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Ian Carr - Belladonna  (HALF SPEED MASTERED VINYL)




Originally released on the Vertigo label, complete with collectable 'swirl' record centre 

design, this sought-after jazz-rock-fusion rarity features some of the cream of the UK

jazz musicians of the 70's. Comprised from groups such as Nucleus, Brian Auger's band, 

Soft Machine, Stan Tracy group, the players included Brian Smith (tenor and soprano s

axophones, alto and bamboo flutes), legendary guitarist Allan Holdsworth, Dave MacRae

(Fender electric piano), and bassist Roy Babbington, to name but a few.


Seen as a benchmark point in Ian Carr's career, 'Belladonna' is awash with atmospheric

excursions and ethereal qualities, as well as a darker fusion aesthetic and prog-rock

sensibility from Holdsworth's exceptional guitar playing. The moody, yet funky, vibe of

the album has echoes of Miles Davis' electronic era à la 'In A Silent Way'.


The album is best enjoyed played in its entirety. There are ebbs and flows with certain

tracks shining along the way. Standouts include the beautiful down-tempo track 'Summer

Rain', which has a soundtrack / library style brilliance and emotional electric piano soloing.

Though recorded in the 70's, the track has a timeless sound, a melancholic funk so often

used in hip-hop and beat tape productions to this day. 'Mayday's Shaft-like long extended intro

builds the drama until the percussive release when the drums drop at over three minutes in.


To give a record of such quality the treatment it deserves, we have once again been lucky to

enlist the service of mastering and lacquer cutting engineering don Miles Showell at Abbey Road

Studios, to cut a brand-new half-speed master and let the music speak for itself.



1. Belladonna

2. Summer Rain

3. Remadione

4. Mayday

5. Suspension

6. Hector’s House



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