The garage was swept, a few kilometers were pedaled, a few weights were hefted, a few wobbly pops consumed, a few burgers grilled and now it’s time to relax with some vinyl before me and the missus relax in front of the boob tube for the evening. And, tonight, that soothing vinyl “chillski” comes in the form of the ‘Prelude‘ album by Deodato.
I took a bit of a flier with this album last weekend at the Hamilton, Ontario Record Fair. I admit.
Sometimes…that’s record collecting.
And, at just $5.00, I could afford to take that risk.
‘Prelude’ is the 8th studio album by Brazilian keyboardist Eumir Deodato, released in 1973. With the signature track ‘Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001)‘ (an arrangement of the theme from ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ and the real reason why I bought the album in the first place), ‘Prelude’ would be the biggest hit Deodato and CTI Records ever had.
The album features guitarist John Tropea on three tracks, bassists Ron Carter (of Miles Davis fame) and Stanley Clarke, and Billy Cobham on drums. The funk-influenced version of the ‘Introduction‘ from Richard Strauss’s ‘Also sprach Zarathustra’, won the 1974 Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance.and went to #2 in the pop charts in the US, #3 in Canada, and #7 in the UK.
Not bad for a modern jazz album at that time.
HRH thinks it sounds like “music you hear in hotels and elevators”. Kelly called it “TV commercial” music.
Well, screw them. What do they know?
Although, really, the only reason I even know of Deodato is because ‘Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001)‘ also happens to be one of the popular Phish covers during their live performances.
But it was always awesome then, so I took the flier that it would be awesome now and, thankfully, it was.
Oh, and how did I ever know that this was a cover of Deodato in the first place, well, that’s largely thanks to Sara B who, for whatever reason, already knew that. So forever, I will remember this track for driving around New York City.
But what about the rest of the album you ask?
But what can you do? It’s a bit of Bob James, a bit Herbie Hancock and a whole lot of….okay. It’s not total Shit List material but, hey, for $5.00, it’s still certainly a welcome addition to the collection. Besides the main ‘Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001)‘ attraction, ‘September 13‘ is also pretty bitchin’.