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Over the course of an artistic career spanning several decades, The Residents have remained a riddle of Sphinx-like proportions; cloaking their lives and music in a haze of willful obscurity, the group's members never identified themselves by name, always appearing in public in disguise (in the old days... tuxedos, top hats and giant eyeball masks) and refusing to grant ... Read more in Amazon's Residents Store

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  • Audio CD (9 Sep 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: East Side Digital
  • ASIN: B000000PM7
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 829,069 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. You Yesyesyes
2. Home Age Conversation
3. Godsong
4. March De La Winni
5. Bossy
6. Boo Who?
7. Tourniquet Of Roses
8. Death In Barstow
9. Melon Colie Lassie
10. Flight Of The Bumble Roach
11. Walter Westinghouse
12. Six Things To A Cycle: Part 1
13. Six Things To A Cycle: Part 2
14. Six Things To A Cycle: Part 3
15. Six Things To A Cycle: Part 4
16. Six Things To A Cycle: Part 5
17. Six Things To A Cycle: Part 6
18. You Yesyesyes Again

Product Description

Recorded in 1976, Fingerprince is The Resident's fourth album. However, when it was being recorded it was not called Fingerprince.In 1976 it was called Tourniquet of Roses and was so long that it would have consumed three LP sides. The album was cut back to the standard length of two sides, which was renamed Fingerprince. Thanks to the length of CD, the original Tourniquet of Roses was restored. The title Fingerprince is still in use for the longer version however. Vinyl version includes digital download card featuring everything on the CD version!. --This text refers to the Vinyl edition.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 April 2000
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
If the Residents' rather daunting catalogue is unknown to you, then I heartily recommend this album. It summarises all the major aspects of their work in a handy package, although this is as much by accident as by design; the album was transitional for the group and covered many of the bases they would later return to. Their musical and sonic invention is near baffling to the newcomer, but a listen or two sees the strangeness wear off and a world populated odd characters, disillusioned gods and deceased cattle, along with a sonic history of the birth of humanity is brought to eeriely vivid life. A superb album by a legendary band.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. A. C. Hall on 27 May 2013
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This is a remaster of the version released on CD by Torso in the 'eighties. It combines the original Fingerprince album with the additional tracks that were apparently to be included on a third side, This complete release was to be called Tourniquet Of Roses. The decision to cut the album down a single record resulted in the other songs being made available as the EP Babyfingers. The inclusion of those tracks here changes the original album sequence, with their placement in the middle of the playing order. As with all the recent releases of the early albums, on both Mute and MVD, the mastering is excellent. This is the most revealing, however. The Torso CD release was faithful to the Ralph vinyl in that the album sounded as if it had been recorded in a Louisiana swamp. The new version is so different, with both the vocals and individual instruments being much clearer, that it suggests that it has been remixed. Recommended for the inclusion of the bonus tracks, the opportunity to hear the music hidden on the original mix and for the use of the original sleeve design, though the reproduction of the texture is less successful. It would have been a bonus if the unused Tourniquet Of Roses sleeve design had been pictured inside.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By FiftySomething on 31 Dec 2012
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A superb slice of insanity from The Residents. You get the vinyl LP as originally issued PLUS an MP3 download of the full set of recordings including tracks only made available recently on CD re-issues. This is probably The Residents album that best represents them. Buy! Buy! Buy!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
A Fine Coleectionof Seminal Pieces 23 July 2005
By Kevin Kunreuther - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Fingerprince, aka Tourniquet Of Roses, now that it includes much of what was on the Babyfingers E.P., is a classic seminal Residents release. Much of what is on this album is expanded upon exponentially on later Residents albums. The twisted nursery rhyme pop ditties paved way for Duck Stab/Buster & Dave and The Commercial Album. The narrative pop opera of Walter Westinghouse led the way for such epics as Mark Of The Mole and God In Three Persons. The bookends of You Yesyesyes point towards their later work with Snakefinger on The Big Bubble and Snakefinger's early albums.

Besides being a launching pad for the Residents' further creativity, this is also a fascinating and enjoyable album. What was once considered strange and avant garde is almost quaint these days I suppose, but the soundscapes behind the odd strange humourous lyrics and ideas is sheer aural pleasure. Six Things To A Cycle is a brilliant fusion of western composition and Indonesian Gamelan syncopation that has combines several haunting themes that burn into one's mind and lingers for weeks on internal autoplay. The aforementioned You Yesyesyes and it's sister piece You Yesyesyes Again are beautifully funny and sad melancholy themes.

