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Vital Information

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1. Looks Bad, Feels Good
2. Questionable Arrivals
3. V.G.
4. Vital Information
5. All That Is
6. Stoughton to Stockholm Samba
7. 13th Month

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 13, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Wounded Bird Records
  • ASIN: B000AMPZCG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #408,828 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Gorman "Crystalline Structure Moon" on April 24, 2008
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I'm glad Steve Smith went back to jazz fusion after his profitable stint with the pop band Journey. I hear he was still a teenager when he began his brief time working for Jean-Luc Ponty. After only one album, Enigmatic Ocean in 1977, Smith left on a "journey" (pardon the pun) that would quickly hook him up with Journey just in time to enjoy their late '70s success. Smith explained to me (because I asked) how he made such a quick transition from working with Ponty to playing in Journey when I met him in a club where VI was touring to promote their then-new album "Show 'Em where You Live". I won't bore you with the story. (He'd probably prefer it if I didn't, anyway) But, he said Journey was a relatively easy gig that made him a lot of money. But he (as well as most of us) was glad he could return to his first love, jazz and fusion. And this return to fusion for Smith is such a welcome relief! It's something he needed to do....both for himself and fans of the genre. It is a great cut into good old '70s style fusion, even though it was done in the early '80s. Two guitarists, one sax and a bass join Smith as the group dips into funk, flat-out '70s fusion, one tune that has a very Metheny feel to it, one or two tunes that wander into obscure territory. Most of the band members contributed their writing talents, giving a song or two each, which lends to the diversity of styles on the album. Yet, it remains a very cohesive album, with the songs going together well, and all contributing to the ultimate whole entity...which turned out to be a remarkably worthwhile album...rockin' and jazzy, just as good fusion SHOULD be! I had this album on vinyl in the '80s. I tripped over the CD here on Amazon completely by accident. It surprised me, but I'm glad I did. I just had to get the CD.Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tom on September 25, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This is the first time this fusion classic has been available on cd. If you are a Journey fan like I am then you know Steve Smith the Drummer this was his first venture into jazz which he continues to play with Vital to this day. I recommend all of Vital Informations cds!!!
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By SimuJoe on November 17, 2007
Format: Audio CD
When I bought this LP back in late '84, I was fresh out of high school and thought I knew everything. As it turns out, I knew squat! I bought this, as did so many others, because I was a huge Journey fan. Boy was I in for a shock. What is this crap? Still, there was something that caught my attention so I listened to it again... then again... The next thing I knew I was hooked. From experience gained since then, I can't really say that anything here was very original, but at the time, it opened my eyes to a whole new world of music. This album started me on a musical journey (no pun intended) which took me through some wonderful alleys including, Miles Davis (Kind of Blue is the KING of all jazz recordings IMHO), Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gilespie, Charles Mingus, Theloneous Monk, Jean-Luc Ponty (who is the best new age/jazz/fusion out there!) and many others. Thanks, Steve!
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If you like Vital Information, I'm sure you'll love this album. If you're new to VI, this is a good one to try. A Great mix of jazz and rock. As a drummer, I love Steve Smith but you don't have to be a drummer to like. Get it and enjoy!
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