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  • Audio CD (12 Nov. 1996)
  • Label: Amarillo
  • ASIN: B000003H4M
  • 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: 1,185,837 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Nov. 2000
Format: Audio CD
...Turn to the genius that is Trey Spruance. This is an album written and produced by him and performed by him and his band-mates from Mr Bungle. This is something far stranger though, more diverse, more ingenious, more everything. This album progresses through 25 tracks as if it is saying "Look at what we can do". And it is fair to say that it lends itself to almost every distinguishable type of music and pulls them all off to perfection. Every last song on this CD reeks of class, even the noise, samples and distortion between songs is genius. If you don't believe this, buy it and see for yourself. I'm warning you though, the rest of the music in your collection may start to seem very bland.
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By R. Olliver on 26 Oct. 2005
Format: Audio CD
Bought from Amazon on a whim. I am a fan of Mr Bungle and Trey Spruance involvement lured me to buy this item. Not disappointed at all. A good wholesome album, featuring a strong arabian feel. Not much in the way of lyrics. A decent album length and thoroughly enjoyable. I didnt find this as immediately captivating as other similar albums I have, Disco Volante and Masami Akita's Frog remixes. Still a worthwhile listen. I need to buy more secret chiefs albums to get more an idea of their capabilities. Although I must have to admit to being extremely envious of Trey's incredible guitaring skills. I have been listening to Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band recently and I kinda get the feeling there are some low key influences from them. I wonder if this is this case in some Mike Patton work also. Not amazing not bad, in my humble opinion.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Darke on 5 July 2010
Format: Audio CD
Sadly, this is an EP bulked out with self-indulgent "found noises". There's about 20 minutes of actual music on here, most of which is pretty average. Buy something else - for example, Second Grand Constitution etc..
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
an impressive start, but later recordings much better 18 Aug. 2003
By Mr. Richard K. Weems - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Check out 2nd Grand COnstitution or Book M. I love what Secret Chiefs 3 is doing in philosophy, but this album is very under-realized and not as sharp as their later efforts.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
If You're Tired of Formulaic Commercial Garbage . . . 23 May 2001
By Wesley Morin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If you're tired of "fleshed-out . . . musical compositions" and brain-killing pop, then you must buy this album. Don't expect to walk away from this recording with a rhythmic bounce to your step or some cliched hook circling your head, expect to be inspired and confused. There is no one, repeat no one who can arrange such beautiful and at the same time ugly tracks. Only the foolish could mistake this music for slop rather than expertise and genius. If you'd like to hear some slop, then buy a Red Hot Chili Peppers' album. If you's like to hear a new sound (a truly new sound that is), get a breath of fresh air, then get this one. It's a keeper.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Indulgent mess 8 Jun. 2007
By Dennis G. Voss Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
As with any avant-garde creative work, this one has created a coterie of fans who say: "If you don't get it, then there's something wrong with you, because to someone who has reached my higher level of perception it's obviously brilliant." Don't be bullied. Just because people can listen to something dozens of times, until the point that they've memorized the string of notes the way some kid memorizes the string of digits that make up pi, doesn't make it good; it just makes it familiar to them. But there's not much here worth investing so much time to internalize. Lots of noises. Lots of undeveloped ideas. (Notice how the positive reviews are stuck defining the supposed virtues of this CD according to what it isn't.) Experimental music is great but this experiment failed, except insofar as it helped lay the groundwork for the compelling Secret Chiefs 3 recordings that followed.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Indulgent Practice Session 3 Aug. 2007
By Dennis G. Voss Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
As with any avant-garde creative work, this one has created a coterie of fans who say: "If you don't get it, then there's something wrong with you, because to someone who has reached my higher level of perception it's obviously brilliant." Don't be bullied. Just because people can listen to something dozens of times, until the point that they've memorized the string of notes the way some kid memorizes the string of digits that make up pi, doesn't make it good; it just makes it familiar to them. But there's not much here worth investing so much time to internalize. Lots of noises. Lots of undeveloped ideas. (Most positive reviews define the supposed virtues of this CD according to what it isn't.) Experimental music is great but this experiment failed, except insofar as it helped lay the groundwork for the compelling Secret Chiefs 3 recordings that followed.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Blowing your mind again 25 July 2000
By "jagoi" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Trey Spruance has done it again, when this album came out in 1996 it rocked. Now the addition of new tracks has made it a more powerful album, this is a very good choice for people who's trying to find new ways of music listening. I recommend this one a lot. PS: White as They Come is still the very best track on this album.
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