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July/August 2000

Niacin
Deep
Magna Carta Records

Grooves still can't believe that the words "funky" and "jazzy" are never used to describe '70s prog rock (ELP, Yes, King Crimson). Niacin's (Billy Sheehan, basses; John Novello, Hammond B-3-sounding keyboards; Dennis Chambers, drums, percussion) new joint Deep (Magna Carta, MA-9048, 65:37) is of the same mind. Highlights: "Panic Button"'s version of "Love Supreme" that ELP and the Mahavishnu Orchestra never recorded (with Novello as Emerson, Sheehan as McLaughlin), "Things Ain't What They Used to Be"'s Thin Lizzy-esque power ballad blooz (ex-Trapeze vox Glenn Hughes). Deep dances in ya head.

Originally published in July/August 2000
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