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Fuse Import

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2010 release from this duo consisting of virtuoso musicians Linzi Stoppard and Ben Lee. Fuse harness their bespoke gold-coated Kevlar Carbon-Fibre signature Bridge electric violins and seize classic Rock tracks and put them through the wringer! The results are radical, innovative but loving reinterpretations for violin. The album features 14 incredible tracks including 'Fix You' by Coldplay, Michael Jackson's 'Beat It', 'Glorious' by Andreas Johnson and a stunning blend of the mediaeval 'O Fortuna' from Carmina Burana and Zeppelin's 'Kashmir'. All tracks have been reworked and reanimated in the unique Fuse way.

1. Glorious
2. I Love Rock N Roll
3. Beat It
4. Go Your Own Way
5. Interlude
6. The Chain
7. Crazy Crazy Nights
8. Final Countdown
9. Going Home
10. Fix You
11. Down Down
12. Battle Without Honour Or Humanity
13. Top Gun Anthem
14. Led Carmina (KASHMIR/CARMINA BURANA)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 1, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: 101 DISTRIBUTION
  • ASIN: B003CP12FM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #540,388 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By mbfthrasher on September 28, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I feel compelled to write this review because this is a diamond in the rough. This is outstanding hard rock. If you like Grand Funk, Purple, Zep, etc. BUY this cd. It is NOT amateur night; these guys pound out some great guitar playing and the bass is that fun "rollicking" style of playing. Very active bass. Everyone does a fine job; the singer has an outstanding voice. I cannot emphasize enough - if you love 70's hard rock then buy this!!! I guarantee you will rock out!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rural Rocker on April 25, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Having lived close to Rockford, IL, groups of us would travel to see Fuse on a number of dates in the early 70's. The band was excellent live, and I would say the same about this studio release. The band was tight and powerful, and I would add that we were blown away by the lead guitar, more than anything. I believe Craig Myers played lead at that time, and we always wondered why we didn't hear more from him in later years. This is a full 5-star rock'n'roll album.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Elan on October 3, 2011
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This album is worth purchasing. Linzi Stoppard and Ben Lee are extremely talented and professional musicians. Together they fuse a classical instrument with rock giving the violin a whole new makeover. I love it because they still use violin and classical techniques. This actually amazes me because most rock lead instruments use a lot of classical technique in their music so why not the violin, which is the original instrument for classical techniques. Thank you Amazon.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Golovanov Alexey on January 15, 2011
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Classic hard-rock of the 70s - an exceptional keyboards-driven music, with roaring fuzzy guitars and manic drumming. One of the very few U.S. acts which should be placed as equals next to their more renown British peers*.
"Fuse" (released in 1969) is in many aspects is pre-dating true Deep Purple (In Rock: 25th Anniversary (UK)) and Uriah Heep, and one can easily hear even the ideas which later inspired "Baby I'am gonna leave you". The composing is outstanding, with a strong tendency towards acid-influenced progressive rock, each piece is endlessly evolving into new melodies - like a mini-symphony; there is no lack of creativity.
Rick Nielsen (of the future Cheap Trick fame) in his interview to Ira Robbins (very unjust towards his ex-bandmates) said: "we were big fans of the British bnds; we always thought British bands were the coolest" - to my opinion, "Fuse" outshines many of them.
In this aspect "Fuse" comes rather close to "Rare Bird" (As Your Mind Flies By), "Beggar's Opera" (Act One or "King Crimson" (In the Court of the Crimson King (Deluxe).
The vocals of Joe Sundberg are not high-register falsetto - powerful manly voice, without any efforts handling the most challenging parts.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. D. Kammerer on May 14, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Being from Rockford, and having worked as a carpenter remodeling Rick Nielsens house, it is a relief to have FINALLY found this on CD!!! I have loved the unique sound these boys put out since I first heard a friends dads vinyl L.P. copy of this album about 30 years ago, and have not heard it in for the last 18 years. Great tunes, my favorites being 4/4 3/4, Show Me and To Your Health. Rick Nielsen mainly plays Keyboards on this, but he does display some early signs of songwriting ability as in Show Me and To Your Health. The singer was only 17 years old when this was released, what a strong voice for a kid!!! Tom Peterson has to be one of the most UNDERrated Bass players in popular rock. Just listen to his tight, chunky-bass on this album, and he was only 19 years old! Each track is different, nothing seems repetitive. That is to say, the guitarist, keyboards everyone sounds different on each track. I can skip the Bonus track of Hound Dog, though, only because I have NEVER liked that way-to-often-covered song in the first place.Do not expect to hear any "Cheap Trick sounding" material on this album. It is Hard-rock, a bit progressive, hard hitting music. This is a very good album, played by a bunch of Rockford kids, and is highly recomended by me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BENJAMIN MILER on February 13, 2014
Format: Audio CD
To many people Fuse is probably thought of as little more than a Cheap Trick footnote, as that was the group Rick Nielsen and Tom Petersson were in many years before Cheap Trick. In 1970 Fuse released their sole album on Epic Records, and it's too bad this album really didn't get much notice at the time. Maybe they were having to compete with the likes of Steppenwolf, the up-and-coming Grand Funk Railroad, and of course, overseas with the likes of Led Zeppelin and couldn't compete with them (the Fuse album doesn't have any songs that would be a hit on FM radio like those other bands mentioned). What you get here is some wonderful intense heavy rock, dominated by guitar and organ with psychedelic and prog overtons. "To Your Health" even features a little Mellotron, and in fact was one of the first Mellotrons ever brought in to the States (the US had the Chamberlin, but few rock groups used one, aside from a little from the Beach Boys at the time, and Harry Chamberlin frowned at the thought of rock musicians using his machines). Unsurprisingly Rick Nielsen had to buy the tron from England, as the Mellotron was not made commercially available in the States until around 1972. Don't expect any proto-power pop or a proto-Cheap Trick sound, but more of a proto-metal sound, another great album for those wanting to explore the roots of metal. The vocals are rather American in style (no surprise), influenced by blues and soul (the liner notes states how these guys were big on not just the Yardbirds, but the likes of Otis Redding and Ray Charles)., but musicially with psychedelic and prog overtones. A great heavy rock album that's required in your collection.
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