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Album Review

Mahogany Rush was to Jimi Hendrix what jazz saxophonists Sonny Stitt and Ernie Henry were to Charlie Parker — loving disciples, but not outright clones. Without question, Hendrix was a major influence on the hard rock power trio; you could hear it in leader Frank Marino's singing as well as his electric guitar playing. But ultimately, Mahogany Rush sounded like itself. One of the best studio albums that Mahogany recorded in the 1970s was Strange Universe, a hard rock/heavy metal classic that is as melodic as it is forceful. As aggressively as Mahogany rocks on gems like "Tryin' Anyway," "Dancing Anyway," and "Dear Music," this 1975 LP never fails to be musical. One hears overtones of progressive rock, psychedelic rock, and jazz-rock fusion on much of the material, and Mahogany's lyrics aren't the typical boy-meets-girl fare; in fact, the threesome explores gothic fantasy themes on "Land of 1000 Nights," "Tales of the Spanish Warrior," and other cuts. There are no dull moments on Strange Universe, which points to the fact that Mahogany Rush was among the finest hard rock/metal bands of the '70s.

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Strange Universe

I am amazed at the quality of the STRANGE UNIVERSE song downloads here, crystal clear and really nice bass.
Perhaps they're remastered for digital era, not sure, but they all sound amazing.

I know this album better than any other. First owning it in 1975, at age 8-9, I cried because I thought it was skipping , never having heard this type of music yet.
Now, 36 years later, Strange Universe is my all time mentioned and discussed Album and artist that I can remember.
Having listened to it on a lift-top record player for the beginning years of my youth, until I melted the album, and found cassetes with Strange Universe on them, plus the CD's, I think I've heard and lived with many versions of this album.
This is by far, the best sounding version I have ever heard and I'm so happy I found it.

Mahogany Rush Strange Universe

Frank Marino is one Canada's gems, and here is a shining example. Frank has influenced many guitar players and it is easy to see why; great songs backed by killer guitar playing! I know that he has been often compared to Jimi Hendrix(like that's a bad thing!), but he still sounds unique. Check out "Tales Of The Spanish Warrior", and "Land Of 1000 Nights" for some SLAMMING guitar. Every guitar player needs to listen to Frank Marino And Mahogany Rush(this album and every other). Now, if they decide to re-issue "The Power Of Rock And Roll", I'll be a very happy man!


Formed: 1969 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s

This Hendrix-influenced power trio from Montreal comprised guitarist Frank Marino, bassist Paul Harwood and drummer Jim Ayoub. The band released albums throughout the '70s, including Maxoom (1972), Child of the Novelty (1974), Strange Universe (1975), Mahogany Rush IV (1976), World Anthem (1977), Live (1978) and Tales of the Unexpected (1979). The band became...
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  • $9.90
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Metal
  • Released: 1975

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