An album where that charts out the group's future journey as it begins its travels all over the muiscal map, I recommend this to any acsual or adventurous listener.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
les claypool ought to get an attorney 25 April 2008
By Dennis York - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
i think the title of the review sums it up quite nicely.
the early "residents" recordings are their best,imho and "fingerprince" might be the best of all.
les claypool must've listened to this record 10,000 times.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
intriguing... demented 7 Jun 2014
By S Tuffnell - Published on Amazon.com
A 1977 early Residents album is an intriguing listening experience. Snakefinger's guitar is here and that's a good start for "Fingerprince". There's a lot of brass instruments and the voices are audible and legible. The CD version features a bunch of extra songs that were actually from the EP "Baby Fingers". Originally intended as a three sided LP the project somehow was interfered with so this CD kind of gives it to us the way it was intended. Side one has short songs, side two has a lengthy epic in 6 parts and side 3 is an EP.

You Yesyesyes (3:00) opens the album with quirky synths and toy trumpets. Home Age Conversation (2:02) has oddball warblings on vocals, and repeated keyboard phrases. Godsong (3:42) is very weird, phased vocals chant and a rhythm of dissonant synths and brass try to make sense of it.

The short ones follow with instrumental March De La Winni (0:59), and minimalist chanting Bossy and (1:02), one minute movies really signalling the forthcoming "Commercial Album" in 1980 that was all songs less than a minute like a bunch of ads. Its amazing what you can slot into one minute; Residents are masters of this.

Boo Who? (2:49) is a quirky thing with boo hoo as the main chant and bizarre vocals in the verses; too monotonous to return to. Tourniquet Of Roses (3:14) has a jazzy sound, agonising brass, tortured synth and strangled vocals.

From "Butterfingers" EP is the addition of Monstrous Intro/Death In Barstow (2:03), Melon Collie Lassie (2:54), Flight Of The Bumble Roach (2:13), and Walter Westinghouse (7:56). Monstrous Intro/Death In Barstow is very different to the other album with a more lo fi minimalist vibe and thin drawling vocals. Melon Collie Lassie has more thin vocals and a deep rumbling bass synth that reminds me of the Residents albums to follow in the 80s. .

The real highlights of the EP are Flight Of The Bumble Roach, which is a manic demented voice over a rumbling and monotonous synth sequencer. This is highly experimental but all the more endearing as a stand out. Walter Westinghouse is an excellent track, perhaps the best on the whole album, and the Louisiana accent is a feature and lyrics making fun of Elvis; a target of The Residents along with The Beatles. This is an 8 minute song so has a lot of various sections. There's whispering, clinking, deep synths, loud strange nasal vocals, minimalist instruments, unnerving melodies, dark nursery rhymes, quirky humour, nonsensical lyrics and various characters; sounds like a Residents song to me. The last two minutes are almost unlistenable.

Six Things To A Cycle was originally in 6 parts on the vinyl but is put together as a 17:50 epic on the CD. It starts with innocent birds and percussion, then a scream that unnerves you. Lots of bells and tinkerings follow, and I am already totally lost and we still have 15 minutes to go. The bells tinker away for quite a while and are joined by odd chants. This is like an endurance test until we get to an ascending droning noise; a melancholy sound. It sounds like hitting glasses filled with levels of water with a triangle striker, and a sad synth played in another room somewhere. After a while this lengthy piece is too much for the ears and I am well and truly over it before the 10 minute mark. It ends with a repeated synth brass motif and it just goes on and on ad infinitum.

'You yesyesyes again' closes the album, bookending the thing as a kind of cycle. Overall this album is very inconsistent with some great moments and others you wish had not made it to the final cut. It is what it is and like most Residents albums is a hit and miss affair. I can manage 3 stars for some of the better material and the addition of the EP but this CD is quite a slog to get through in its entirety.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
enjoyable stuff 1 Mar 2001
By "theslime" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This album is one of their best, along with the commercial album and duck stab/buster and glen. It's got all the things that make the residents what they are. The wacky instrumentation and the funny voices especially. Some nice enough tunes here. Yesysyes is pretty good, and has a bit when they play the 'third man' theme tune ...couldn't tell you what instrument though, it sounds very strange. Godsong is very good, my personal favourite. Really good lyrics and vocals, heavy thudding bass playing, and crappy sounding piano. walter westinghouse is a good song with loads of funny voices. six things to a cycle is a decent exercise in percussion. There are other enjoyable tunes too like tourniquet of roses and bossy, there are no really bad songs here..it's worth the listen. Thank you
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
They who smell the roses 7 Mar 2014
By Brian Leach - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I first heard this many years ago and was very impressed the Band called the Residents has a special place in my listening of
style,s of music that is of that type that is not so easily categorized !!
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