Sep 30, 2011

Automatic Fine Tuning - AFT (1976)

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In 1976, guitarists Paul A. MacDONNELL and Robert CROSS, bass player Trevor DARKS and drummer/vocalist Dave BALL joined their considerable skills and produced one of the great but nearly forgotten heavy progressive projects, AUTOMATIC FINE TUNING. Doing an early form of neo-classical instrumental rock that predates the gothic harmonies and PAGANINI-love of Michael SCHENKER and Yngwie MALMSTEEN, the quartet boldly went where few rock ensembles had and recorded one brilliant album before disbanding.
Not quite metal, far from fusion and barely resembling any known forms of prog, the record is a humble but impressive showcase of how classical technique and discipline could be utilized in a hard rock format, and features MacDONNELL & CROSS's extraordinary dual-guitar lines. The impact this release had on musicians in 1976 is unknown but the foursome's prophetic ideas and execution reveals a unit well ahead of its time. Recommended to anyone with a taste for tech guitar rock in one of its earliest inceptions.
1. The Great Panjandrum Wheel (Pt. One)
Wolvereine (Pt. One)
Wolvereine (Pt. Two)
2. Gladioli
3. The Great Panjandrum Wheel (Pt. Two)
Terminal C
City Business
Dragon Fly
4. Queen Of The Night

Paul A. MacDonnell - guitar
Robert Cross - guitar
Trevor Darks - bass
Dave Ball - drums, vocals



Gobbledygook said...

Thank you for this - I remember the first time that I heard AFT was on Alan Freeman's Saturday afternoon rock show in the UK (a long time ago!), and I was immediately impressed. Great album, but I'm still not very keen on the way the drums sound.

bosshoss said...

This will be R-E-A-L-L-Y interesting to hear. Havn't heard it since pre-punk days. when I, quite stupidly rejected all else....

Steve G said...

Would like to hear this album, any chance you could repost?

hanalex said...

@Steve G:
See here

Anonymous said...

Tanks...great LP!!!

Anonymous said...


The link on RS is still active, however, access is denied. Could you change the status of your RS folder into public, please?

Thank you in advance

hanalex said...


I don't want anything to do with Rapidshare.
I will re-upload the album later.