Gentlemen without weapons - unconditional love - Gentlemen of Fortune

The English and the French got along famously with one another. When the Americans expressed their displeasure on this subject, we replied that good upbringing and courtesy bind men together, and that since we had reason to believe that the Americans did not like us, they should not be surprised at our preference for the English.

Its a jar of piss. Lets get that out of the way up front. Its a jar of piss, and the primary reason that its on this list is because... its a jar of piss. Existing as a result of the Snipers need to often camp out for days on end, the Jarate--as its officially known--is a thrown projectile weapon which causes decent splash damage (sorry) and debuffs all of its victims, causing them to take mini-crits for every hit during the duration of their soaking. It can also be used to extinguish fires on friendly team members, without any of the ill effects suffered by the opposition. But mainly were using it to kick off the list because its a weaponized jar of piss.

There are prog connections, via Nick Glennie-Smith's participation in Roger Waters' Radio KAOS as well as Storm Thorgerson being the artist used by Floyd as well as many other progressive and non-progressive album covers via his celebrated company Hipgnosis. Some may feel that this is not enough to satiate the arduous fan out there but "Transmissions" gets its credentials (as well as its PA passport) all due to the fact of its inherent originality and uniqueness. Yeah, there are pop songs that verge on the corny (Yes, ELP, Tull, Genesis and even King Crimson have a few of those!), such as the cheesy anthem "Unconditional Love", the boingo-zoingo weirdness of "Eons Roll By", the dense jungle of "Earth Love" and the brilliantly evocative (and my fave) "Islands of the Future", with its enticing synthesized calypso feel. All the sounds are generated by computerized samples of natural noises, a bit like Yello's legendary Boris Blank (owner of a massive library of sounds that is unparalleled in the world), all moulded, sculpted and transformed into accessible music. Some tracks are bizarre, jungle-infested noises and effects, such as the bouncy "Buddha's Monkey", a spectrum of dense sonic foliage that assaults the senses and giving Kenny Young the microphone to extoll the virtues of saving our doomed planet, a more than worthwhile cause today, much-maligned as 'hippie-ism' at the time. The title track is another tropical adventure, using colossal amounts of effects, child choir and rain forest chirping that is totally gripping and yet also fragile. "Rains of Terror" is a companion segue that also seeks out more creative expanses, infusing female massed voices and male counterpoint choir. Yes, the synthetic percussives are also very 'boom-boom tchak', a Kraftwerk-like sensibility blended with sheer special effect chemistry. "Uchu O Mamoro" is another lush audio exercise, hooting bird sounds, exotic fruits and chirping wildlife. The album finishes off with a couple of quirky tunes that are perhaps closer to the pop style that would fuel the accessibility of their cause, "Time-the Clock Song" has all kinds of mechanical tones, humble melody and spirited delivery. "Earthlings" possesses a universal earth message that meets important criteria in uniting the world in finding solutions to problems that are only now being addressed (global warming, resources squandering, pollution and poaching). Gentlemen Without Weapons were way before their time, a beacon of light in a somber time, at least musically. They deserve presence and appreciation but not necessarily any status as a prog masterpiece! 3 Guys with no Guns social review comments | Review Permalink
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