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Ian Carr With Nucleus - Labyrinth FLAC album

Performer: Ian Carr
Genre: Jazz
Title: Labyrinth
Country: UK
Released: 2007
Style: Fusion
FLAC version ZIP size: 1652 mb
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Rating: 4.2
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LABYRINTH was commissioned by the Park Lane Group with funds from the Arts Council and was first performed in the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London. The inspiration of the work is the myth of the Minotaur. Gatefold cover with matte finish, Vertigo 'Spaceship' centre labels, PE-lined inner sleeve.

Ian Carr (21 April 1933 – 25 February 2009) was a Scottish jazz musician, composer, writer, and educator. Carr performed and recorded with the Rendell-Carr quintet and jazz-rock band Nucleus, and was an associate professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. He also wrote biographies of musicians Keith Jarrett and Miles Davis. Carr was born in Dumfries, Scotland, the elder brother of Mike Carr.

Labyrinth" is a concept album inspired by the mythical Minotaur. Ian Carr went to great lengths to make this a success, even to the extent that certain instruments represented specific things in this concept. I must admit i'm not big into concept albums so I simply sit back and enjoy the music here which is fantastic to say the least. Lots of horns here (2 trumpets, 2 flugelhorns, 3 saxes, 2 clarinets) with electric piano, bass, synths, percussion and drums. Twelve musicians total including Trevor Tomkins on percussion and Roy Babbington on bass. Nucleus's time in the spotlight quickly faded after the split of the original line-up, but Ian Carr continued to release multiple albums under the band's name (or a variation thereof). Labyrinth' is one of those albums and while it may not have the best reputation (and poor album art), it nevertheless contains some strong titles. Carr parted ways with guitarist Alan Holdsworth and the latter's pointless soloing. As a result, the band returned to their building blocks: groove and melody.

The Ian Carr and Nucleus parade of reissues keeps rolling out of the gate on BGO Records, and this two CD compilation of the albums Labyrinth and Roots is solid jazz fusion from the golden year of 1973. Labyrinth was created to be somewhat of a concept album, an instrumental masterpiece telling the story of the Greek mythological character the Minotaur. With such a serious and heavy topic, Ian Carr needed to compose some equally dense music, and with virtually the same line-up as on the bands previous album Belladonna, the results are staggering. For the album Roots, Nucleus was stripped down.

Ian carr with nucleus plus. The album comes with gateold unlaminated sleeve. Recorded on vertigo spaceship label. Catalogue n. 6360 091. Album recorded in 1973. Record: The vinyl is in great condition with minimal wear and IT is clean and beautiful and plays very well. Excellent++ condition.

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Labyrinth is a fusion music album recording by NUCLEUS released in 1973 on CD, LP/Vinyl and/or cassette. With this awful artwork sleeve depicting heroic-fantasy cartoon, we’re dealing maybe with the lower point of Nucleus's often brilliant discography. Obviously unable to keep a stable line-up for now (as most of his older group members had fled to Soft Machine), and after Ian’s solo album of Belladona, Labyrinth will be presented as Ian Carr With Nucleus, until he found a more stable group.

Ian Carr and Nucleus: '70s British Jazz Rock Progenitors jazz article by John Kelman, published on October 19, 2004 at All About Jazz. Find more Profiles articles. From their 1980 album of the same name Ian Carr's Nucleus.

Tracklist Hide Credits

1 Origins 2:56
2 Bull-Dance 8:17
3 Ariadne
Written-By – Sandy Carr
4 Arena 6:54
5 Exultation 6:02
6 Naxos 12:18

Companies, etc.

  • Record Company – USM Japan
  • Marketed By – Universal Music K.K.
  • Distributed By – Universal Music K.K.
  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – Mercury Records Ltd. (UK)
  • Copyright (c) – Mercury Records Ltd. (UK)
  • Recorded At – Phonogram Studios
  • Mixed At – Phonogram Studios
  • Remastered At – Universal Mastering Studios, Japan


  • Coordinator [Artwork Coordinator] – Chihiro Nozaki, Yasuaki Zushi
  • Design – Keith Davis
  • Drums – Clive Thacker, Tony Levin
  • Electric Bass – Roy Babbington
  • Electric Piano – Dave MacRae, Gordon Beck
  • Engineer – Roger Wake
  • Liner Notes – 松井巧*
  • Percussion – Trevor Tomkins
  • Producer – Ian Carr, Roger Wake
  • Product Manager – Minoru Harada
  • Remastered By – Hitoshi Takiguchi
  • Synthesizer – Paddy Kingsland
  • Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet – Tony Coe
  • Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Flute – Brian Smith
  • Trumpet, Flugelhorn – Ian Carr, Kenny Wheeler
  • Vocals – Norma Winstone
  • Written-By, Arranged By – Ian Carr


Recorded (March 1973) and mixed at Phonogram Studios.

℗ © 1973
Mercury Records Ltd. (UK).

Comes in gatefold mini LP replica with Obi-strip and insert of notes mostly in Japanese.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 4 988005 479273
  • Barcode (Scanned): 4988005479273
  • Matrix / Runout: UICY-93265 1W V
  • Matrix / Runout: [4 x Universal Music logo]
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L244
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 4011
  • Rights Society: JASRAC

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
6360 091 Ian Carr with Nucleus Ian Carr with Nucleus - Labyrinth ‎(LP, Album, Spa) Vertigo 6360 091 UK 1973
6360 091 L Ian Carr With Nucleus Ian Carr With Nucleus - Labyrinth ‎(LP, Album, Sin) Vertigo 6360 091 L Italy 1973
6360 091 Ian Carr with Nucleus Ian Carr with Nucleus - Labyrinth ‎(LP, Album) Vertigo 6360 091 Canada 1973
KTCM-1159 Ian Carr With Nucleus Ian Carr With Nucleus - Labyrinth ‎(CD, Album, RE, RM) Kitty Records KTCM-1159 Japan 2000
NUCLCD - 100302/01 Ian Carr With Nucleus Ian Carr With Nucleus - Labyrinth ‎(CD, Album, RE, Unofficial) Not On Label (Ian Carr With Nucleus ) NUCLCD - 100302/01 Russia 2000