Tight. After repeated listens of “Nevergreen!”, that’s the word that keeps popping through – tight. Missing Link play in the European jazz rock style, with plenty of saxophone, keyboards (including mellotron and Hammond) and guitar – all in unison, or as soloists. The quintessential track would have to be their cover of Charles Lloyd’s ‘Sorcery’ with lively clavinet, a hopping rhythm section, and great wah wah sax and guitar work. Most of the tracks rock hard, with the typical rough vocal that seems to follow the style. The exception is the gorgeous and engaging three minute piano solo, “Song For Ann”, played by future Embryo / Missus Beastly / Real Ax Band member Dieter Miekautsch. Sadly this would be the only recording for Missing Link, a highly talented group who easily could’ve gone on to great success. But apparently the German wing of the United Artists label was close to bankruptcy, and coupled with scant concert bookings, sent the band over the edge. Closest comparisons would be the first two Thirsty Moon albums, the first Xhol Caravan or maybe even Ardo Dombec. Be sure to pick up the Garden of Delights version which is the only authorized version from the band, and contains an additional 3 minute bonus track from a rare single.
Missing Link played typical 70's German progressive jazz rock in the vein of Thirsty Moon, early 70's Embryo, and Kraan. The album has seven tracks of medium length. Emphasis is mostly on vivid interplay between guitar, saxophone, and piano/organ. For example, "Sorcery" and "Kids Hunting" have some great saxophone riffing. "Song for Ann" is a short, quiet, and beautiful track for solo piano. If you like Thirsty Moon, you should definitely try this album as well.
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