Mick Taylor: Spanish/A Minor

Track

Spanish/A Minor

Artist

Mick Taylor (guitar, bass, electric piano, synthesizer, strings)

CD

Mick Taylor (Columbia 35076)

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Musicians:

Mick Taylor (guitar, bass, electric piano, synthesizer, strings),

Kuma Harada (bass, string and bowed bass), Jean Roussell (acoustic piano), Pierre Moerlen (drums)

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Composed by Mick Taylor

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Recorded: London, early 1979

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Rating: 89/100 (learn more)

Mick Taylor's brooding, two-part instrumental "Spanish/A Minor" sounds nothing like you would expect to hear from an ex-Rolling Stone. The music is laden with progressive elements such as Moog synthesizer, angular guitar soloing, and Gong's Pierre Moerlen on drums. Four minutes in, the tune breaks down in a style similar to the tracks from Genesis' Wind and Wuthering. Imitatively, an FX-dominant interlude recalls the midsection of that album's "Your Own Special Way," and the links to Mssrs. Banks, Rutherford, and Collins do not stop there.

Processed bird whistles sound like they belong on The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, and, by the time Taylor settles into the sublime "A Minor" section, you get the feeling that you are listening to an early Steve Hackett solo offering. While "Spanish" showcases Taylor's guitar, "A Minor" provides an extended coda to the previous song that allows piano and synthesizer stabs to set the mood. Of course, Taylor's axe is the frosting on the fusion cake, and he brings it all home with some lyrical chops that revisit his solo part from the Stones' "Time Waits for No One" (1974), which still stands as his best individual moment on disc.

Reviewer: Marcus Singletary

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