Distorted Hammond freak-outs from band for whom term "acid jazz" was coined

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The James Taylor Quartet – The Oscillator

Originally the organist in ’80s garage punk legends The Prisoners (whose debut album A Taste Of Pink!, available again on CD with extra tracks, is reviewed on p 123), James Taylor has pursued his obsession with the Hammond organ beyond all reasonable boundaries. Cut virtually live, The Oscillator blasts off with an implausibly dynamic cover of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Jesus Christ Superstar”, reaching the stratosphere with a set of distorted R&B funk workouts that explode in shards of ’60s spy themes, psychedelia and free-form jazz.