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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
Purportedly, Open 1968 -- the debut LP from the team of Julie Driscoll vocal and Brian Auger & the Trinity's organ/vocals -- took less than six hours to complete. Under the care and watchful eye of legendary producer Giorgio Gomelsky, the ten performances were essentially cut live at Chappell Studios, London, in front of a small group of friends attending the sessions, who are audible between tracks. They took the novel approach of having Auger and company on one side, with Driscoll joining in for the second. An obvious influence on Auger's keyboarding, if not choice for material, is the legendary Jimmy Smith organ. Auger commences his section with an inspired ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
Purportedly, Open 1968 -- the debut LP from the team of Julie Driscoll vocal and Brian Auger & the Trinity's organ/vocals -- took less than six hours to complete. Under the care and watchful eye of legendary producer Giorgio Gomelsky, the ten performances were essentially cut live at Chappell Studios, London, in front of a small group of friends attending the sessions, who are audible between tracks. They took the novel approach of having Auger and company on one side, with Driscoll joining in for the second. An obvious influence on Auger's keyboarding, if not choice for material, is the legendary Jimmy Smith organ. Auger commences his section with an inspired reading of Wes Montgomery's limber "In and Out." His ostentatious original rave-up "Black Cat" kicks off with a full frontal brass-fuelled blast, recalling the Miracles' Motown classic "Going to a Go-Go" before Auger launches into his thankfully one-off vocal. Granted, his singing isn't as incendiary as his playing, but it does give him the rare opportunity to pull double duty. For a direct contrast, the lovely and languid "Lament for Miss Baker" is a pining, introspective acoustic piano outing. While conspicuous when compared to the majority of Open, it is an apt illustration of Auger's remarkable sensitivity and stylistic diversity. The tribal vibe of "Goodbye Jungle Telegraph" flows freely as the driving percussive rhythm is similar -- if not a foreshadowing -- of Ginger Baker's excursions with Fela Kuti. Especially the definite undercurrents of the early-'60s Afro-Cuban pop scene. Driscoll's selections are observant of her distinct phrasing and full-bodied persona, ranging from the soulful lead on the remake of Lowell Fulson's "Tramp" to the intricate jazz changes peppered throughout the unhurried "Why Am I Treated So Bad." She's arguably at her peak, however, on the noir and trippy cover of Donovan's "Season of the Witch." More accurately, the pair are at their collective peak with an intensity that ebbs and flows over the simmering and meditative support. The four bonuses are of particular interest as they include a newly unearthed pulsating, up-tempo Felix Pappalardi composition titled "I've Gotta Go Now" circa 1967, as well as their incendiary overhaul of Bob Dylan's "This Wheel's on Fire" -- which was a Top Five U.K. single -- David Ackles' lonesome "Road to Cairo" and the Franklin Sisters' as in Aretha, Carolyn and Erma "Save Me." The remastered audio bests all previous incarnations, while the dozen-panel liner insert contains lots of memorabilia eye candy surrounding an essay from Mojo Magazine's Lois Wilson.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/8/2004
  • Label: Quicksilver
  • UPC: 015668402929
  • Catalog Number: 4029

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 In and Out - Brian Auger & The Trinity (3:22)
  2. 2 Isola Natale - Brian Auger & The Trinity (5:17)
  3. 3 Black Cat - Brian Auger & The Trinity (3:25)
  4. 4 Lament for Miss Baker - Brian Auger & The Trinity (2:41)
  5. 5 Goodbye Jungle Telegraph - Brian Auger & The Trinity (6:19)
  6. 6 Tramp - Brian Auger & The Trinity (4:15)
  7. 7 Why (Am I Treated So Bad) - Brian Auger & The Trinity (3:37)
  8. 8 A Kind of Love In - Brian Auger & The Trinity (2:36)
  9. 9 Break It Up - Brian Auger & The Trinity (3:04)
  10. 10 Season of the Witch - Brian Auger & The Trinity (8:00)
  11. 11 I've Gotta Go Now - Brian Auger & The Trinity (4:12)
  12. 12 Save Me - Brian Auger & The Trinity (4:03)
  13. 13 This Wheel's on Fire - Brian Auger & The Trinity (5:19)
  14. 14 Road to Cairo - Brian Auger & The Trinity (3:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Julie Driscoll Primary Artist, Vocals
Gary Boyle Guitar
Brian Auger Keyboards, Vocals
Dave Ambrose Bass, Bass Guitar
Roger Sutton Bass, Bass Guitar
Clive Thacker Drums
Technical Credits
Lowell Fulson Composer
Bob Dylan Composer
Aretha Franklin Composer
David Ackles Composer
Rick Danko Composer
Julie Driscoll Composer
Ian Mitchell Executive Producer
Brian Auger Arranger, Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
Roebuck "Pops" Staples Composer
Giorgio Gomelsky Producer, Audio Production
Kiki Liner Notes
Richard Hill Arranger
Tom Vickers Producer, Liner Notes
Paul Bevoir Artwork
Hamish Liner Notes
Karma Auger Mastering
Lois Wilson Liner Notes
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