Visitation

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All Music Guide - Stanton Swihart
For every undiscovered rock or pop gem that springs from the late '60s and early '70s, there are dozens of albums whose hype far exceeds their musical quality. Occasionally, an album will arise from this era with its musical virtue still wholly intact, but, tragically, it is impaired by a single element that could have been easily avoided had the same consideration been given to it as to the music. The sole 1972 album from Chirco, Visitation, is one such misfortune. Chirco was actually originally a studio project led by percussionist Tony Chirco and producer Michael Cuscuna rather than a proper band, but eventually the New York band Sassafras came aboard, and proved to ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stanton Swihart
For every undiscovered rock or pop gem that springs from the late '60s and early '70s, there are dozens of albums whose hype far exceeds their musical quality. Occasionally, an album will arise from this era with its musical virtue still wholly intact, but, tragically, it is impaired by a single element that could have been easily avoided had the same consideration been given to it as to the music. The sole 1972 album from Chirco, Visitation, is one such misfortune. Chirco was actually originally a studio project led by percussionist Tony Chirco and producer Michael Cuscuna rather than a proper band, but eventually the New York band Sassafras came aboard, and proved to be the project's saving grace. The musicianship in evidence on Visitation is uniformly ambitious and complex, with bassist Bruce Taylor and drummer S.H. Foote particularly impressive. They construct a swinging rhythmic underpinning that propels the music upward and forward, a match for the subtle spirituality of the lyrics. The album contains some of the hallmarks of progressive rock, especially the highly structured, conceptual songs that wear their pretensions on their sleeves, but although the usual rock instrumentation drums, bass, guitar, keyboards is present, Cuscuna also had the vision to variously incorporate horns and percussion, and the ubiquitous presence of electronic vibes helps Chirco create something that transcends progressive rock. The band's playing often approaches the texture and intricacy of jazz, with passages ranging from breezy to boldly powerful to grooving, and the album is equally demanding in that it does not contain proper songs; instead, it consists of two side-long suites with each part rolling directly into the next without lulls or gaps. And although some of the music overreaches or descends into hackneyed hard rock cliche, had Chirco stopped here, the album would have been a find. Unfortunately, the album is both dated and marred by the vocals, which are firmly planted in the '70s pedestrian hard rock mold that emphasized histrionic wailing over expressiveness or genuine edge. With more idiosyncratic vocals, Visitation might well have had the right to claim itself a lost treasure from the progressive-psych era. As it is, the album is hard even to enjoy for its good parts because they have been spoiled by the bad.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/18/1999
  • Label: Gear Fab Records
  • UPC: 645270013024
  • Catalog Number: 130
  • Sales rank: 232,299

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sound of the Cross (2:15)
  2. 2 33 Years (3:51)
  3. 3 Cause I Love You (3:43)
  4. 4 Golden Image (7:00)
  5. 5 Dear Friends (7:46)
  6. 6 Mr. Sunshine (5:08)
  7. 7 Minutes (2:51)
  8. 8 Child of Peace (4:49)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Chirco Primary Artist, Percussion, Drums, Vibes
Billy Chanaca Guitar
Pete Esposito Drums
S.H. Foote Keyboards
John Kaye Conga
Ted MacKenzie Drums
John Naylor Guitar, Vocals
Lee Rickards Drums
Anvil Roth Vocals
Lou Sulkazi Guitar
Bruce Taylor Bass, Bass Guitar, Vocals
Bill Wich Percussion, Horn, Bugle
Technical Credits
Chirco Arranger, Producer, Concept
Tony Bongiovi Engineer
Michael Cuscuna Producer
John Foster Producer
Don Hahn Engineer
Dan Zellman Engineer
Rick Anderson Engineer
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