With a thing for vintage spy-thriller themes and ersatz jazz, the international collective United Future Organization has an inherent aura of cool. On 3rd Perspective, its most accomplished release to date, the group has n... more »o problem living up to the funk and flair of its forefathers. Moving through soulful vamps and sleek rhythms, the sharply dressed band bashes out the ideal soundtrack for any jet-set daydream. UFO even has their own answer to Shirley Bassey in a woman named Chezere on the 007-ish "Friends." Elsewhere, "Spy Spice (Mon Espionage)" sounds like a lost gem from the Quincy Jones catalog, while "Picaresque Eye" prominently features soothing, exotic percussion and the poetic voice of Skip McDonald. Kitschy but classy. --Aidin Vaziri« less
With a thing for vintage spy-thriller themes and ersatz jazz, the international collective United Future Organization has an inherent aura of cool. On 3rd Perspective, its most accomplished release to date, the group has no problem living up to the funk and flair of its forefathers. Moving through soulful vamps and sleek rhythms, the sharply dressed band bashes out the ideal soundtrack for any jet-set daydream. UFO even has their own answer to Shirley Bassey in a woman named Chezere on the 007-ish "Friends." Elsewhere, "Spy Spice (Mon Espionage)" sounds like a lost gem from the Quincy Jones catalog, while "Picaresque Eye" prominently features soothing, exotic percussion and the poetic voice of Skip McDonald. Kitschy but classy. --Aidin Vaziri
George G. (Geo) from W SPRINGFIELD, MA Reviewed on 10/2/2010...
Japanese electronica with a soundtrack vibe - well done! Some of it sounds like it belongs in a spy film.
(Don't expect big beat drums and bass style)
Unique in Quality
Armed Sauzier | Hong Kong | 01/09/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Although criticised for sounding like a soundtrack to a 70's movie (aka Lalo Schifrin) - it's meant to be. UFO manage to keep the same groove throughout the entire album allowing it to roll from track 1 and back without you noticing. This is managed despite them pulling in a wide range of musical influences making each track extremely unique as they take you into an unpredictable direction (I'm sure I heard Tom Waits'Swordfishtrombone in there somewhere) - note the superb rendition of Horace Silver's 'Nica's Dream'.The bass has that deep and fat sound that allows tracks like 'His Name Is...', 'The Planet Plan' and 'Fool's Paradise' to realign your heart beat. The keyboard, guitar and drum sound is just phenomenal - holding their own in a way JTQ and Corduroy would be proud of. More importantly though, are the instruments that take a couple of listens to to realise what they are. Guest vocalists on a few tracks ('Friends - We'll Be', 'Waltz (Le Serpent Rouge)', etc) bring another dimension to the music without making it sound like a bunch of musicians who can't write vocal music (believe me, I'm not a fan of vocal asid jass/funk music - and this impresses). Only one weak track on there for me (I won't say which, find your own) but on a 60min album of solid tunes that pushes the boundaries of contemporary Asid Jass and Funk - who cares?"
nicjaytee | London | 01/05/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Nothing if not adventurous, UFO's "3rd Perspective" takes a much harder edge than their previous outing - the ingeniously laid-back "No Sound is too Taboo" - to produce something very strange. Lying outside of any simple categorisation the album combines arrangements from late 60's film & TV music with Hollywood style voice-overs and acid-jazz in another weirdly distinctive set that somehow succeeds - often only just - in avoiding falling into some kind of horrible pastiche. Examples: "Fools Paradise", a Mission Impossible derivative that is equally exciting and much more funky; "Nica's Dream", a straight lift from your favourite TV spy series c.1966 with a marvellous alto sax running through it; and, "Cosmic Gypsy", a wonderfully rolling latin-jazz workout that sounds, well like nothing you've quite heard before. Definitely not for the faint hearted but sufficiently different and, in the end, sufficiently effective to justify the entry price into a distinctly odd world."
Essential for modern living.
shardul shah | Birmingham, AL, USA | 12/18/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Acid jazz does not get any better than this. I was extreamly surprised to see all those bad reviews...but people are entitled to their own oppinion and this is mine...this CD is a rare jem and needs to be discovered soon. From the very first track which is a brilliant remix of the main theam form Enter the dragon the Bruce Lee cult classic the CD flows like a smooth river. Even though these gouys are japnese their music is uniquely international. Styles range from tight DJ sets like "His name is..." to loose 40's style glamour ballads like "Friends will be..". Over all their sound is extreamly contemporary and very very interesting. I highly recoment this masterpiece to any new jazz fanatic."
James Bond meets Bruce Lee
Vena | South Florida | 06/18/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"What makes this album more than just a campy sci-fi soundtrack is that the music so well produced, it also helps that the sound-byte clips are used sparing but effectively. It's tracks are similar in sound but diverse enough to listen to innumerous times. I discovered UFO via this album and have since bought the rest of their albums, but this one remains my favorite, with "Bon Voyage" coming in second. "3rd Perspective" is so tight musically that you'll be shuttled far away to another galaxy within the first song.
Also, if you like this album you may also dig Barry Adamson's "Murky World of Barry Adamson"."
My favourite album
Rachel Keep | Totnes, Devon | 02/05/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If there is a restaurant at the end of the universe, then this sort of music would be playing there. Its retro and exotic and is so familiar that it could be the sound track to many a good cult classic. I love it and always play some of the tracks when I DJ."