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Adventures In Foam [Extra tracks]

Cujo Audio CD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (20 May 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Extra tracks
  • Label: Ninja Tune
  • ASIN: B000063BW8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 95,215 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Adventures In Foam Intro
2. Cat People
3. Northstar
4. Fat Ass Joint
5. Ol' Bunkhouse
6. Paris Streatham
7. A Vida
8. Traffic
9. Reefs..(Interval)
10. The Sighting (CD Only)
See all 14 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. The Brazilianaire
2. 4 or 6
3. Mars Brothers
4. Popsicle
5. The Light
6. The Sequel

Product Description

Product Description

Although Amon Tobin has been called Amon Tobin from birth, before he was Amon Tobin the producer he was Cujo. In 1996 he released a record called "Adventures In Foam" through small-but-hip south London label Ninebar. It was around this time that he also signed to the mighty Ninja Tune under his own name and started growing into the international star-shaped creature that he is today (let's just say he is Ninja's biggest overseas artists). Ninebar eventually went the way of many small independents who release great records but struggle to build an audience for them. Amon as we know, went onward and ever upward. But the fact remains that "Adventures In Foam" was a really good record, one that deserved to be heard, so when Ninja were offered an opportunity to re-release it, they jumped at the chance. So Ninja’s version is on two cds. The first disc contains the definitive version of "Adventures In Foam" as it was released by Ninebar. The second disc contains a number of tracks from Ninebar singles including the all-time classic "Brazilianaire", bonus tracks from the vinyl version of the album plus three previously unreleased tracks from the same period. All of Amon’s trademarks are here – the interest in jazz (not ‘jazzy’), the queasy atmospherics, the cut up beat-making. And while it is interesting and informative to hear how his style has developed, this stands as a great record in its own right. Definitely one for Amon lovers, then, but with more than enough about it to be worthy of a full release. A lost classic rescued. We have too much heart….

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Evil Genius 18 April 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Amon Tobin's ability to put together dark, jazz-inflected breakbeat music is well-known. His blend of cool jazz, trippy samples and frenzied drum n' bass rhythms was lapped up by the Ninja Tune label, making Tobin a huge underground success. As Cujo, he's produced an album that's firmly tied to his earlier sound, yet which oozes originality.
A menacing cloud hangs over many of his tracks, thanks to the inspired positioning of warped dark basslines and subtly-employed acid synthesisers. Rhythmically, it comes and goes between fast and slow broken beats: on some tracks, agitated, ornately-constructed drum patterns tease you to follow; on others, fat hip-hop beats serve as a back-drop to a diverse range of sounds: a double bassist plays alongside a snake charmer; contorted basslines and eerie synth sounds build up then dissipate, leaving you with a sense of unearthly beauty.
With one or two exceptions, each individual track has rich character of its own. Despite this, Tobin manages to keep just the right amount of consistency between the different elements, allowing the album to hang together as a whole. This brilliantly constructed, hugely atmospheric album sounds like nothing you've heard before.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Early Amon Tobin - for serious fans only 2 Oct 2007
By DaveW
Format:Audio CD
Not quite as consistent as Amon Tobin's later stuff on Ninjatune but, in his earlier persona as Cujo, this album will please hardcore fans. Hit and miss tracks in equal measure but a worthy addition to the collection nonetheless. So glad his more recent work is darker and edgier. I'm writing my review based on what appears to be a reissue of this album and, as such, it's a little shorter than this edition and (currently) only available from a competitor's website...
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars too many different styles 2 Nov 2004
By Ben
Format:Audio CD
Nothing too special here.
I find Amon Tobin's other stuff (esp. Piranha Breaks) much better. Bricolage was much harsher, but it sounded like the sounds had weathered together and had a feeling of completeness to it.
Much of this album sounds as if it was assembled very quickly; many of the sounds just don't go well together, or they just don't want to perform the function they are supposed to.
The album covers too many different styles. Everyone is bound to not like some of it.
Some of the tunes really do work; Traffic, Light, A Vida, but not enough.
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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars  23 reviews
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a jungle playground 13 Jun 2001
By J. Thompson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I just recently bought my copy of Adventures in Foam after finding out Cujo is actually Amon Tobin. I've been a longtime fan of the three albums AT put out under his own name and was reeling when I find out about this little beauty. I must say that I am glad to have cut my teeth on Amon's releases before listening to Cujo. I appreciate the stylistic growth from Bricolage to Supermodified. Adventures In Foam is Tobin's more playful electronic persona (evidenced by the silly album cover art.) From the free form opening to the slinky 'Cat People' through a dissonant closing following 'Cruzer,' this album is all about desterilizing D'n'B. I think this release has a slightly more forboding feel than Permutation and Supermodified, and perhaps even Bricolage. Favorite moment of the album is the first 20-odd seconds of 'Cruzer,' a stunning piano trill sample (that reminds me of strolling melancholy through NYC city streets at 4am) that falls into a bumping drum and bass break with odd samples dispersed throughout. I think Amon Tobin can do no wrong and as it turns out, his earliest effort is on both feet, skipping to a sound all his own.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The beginning 5 April 2004
By The Sesh - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
My first exposure to drum n' bass came in 1995 and 96 by way of Goldie, 4hero, and LTJ Bukem. I was immediately into the sound, something about the complexity of the breaks, the dubby basslines, and the otherworldly atmosphere...it was to me...the revolution. The music was great, however, I was unaware of it's capabilities until a friend in college who I traded music with stumbled across the Cujo album and introduced it to me in 1997. My world had changed. I had never heard anything this intricate, I thought Miles and Hancock were the last to know how deep music could go. It gave me a new hope for my generation. A few months later I brought Bricolage and the love affair grew into an obsession. I remember riding the subway playing it so loud in my headphones that a guy stopped me and asked me what I was listening to, it sounded so interesting to him. After the release of Permutation, other people seemed to become aware of Amon Tobin and his greatness, even more so after Supermodified. All of a sudden I knew several people who were dedicated fans. I started to become jealous, halfway happy that Amon Tobin was gaining the respect he deserved, but jealous that his music was being molested by untrained ears. I wished for the days when I would play it and feel like I was one of the few in New York who had it, it was just me and Amon Tobin...and the most incredible music I'd ever heard.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally easily available again..... 15 July 2002
By "pe7er" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This Ninjatune re-release is very much better than the 1996 release on SHADOW records (the US release) which is still available.
The first CD of this re-release is similar to the 1996 release on the now defunct UK label Ninebar that has other tracks than the Shadow version. But this re-release even includes a bonus CD that is definitely worthwhile!
The music differs some from the latter work of Amon Tobin under his own name, but most people that like Bricolage, Permutations or Supermodified would also enjoy this jazzy gem.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning re-release with long sought after tracks 13 Jun 2002
By Timothy G. Parrish - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Incredible re-release of the debut release from Amon Tobin. Features many rare tracks previously only found on the NineBar vinyl EPs, out of print for years. From the incredible abstract 'Traffic' to the rare swingin' gem 'Popsicle', a must own for any true fan.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Amon Tobin 12 Jan 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
From absolutlely mind searing jungle(Traffic), to down tempo hip hop groove (Cat People), to Miles Davis, ala Bitches Brew (Northstar), Amon Tobin creates one of the most eclectic jungle albums to date under the moniker of CUJO.
departing from his usual style of drum n bass and jungle, Amon Tobin flaps his avant-garde wings, still keeping some of his usual elements (the jazz, swing influence), this one shows he is just as experimental as squarepusher and photek, even delving into the just plain weird.
this one is not for the uninitiated or the narrow of musical scope.
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