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Like Children

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First time on CD for this collaboration album by the two former members of Mahavishnu Orchestra, keyboardist Jan Hammer and guitarist/violinist Jerry Goodman. Features 10 tracks including 'Country And Eastern Music', an apt title that truly describes the musical feel of the album. Wounded Bird. 2006.

1. Country and Eastern Music
2. No Fear
3. I Remember Me
4. Earth (Still Our Only Home)
5. Topeka
6. Steppings Tones
7. Night
8. Full Moon Boogie
9. Giving in Gently/I Wonder

Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 7, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Wounded Bird Records
  • ASIN: B000IHYXDK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,778 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By BENJAMIN MILER on March 14, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Two ex-Mahavishnu Orchestra guys decided to record together in 1974 and the results was Like Children, which became the first ever release on the Nemperor label. With just Jerry Goodman and Jan Hammer, you know them as a violinst and keyboardist respectively, and when you hear Goodman play guitar and Hammer play drums as well, you know right away they are fully capable on those instruments too. No one plays bass, although Jan himself would use the Moog for bass lines. The duo recorded at William James Guercio's Caribou Ranch in Nederland, Colorado (Guercio was the manager for well known brass rock groups Chicago and Blood, Sweat & Tears, and Chicago recorded a couple of albums at Caribou), as well as Trident Studios in London (where well known acts like David Bowie and Genesis had recorded, not to mention Mahavishnu Orchestra). Little wonder the cover features Rocky Mountain scenery, and the back cover featuring some rather rustic pictures of Jerry and Jan playing their instruments. Here you get treated to fusion, with the electronic and prog rock leanings that Jan Hammer would favor on his first solo effort, The First Seven Days released a year later, as well as rock and roll elements. Both also sing, and while they're never considered great singers, the vocals are never intrusive and works fine. "Country and Eastern Music" rocks with those trademark lead Moogs (that became highly influencial by many other jazz rock/fusion and prog rock artists), great violin work, and great themes too. "No Fear" is all Jan, with him experimenting with sequencers. This cut, obviously is something that wouldn't be out of place on The First Seven Days. "I Remember Me" is a more mellow and ambient piece, while the duo gets more funky with "Earth (Still Our Only Home)".Read more ›
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jiri Schwarz on February 8, 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
There are nice reviews of this piece of art, so just a few remarks.
1) You cannot imagine how uneasy was to obtain this fantastic LP, moreover, created by an emigrant from Czechoslovakia (son of a jazzman and a jazz female vocalist), here in Prague at that time. (In common shops, you could not buy a thing - there were just some 10 LP records licensed and issued annually with western music.) So after freedom came in the 1990's, I was looking for buying a CD, as my vinyl that I had bought on a black market in the old days, did not sound too well. It is really incredible how long we had to wait for this CD. To mention at least one of the tracks, I love "The Night."
2) To be fair, the Amazon.com database refers to this record as to Jan Hammer's work. But to be correct, Jerry Goodman should be named first of the two guys.
3) To translate the shouting in "Country and Eastern Music": the two words ("pivo, vino") mean "bear and wine" in Czech.
No need to talk more. Put on this CD and enjoy, be it with beer or wine. A masterpiece of the jazz-rock fusion. You must feel it was just made for fun of those two musicians.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Wehrmeister on February 6, 2007
Format: Audio CD
My old cassette copy of this album wore out and I had to splice it, ruining some material. I was thrilled to see a remastered version available on CD. One of my Top Ten favorites between Beatles and Zappa, from The Flock to Mahvishnu Orchestra, this CD has memorable tracks that have stood the test of time. Jan Hammer has been able to morph with an electronic instrument like no one else.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Richard Zencker on October 27, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I never thought I'd see this on CD because it's so quirky, but I hoped I would since the original vinyl version of Hammer's synthesizer solo "No Fear" was subject to quite a bit of distortion. To be fair, that track did appear on a compilation CD a while back. But it sounds much better in context. It's worth remembering that the synthesizer had only been in use for around five years at the time this was recorded, and was still basically an analog, monophonic instrument. Hammer really was a pioneer in the field.

These are some of the oddest catchy tunes you'll ever hear. And even if they sound a little strange at first, you may find yourself listening to them over and over. There is this weird eastern European classical feel combined with rock rhythms and fiddling -- hence the "country and eastern music" reference.

The bass isn't missed too much, though Hammer doesn't overtly attempt to imitate one. Often there's echo/delay used, but frankly that's one of the things that makes Hammer's synthesizer playing so distinctive. I'm pretty sure this was the first time nearly anyone had heard him play drums, and he acquits himself pretty well.

Some of this material was apparently discarded from the first incarnation of the Mahavishnu Orchestra. One of the pieces (Steppings Tones) is actually by that group's bassist, who doesn't appear on this record. A version of this tune by the full band eventually surfaced on the "Lost Trident Sessions" CD.

To paraphrase Douglas Adams, this CD is filled with music that is almost, but not quite, entirely unlike anything these artists did before or since. Goodman "fits" better than Steve Kindler, whom Hammer played with for his next few albums before, apparently, giving up on violinists altogether.
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