MICHAEL SHRIEVE In Suspect Terrain (1986) – Mega-Rare Solo LP From Santana’s Woodstock Drummer

In Suspect Terrain (1986)
Ex-Santana Drummer’s Long Lost 2nd Solo LP

I’m actually kinda excited about this post. Having searched the internet far and wide to replace my ancient, dilapidated cassette, and after having it posted on our “wants list” for well over a year, a kind soul (Jitterbug Boy) went to the trouble of grabbing this at a local record store just to rip and submit it for our edification. I can’t thank him enough. Even though much of Michael Shrieve’s catalog is readily available, In Suspect Terrain, the second solo album from Santana’s former drummer (yeah… that amazing kid from Woodstock), has never even been issued on CD, somehow falling through the cracks of his discography. Sad because, to these ears, it’s precisely what a drummer’s solo album should be about… drums. In Suspect Terrain features almost nothing but percussion… mesmerizing beats, rhythms, effects and atmosphere. No “songs,” no vocals, no bullshit. Bassist extraordinaire Jonas Hellborg appears on a couple of tracks, helping Shrieve to stylistically defy categorization and expectations. In later years, with higher profile albums, Shrieve would dive deep into jazz/rock improv with the likes of Buckethead, Klaus Schulze and Bill Frisell, among others, but this album is so obscure The All Music Guide doesn’t even have it listed, as if it never existed, and if it has ever been online before, its been well-hidden. In Suspect Terrain is not for all tastes, but drum connoisseurs and fans of the unique and obscure are finally invited to check it out. Thanks JB. There’s vinyl at Amazon, HERE.

Tide (Once By The Pacific) (1:10)
Interlock (7:27)
Ratatouille (4:01)
Swamp (6:12)
Nightingale (2:39)
In Suspect Terrain (5:23)
Oasis (6:21)
Orangutan (4:20)


  • Capt. Willard
    November 2, 2010 - 20:25 | Permalink

    Get it HERE.

  • Bob
    July 21, 2013 - 12:40 | Permalink

    Shrieve… Unsung. Thank you!

  • July 21, 2013 - 15:32 | Permalink

    Incredible. One of those “rumored to exist” albums I remember selling back in my record retail days, then never seeing again.

  • 3410
    July 21, 2013 - 16:51 | Permalink

    Nice one, Jitterbug Boy.

    there’s a want list?

  • Willard
    July 21, 2013 - 17:41 | Permalink

    Used to be, years ago. In the pre-C-Box days. This post is actually from 2010.

    • 3410
      July 21, 2013 - 21:26 | Permalink

      ‘Swamp’ makes me think of an early ’80s movie scene where a small guerilla army sneaks through the jungle while on the lookout for cannibals.

      • Willard
        July 21, 2013 - 21:35 | Permalink

        Sampling the ganja again?

        • 3410
          July 22, 2013 - 00:21 | Permalink

          I said “cannibals”.

          But now that you mention it, that’s not a bad idea.

  • gary apollo
    July 24, 2013 - 18:31 | Permalink

    All this [welcome] gab, and not a word about Automatic Man? Two albums of exquisite jazz-funk, emphasis on the Funk. I came to him via THIS group. where – Bayeté (Todd Cochran!)Pat Thrall [g], Doni Harvey [b] not only laid it down, but in the words of Lord Buckley, made it STAY down. Essential. PS: they are not ‘drummer’ albums. Delights await.

  • Infinite Fool
    September 19, 2013 - 20:34 | Permalink

    Many many thanks

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