After 's breakup in early 1977, , , and took very different paths as solo artists. became a middle of the road urban/adult contemporary superstar, recorded the occasional R&B album with little commercial success, and favored rock-minded albums that came the closest to 's free-spirited wildness. 's solo career started out on a hard rock note with her self-titled debut album of 1977, but she took a more new wave-influenced turn in the '80s, and 1985's brings together rock and synth funk with memorable results.
This is useful, and confounding. This is truly a Blue Öyster Cult singles comp, but not in the usual sense. Over 20 tracks, it rounds up BÖC singles released all over the world, which keeps it from being just another best-of. For instance, take the final cut: "Astronomy." This is not the original released on Secret Treaties but the redone version issued on Imaginos issued in 1988 and a single distributed only in the U.K. and Holland. And so it goes with this thing. …
Liner notes from LP. It begins simply. The rhythm mounts, gradually becoming more complex. Enter the darting, graceful flute. Moments later, the piano and guitar make the pickup simultaneously. Now the pace is torrid. The performance frantic. It's JAZZ HEAT–BONGO BEAT! This is an exciting cohesion of authentic Latin music and American jazz… an unusual and profitable partnership into new and modern sounds. The rhythm section: Larry Bunker is the drummer; Tony Reyes, the bassist; on bongos, Carlos Mejia; and the conga drummer, Darias.
A trio of amazing records from the legendary Francy Boland – sessions done away from his big band work with Kenny Clarke, and in a groove that breaks nicely from that group's more famous style! The sessions here are still very much in Clarke/Boland Big Band territory – as Francy's working with a large group of familiar players, and is produced by CBBB impresario Gigi Campi – but the overall sound is quite different too, and features a range of sensitive and sophisticated tones and colors!