When The Wave in Los Angeles started defining its approach in station IDs as smooth jazz, no doubt the programmers had in mind the kind of easy, breezy passion they'll hear on Adrian Gurvitz's smoothfest Acoustic Heart. In both his keen melodic sensibilities and silky way with an acoustic riff, Gurvitz pours on the romance with a vengeance, giving the format any number of solid individual cuts…
Excellent Underrated AOR album from English Songwriter / Musician Adrian Gurvitz, Released in 1979 on Jet label.
One of the nicest instrumental albums I've ever heard. Mellow classic California soft jazz with a difference. Gurvitz is mostly known for his 80's hit 'Classic' and if you liked the guitar solo on that one this album will blow you away! Why Adrian isn't a household name I'll never fathom.
Packaged in a sleeve that (not accidentally) reminds one of the Beatles' White Album, this first released collection of Belew's acoustic renderings is all around a pleasant listen. The classic Adrian Belew songs are great. It is refreshing to hear songs like "The Man in the Moon" and "The Rail Song" with new life breathed into them. Belew's delivery is a little subdued, which at times can have a postured to be included on an acoustic release feel to it at times, but, for the most part, the music sounds fresh and revitalized. He does include a couple treats on this outing. The first of these is a cover of the Beatles "If I Fell," which sounds like a dead-on impersonation of the John and Paul vocal harmonies from the original. Very cool. Also included is a Roy Orbison's "Crying," which is a nice as well. King Crimson's "Matte Kudesai" has some issues here – the verses are accompanied by a low somewhat seasick two-note guitar riff that at best is not very appropriate for the song. The final number on this collection is a tune called "Martha Adored," which is recording of "Dream Life" played backwards in its entirety. Unexpectedly and astonishingly beautiful. This track alone makes the whole set worthwhile. AMG
Please were formed by Peter Dunton and Bernie Jinks in late 1967. They had just returned to Britain from Germany where they had played with Neon Pearl, which also included their third member Jurgen Ermisch. The fourth original member Adrian Gurvitz later co-founded Gun. Unfortunately this line-up left no vinyl legacy or unreleased recordings that have been located behind it. They disbanded in May 1968 when Peter Dunton joined The Flies for whom he wrote both sides of their Magic Train 45. When The Flies split up at the end of 1968, Dunton reformed the band (line-up 'B'). Rob Hunt had also been in The Flies. They recorded all the cuts compiled on this album.