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Level One

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Larry Coryell is best known as one of the original jazz-fusion guitarists of the 1970s. He has issued solo albums, along with collaborations with John McLaughlin and other fusion-jazz luminaries. He also headed up the highly praised fusion group The Eleventh House. This group featured drummer Alphonse Mouzon and keyboardist Mike Mandel. One of the most requested fusion albums for CD reissue has been Level One. This album is now making its worldwide CD debut!


1. Level One
2. The Other Side
3. Diedra
4. Some Greasy Stuff
5. Nyctaphobia
6. Suite:
7. a. Entrance b. Repose c. Exit
8. Eyes Of Love
9. Struttin' With Sunshine
10. That's The Joint

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 12, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Wounded Bird Records
  • ASIN: B007Y57P66
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,330 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dann L. McKee on June 15, 2012
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Praise God and thank you Jesus! Someone finally had the decency to release this music on CD. Larry Coryell and company were at the top of their game when they put this title out. As several reviewers have already said; this ranks right up there at the top of so-called classic fusion recordings. I'm talking about being in the same league as Billy Cobham's Spectrum, any one of Return To Forever's recordings, Tony Williams Lifetime and other such dearly beloved fusion classics. I was fortunate enough to see Larry Coryell and the Eleventh House when they played at the University of Florida not long after this recording was made. Let me tell you, at the time, Larry was considered the shredmeister of the day. He was so revered (not just because of his technical ability and pure speed but also his musicality) that he was given a regular column in Guitar Player magazine. Do yourself a great favor; purchase this CD now while it's available. Everyone (and I do mean everyone) who currently cherishes their copy of this title in it's original vinyl form will be purchasing this CD! Buy this CD and while you are at it, buy his book "Improvising". Listen to this recording while reading his book. Then do a Google search on his name and read every article you can find. Believe me, there are plenty of stories and information not included in his book because there was not enough room, he forgot or he was trying to be modest and not come off as a braggart.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By G. ferguson on March 23, 2009
Format: Vinyl
this is one of the lost fusion gems. it must be put on c-d. why must we wait for good music. everybody who knows anything about fusion music will agree . the 11th house could bring it. without question. i know a lot of fusion fans have or had this album. make some noise about it.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By lukefire on June 19, 2012
Format: Audio CD
I'm glad Wounded Bird Records finally put out this hell of an album! Larry Coryell and the Eleventh House was one of the most "jazz-like" and explosive of 70s jazz rock bands! So the band is wearing 70s disco outfits on the front cover. Big deal. The music is eternal. Alphonse Mouzon, Larry Coryell and Michael Lawrence dominate the proceedings. Alphonse's lightening bolt, machine gun like, booming drumming is a lesson for all drummers, especially the cut "Nyctaphobia". Larry's razor sharp, screaming guitar tears into the air, putting Eric Clapton's playing to shame. Michael's echoplexing trumpet blasts into outer space (did he take lessons from Don Ellis?). Adding to this madness is John Lee's "Bass of Doom" sound, creating a rocking, ominous background to everything, meshing incredibly tight with Alphonse's drums. Mike Mandel's keyboards sound like a whole alien orchestra from another planet. The Re-Mastering for the CD is excellent, like this music was made only yesterday. You hear virtually everything with diamond like clarity, with great sound balance between all the instruments. So run, don't walk, and buy this CD!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. Gorman "Crystalline Structure Moon" on September 16, 2012
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like other reviewers, i was glad to see this fusion classic finally released on cd. this really is one of the fusion classics from the '70s and has always been a favorite eleventh house album for me. without a doubt, it is coryell's best album for hot, rocking electric guitar. coryell, who has always been a jazz guitar god, is one of the pioneers in fusion, with the first eleventh house album making its debut in '68, when fusion was still practically unheard of. as you can tell by the geeky cover photos (not the brightest move), level one was released in '75 during the funk-jazz era just before the dawn of disco popularity. and some of the music reflects the updated funk-jazz-pre-disco trends of the time, although this music is so much more palatable than disco for a number of reasons: it's very powerful instrumental fusion driven by coryell's hot and very rocking electric guitar work. although some tunes aim their powerful melodies in a funk-jazz-pre-disco era direction, they are well-delivered and memorable songs (even for people like me who never liked disco). and there are a good number of tunes with a stronger sense of jazz fusion composition that are quite impressive for people who want to see inventive jazz/rock fusion composition on an album like this. the mix of tunes with haunting melodies and tunes with intricate compositions was well chosen and executed. although EH's original trumpet man (randy brecker) had been replaced by michael lawrence by the time they did this album, music quality did not suffer. although he doesn't look like much, lawrence did a wonderful job belting out his trumpet parts.....whether in hard-driving melodies or smoking jams, lawrence delivers on the horn!Read more ›
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 30, 2009
Format: Vinyl
In my not so humble opinion, this is the best jazz rock guitar performance ever recorded. The guitar solos are the most unique and inventive I have ever heard, the songs are great and the band is excellent, particularly Alfonse Mouzon. Why this has never been on CD is a shame.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Marcelo Galli on January 8, 2011
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Please put this out on cd. I agree with the fellow reviewers that this is a mystery as to why it's not available. I've been waiting literally for years! I used to have in on vinyl, along with Aspects, Planet End, Introducing, and others... C'mon!
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