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Flight - 1976 Incredible Journey

ARTIST: Flight
ALBUM: Incredible Journey
LABEL: Capitol
SERIAL: ST-11536
YEAR: 1976


LINEUP: Pat Vidas - brass, lead vocals * Ted Karczewski - electric & acoustic guitars * John Ray - acoustic & electric basses * Russell A Dawber Jr - drums, percussion * Jim Michael 'Fizzwah' Yaeger - keyboards

TRACK LISTING: 01 Music Is * 02 1929 * 03 First Impression * 04 Mystery Man * 05 2003 * 06 Visions Of A Dream * 07 The Sands Of Time * 08 Rock N Roll Star

Featuring an eye catching cover by renowned painter Shusei Nagaoka best known for ELO's 'Out Of The Blue' stunning art as well as several Earth Wind & Fire equally gorgeous album covers, Flight are the unsung heroes of major label 'Ameriprog'. I'm not a one hundred percent sure, but I believe the band hailed from sunny Florida under the direction of brass player Pat Vidas who seems to have gone on to a career as a tennis coach of all things. Oh well, Flight released three albums, two for Capitol and one for Motown Records and 'Incredible Journey' is the best of the trio.

The Songs
Imagine if Emerson Lake & Palmer had gone the fusion route and you will have a pretty good idea what Flight sound like. The production here is crisp, unlike so many albums of the time and the playing is outstanding as to be expected. The opening track 'Music Is' clearly is most ELP influenced track here and Vidas' vocals are comparable to Greg Lake. There are three instrumentals, 'First Impression' a fast paced and red hot fusion number that cooks, while 'Visions Of A Dream' takes on a Latin flavour ala Santana. 'The Sands Of Time' is a nice mellow slice of fusion although the strange thing is there are lyrics to the song printed on the inside album sleeve, but there are none on the track itself! 'Rock 'N' Roll Star closes the album and as a song its pretty average and in the hands of any other band it would have been, but not here. The song is very experimental with aggressive guitar and percussion that simply dazzles the ears.

In Summary
I would love to hear this album on CD, but unfortunately that hasn't happened yet. I am rather surprised the Japanese haven't had a go at reissuing the Flight catalog, but I am sure it will happen eventually. A few years ago Flight was still a going concern with Vidas playing gigs in south Florida as 'Paul Vidas And Flight' but I am not sure if any recorded product came of it.

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#1 | progger53 on May 08 2010 01:59:09
Hi There! I am a personal friend of Pat Vidas. We grew up in Centerville iowa. We played basketball and baseball together too in high school. I came back from the u of iowa one christmas and found out Pat just put his first s/t lp out and I just wanted to go over and listen to it. I found out that we both shared a love for prog rock and fusion. And I just happen to have a great collection of tapes with me to share that cold afternoon. We smoked and dranked and grooved. His first lp was good too. The last one was vanilla light jazz. If anybody wants to contact me to swap cdrs of flight with me, please let me know.
#2 | gdazegod on May 08 2010 02:12:17
I've just found this LP on a blogspot site this week. What an album! The ELP vs Santana comparison is dead on, I'm lovin' it. Good to see you on here Progger53.
#3 | englandashes on September 22 2016 19:25:59
Another one I have never held off, but just ordered this off amazon on CD!, looks reissued in 2012
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