Brian Auger’s Oblivion Express – Brian Auger’s Oblivion Express (1970)

BrianAugerOE_14 out of 5 Stars!

On this debut album, Oblivion Express offered an interesting blend of Hard Rock, Prog-Rock, Jazz Rock with a little bit of Soul. It’s a bit light on the vocals overall (which are nothing special, but pleasant enough), and the instrumentals are terrific slices of Prog-Rock/Jazz Fusion with some spacey atmospheres on occasion.

When it comes to the instrumental parts, the band reminded me of what Billy Cobham’s Spectrum album might have sounded like were it to include heavier guitars and showcase Hammond organ in the style of Keith Emerson. At other times, on the vocal tracks, the band’s sound reminds me of the first Journey album with Gregg Rolie singing lead.

Too bad the band’s follow-up album didn’t have the same style.

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