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“Tres Cabrones is as close as we’re willing to get to the Melvins 1983 line-up,” explained Osborne, of the 12-song album that reunites him, Dale Crover and original drummer Mike Dillard. “The best part is it’s all new songs. I specifically wrote tunes that would be good for these guys to play and it worked out great. We had no interest in rehashing tunes we ... Read more in Amazon's Melvins Store

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  • Audio CD (15 April 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B000002IWU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,755 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME on 5 May 2007
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'Houdini' by Melvins is an album often cited as their best work, which is definitely something that divides the fans, it seems that like bands like The Dead, The Fall & Sonic Youth, everyone has their own Melvins' fave and it could be 'Houdini', just as often as it could be 'Hostile Ambient Takeover', 'Stag', 'Bullhead', 'Ozma', '(A) Senile Animal', or the 'Lysol/Melvins' album. I'm not sure 'Houdini' is the band's most mainstream release, it was on a major label, but in line with the band who released material before and after - I'd probably single out 'The Crybaby' as the most mainstream one as it had guests and cover versions people would know (the kind of record that would breakthrough due to the quirky version of 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' with Leif Garrett alongside other guests like Hank Williams III, Mike Patton, Adam Jones of Tool and J.G. Thirwell aka Foetus). 'Houdini' is an album singled out due to the association with the late Kurt Cobain of Nirvana, who is viewed as the producer - working on this between 'Nevermind' and 'In Utero.' However, as the credits show, Melvins produced part of it themselves and in collaboration with Cobain and Gggarth Richardson. In a recent interview in the Wire, King Buzzo dismisses 'Houdini', preferring the live version released last year, and points to Cobain's well recorded addictions. So, while Cobain has something to do with this record, he's no John Cale figure behind it all - we should remind ourselves that Nirvana's 'Bleach' was heavily influenced by Melvins, that Dale Crover briefly drummed for Nirvana, & that Cobain failed an audition to become Melvins' bassist (the bass-position in Melvins is not far from Spinal Tap's take on drummers!!).Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eames on 17 July 2014
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This is one of those annoying melvins albums where they try be as annoying as possible on some of the songs, but there is a lot of excellent material here (Night Goat, Honey Bucket, Hag Me are some of the best songs in the Melvins catalogue).

Tracks 1-7 are awesome no complaints here and you can turn off the album at this point and not miss anything too special. Sky Pup is terrible with the most annoying bass line ever, I used to like Joan of Arc but it annoys me now, Teet is a ok song but doesn't really go anywhere, Copache sounds like the band jamming and is a fun listen but nothing amazing, Pearl Bomb is unlistenable (when they play this live it sounds different to the album and is actually a good song) and Spread Eagle Beagle is the ultimate in annoying songs.

Saying that though this would actually be a good starting point to start listening to the band but if you listen to heavy music you'd be best off getting Bullhead or maybe Lysol.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anoosh Falak Rafat on 18 Jun. 2014
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Greetings to the home of raw rock n roll where the only relief you will get is accidentally banging your head into a wall. The music here is generally very heavy, needle in the red, juddering dirges, with constantly slithering, haunting bass and melody lines giving an added uneasy layer of sinister atmosphere that threatens to choke you with every suffocating breath that you will labour to take. The vocals are suitably abrasive or crazy as required and cement the songs well with often brilliant counterpoint.

The album is unrestrained in a way that bands fail to be today. It brings to mind The Stooges ‘Raw Power’ era, it is a wild beast that tries to rip you to shreds. Its grittiness is one of its greatest strengths and amongst today’s cleanliness it sounds positively dangerous, as all timeless music should.

Well worth re-discovering.
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By Tom Chase VINE VOICE on 5 Nov. 2007
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The Melvins found themselves in the right place and the right time in '93, as record companies were desperately looking for the next big grunge band. Atlantic swept up the band, a somewhat odd move as really, none of their previous records were particularly "grunge", nor were they accessible for mainstream listeners. Questionable move or not, the result was the Cobain-produced "Houdini", a monolithic sweep of huge riffs, grooves, vocal harmonies and eccentric experimentation.

With the exception of the quirky "Sky Pup", every song on "Houdini" has something to give. The album is packed with Melvins classics, such as the brooding "Night Goat", which showcases Buzzo in fine form, switching vocal styles with ease and laying down monumental riffs. "Goin Blind" is a superb adaptation of the Kiss original, shifting it into a glorious heavy onslaught juxtaposed with excellent vocal harmonies. "Hag Me" is Melvins at their sludgy, sloth-like best, reverting back to their roots (a la "Lysol") and swaggering through wonderfully thick walls of tone and gritty vocals. Another major positive is the album's sense of flow, with many songs seeping into one another. This is particularly evident in the later stages of the album, with the short combinations of "Joan of Arc", "Teet" and "Copache", all of which combine the thundering guitar heroics of Buzzo with delicious vocal melodies.

The Melvins always experiment and create moments of true dementia. And while "Houdini" has a very quirky feel to it, it balances the levels of experimentation perfectly, resulting in arguably the band's best release. Fans of heavy rock looking for something a little different should pick this up.
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