Brand X "Masques"

Brand X "Masques"

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Brand X
The Story
"Masques" was the third studio release from this British jazz-rock group, featuring Atomic Rooster guitarist John Goodsall. The 1978 all-instrumental effort was recorded with Chuck Berghi (ex-Al DiMeola) on drums, replacing Phil Collins. "Masques" is an eclectic blend of sounds, featuring keyboard work by Peter Robinson (who had played with Stanley Clarke), that offsets the high intensity guitar stylings advanced by Goodsall. Brand X explored long-form compositions on this release, with three compositions checking in at over eight minutes. Even with (or perhaps, because of) the new members, the Brand X musicianship remained at a high level.
The Music
05:10 The Poke Instrumental
03:16 Masques Instrumental
04:48 Black Moon Instrumental
11:22 Deadly Nightshade Instrumental
06:06 Earth Dance Instrumental
08:00 Access To Data Instrumental
10:17 The Ghost of Mayfield Lodge Instrumental
The Artists
John Goodsall Guitar
Percy Jones Bass
Morris Pert Percussion (Fender Piano on "Black Moon")
Peter Robinson Keyboards
Chuck Burgi Drums
Robin Lumley Production
Stephen W. Tayler Engineering
Colin Green Engineering Assistance
Reno Ruocco Engineering Assistance
Mike Donegani Engineering Assistance
Jack Skinner Mastering
Chris Kutschera Photography
Recorded and mixed at Trident Studios, London, May/June, 1978.

Mastered at Sterling Sound, New York.

Sleeve Design - Frank.

Back - HAG.

Layout Design - AD Design.