Boxodreams | district of columbia | 09/20/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Panned when it came out and then the damn thing just upped and disappeared for lord knows how long. I got a cut-out-bin copy of the LP at the old DiscoMat in New York for a buck ninety-nine back in the day and it rocked my world for who knows how long. If you love Tony Williams during the fiery fusion period, this is a must. And he has a full-throttle vocalist named Tequila working for those who don't dig the disembodied head-trips that used to warble out of his mouth. It's not great, but there are some electrifying moments here. "You Make It Easy" expertly mixed the heady, empowered black soul of the day with his whirlwind drum-driven jazz rock, and "The Boodang," with its torrential drumming over an eerie moog blast is a first-rate treat. This was the album before the crushing power of his collaboration with Allan Holdworth on "Believe It," before he let go the organic idealism of "Ego." It's not the greatest thing you'll ever hear, and some of it is as moldy as the cheese in the back of a crack house fridge, but for fans it's a must. Belly up and pay the piper. $31.99 indeed."