Sensations Fix - Music Is Painting In The Air (1974 - 1977) 2 x CDs
Finally a collection of material from this great, under-recognized Italian electronic/spacemusic/rock/progressive band who, unlike so many other 70s greats, remain mostly undiscovered by today's listeners, due to the fact that most of their material has never been reissued...until now! Sensations Fix (also sometimes seen as Sensation's Fix and Sensations' Fix!) were early practitioners of the DIY approach, meaning that their home-recorded albums have a somewhat 'lo-fi' edge that actually is quite prescient with the sound of music today, but it also means that they made their own recordings and held onto their master tapes! This set covers their all of their great period and is comprised of 12 previously unreleased tracks and new mixes/masters overseen the Franco Falsini, the group's leader, of the remaining material. Nicely packaged too, with custom slipcases and including booklets with expansive liner notes and pictures! Highly recommended. This set will surprise folks who never heard them and remind people about what made them great.
"Music Is Painting In the Air is a collection of new mixes and unheard music from Sensations’ Fix’s prolific output between 1974 and 1977. Revered as one of the great articulations of progressive music, Music Is Painting offers guide posts to those familiar with Sensations’ Fix’s amorphous catalog and an approachable primer to those just journeying on the sensational trip.
The story of Sensations’ Fix begins—and never quite ends—with Franco Falsini. Falsini, born in Florence, Italy in 1948, blazed a trail for home-recording that has impressed upon inward resourcing and reflecting musicians and DIY enthusiasts in the decades since. A technology stalwart, Falsini employed a floor model MiniMoog and a tricked-out Teac 4-track machine to transform the Virginia and Florence basements into cosmic conduits for Sensations’ Fix.
The reach for space from a personal place is nowhere more apparent than on Fragments of Light, early basement recordings solicited by Falsini as deal demos and surprisingly flipped into the first of six Sensations’ Fix albums released in under five years. The up-close fidelity of Fragments creates a private quality that separates the album from other extravagant progressive rock productions contemporary to its 1974 release.
After Fragments release, Falsini (re-located to Italy), alongside American expats drummer Keith Edwards and bassist Richard Ursillo, charged through another two Sensations’ Fix albums, Portable Madness in 1974 and Finest Finger in 1976, and a stunning solo album Cold Nose (Naso Fredo) in 1975. Falsini and his band of psychedelic renegades left Italy for the golden shores of California, releasing Vision’s Fugitive on an independent label and fulfilling their major label obligation shortly after with Boxes Paradise.
For Music is Painting in the Air, Falsini set forth on a year-long voyage to restore and revisit the original Sensations’ Fix analog tapes. The sequence is chronologically defiant, encouraging the listener to free associate the recurring themes’ origins and immerse in the body of music as a its own universe..."