Collins is never far in spirit from the 1940s and 1950s gin mills of his youth, where he soaked up blues, R&B, country and western, jazz, and all their various amalgams. On this 1983 date he impressively revitalizes his old Texas hit "Don't Lose Your Cool," turns the heat up on Guitar Slim's "Quicksand," and adds newfangled vocal and guitar insinuations to Big Walter Price's "Get to Gettin'."
This gargantuan package – a ten-LP set now compressed into a chunky six-CD box – once was derided as the ultimate ego trip, probably by many who didn't take the time to hear it all. You have to go back to Art Tatum's solo records for Norman Granz in the '50s to find another large single outpouring of solo jazz piano like this, all of it improvised on the wing before five Japanese audiences in Kyoto, Osaka, Nagoya, Tokyo, and Sapporo. Yet the miracle is how consistently good much of this giant box is.
…Credit To The Nation, Take Dis this album is heritage. Each track flows within children's songs, the monarchy, history and is overshadowed by a relentless voice that carries the ghosts of stories. Sowing the seeds will leave your head immersed within an area seldom traversed and carries a weight invaluable for today's society. A true hip-hop album that broke the pop market. A MUST LISTEN. Why this album has ceased production is shameful… find Credit for the Nation.
' This was the band that future Rubber Band members Joel "Razor Sharp" Johnson and Gary "Mudbone" Cooper were in. The overall sound is that of Funkadelic, circa 1972. The percussion is crisp and precise and the bass playing is solid, but both are definitely supporting features. The guitars are way out front, switching between JB's riffing and Funkadelic wailing. Horns punch through from time to time, also doing riffs for the most part. Their's not much information on personnel for this record available. All in all, it's a very good record with lots of interesting moments, though the sound is very raw. I personally like my funk extra raw and untenderized. This album is absurdly rare, you got luck. ' Rob.Clough@duke.edu
The music on this album is very communicative, melodic, easy-to-listen. Songs comprise original comnpositions but also improvisations on medieval song, Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit or Komeda's Svantetic. The music is very coherent, rewarding and delivered with best possible quality. And in Poland it sold like hell reaching in a span of weeks double platinium status. Excellent proposal for all who like beautiful music that has true jazz heart, free and improvising, but still is closer to popular tastes rather than avant-garde. (Source: kochamjazz.blogspot.com)