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Morrocan Roll [Import]

Brand XAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (May 2, 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: EMI Import
  • ASIN: B000025INT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,385 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sun In The Night
2. Why Should I Lend You Mine (When You've Broken You
3. Maybe I'll Lend You Mine After All
4. Hate Zone
5. Collapsar
6. Disco Suicide
7. Orbits
8. Malaga Virgen
9. Macrocosm

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Fun, dynamic, inventive and slightly wacky, this is everything a fusion album should be. Despite the prominent presence of Phil Collins this is nothing Genesis had ever dreamed of (and naturally, nothing any Genesis fan should expect to sound like them). I'm not sure I'd call him the leader either, as there are plenty of contributions from all corners. This album covers the whole dynamic range, from slow searching - not the same thing as noodling, mind you - to passages of wild sizzling chemistry and everything in between.
Collins's "Lend You Mine" pair explores some tasty atmospherics amid some of the weirdest free-jazz freakouts you'll ever hear. The opener "Sun in the Night" is delivered with flavors of the East all over, while elsewhere "Malaga Virgen," "Hate Zone" and "Disco Suicide" (I give them good points for that title alone - Zappa, eat yer heart out) burn with enough adrenaline to short-circuit your stereo if you're not careful. The high-octane "Macrocosm" is a small supernova by itself. Every musician shines, filling the songs with little tricks all over the place; single out anyone's single part in any song and you'll find no shortage of fascinating quirks to pay attention to. And yet the whole never quite sounds disjointed or unlistenable; even when they're ranging all over, they never step out of line with each other.
Even with some dated elements, e.g. the Moog sounds that were unavoidable at this point in the 70s, the level of burning energy and fierce creativity at work keeps Moroccan Roll from ever getting stale. I can't imagine any fans of electric fusion a-la the Mahavishnu Orchestra being disappointed with this disc, and anyone with a taste for the offbeat in their instrumental virtuosity will have a field day with this one. Go. Buy. This gem should never be as overlooked as it is.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My favorite Brand X album September 29, 2003
Format:Audio CD
There was a point in Phil Collins' career where he was getting increasingly unhappy with the press who seemed more interested on the costumes Peter Gabriel wore than the actual music of Genesis. He almost left Genesis because of that reason (but instead it was Gabriel who left). So Collins went and formed Brand X, with keyboardist Robin Lumley, bassist Percy Jones, and guitarist John Goodsall. Brand X totally avoided the theatrics of Genesis and went for largely instrumental progressive fusion. Unorthodox Behavior was that first album, as excellent as that album was, an even better album was to be released the following year (1977), that is Moroccan Roll. It was only released three months after Wind & Wuthering, so Phil Collins was an awfully busy guy at that point. The album starts with "Sun in the Night", it's the only vocal track on this album. It has an Indian feel to it complete with sitar and Phil Collins singing in Sanskrit, and you know right away this is something you wouldn't mistake for Genesis. This song is actually pretty untypical for Brand X as well. The next song, "Why Should I Lend You Mine" falls more in to the progressive fusion Brand X is known for. Lots of great fretless bass from Percy Jones, great electric piano and Mini Moog from Lumley. The music mellows out quite a bit for the next few minutes before fading out. The next piece is a wonderful piano piece "...Maybe I'll Lend You Mine After All". This is the first time Phil Collins played piano (something he wouldn't do until he embarked on his solo career in the 1980s). It's an incredible piece. The next piece is "Hate Zone" where the band is more aggressive and funky. The rest of the album is the same excellent quality, and if you like progressive fusion, this album is a must.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brand X At Their Best March 4, 2004
Format:Audio CD
An all-time personal favorite of mine, Brand X's second album, 1977's "Moroccan Roll," is the group's masterpiece. The album is absolutely exhilarating, an outstanding progressive jazz/rock fusion blend. The band---guitarist John Goodsall, bassist Percy Jones, keyboardist Robin Lumley, drummer Phil Collins (yes, THAT Phil Collins), and percussionist Morris Pert have never been better than on this album. "Sun In The Night" is a great Arabic-tinged piece, featuring Collins singing in Sanskrit language. Phil also contributes the world-class, slow & steady atmospheric piece, "Why Should I Lend You Mine," and the haunting follow-up, "Maybe I'll Lend You Mine after All," in which he also sings excellent, wordless vocals (which he does once more on "Disco Suicide"). Many other stand-outs follow, including *explosive* rockers like "Hate Zone," "Disco Suicide," "Malaga Virgen," and the closing "Macrocosm," which ends perfectly with---what else---an explosion. The band's musicianship is nothing short of stunning, the music simply phenomenal. Brand X's "Moroccan Roll" is an outstanding album, and the group's finest achievement. Progressive jazz/rock fusion doesn't get any better than this!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jazz Fusion with a sense of humor ... June 3, 2008
Format:Audio CD
I got this album maybe 1 year after it was originally released on LP, back in '77 or '78. I think it was the very first Brand X album I got (either this one or their debut, "Unorthodox Behaviour"), and I got it because I was a huge fan of Phil Collin's drumming.

