Down Beat (3/97, p.46) - 3 Stars - (out of 5) - "...they find synergies that carry them to previously uncharted regions of speed-freak guitar nirvana. Their collective attainment is astonishing....a killer hi-fi demonstration album..."Musician (3/97, p.94) - "...brims with tight, fiery arrangements, daredevil solos, and inventive compositions, especially from McLaughlin's pen....it's nice to hear fretboard firepower in the service of more ambitious musicality."
Entertainment Weekly (2/5/99, p.71) - "Master of the guitar, banjo, and lute-like oud, Bull was a world music eclectic decades before it was fashionable. Though not in their league technically, he anticipated fret masters as diverse as Gabor Szabo, John McLaughlin, and Ry Cooder..."- Rating: A-The Wire (3/03, p.66) - "...All of Sandy Bull's albums ought to be heard in their entirety, but this compilation is a very good place to get your feet wet, in an ocean of beauty that knows no boundaries..."Dirty Linen (6-7/99, p.68) - "...gleams bright and beautiful....Sandy Bull is an original..."Mojo (Publisher) (p.76) - "Bull blithely, but brilliantly, merged classical fantasia with Indian raga and American folk primitivism."
Rolling Stone (12/11/03, p.118) - Ranked #94 in Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Albums Of All Time" - "...The word 'fusion' was never big enough to describe the visceral thrill of these explosive studio explorations and the pioneering tape-edit wizardry of producer Ted Macero..."Rolling Stone (5/28/70, p.50) - "...Miles' music continues to grow in its beauty, subtlety and sheer magnificence...these chaps have discovered a new way to cook..."Entertainment Weekly (p.73) - "Any one of these singular extrapolations can still transport you light-years away from reality in a heartbeat." -- Grade: AQ (4/99, p.128) - Included in Q's "Best Jazz Albums of All Time."Down Beat (p.66) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he pitch-shifting echoes at the start of the title track seemingly drift into infinity."Mojo (Publisher) (p.114) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t took electricity seriously, celebrating noise and fury in a way that only served to accentuate the spiritual magnificence within."Record Collector (magazine) (p.93) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "It singlehandedly gave birth to the jazz-rock fusion movement and changed jazz forever."Uncut (magazine) (p.90) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] beautiful, scary, oceanic melding of studio-manipulated sounds that bridges the gap between modal jazz, hypnotic funk and Hendrix-side proto-metal..."
Rolling Stone (1/20/72, pp.51-52) - "...Everybody is just playing away, and there aren't any weak links....Miles reacts to this happy situation by playing his ass off....this sounds like what Miles had in mind when he first got into electric music and freer structures and rock rhythms..."Spin (8/97, p.117) - "...splices together live chunks and cool studio vignettes, and features the Hindu heavy-metal fretwork of John McLaughlin..."Entertainment Weekly (8/01/97, p.75) - "...With his inimitable trumpeting--by turns melancholy, pungent, and lyrical--at the music's center, his electrified cohorts stretch the limits of jazz, rock, and funk..."- Rating: A-Down Beat (7/97, p.65) - 4 1/2 stars (out of 5) - "Initially recorded in '69 and '70, when the band was in flux, this palindrome-titled monster was later assembled out of live and studio tapes by Davis and producer Teo Macero.... this isn't pyrotechnic techno-dweeb fusion, but an outstandingly creative electric collage..."JazzTimes (10/97, p.87) - "...Miles' true electric rite of passage..."Musician (8/97, p.87) - "...The ears-open interactivity of Davis' ensembles--that ability to engage in serious musical conversation while flying in the upper atmosphere--is enough to shame any current bebop-babbling jazz automaton..."
"...Suspense right up to the splashdown..." - Recommended Premiere "...It's easily Howard's best film....A triumph of stirring storytelling and heartstopping suspense..." Rolling Stone "...This book-faithful, 2 1/4-hour team effort shrewdly keeps its eye on the ball....The movie will happily repay multiple viewings..." -- 4 out of 4 stars USA Today "...So authentic, so brilliant in its technical details, that it succeeds in putting us on that ship..." -- Rating: B Entertainment Weekly "...Howard makes all the complicated action clear to the viewer, a feat in itself....Physically, APOLLO 13 pulls off some stunners..." Variety "...Ron Howard's film of this mission is directed with a single-mindedness and attention to detail that makes it riveting....This is a powerful story, one of the year's best films, told with great clarity and remarkable technical detail..."Chicago Sun-Times "APOLLO 13 is an astonishing space epic that celebrates the triumph of the human spirit." Widescreen Review
No Depression (p.138) - "Roth gets bluegrass, and fits his arena-sized yee-haw/hee-haw between a Kentucky violin and a banjo as effortlessly as he does with Marshall stacks and feuding band members."