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The Flock: Heaven Bound - The Lost Album

Heaven Bound - The Lost Album

(The Flock)
Release Date: 
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

If you are like me, you've never heard of The Flock. But that might be perfectly understandable since they had 3 albums between 1969 and 1975. The was a live album in 2004 and a hits album in 2008. Heaven Bound is a new album from the band, but it's also an old one. Subtitled "The Lost Album", well, here are the words from the press release:

Nearly lost to the sands of time, these vintage 70s recordings from Chicago-based jazz-rock ensemble The Flock feature founding members Fred Glickstein, Jerry Smith and Ron Karpman on what could have been the band s magnificent fourth album!

The Flock were one of the most adventurous bands in the jazz/fusion music scene of the 70s (alongside Chicago and Blood Sweat & Tears) well known for featuring violin great Jerry Goodman, later of Mahavishnu Orchestra!

Now, Chicago and Blood Sweat & Tears I've heard of, but probably because those bands survived and thrived long after I joined the human race. So I dropped in the disc ready to hear the band that didn't make it.

I have nothing to compare it to, having not heard their previous three albums, but from what I hear here seeking out those records might be worth my while. There is something definitely unpolished about these tracks, owing in part I'm sure to the technology of the day but also perhaps to the jazz roots of the band, everything sounds fuzzy and loose, there is an uncertainty of where the music might go as we travel through the songs. Some horns, some violin, some 70s style guitar, Heaven Bound is a product of that era for sure.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to disappear down a rabbit hole made of YouTube videos of songs from the 70s.

Review by Jason Pace
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