"Food for Thought" was Pink Cream 69's fifth studio album, released in 1997. With the departure of Andi Deris, his replacement David Readman didn’t exactly endear himself to old school Pink Cream 69 fans with Change and on Food For Thought he didn’t win them over yet again. It wasn’t until Electrified when the band became a lean melodic hard rock machine that surpassed even the Deris years, but that is for another story on another day. The music on Food For Thought is a more refined mix of their old sound, melodic hard rock, and modern influences like grunge and alternative stylings.
Reissue of 1974's 'Road Food' & 1975's 'Power in the Music' on one remastered CD. 19 tracks including the hit 'Clap for the Wolfman'…
The CD is credited to The JB's, but the original songs were credited under a wide range of names, even though most of them shared the same musicians. This Food For Funk compilation is exclusive to Japan and a small handful of songs did appear on compilations released in other countries. The mix of "Givin' Up Food For Funk" on here is just as you would hear it on the 45: fade out in the middle, and fade in to become Part 2.
It shows how much of an entrepreneur James Br0wn was, but perhaps more importantly how hard working his band was, recording endlessly for the sake of having something out on the market at any given time.
The Food team of Norwegian drummer Strønen and British saxophonist Ballamy continues to invite guests to bring something to the table. The form-and-texture conscious improvisations here are drawn from live performances in Norway, England and Germany and studio sessions at Oslo’s Rainbow. To the latter group belong tracks on which Indian slide guitarist and singer Prakash Sontakke is partnered by Eivind Aarset’s atmospheric guitar and electronics. The first half of the album finds Food augmented by Austrian guitarist Christian Fennesz, taking further the experiments with layers of sound begun on Quiet Inlet.
Now down to the duo of Ian Ballamy and Thomas Strønen, Food looks to be more active than ever. Molecular Gastronomy was recorded by Jeremy Cox over a period of two years and mixed by Ashley Slater, who also contributes on three tracks. Maria Kannegaard plays Fender Rhodes on five tracks. Strønen was always an important writer in Food and it´s fair to say that a good amount of their earlier output was written as opposed to improvised. “Molecular Gastronomy”, however, is mostly improvised, much in the same way as the music of Strønen´s other duo Humcrush.
"I have always craved melody, rich harmony in music. Now I've found the right people to play very free and improvised music with, adding these elements - it's exciting and powerful". - Iain Ballamy, April 2000