Elastic Rock

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Elastic Rock
Nucleus Elastic Rock.jpg
Studio album by Nucleus
Released March 1970
Recorded 12–21 January 1970
Studio Trident Studios, London
Genre Jazz fusion
Length 40:46
Label Vertigo
2007 Remaster: Universal Records
Producer Peter King
Nucleus chronology
Elastic Rock
We'll Talk About It Later
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]

Elastic Rock is Nucleus' first album. Recorded in January 1970, it was a pioneering work in emerging genre of jazz-rock fusion. Bandleader Ian Carr (later a jazz journalist and published expert on Miles Davis) was probably inspired by Davis' "going electric" in 1969, but the seminal Bitches Brew had not yet been released at the time Elastic Rock was recorded, and according to Carr, they hadn't even heard Davis' less rock-influenced 1969 electric release, In a Silent Way.[2]

In July 1970 the group presented compositions from the LP at the Montreux Jazz Festival, winning the first prize. They subsequently performed both at Newport Jazz Festival and at the Village Gate jazz club.[2]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Karl Jenkins; except where indicated

  1. "1916" - 1:11
  2. "Elastic Rock" - 4:05
  3. "Striation" - 2:15 (Jeff Clyne, Chris Spedding)
  4. "Taranaki" - 1:39 (Brian Smith)
  5. "Twisted Track" - 5:17 (Chris Spedding)
  6. "Crude Blues, Part I" - 0:54 (Karl Jenkins, Ian Carr)
  7. "Crude Blues, Part II" - 2:36 (Ian Carr)
  8. "1916: The Battle of Boogaloo" - 3:07
  9. "Torrid Zone" - 8:41
  10. "Stonescape" - 2:39
  11. "Earth Mother" - 5:15 (Karl Jenkins, Ian Carr, John Marshall, Jeff Clyne, Chris Spedding)
  12. "Speaking for Myself, Personally, in My Own Opinion, I Think..." - 0:54 (John Marshall)
  13. "Persephones Jive" - 2:15 (Ian Carr)



  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ a b Kelman, John (2004-10-19). "Ian Carr and Nucleus: '70s British Jazz Rock Progenitors". All About Jazz.

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