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  • Audio CD (30 Sep 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Prawn Song
  • ASIN: B00006IT6C
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,316 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hick magic. 3 Aug 2005
Format:Audio CD
Words can't really describe how talented I think Les Claypool is, and how much joy his music has given me, so I guess (as always with my Claypool reviews), this is always going to be biased. This album has been on my playlist for the last three months, and I'm still not tired of it yet.
If you like the 'hillbilly' feel of some of Primus' stuff ("Amos Moses", "My Name Is Mud" etc), then a couple of the tracks on here are going to have you salivating with joy, in particular the awesome "Buzzards of Green Hill" and the brooding, menacing "David Makalaster II" , which is quite possibly one of the finest recordings that Claypool has ever performed.
The playing is tight and well put together throughout, which is something you'd expect from the musicians on the album. A couple of tracks use wierd vocal effects, but as ever, if you like Claypool and his vocals, you'll like it, if you don't then you won't. "Purple Onion" certainly feels more like Claypool's baby than "Highball with The Devil", this is definately more similar to some of Primus' stuff than any of the side projects that I've heard thus far, although having said that, the shimmering "Cosmic Highway" at the end of the album comes as a really unexpected gem. Much of this album is also fantastically entertaining lyrically, you'll be grinning as you listen, and I defy anyone not to be totally sucked in by the bassline on "D's Diner".
Fantastic album, not really much else to be said. Thank you Les Claypool!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected, but much better 29 Jan 2005
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I bought this album after looking on the les claypool site and seeing the video displayed for Buzzards of green hill. I didnt quite know what to expect from the other tracks but theyre all excellent- my reccomendation is: buy this album if you liked primus, because this is even stranger even the strangest Primus moments.
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5.0 out of 5 stars not primus, not bad! 30 Mar 2004
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i like it. I had no idea what to expect, but its damn good whatever it is. its been said and i have to agree, at points they do seem to 'lose the plot' as it were,as far as the actual'song' goes. however, this isnt primus, so that doesnt matter, if you like something a little random and different from primus, then go for this extension on claypools twisted psyche.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars WOW 1 Oct 2002
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What an amazing album. This is pure, uncompromising Claypool. It kind of picks up where The Holy Mackerel left off (one of his earlier projects) On first listening to it I found it a bit slow taking off at the start, but once the album gets going it takes you to a crazy place, very Beatles influenced (Yellow Submarine and Sargeant Pepper in particular) filled with witty redneck lyrics and insane bass and guitar parts The addition of percussion instruments and saxophone to the 'typical' Claypool line up makes for very original and interesting listening.
The only things I didnt like about this album was that they can get caught up a little too much in making weird sound effects, and the album is WAY too short. It cuts off leaving you wanting more.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good Performance for the Genre 13 Aug 2003
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Look Frank Zappa has been dead for just about ten years. And, I for one, was mourning the loss of his sense of humor combined with razor sharp playing/ability. hence Primus/Les Claypool has really filled the gap nicely, and PURPLE ONION is fantastic.
This CD could have EASILY been part of the early 80's FZ lineup of releases (THEM OR US, SHIP ARRIVING TOO LATE..., YOU ARE WHAT YOU IS..etc) and it is very fresh like everything FZ did.
Be prepared to laugh, because Les C. believes that humor does have a place in music, and this release is great in the lost genre of great musicians that play flawlessly/amazingly with tongue firmly in cheek.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Claypool album so far... 25 Sep 2002
By "theinventionof5" - Published on Amazon.com
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It's been three years since the mighty Primus was laid to rest. Three years of side project after side project from the leader and guru of Primus: Les Claypool. Of course this is the first studio effort from Les Claypool's Frog Brigade, and the first album to feature totally orignal material by Claypool since Primus' "Antipop". So, is this album any good? Well, I think that it is! I personally feel that it is one of Claypool's best albums(so far)! Musically it lies somewhere between the Frog Brigade's live material and Oysterhead(another Claypool side project who released their debut album last year). I'm not like most Primus fans who hate his recent material; calling it such names as "stupid hippie crap". Anyway I will describe each song:
