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Brand X - Unorthodox Behaviour [Passport PPSD-98019] (18 June 1976)

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Artist:

Brand X

Title:

Unorthodox Behaviour

Released: 18 June 1976
Label: Passport
Catalog: PPSD-98019
Genre: Jazz-Rock, Fusion


T R A C K L I S T:
01 Nuclear Burn
02 Euthanasia Waltz
03 Born Ugly
04 Smacks Of Euphoric Hysteria
05 Unorthodox Behaviour
06 Running On Three
07 Touch Wood
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Album Review

Dave Connolly [allmusic.com]

Phil Collins' seemingly endless well of energy afforded him two careers: one as the drummer/vocalist in Genesis, and a second as a prolific session musician. It was in this second scenario that Collins hooked up with Percy Jones, John Goodsall, and Robin Lumley during sessions for Brian Eno, Eddie Howell, and Jack Lancaster. The quartet soon formed Brand X, a fusion jazz band that matched the prodigious rhythms of Collins and fretless bassist Jones with the atmospheric melodies of Goodsall and Lumley. Unorthodox Behaviour sets the stage for what would follow: music that plies the same sonic territory as Weather Report, Mahavishnu Orchestra, and the like, punctuated by the distinctive styles of individual members. The songs, though credited to the band, reveal two factions at work, with Jones and Collins teaming for percussive sections and Goodsall and Lumley handling the lyrical passages. When Jones and Collins take the lead, as on the opening ''Nuclear Burn'' and sections of ''Unorthodox Behaviour'' and ''Running on Three,'' the music takes a frenetic, mathematical tack. Goodsall and Lumley generally provide the mood, the dominant trait on ''Euthanasia Waltz'' and ''Touch Wood.'' Middle ground is found on the funky ''Born Ugly'' and ''Smacks of Euphoric Hysteria,'' true fusions of rock and jazz. Unorthodox Behaviour samples a variety of styles: from melodic to energetic, ethereal to mathematical. Without a standout soloist like John McLaughlin or Wayne Shorter, Brand X does run the risk of sounding like a generic fusion jazz outfit, but their compositional skills pick up the slack nicely. Those interested in the band may do well to start with this album, although their next three records are just as good in terms of quality.

Brand X's Biography

Steve Huey [allmusic.com]

Brand X were a British jazz-rock fusion outfit formed by Genesis drummer Phil Collins and Atomic Rooster guitarist John Goodsall as a side project from their regular groups. Their initial lineup also included keyboardist Robin Lumley and bassist Percy Jones (the Liverpool Scene, the Scaffold). Brand X's debut album, Unorthodox Behaviour, was released in 1976; a live album, Livestock, and the studio effort Moroccan Roll followed in 1977. Collins left the group to concentrate on Genesis, and for 1978's Masques, he was replaced by Al Di Meola drummer Chuck Burgi, as well as additional keyboardist Peter Robinson, who had played with Stanley Clarke. Three further albums -- 1979's Product, 1980's Do They Hurt?, and 1982's Is There Anything About? -- followed before the group disbanded. In the mid-'90s, Lumley, Goodsall, and Jones reunited, issuing several live collections in the years to follow.
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