This recording, released in 2004, marked the zenith and the swan song of YOYO and in fact the group disbanded fairly soon after this. The album is eclectic of style and honours no musical boundaries in the mix of World, Ethnic, Big Band Jazz, Rock, Jazz-Funk, Electronica and Ambient Soundscape – a true Fusion album.
Starting with a remake/remodel using the funky groove from the Crusader’s ‘Stomp and Buck Dance’, Rant to Rave features the vocals of ex-Extras and 5th Column frontman, John Lake, now sadly passed on as he prophetically says in lyrics “to the other side- I won’t be back !”. John McLaughlin’s oft sampled groove (cf Real Roxanne) Get Down & Sruti is given an electric boost and then an original tune “Where Does the River Run From ?” has lyrics by original YoYo Frontman Royston Martin, who also, like John Lake, lives on through his lyrical legacy.
Next are two pieces arranged for the ‘Little Big Band’ originally a 23 piece Big band got together to perform the music of Duke Ellington for the Taplow Court Festival. ‘Under the Influence’ first made it’s appearance on the CD of the same name (see YoYo in catalogue) and has also been recorded by the Bird Architects on their CD ‘Gone’. Taplow Congress is a stately funky piece written especially for the Festival and both these tracks feature the excellent sax playing of Phil Poppy who must rightly share writing credits for Congress.
Sandwiched in between these two major compositional works is a little tribal drum tune, ‘Hot Rocks’, which, together with Gabon, later on the CD (featuring pygmy chanting from that African country before it was truly ‘discovered’) gives the album it’s world, or ethnic flavour. Weather Report gets a doff of the hat to on ‘The Coming’ and ‘Fourth Wave’, which has also recently been updated in the track “Fourth Wave on the 3rd Stone” on Jazz Gnatz Electronique’s new album “Everything is Awesome”.
Friendly Flicker tells of the dangers of the demon tube in every living room, much like Zappa’s ‘I’m The Slime’ but all ends well with an alternative; a thunder storm and light rain on the window pane and a dream of summers to come. Finally, the Old Ones, renamed from The Ancient’s Blues is an unsettling piece of jazz-rock, tongue in cheek for Sir Cliff’s ‘The Young Ones’, which of course we aren’t any more….
13 tracks, unlucky for some, but fortunate indeed for those who choose to dip into the musical potpourri that Human Revelations provides. Enjoy !
- RANT TO RAVE
- GET DOWN & SRUTI (AT THE HONKY TONK HAVEN)
- WHERE DOES THE RIVER RUN FROM ?
- UNDER THE INFLUENCE
- HOT ROCKS
- TAPLOW CONGRESS
- THE COMING
- WINTER YEARNS FOR SPRING
- FOURTH WAVE
- FRIENDLY FLICKER
- THE OLD ONES