarek worked on "Carmina Burana," John Densmore has his Tribaljazz work, and "Cinematix" is Robby Krieger's first solo album.

"Cinematix" is an instrumental album of some traditionally structured jazz fusion that is reminiscent of Pat Metheny. The Doors were always good at instrumentals, "Peace Frog" started life as an instrumental and they frequently played instrumentals during live shows. "An American Prayer" is essentially an instrumental album that accompanies the poetry of Jim Morrison. Although "Cinematix" is different than "An American Prayer," it carries on the tradition of the former Doors members as multi-talented musicians, that didn`t depend on lyrics.

"Cinematix" starts off slow with a couple of very typically structured and sounding cuts. It starts to cook with "Pyschadelicate," which has Edgar Winter sitting in and has a "Frankenstein" like groove, and continues on with "Red Alert" in a dark and dramatic jazz foray.

I'll just mention a few other stand out cuts to give you a feel for the album. "Haunted Spouse" is an ode and it is a haunting piece. Doors songs were frequently musical journeys (such as the instrumental of "Light My Fire"). "Haunted Spouse" while it is a journey of a different kind is closest to the feeling of taking you on a trip.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gym123 on January 29, 2011
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I heard 'Snake Oil' on Pandora last night and when I saw whose CD it was, I just about fell over. The Doors' musical background would never have made me think any of them would do a Jazz/Fusion record in the first place and while they were definitely adventurous, it didn't seen to be going in this direction. However, to think one of them would cover anything by anything from like Tony Williams' Lifetime album is a bit of a head-scratcher and he picked two of the better tunes, IMO. 'Snake Oil' was very faithful in its structure and he did it justice- he didn't try to copy Alan Holdsworth (it would he hard to do it well, anyway) but this version retains the fire that was present in this kind of music at the time the original was released. Then, I saw 'Red Alert' in the song list. Another gem from the 'Lifetimes' album and just as well presented here. (BTW- this is hardly reminiscent of Pat Metheny who, while being a great player, collaborator and band leader, has never been known to play music with this kind of edge, IMO)

I have another of Robbie Krieger's CDs and will have to pull it out of the shelf to give it another listen. This one surprised me in its lack of regard for the "Let's make a hit record that will sell as well as the last one" formula. While it's true that The Doors made hits, they weren't conventional in their methods and after 40+ years, most "musicians" have gotten to the point where they prefer to play it safe. Coming from a rock background and covering Tony Williams is NOT playing it safe. OTOH, I have to wonder how many Doors fans have a single album or CD by one of the original members.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ramalho on January 30, 2010
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I received this cd on a fluke from Robby Krieger himself (nicest guy in the world; didn't realize for a minute that I was talking to a rock legend), gave it a quick listen, and buried it in my collection. That was a mistake on my part. In the years since, I have become more serious about playing music and, specifically, guitar. I've also become a big fan of Jazz Fusion. I put this cd on my iPod a few months ago and have been steadily listening to it since. The songs are tight, the playing is fluid & sweet & full of emotional content (far more impressive to me than speed-of-light shredding), and the songs flow beautifully from one to the next. As mentioned in other reviews, it's all instrumental minus some Morrison drops on War Toad. Any fan of Jazz Fusion, Instrumental Rock, Guitar, etc. would do well to check it out-- and, again, it seems to improve with each listen.
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