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Naked City Black Box20th Anniversary Edt:Torture G

John Zorn, Naked City Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (11 Oct 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Tzadik
  • ASIN: B000003YUK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 135,058 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Blood Is Thin
2. Demon Sanctuary
3. Thrash Jazz Assassin
4. Dead Spot
5. Bonehead
6. Speedball
7. Blood Duster
8. Pile Driver
9. Shangkuan Ling-Feng
10. Numbskull
See all 42 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Leng Tch'e

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5.0 out of 5 stars Thrash Jazz Assassins 20 Sep 2006
Format:Audio CD
It's a shame I couldn't nominate 1 or 5 stars, because there are times when the last thing I want is the Black Box. Sometimes, through sheer fault of it's composer's alphabetically challenged surname (John Zorn), it glares at me from the end of my CD shelf and scares me. Torture Garden and Leng T'che last about forty five minutes each. The former features about forty tracks of every genre you can imagine mashed into a bloody pulp. The average track length is about forty five seconds. But what's captivating is that there's enough texture and variation to make distinguishing them easy. And the song titles are quite funny too (Smell of a Critic's Burning Flesh is a personal favourite).

Leng T'che on the other hand contains one track. The practice of Leng T'che is an ancient Japanese method of execution, and translates as 100 cuts. You can see pictures of an unfortunate victim featured in John's choice inlay art. Imagine the intro to some doomy heavy metal track. Then play it for three quarters of an hour. If you can sit through this you're probably dangerous. I'd offer to buy you a drink, but you scare me too much. Stay away.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It made my cat dance! 4 Feb 2011
Format:Audio CD
The first time i heard naked city i had a stroke. They'r one of those bands that really defy description, in this story they tend to play surf/jazz/hardcore/avant/free/noise/middle eastern/ polka/ everything all in about 2 minutes. If u have no time for music then this is the cd for you, think about it you could wake up before work and listen to a couple of songs, and again at bedtime wasting no more than a few minutes. John zorn and his cohorts are brilliant on this album it deserves your buy f only because they play music which is genuinely surprising and enlightening . Plus the singer sounds like he's got a sensitive part trapped in a dishwasher- GO boredoms frontman GO!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't let this album escape.... 25 Dec 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
While it may be hard to get past the sheer extremity on display here, this is a truly impressive outing for composer John Zorn. Gothic without sounding like camp adolesence (why do so many people buy into that?), and changes styles at the drop of a hat. The only jazz-grincore-rock-swing-country/western crossover you'll ever need. Check out the 'Speadfreaks' sample and see.
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4.0 out of 5 stars BlackBox 24 Oct 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
People either like this stuff or they don't. Usually I find it's too jazzy for some or too extreme for others. There's always the novelty factor though, the covers make interesting conversation pieces if you have a friend over browsing your album collection.

BlackBox is a double disc release by Avant that collects both the original Torture Garden and Leng Tch'e albums as original versions were hard to find because of their explicit artwork - ironically, BlackBox itself is hard to track down now too.
Torture Garden consists of 42 grindcore experiments or hardcore miniatures, if you like. Imagine a blend of Carl Stalling (scorer of Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies cartoons) and Extreme Noise Terror.
The music of Leng Tch'e, performed by the same line-up is - in terms of tempo and arrangement - the opposite of Torture Garden. This album is a 30 minute dirge that is frequently described as doom metal and it's a fairly obvious go-to point because it prominently features heavily distorted, low-tuned guitars with lots of feedback, but then screaming. Lots and lots of screaming.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Toddler thumbs-up 12 Nov 2010
By E.
Format:Audio CD
I first heard Naked City on the Funny Games soundtrack. I didn't rate the film much but was really excited about this crazed noise that sounded like a jazz troupe wrestling a grindcore band whilst falling down a flight of metal stairs. A brief tour of 'tinternet opened a never-before known treasure trove of extreme sounds. This edition has become a welcome edition to my cd collection and is also enjoyed by my 18 month old daughter who jumps around like a tartrazine monkey whenever it's played.
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