The prime directive of major labels is to seek out new sounds, categorize them, market/sell “brand” bands to the consumer. That’s what happened during fusion’s golden age (1969-79; formula: electric Miles Davis = fusion. Mahavishnu Orchestra-Weather Report-RTF-Headhunters = FUSION B US). Defined yet limited by essentially four bands, art works became product units-so many pennies. That, kids, is why Catalyst recorded four absolutely brilliant albums (Catalyst, Perception, Unity, a Tear and a Smile) for Muse between ’72 and ’75 and most of y’all slept.
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