A pair of gems from Sea Level – back to back on a single CD! First up is the self-titled Sea Level album – a classic from one of the coolest groups to emerge from the southern rock scene of the 70s – a combo who can be as tight and jazz
y as The Crusaders
one minute, then show off their down home roots the next! Sea Level have a sound that's impeccable throughout this self-titled set – almost a Macon, Georgia answer to the sound of Steely Dan in LA – and the set mixes instrumental tracks that have a jazz
y fusion vibe with more straightforward tracks that hit the soul-inspired sound of southern rock in the years after the rise of Memphis and Muscle Shoals. The jazz
cuts are the real charmers – tremendous stuff that we'd rank right up there with the best fusion of the period – and titles include "Rain In Spain", "Shake A Leg", "Grand Larceny", "Scarborough Fair", "Just A Good Feeling", "Tidal Wave", and "Nothing Matters But The Fever". Long Walk On A Short Pier has Sea Level picking up a bit more of a soul sound than before – adding in stronger vocals than some of their previous records, while still hitting some jazz
y currents in their instrumentation! The group's expanded a bit – now a sextet, with additional backup players, too – but their sound still has that mix of southern roots and west coast polish – in that way that makes them one of the most unique acts of their generation. Titles include "Canine Man", "Tear Down This Wall", "Just A Touch", "I'm Thirsty", "Too Many Broken Hearts", "Twenty Miles From Nowhere", and "Morning Light".