The VROOOM Sessions, 1994 - Reviews

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Date Submitted: 23-Jan-00
By: Steve Klein (pesach01 at access1 dot net)

"CC#8 is a nice depiction of the beginnings of the double trio. Standout tracks are "Monster Jam" which seems like a "jam" from which B'Boom was derived but with more instrumentation. The first two tracks are not bad but are not mind blowing. "Slow Mellow" sounds like Requiem mixed with some Space Groove like brooding. "Funky Jam" starts off funky and elephant talkish but Trey's stick interlude changes keys and the groove to a CGT Yamanasi Blues Blockhead track feel; then Adrian indicates a key or chord change to Eminor and then the funk continues before the soaring solo. "Bill and Tony" is nothing I haven't heard before from other recordings (Road Diaries track, BLUE). "No Questions Asked" is an early instrumental version of "Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream" .

"Adrian's Clouds will later appear on THRAKattak in various situations. "Calliope" is an interesting track whose character escapes me at the moment. I have forgotten "Krim 3" which is a powerful song with a Larks vibe and cool intro. "One Time" is the same "one time" without the lyrics and the much more prononunced phased-out guitars forming the foundation for the full blown track on Thrak. The album closes with "Booga Looga" which is good but not enough to leave a lasting impression."

Date Submitted: 28-Jan-00
By: Brian Nestor (nestor at twave dot net)

"Another superb release by the Collector's Club. This one goes behind the scenes, so to speak, of the first release by the 90's version of KC. In the process, we get to see what was not used more than what was used.

"There are strong links to other versions of KC that were not evident when Vrooom was released. The 80's band's polyrhythm is most obvious, and "Calliope" sounds more like the League of Gentleman than anything else. The instrumental version of "One Time" comes off as the calmest thing this version of the band ever did, more like an updating of "Trio" than the polished pop song it became.

"Frankly, some of the playing here is tentative, particularly from the guitarists. But the drummers more than make up for it, whacking away with great abandon, in fact greater abandon than I remember on Vrooom. All in all, one more excellent justification for Robert Fripp's current marketing practices."

Date Submitted: 2-Feb-00
By: Wes Jensen (wjensen at bellatlantic dot net)

"well i had high hopes for this since i still love Vrooom, but as mentioned there seems to be a bit to much "politeness" for me. there are some standouts for sure and considering any Double Trio is worthy of owning this IS a great CD! it does make you appreciate the live energy of B'boom since you can sense that the band is feeding off the live vibe and cutting loose a bit more, IMHO! i'll probably love it a year from now!!"