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Auger Rhythms: Brian Auger's Musical History

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This is the definitive collection of Brian Auger's music. Spanning five decades, this 28-track career retrospective is a perfect introduction to the B-3 genius of Brian Auger.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Blues Three Four
  2. East of the Sun
  3. Poinciana
  4. There Is No Greater Love
  5. If You Could See Me Now
  6. Moanin'
  7. Sister Sadie
  8. Misty (with Julie Driscoll)
  9. I've Gotta Go Now (with Julie Driscoll)
  10. Break It Up (with Julie Driscoll)
  11. Inside Of Him (with Julie Driscoll)
  12. This Wheel's On Fire (with Julie Driscoll)
  13. Season Of The Witch (with Julie Driscoll)
  14. A Day In The Life (with Julie Driscoll)
  15. Tropic Of Capricorn (with Julie Driscoll)
  16. Light My Fire (with Julie Driscoll)

Disc: 2

  1. Listen Here
  2. Freedom Jazz Dance
  3. Second Wind
  4. Happiness Is Just Around The Bend
  5. Inner City Blues
  6. Straight Ahead
  7. Brain Damage
  8. Beginning Again
  9. Bumpin' On Sunset
  10. Indian Rope Man
  11. Slide (Karma Auger)
  12. The Lady's In Love (Ali Auger)


Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 18, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Airline Records
  • ASIN: B0013LKZIM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #811,394 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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It seems that there are some things that the majority of people do not like. For instance, the taste of brussels sprouts and fruitcake; or the smell of brand new carpeting; or the low-hanging grey of overcast skies; the cracking of knuckles; the telling of puns; the comedy of Jackie Mason; and the sound of the organ. But all of these are on my "thumb's up" list. If you side with me.....on the sound of the organ, that is.....then this is a "must own" 2-disc set!

This is an excellent 28 song career retrospective of the vastly underrated keyboardist, Brian Auger. The variety of styles employed in his creative, genre-bending recorded output, which encompasses parts of 5 decades, are well represented on AUGER RHYTHMS. If the name Brian Auger doesn't mean anything to you, then sadly, you've missed out on some really exciting music. You can correct that oversight right now. LISTEN HERE. . .

The first 5 tracks on disc 1 give us Brian's early, straightforward jazz excursions with his piano as the lead instrument. These 5 pieces are performed by obviously accomplished musicians, and all are highly enjoyable if somewhat derivative. It's technically impressive, and it swings nicely, but it's not particularly original. This is the early phase of a gifted musician who had not yet discovered the unique, artistic "voice" dwelling in his innermost regions.

It is with track #6, MOANIN', the Bobby Timmons composition, made into a certifiable Jazz classic by the great Art Blakey, that Brian first plugs in his Hammond B-3 organ, and LOOK OUT! Now the sparks are flying all over the place while the scent of burnt ebony, ivory, and ozone goes wafting through the room. This is the incendiary playing that we've come here for.
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Brian Auger was never quite a headline act in the United States, but he should have been. This two-disc encapsulation of Auger's career is a good place to start, if you missed out on Auger in the 60's and 70's.

DISC ONE begins with some very listenable Brit-jazz, with a very young Auger leading groups on piano. Sounding very influenced by the Blue Note stable of pianists, Auger turns in some very pleasant (though hardly world-shaking) stuff. Midway through the selections, the focus shifts to Auger's B-3 Hammond work, which is where Auger started to turn heads, and really established himself. Of these tunes, the standout is a great arrangement of Art Blakey's "Moanin".

With the addition of British singer Julie Driscoll, Auger's late Sixties band ("The Trinity") steered into lively (if a bit arch) funk music. Driscoll was a powerful singer with a theatrical presence, but it isn't too hard to conjure images of white girls with frizzy Afros gyrating the boogaloo, here. These tracks are really quite good, but you may have to stifle a laugh or two while listening.

With his album "Streetnoise", Auger finally immersed himself in Rock. "Season of the Witch" is probably the best version extant of that Donovan tune, and "Tropic of Capricorn" is as close as Auger ever got to sounding like Keith Emerson and the Nice.

So, the stage is then set for DISC TWO, where Auger again reverses course, and starts laying down some seriously funky fusion music. This is where he really excelled, and why the "Acid Jazz" people still like him today. "Listen Here" is a ten minute piledriver of a vamp. Over a Spencer Davis style, pounding bass line, Auger trades solos with Gary Boyle, who had joined the group on guitar, and who delivers some very exciting, Jeff Beck-style licks.
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Not many people are as hip as they should be to this monster of the Hammond B3! This is as complete a history of Brian's career that has ever been assembled with a 32 page booklet with great photos from Brian's personal collection. What's most surprising are some never before released sides by Auger in early swingin' London jazz venues. This guy is truly gifted and it shows!
If you dig the B3 scene it doesn't get much better than this.
Highly recommened!
The B3 King
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The compilation gives you a dose of his bands from his past and his new oblivion express (One of the greatest live shows that you could ever see), also comes w/a 32 page booklet of liner notes. Brian is a living legend and if you are lucky enough to catch their show you will know exactly what I mean. Songs like 'light my fire' by the doors, sung by Julie Driscoll and 'indian ropeman'are some of the highlights of the cd.
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I hadn't heard Brian Auger in a very long time when I recently got his Auger Rythyms CD. He was a great musician. Very interesting blend of rock, jazz, funk. The CD has some of the old tunes I was familiar with and a lot of great stuff I never heard before. Good mix of material from his various bands.
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