Genre: Jazz
Label: Mr. Bongo
Size: 12"
Format: 33RPM,


Ian Carr Belladonna Half-Speed Mastered LP

Ian Carr

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Official Reissue Of 1972 Jazz-Rock Fusion Rarity On Vinyl LP!
Half-Speed Mastered At Abbey Road Studios By Miles Showell!
Featuring The Cream Of The UK Jazz Musicians Of The '70s!

Official half-speed mastered re-issue of British trumpeter and bandleader Ian Carr's iconic jazz-fusion-rock hybrid Belladonna from 1972.

Originally released on the Vertigo label, complete with collectible "swirl" record centre design, this sought-after jazz-rock-fusion rarity features some of the cream of the UK jazz musicians of the 70's. Comprised from groups such as Nucleus, Brian Auger's band, Soft Machine, Stan Tracy group, the players included Brian Smith (tenor and soprano saxophones, alto and bamboo flutes), legendary guitarist Allan Holdsworth, Dave MacRae (Fender electric piano), and bassist Roy Babbington, to name but a few.

Seen as a benchmark point in Ian Carr's career, Belladonna is awash with atmospheric excursions and ethereal qualities, as well as a darker fusion aesthetic and prog-rock sensibility from Holdsworth's exceptional guitar playing. The moody, yet funky, vibe of the album has echoes of Miles Davis's electronic era à la In A Silent Way.

The album is best enjoyed played in it's entirety. There are ebbs and flows with certain tracks shining along the way. Standouts include the beautiful down-tempo track "Summer Rain," which has a soundtrack / library style brilliance and emotional electric piano soloing. Though recorded in the 70s, the track has a timeless sound, a melancholic funk so often used in hip-hop and beat tape productions to this day. "Mayday"'s Shaft-like long extended intro builds the drama until the percussive release when the drums drop at over three minutes in.

To give a record of such quality the treatment it deserves, Mr. Bongo has once again been lucky to enlist the service of mastering and lacquer cutting engineering don Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios, to cut a brand-new half-speed master and let the music speak for itself.


  • Official Reissue
  • Vinyl LP
  • Half-Speed Mastered At Abbey Road Studios By Miles Showell
  • Gatefold jacket


Roy Babbington bass guitar
Clive Thacker drums
Dave McRae electric piano
Gordon Beck electric piano
Allan Holdsworth guitar
Trevor Tomkins percussion
Brian Smith saxophone/flute
Ian Carr trumpet/flugelhorn


Side A:

  1. Belladonna
  2. Summer Rain

Side B:

  • Remadione
  • Mayday
  • Suspension
  • Hector's House
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