Thanks for the info., I love the sound of sax. I'll check it out.
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I read your review and recalled that I had their CD Whalin. I listened to this again and realized I liked it and purchased 3 more Nuclear Whales CD's to include "Thar She Blows", "Gone Fission" and "Isotopia" from Half Bay after looking on ebay. Whalin' is an early NWSO CD from 1989 and like most of them is a collection of old chestnuts arranged for and played on the saxaphone. I think that this is the most effective collection of the group although the recording is less focused than the 90's CD's. "Thar She Blows" and "Gone Fission" are not quite as consistent IMHO. For instance "Thar She Blows" starts off with "Fanfare for the Common Man" and I don't think many people would think that this is the best or even the second or third best version of this piece. In this case the honking sound of the saxaphone just doesn't convey the same feeling as the clarion call of the trumpet sounding out. Since the NWSO are a fine group of musicians it is usually the less than perfect adaptability of the piece that causes it to not quite gel. Mostly though they are good and enjoyable. My favorite CD besides "Whalin" is "Isopotia" which is written entirely by the NWSO themselves particularly Art Springs, the bass saxaphone player. These are jazzy tunes very appropriate to the group played in a breezy fun manner that is entertaining. Thanks to Rrayda for reminding me about this unusual group that I had forgotten.