Jamiroquai - Emergency On Planet Earth: 30th Anniversary (Clear Vinyl)
To celebrate 30 years since the formation of the record breaking funk-soul outfit Jamiroquai and their first single "When You Gonna Learn," Sony Legacy delivers a special colored 180g vinyl 2LP edition of their ground-breaking 1993 debut album Emergency On Planet Earth featuring a gatefold sleeve with spot gloss embellishments, printed inner sleeves and 12" insert featuring Jay Kay's 2013 and 2017 liner notes.
Jamiroquai's debut brought together a utopian worldview, funky '70s R&B influences and the liberated sensibility of England's burgeoning acid-jazz movement. The band, led by singer Jason "Jay" Kay, rides a funky groove while spreading a message of peace, love and environmental conscientiousness. The results of this meeting of heart and head range from Brazilian-flavored instrumentals like "Music Of The Mind" to to songs like "If I Like It, I Do It," on which yesterday's jazzy soul is spun around on today's hip-hoppy turntables.
Jamiroquai also flexed its improvisational muscle here on two songs that clock in at over eight minutes. On "Blow Your Mind," Kay scats like George Benson, and the band captures the funky flow of "Summer Madness"-era Kool & The Gang. "Revolution 1993" is a 10-minute vamp on self-determination, featuring an Afro-Caribbean rhythm, Herbie Mann-inspired flute, a raging Moog synthesizer and the darting strings of the Reggae Philharmonic Orchestra.