Lenny White ‎– Venusian Summer

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Nemperor Records ‎– NE 435
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A1 Chicken-Fried Steak
Bass – Doug RauchDrums, Clavinet [Wandering] – Lenny WhiteOrgan – Jimmy SmithRhythm Guitar – Raymond Gomez*Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar – Doug Rodrigues
4:33
A2 Away Go Troubles Down The Drain
Bass – Doug RauchDrums – Lenny WhiteElectric Piano, Clavinet – Onaje Allan GumbsOrgan – Weldon IrvineRhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar, Voice – Doug RodriguesSynthesizer [Minimoog], Organ – David Sancious
3:21
The Venusian Summer Suite
A3 Part 1. Sirenes
Synthesizer [Arp 2600] – Peter RobinsonSynthesizer [Minimoog, Arp 2500/2600, Oberheim Digital Sequencer] – Patrick GleesonSynthesizer [Minimoog, Arp 2600], Piano [Acoustic] – Lenny WhiteSynthesizer [Minimoog] – Tom Harrel*
4:28
A4 Part 2. Venusian Summer
Clavinet, Synthesizer [Minimoog] – Peter RobinsonDrums, Bass [Snap] – Lenny WhiteElectric Piano, Piano [Acoustic] – Onaje Allan GumbsFlute – Hubert LawsSynthesizer [Arp 2600, Minimoog] – Patrick GleesonSynthesizer [Minimoog] – David Sancious
6:38
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B1 Prelude To Rainbow Delta
Gong [Backwards] – Dennis MacKaySynthesizer [Orchestra Realizations] – Patrick GleesonTimpani, Snare, Rototoms, Wood Block, Gong [Triangle], Marimba, Cymbal [Suspended] – Lenny White
1:10
B2 Mating Drive
Bass – Doug RauchDrums – Lenny WhiteElectric Piano, Mellotron – Onaje Allan GumbsLead Guitar – Raymond Gomez*Organ – Larry Young (Khalid Yasin)*Rhythm Guitar – Doug Rodrigues
7:40
B3 Prince Of The Sea
Bass – Doug RauchDrums, Gong – Lenny WhiteElectric Guitar – Al DiMeola*, Larry CoryellFlugelhorn – Tom Harrel*Piano [Acoustic], Electric Piano, Organ – Onaje Allan Gumbs
11:37

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Label variation, pressed at Monarch Records, Los Angeles, California ("MO"-suffix matrix numbers on labels).

Recorded June and August 1975, Electric Lady Studios, New York.
Orchestra sequences recorded at Different Fur, San Francisco.
Re-mixed at Trident Studios, London, England.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A Label): ST-NE-753475-MO
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B Label): ST-NE-753476-MO

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
K 50213 Lenny White Venusian Summer(LP, Album) Atlantic K 50213 UK 1975 Sell This Version
NE 435 Lenny White Venusian Summer(LP, Album) Nemperor Records, Atlantic NE 435 Canada 1975 Sell This Version
K 50213 Lenny White Venusian Summer(LP, Album) Nemperor Records K 50213 UK 1975 Sell This Version
WOU 435 Lenny White Venusian Summer(CD, Album, RE) Wounded Bird Records WOU 435 US 1999 Sell This Version
TP 435 Lenny White Venusian Summer(8-Trk, Album) Nemperor Records TP 435 US 1975 Sell This Version

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progfan97402

progfan97402

November 18, 2016
edited over 2 years ago
This is simply one of the most incredible fusion albums I have ever heard! I thought Mahavishnu Orchestra went out of their way with break-neck fast playing, what until you get a load of this album! "Chicken Fried Steak" and "Away Go Troubles Down the Drain" (obvious reference to Roto-Rooter, and their ad campaign) are simply great examples of funk fusion, but then the album really goes into some real unexpected surprised. "Venusian Summer Suite", for example, starts off rather spacy, with spacy synthesizers, before the second part goes in fusion overdrive. I really find those synth solos just amazing. "Prelude to the Rainbow Delta" is another short spacy ambient number, that leads to the unbelievably intense "Mating Drive". It's like Mahavishnu Orchestra on steroids (and that's obviously saying a lot given how fast Mahavishnu played). Super fast drumming from Lenny himself, with unbelievably fast guitar playing from Ray Gomez (I wouldn't doubt if John McLaughlin was a mentor). It only makes sense the last piece, "Prince of the Sea" would be a calmer piece, but clearly fusion, guitar playing from both Larry Coryell and Al DiMeola, Lenny's Return to Forever bandmate. I really can't believe what I'm heard, I really love how he and the musicians helping out would do some unexpected things like go into spacy electronic territory as well as go into fusion overdrive. One often is suspicious of a drummer's solo album (unless you happened to be Phil Collins, Don Henley, or Ringo Starr, since they could sing, and write and record pop hits), because you fear it's just the drummer stroking his ego, but Lenny White realized that the rest of the musicians helping out matter just as much, especially if you're a drummer that don't sing (Bill Bruford and Billy Cobham also knew that quite well). Listening to Venusian Summer, you can see why Miles Davis included him on Bitches Brew, and then later on Chick Corea with Return to Forever. For anyone into fusion, Venusian Summer is an absolute must.
RECORDSCOUT

RECORDSCOUT

January 31, 2015
edited over 3 years ago
Even worse: There is at least one track that stops before the fade out has ended. SHAME ON YOU, WOUNDED BIRD!
IF YOU DO, DO IT RIGHT!!!
Friedell

Friedell

September 9, 2014

This LP is one of the examples where the original LP in good condition sounds better than the CD re.
I have the US Nemperor pressing and the Wounded Bird CD RE.
That aside this record,as one of the top jazz-rock recordings of the seventies is in dire need of a careful
remastered CD RE or a new pressing on vinyl.