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All Music Guide - Glenn Astarita
With their fifth recording, this 2001 release provides undeniable proof that the hard-driving power organ trio known as Niacin has achieved an artistic milestone. On this outing, Hammond B3 organist John Novello maneuvers his powerful and altogether fluid rhythm section through a series of memorable tunes also featuring a dynamic and unabashed rendition of the legendary King Crimson piece, Red. The trio also renders a blitzing, hard rock cover of keyboardist Jan Hammer's "Blue Wind." However, the musicians' unified approach, consisting of tightly woven fabrics of sound and multicolored themes, bears the mark of a unit who has perhaps reached the pinnacle of group-based ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Glenn Astarita
With their fifth recording, this 2001 release provides undeniable proof that the hard-driving power organ trio known as Niacin has achieved an artistic milestone. On this outing, Hammond B3 organist John Novello maneuvers his powerful and altogether fluid rhythm section through a series of memorable tunes also featuring a dynamic and unabashed rendition of the legendary King Crimson piece, Red. The trio also renders a blitzing, hard rock cover of keyboardist Jan Hammer's "Blue Wind." However, the musicians' unified approach, consisting of tightly woven fabrics of sound and multicolored themes, bears the mark of a unit who has perhaps reached the pinnacle of group-based success. Strong soloing abounds atop funk/fusion and first-call session ace drummer Dennis Chamber's heavy-handed, polyrhythmic attack. Whereas, the artists also jazz up the proceedings via tightly coordinated unison statements and melodious choruses amid a bevy of twists, turns, peaks, and valleys. Here, progressive rock receives a college education. Recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/12/2002
  • Label: Magna Carta
  • UPC: 026245905924
  • Catalog Number: 59059
  • Sales rank: 92,769

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Elbow Grease (5:19)
  2. 2 Time Crunch (3:15)
  3. 3 Stone Face (6:11)
  4. 4 Red (8:00)
  5. 5 Invisible King (4:28)
  6. 6 Daddy Long Leg (5:18)
  7. 7 Hog Funk (5:08)
  8. 8 Glow (3:06)
  9. 9 Damaged Goods (4:24)
  10. 10 Outside Inside Out (5:02)
  11. 11 Blue Wind (5:53)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Niacin Primary Artist
John Novello Synthesizer, Bass, Piano, Hammond Organ
Billy Sheehan Bass
Dennis Chambers Drums
Technical Credits
John Novello Arranger, Producer
Billy Sheehan Producer
Takuji Kusumoto Artwork
Rik Shannon Artwork
Michael Faley Executive Producer
Chaz Bowie Collage, Booklet Design, Cover Photo
Gordy Gale Drum Engineering
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  • Posted April 5, 2011

    Tiresome tone, despite great playing.

    I really want to like this album, and there are certainly some enjoyable elements. If you like dense grooves like I do, the playing is great, but what keeps me from rating this higher, is simply the incessant B3 tone. I'm typically a B3 fan, but in a trio setting, with playing this busy, it can get tiresome. I keep wanting to hear more cutting synth square and sawtooth waves, and not more B3. Some grooves even have a dated ELP sound, despite the blistering bass, and modern drum tones. Overall, despite Dennis and Billy being some of my favorite players, this album is hard to listen to.

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