The theme song "Roots" is a superb beginning, a slowly evolving and pure jazzfusion piece. There is a dialogue between the guitar of Pitchen and the trumpet of Carr which is immensely pleasurable. We follow them along a road full of bumps and twists, but always melodic. All in all a superb introduction which closes with subtle notes of electric piano. Finally, let's note that this a is short version of a 40 minutes piece.
"Images" is simply and plainly a jazz song with the beautiful voice of Joy Yates with interesting flute passages.
"Caliban" is is the third section of a composition in four parts called "Ban, Ban, Caliban" which was commissioned by the Globe Playhouse Trust in april 1973 as part of the Shakespeare Birthday Celebration. And of course, Caliban is a character in William Shakespeare's play The Tempest. This is probably the most experimental piece of the album,and one of the most interesting from a jazzfusion point of view. Listening to it, we whish the full piece was presented on the album. Those first three pieces were composed by Carr.
"Whapatiti" is laced with latin influences and the percussions and drums are a joy to ear. As usual with Nucleus, the trumpet of Carr is an essential ingredient of this fast paced piece. The electric piano contribute also the the upbeat character of this composition.This and the two pieces which follow were composed by Brian Smith.
"Capricorn" seems a Soft Machine contraption where the trumpet is the main element, which is also to say that it is a very mellow and slow piece.
"Odokamona" is a real ear worm and has a great beat. A truly fun piece and the trumpet, ah! the trumpet, whish it was used more often in prog.
"Southern Roots And celebration" begins slowly with bass and echoed electric piano. It evolved in a magnificent jazz fusion piece which made me think of Weather Report for the ambiance. The middle of this creation is truly exquisite. A real band effort, but composed by Dave MacRae.
Nucleus has had descendants and followers (Taylor's Universe for instance). I think it had aged very well and merit a listen. In view of the commercial music playing on most radio, you'll heard what it is to be light years away.