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McLaughlin, Surman, Berger, Martin & Holland

Where Fortune Smiles: Remastered Edition

Review by Gary Hill

This album was really a supergroup meeting of the fusion minds. I have to say that it lands too far into the freeform, Rock In Opposition type territory for my tastes. Still, I can definitely appreciate the talent involved. This is full of amazing musical performances from some incredibly gifted musicians. If you dig freeform fusion, you must own this.

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Track by Track Review
Glancing Backwards (For Junior)

A horn laden section brings this into being. They work out from there into some killer jamming. This is fast paced freeform fusion at its finest. They definitely work this through some odd, but amazing, territory. There are some interesting section and every musician gets the opportunity to really shine on this opening number.

Earthbound Hearts
This is a much mellower piece of music. It's also quite freeform and seems to wander a bit.
Where Fortune Smiles
More freeform mellow jazz, this reminds me of some of the jazzy explorations from early King Crimson.
New Place, Old Place

This comes in with a lot more intensity and energy. It's a real powerhouse that's still quite freeform. At over ten and a half minutes in length, this is the longest piece here. It gets quite fiery and fierce. It covers a lot of territory.        

This is another that's on the louder end of the spectrum. I love the bass work that just fills the backdrop of this thing. It's a powerhouse piece of music.
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