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The two sides of 1973’s Big Business / Wind of Change are mainly the work of the great Keith Mansfield but there’s a killer cameo each from Alan Hawkshaw and David Snell to help deliver “a thematic suite, diverse in mood, applicable to dramatic and environmental situations”. A Be With favourite and truly one for the heads.
The Big Business of side A is all the work of Keith Mansfield. It’s heavy on the suspense and features the vital “Hot Property”, an insistent groove so good that Madlib sampled it to lace the ace “Long Awaited” by Lootpack with Dilated Peoples.
“Sleeping Giant 1” is a more fleshed out version of the equally-dazzling “Fatal Error”, evoking the orchestral magic of David Axelrod. Indeed, it conjures images of Diamond D falling over himself in the early-to-mid 90s to loop its intoxicatingly eerie soundscape. Complete with guitar fills that recall Paris, Texas-era Ry Cooder, you need this record for this piece alone.
The horn-and-flute-led "Tycoon" is a head-nodder and "Power Complex" has some fantastic percussion. Other highlights include the breezy glide of “Whistle Stop Tour” and its sister groove “Clean Air.”
Over on Side B is the more expansive Wind Of Change, which includes the David Snell and the Alan Hawkshaw contributions. But these ain’t no filler. Snell’s shuffling “International Flight” sounds like a smooth Dorothy Ashby track tossed from the heavens. Hawkshaw’s “Road And Rail” is about as luxurious and strung-out as the great man gets and it might just be the highlight of this whole set.
Not to be outdone, if Mansfield’s “Balance Of Power” doesn’t make you feel like king of the world then you must be playing it wrong. Oh, and did we mention “World In Action”?!
As with all ten re-issues, the audio for Big Business / Wind of Change comes from the original analogue tapes and has been remastered for vinyl by Be With regular Simon Francis. We’ve taken the same care with the sleeves, handing the reproduction duties over to Richard Robinson, the current custodian of KPM’s brand identity.
A1 Keith Mansfield - Tycoon
A2 Keith Mansfield - Hot Property
A3 Keith Mansfield - Whistle Stop Tour
A4 Keith Mansfield - Power Complex
A5 Keith Mansfield - Research Establishment
A6 Keith Mansfield - Clean Air
A7 Keith Mansfield - Fatal Error
A8 Keith Mansfield - Sleeping Giant 1
A9 Keith Mansfield - Sleeping Giant 2 Wind Of Change
Wind Of Change
B1 Keith Mansfield - World In Action
B2 Keith Mansfield - World In Action (Composite)
B3 Keith Mansfield - Balance Of Power
B4 Keith Mansfield - Motorail Express
B5 Alan Hawkshaw - Road And Rail
B6 David Snell - International Flight
B7 Keith Mansfield - Quality Fair
B8 Keith Mansfield - Summer Location
Big Business / Wind Of Change
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