Third Eye Open (1994)


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Track Listing:

Got A Feelin' {Stevie Salas, Buddy Miles}  6:31
Waiting On You {B Miles}  6:10
What's Goin' Down {S Salas}  5:06
Love Obsession (When The Eagle Flies) {B Miles}  4:32
Hard Look {S Salas, W Collins, B Miles}  6:07
Shake It {S Salas, W Collins, David Friendly}  4:28
The Walls Came Down {S Salas}  4:14
500 Years {S Salas}  5:43
Tell Me {S Salas}  5:23
Leakin' {S Salas}  4:20


Producer: Bill Laswell

Vocals: Stevie Salas, Bootsy Collins, Buddy Miles
Guitars: Stevie Salas  
Space Bass: Bootsy Collins
Drums, Fuzz Bass: Buddy Miles
Background Vocals: Gary "Mudbone" Cooper, Bernard Fowler, George Clinton 
Digital Bollocks: David Friendly, Vince McLean, Matt Stein  

Rating: RC: **1/2


RC: The group was originally known as Third Eye, and that's the way the 1993 Japanese CD reads, but before they released the CD in the US, it was discovered that another group had that name and was ready to sue. This was one of the first Black Arc releases, produced by Bill Laswell. It revives the 'supergroup concept' of a hardrocking band based around drums, guitar and bass. The main problem with the whole thing for me is that I don't much care for Stevie Salas. His guitar playing is too bombastic, lacking subtlety and taste. On the other hand, it's great to hear Bootsy doing rock material, a side that was never properly explored when he joined Funkadelic. Because Salas is essentially a one-trick pony, all of the songs start to sound alike, with only some Bootsy variations keeping it afloat. The few rhythm-dominated songs are the best here, as there is simply too much emphasis on guitar otherwise. With Bootsy and Buddy Miles, there's no way that the album should have been this unfunky.

"I Got A Feeling" shows the album's problems in a nutshell. The drums and bass are solid, but the loud guitar overwhelms them, and Salas' vocals are also rather dull. It does eventually evolve into this weird Hendrixian breakdown, with Bootsy rapping and a mighty bass groove forming. "Waiting On You" sounds almost like a Led Zeppelin song that does have some good singing. It also evolves into something fairly funky, with space bass dominating and Salas playing a decently funky guitar lick. "What's Goin' Down" also echoes Hendrix, with backwards guitar ala "Are You Experienced." "Love Obsession" is a slow song with more solid bass playing, and good vocals from Miles. It was good to hear a song not going at a zillion miles per hour, although there was nothing extraordinary about this one. "Hard Look" is probably the best song here, with more restrained guitar playing and interesting lyrics. "Shake It" is the obligatory funk rock number, with Bootsy very noticable on vocals. The drumming is excellent here, and the guitar sounds more disciplined, interacting more with the bass instead of just playing over it. "The Walls Came Down" is another slow tune that sounds like pure heavy metal. "500 Years" is a better mid-tempo tune with good vocals and a decent riff. "Tell Me" is another heavy metal ballad. "Leakin'" is a very funky cut driven by Bootsy's bass and vocals. The bassline recalls "Cosmic Slop" a bit, slightly turned around. The guitar slices in well here, cutting up big riffs and turning it up during the solos. The main solo is also more interesting than others on the albums, hitting the feedback.

This album is in print and should be fairly easy to find.