Brian Auger

Get Auger-nized!: The Anthology

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This double-disc set is a fairly solid career retrospective representing Brian Auger's work with the Trinity, Julie Driscoll, and his own longstanding, ever-evolving Oblivion Express. Brian Auger is one of Britain's most enduring figures in both jazz and R&B. The collection is divided up by the major divisions in Auger's tenure. The first compiles the mod-R&B years with covers of "Green Onions" and the steaming "Fool Killer," along with later work with Driscoll such as their fine covers of "This Wheel's on Fire" and "Season of the Witch." Disc two compiles all the electric jazz hits from "Freedom Jazz Dance" and "Happiness Is Just Around the Bend" to "I Want to Take You Higher" and the Oblivion Express' fine read of Herbie Hancock's "Maiden Voyage." It's true that there are other anthologies and most of them collect the same material, but for the bread, this one is a fine overview.

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