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A New Fix For '76... or 2007?
on June 16, 2004
Jun 16, 2004
The most ambitious Vannelli's work to date! A superb work with highly improved dinamics, flashy drum breaks, percussive ambients, accurate guitar leads and many complex line vocals are the estructure for an intense, sexual, moody and soft dimed musical atmosphere. An extrordinary work that shows efficently the higher levels of Love and responsability: Love of my Life, Omens of Love, To the War, Carnal Question...
"If I came back
Just a cripple from the war
Would you hold me close
Just like you did before?
And what in the world would you do
If I could not make love to you..."
As well as soft songs with existencial regrets and highly questioned thouths inside our minds:
" If God is good
then God be cruel,
Take back the world
You've granted the fools...
Where are the summers of my life?..."
Through this intense atmospheres, Gino Vannelli is supported again by his fellow brother Joe Vanelli on Keyboards, Graham Lear on Drums (Former member of Santana), Richard Baker on various Keyboards, John Mandel on percussion and Dido on Congas...
Here in Mexico on early 90's Gino Vannelli and his brother came to play live and on a T.V. show, and I remember that neather the host Veronica Castro nor anybody, never ask anything (in that disapointed interview) about the Gist Of Gemini album, and Gino didn't say anything as well. So it was obvious that nobody (and I mean nobody!) really knew who was Gino Vannelly the man, the musician and his Work!... ain't that a pitty!
THE GIST OF THE GEMINI (1976) is Vannelli's best work to date and an effort seldomly reached, a "One in a million" recording and a must for the vannelli's REAL FANS. Another excellent past musical efforts were the "Powerfull People" album (1974), a more jazzy ballad oriented; and "Storm at Sunup" (1975) that appears like a transitional album between Powerfull and The Gist... And I bet that nobody imagined the musical direction for the vannelli brothers in 1976 but they created a new Fusion mixture of Rock, Jazz, Classic, Bossa, Cruzeiro & Ballad; that reached unimaginated levels, an intense feeling and a new statement for the rock music,....A new fix for 2007. Good Luck!