After all these years, I can consistently say this record is one of my top 5 favorites (of all genres) of all time. It's just phenomenal. It has ALL the instrumental elements that I crave: some of Collin's best, relentless drumming ever, Percy Jone's fantastic fretless work (whose abilities seem to have been overshadowed by Jaco's, since they both seemed to arrive on the scene around the same time -- of course, Jaco was a madman, but Percy rates right along with him!), Goodsall's fluid picking styles, and Robin Lumley's tremendous keyboard work on his arsenal of instruments contemporary for the time (Rhodes, Arp, Mini-Moog, Acoustic Piano, etc.) Morris Pert's expanded role as percussionist was certainly welcome, as well.

These guys can all play, but what stands out about Brand X above all their contemporary Fusion peers (Mahavishnu Orchestra, RTF, Ponty) is the sense of humor that seems to run through all their music. You can clearly pick up on the Monty Python influence when you read the liner notes (hell, Michael Palin actually WROTE the liner notes for "Do They Hurt"!), but it's actually there in the music, too -- check it out. (I ALMOST lumped Weather Report in with those other guys, but Zawinul definitely had a little bit of humor in his playing, as well.)

All 4 of the original guys contribute individually-written tunes (although something tells me that Collin's 2 segueing tracks were more of a band jam/collaboration, even though he got the sole credit). Every tune stands out on this album.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars great drummer
great drummer-love Phil's drumming although not every song is fabulous like first cd. if you like genesisw and jaz =z you will like this album!
Published 1 month ago by ELPJVA
5.0 out of 5 stars Late to the Party
Wish I had known about this Album/ CD years ago! But I'm making up for lost listening time now. Great band!
Published 2 months ago by Darryl A. Broadus
5.0 out of 5 stars Brand X review
This to me is a classic,,a must have for your collection,,,if you like acid/fusion jazz from the late 70's,,get it
Published 14 months ago by Felix
5.0 out of 5 stars Phil Collins as you never heard him before!
Here it is in a nutshell: I loved Peter Gabriel-era Genesis. I own all their releases, some on CD, others on vinyl, several on both formats. But.... Read more
Published 22 months ago by B. Kemper
5.0 out of 5 stars Moroccan Roll all Night and Party Everyday!
Awesome prog/fusion featuring some great musicianship from all. This is some inspired stuff and I highly recommend this if you are a fan of prog/fusion.
Published on April 17, 2012 by NEOPROG RAN
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Star Progressive Rock
A few years back I had a fire in my apartment and my CD collection was a melted mess. I managed to pull out about a 100 or of them or so out of the melted cases and the ones that... Read more
Published on December 10, 2011 by Hornell Fred
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't pass this one by
I bought this when it first came out. It blew me away and after all these years, it still does. This is some of the best fusion you'll ever hear. Read more
Published on July 28, 2010 by bassman 1
5.0 out of 5 stars Prog Fusion at its best,, a must have !!!
Brand X a side project of Phil Collins along with super musicians John Goodsall,Percy Jones,Robin Lumley ansd Morris Pert.. Read more
Published on March 27, 2010 by Russell Sullins
5.0 out of 5 stars Phil Collins is a better drummer than he is a singer
If you can only afford to buy three Brand X albums, get this one, Unorthodox Behaviour, and Livestock. If you can only have one Brand X album, get this one. Read more
Published on August 20, 2007 by TC Guy
4.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected, but it is very good.
I purchased this album based on the sound clips, the cover art ( a western world man walking down a Moroccan street) and the album title ( 'Morooccan' Roll). Read more
Published on January 27, 2007 by Lost Sailor of Circumstance
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