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Electric Savage


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  • Audio CD (March 30, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: One Way Records Inc
  • ASIN: B000002R3B
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #498,989 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Put It This Way
2. All Skin And Bone
3. Rivers
4. The Scorch
5. Lament
6. Desperado
7. Am I
8. Intergalactic Strut

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By El Kabong on August 25, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Everybody's got that one album that took the blinkers off them; the one that damn near killed you on first listen with the excitement of whole new vistas opening up. In my case, that was this record, almost 25 years ago. I'd been into heavy rock for a few years when I bought this album, by a band whose name I'd never seen before. Needless to say, it blew me away with its instrumental fury and virtuoso playing....it sounded as though Colosseum II (Jon Hiseman, Don Airey, John Mole & Gary Moore) wrote and recorded these tracks specifically to please ME. Not quite jazz/rock. Much more like rock/jazz, driving and heavy but layered, intricate and absorbing in its (at the time) complexity. Of course, about a billion all-instrumental albums later, ELECTRIC SAVAGE doesn't stand quite as tall as it once did, but this is the one that doomed me to a life of searching obscure catalogues and haunting secondhand bins for that next knockout punch out of left field. (It's still true today. You can't complain about the sad state of rock if you're gonna let MTV, Rolling Stone and Top 40 radio determine your musical options...you've got to pack a lunch, grab a compass and go out searching if you want to find greatness). One Way Records (bless em) have released all 3 Colosseum II LPs on CD: this one, its antecedent STRANGE NEW FLESH (which features some vocals), and their masterful finale, WARDANCE. All are musts. Among the many highlights on SAVAGE, the lead tradeoffs of Moore and Airey throughout the album never sound less than vibrant, inspired, crackling with voltage. And for all of Gary Moore's recent success with his blues retro, he never approaches the mournful/blazing fire of his solo on 'Am I', one of two ballads here. Drummer Hiseman, whose first version of Colosseum never sounded like this, is more on and energized than he'd been in many years. Excellent and distinctive cover art, too. Well, what are ya waitin' for? BUY the damn thing already!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 15, 2003
Format: Audio CD
In the history of heavy sounding or hard-rock guitar there are few that can match the fire, passion and feeling of Gary Moore. And his peers know this well enough. After all, who did Jack Bruce & Ginger Baker choose to take the Eric Clapton spot when they decided to re-form a power-trio a few years ago calling it BBM in the process? But even BBM didn't quite cut it for me. They tried to be too slick, too commercial, too formulaic. The problem with listening to Gary Moore (which BBM should've corrected but didn't) is that he's quite often featured in songs without the requisite musicianship & bands without the proper chemistry to do his amazing guitar playing justice.
Well, as hardcore music fans who seek out obscure & underappreciated recordings have known for years, Moore's 3 mid-'70s fusion/prog-rock oriented records with Jon Hiseman's Colosseum II feature the pinnacle of his playing within a context sophisticated enough to synergize into legend, a small legend talked about only by the few initiated but a legend nonetheless.
For me it all started when I played a fusion-fanatic friend in high-school Moore's incredible solo on his remake of "Shapes of Things" on one of his old '80s heavy-metal solo albums. Listening, a grin surfaced slowly on his face & he informed me that yes, that solo was good, but if I wanted hear real musicianship around it rather than silly heavy-metal kid-stuff, to go find & buy all 3 Colosseum II albums. I did & 20 years later I still listen to these albums! The main reason is that this is fusion leaning very heavily on the rock-side, not too far from the mid'70s Jeff Beck stuff, & played with a lot of soul.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Marlon Hill on December 21, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I agree with almost everything the previous reviewer stated. I heard Mahavishnu Orchestra and Return to Forever before Colosseum II. They were both awesome, but it all came together with Electric Savage. This is without a doubt the most fiery display of musicianship ever recorded in the jazz-rock-fusion genre. Gary Moore is the shredder on guitar. He started his career playing the blues, then played with Thin Lizzy before joining Colosseum II, which is a revamped version of the original Colosseum with Jon Hiseman on drums and John Mole on bass. And also on keyboards was the great Don Airey, who along with Gary Moore rip throughout the whole cd. My favorite track is -Put it This Way-. If you love jazz or rock or just great music, you need to get this cd. It is a masterpiece.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mons on April 15, 2005
Format: Audio CD
With the benefit of hindsight it is easy to dismiss Gary Moore as a purveyor of supercharged bendy guitar histrionics, albeit on the blues scale. There's more to Belfast-born wizzard than that, however, as can be heard on this top-flight 1970's jazz rock album by Colloseum II, where Gary Moore foregoes the blues and ventures into jazzier pastures with equal assurance and feist. But Colloseum II is a team effort rather than a vehicle for rock stars' sideline indulgences. And Gary Moore isn't even the star of this line-up. That position is held by Jon Hiseman - the drummers' drummer and founding member. But fans of 70s rock might be intrigued to hear the Don Airey (Rainbow, etc.) supplies keyboards - with many of those wispy string synthpads - while Bass duties are handled with reassuring dexterity by John Mole (who, the sleeve takes pains to inform us, plays the Fender Jazz bass and no other, thank you very much). The musical pedigree of this group is reflected in some of the collaborations - John Mole,for example, played on Julian Lloyd Weber's South Bank Show theme tune.
The album is a glistening slab of prime 70s jazz-rock, that frazzles with energy but manages to be cool at the same time. This is a mostly instrumental album, but what vocals there are - namely on the ballad Am I - are supplied by Gary Moore with good results.
Stand-out tracks include the opening groove, Put it This Way, with the band laying down the law like a like a kind of jazz-rock declaration of intent. Jon Hiseman's crisp drumming comes to the fore in Intergalactic Strut, while All Skin and Bones has a kicking afro flavoured highly danceable beat (shades of Santana here). The overall feel is smooth - this is a good late night record - and there's a kind of laid-back jazzy feel.
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