Cosmic Furnace - Roger Powell

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    Roger Powell debuted in 1973 with an overlooked solo release, Cosmic Furnace, and soon after, was invited by Rundgren to join up with the recently formed Utopia. Powell's debut with Utopia was on their second release, 1975's Another Live, which led to further work on Rundgren solo albums (1975's Initiation, 1976's Faithful, and 1978's in-concert Back to the Bars), as well as another prog rock-based Utopia release, 1977's RA. Wounded Bird. 2005.
    Track Listings:
    A1 Ictus: Primordial Pulse 4:57
    A2 Lumia: Dance Of The Nebulae 5:14
    A3 Fourneau Cosmique: The Alchemical Furnace Of Cleopatra 7:42
    B1 Hermetic Enigma: The Fixed Volatile 5:47
    B2 Queene Enfineska: Serenity Of The Lion In Summer 3:24
    B3 Tensegrity: A Dymaxion Triptych 8:37
    Artist Name(s):
    Roger Powell
    Gunther Weil, Dave Baker
    Release Year: 1973
    Ambient, Experimental
    Album Type:
    Cassette, Compact Disc, LP 33 1/3
    Cover & Packge Design:
    Julia Pearl, Mel Goldman
    Label / Publishing
    Label Name:
    Atlantic, Wounded Bird Records
    Catalog Number(s):
    SD 7251, WOU 7251
    Editions / Reissues
    1. Atlantic SD 7251, Wounded Bird Records WOU 7251
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· Edited by CIIIGoff

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Roger Powell was working for ARP when this album came out -- I've got a recording with booklet of him discussing how to use an ARP Odyssey from around the time this album was released.  (edit:  HA, I just saw the Jack Hertz comment on the ARP Odyssey!  Well, like-minded people follow the same paths sometimes, eh?....)  A couple of years later he created the Powell Probe, which was an over-the-shoulder keyboard interface thing for various synths that he could use in concert (before the age of microchips started making such things more feasible).  I was lucky enuf to have seen him perform many times with Rundgren, Utopia, and even with Bowie during his "Berlin" years.   He's not just a synth player, but an accomplished pianist/keyboardist as well.  My view is that Cosmic Furnace is his most experimental solo album, always have enjoyed this one. 

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