PURPLE ONION-the first song starts off in an almost electronic manner with Les muttering some lyrics that are hard to understand. At first the song reminded me of "Wield The Spade" off of Oysterhead's "The Grand Pecking Order". Actually there is not much substance to this song, and it serves mainly as an introduction to the album.
DAVID MAKALASTER-this song inctroduces us to the character David Makalaster the "10 o'clock newscaster" who seems to be the "main character" of the album. This song is fairly "wacky" with some almost Frank Zappa-like music, and of course the weird(cartoony) lyrics of Claypool. This is one of the albums better songs(not the best)that sounds like a cross between Frank Zappa and Oysterhead.
BUZZARDS OF GREEN HILL-this song rocks!! it starts off with some light percussion and juice-harp with the guitar(played by Warren Haynes)playing some trippy little lines-then Les enters on the bass and the song begins to "funken" up! The lyrics are hilarious! This songs is a great little psychedelic-funk-hill billy-rock tune! One of the albums best tracks!
LONG IN THE TOOTH-this song sounds like it could have been off of Primus' album "Tales From The Punchbowl". I feel that this song was placed as an introduction to the next song:
WHAMOLA-this is the album's best track!... it starts off with some kickin' drums and some bass taps...then the song spirals into some of the strangest, most whacked-out music this side of the planet. Of course this song is named after the instrument of the same name as the song; a washtub bass like instrument played with a drum stick. Also you can't beat the lyrics that are only spoken very briefly: "I will do what Simon says, Of course I will do what Simon Says"...
DING DANG-this is another one of the album's best tracks! It is probably the tightest song on the album, and one with the most non-comical/serious lyrics. Some people may be turned off, however, because of some negative words that are used, but they are not used in a prejudiced manner(they are only used to stress a point). Seriously, though, this song rocks!!
BARRINGTON HALL-fans of the album "Frizzle Fry" by Primus will reconigze this song. The bass at the begining reminds me of "Fisticuffs" off of Primus' "The Brown Album"; the song is the most melodic and calming song on the album. The new percussionist Mike "Tree Frog" Dillion shines on this little number.
D'S DINER-this is a great funky little tune! The song features a sitarist(Gabby Lang) and three bass players(Les Claypool, Lonnie Marshall, and Norwood Fisher). The lyrics proove that Les can make anything sound fun and interesting! This is also a great "headphone" song...
LIGHTS IN THE SKY-this song is weird!... It is my second favorite off of the album so far("Whamola" being the first). This song reminds me of Peter Gabriel for some reason. It is very trippy...
UP ON THE ROOF-is another one of my favorites off of this album! It's probably one of the hardest songs on the album(which isn't very hard at all). The song features some great bass; it has a very Primus-y feel...
DAVID MAKALASTER II-this is mainly just a darker re-working of the song "David Makalaster"...that kind of loses it spark towards the end. (listen for Claypool's pig like call-that he also uses on Primus' "Wynona's Big Brown Beaver)
COSMIC HIGHWAY-the last and one of the best songs! As the title implies this a trippy, psychedelic, "drop out" song. It basicly sounds like a cross between Phish, Oysterhead, and Pink Floyd...
Well, those are my opinions on the songs. So, should you get this album? If you are a fan of Les Claypool(or Peter Gabriel, Frank Zappa, Pink Floyd etc...)I would say go for it!
I hope this review helped! I'll see you guys at some Frog Brigade shows,eh!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Claypool with a hint of Zappaesque flavor = Genius 12 Oct 2004
By Jon B. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Only in the last few years have I become a real fan of Les', it took me a while to realize the genius behind his innovative and anti-pop bass driven tunes. But now I am a true convert.

To those who think this is just another Primus album after listening to it, shame on you! The only thing this has in common is that Les writes, plays and sings on the album, but it's a totally different version of the man. We get to see his goofier and more eloquent side ("and whatever rhymes with eloquent").

Primus in the past did a lot more experimentation, jamming and psychedelia on their albums. Purple Onion is much more focused and carefully composed being there are more musicians and even a new instrument donated to Les by some inventive fans ("The Whamola is a wonderful thing" - Les at an album signing in San Francisco, Sept. 2004)

We are constantly reminded of Les' influences in all his music. On this album there is a lot of Zappa, Waits, Elfman and some Pink Floyd sounds, but what Les does is he manipulates them, scrambles them up, molds them and makes the sounds his own.

I highly recommend this album to lovers of really f'ed up music, and I mean that in a loving way.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Les Claypool is an unstoppable genuis mastermind. 1 Oct 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is by far one of the greatest CDs ive ever listened to. I am a huge fan of music and also a big fan of Les'. Ive heard Primus, Sausage, Holy Mackerel, Oysterhead, Live Frogs, and now this. This is definately among his greatest material. Every song is great, some lighthearted and humorous, some cartoony, and some dark and thought provoking. The bass is great, better than any other ... band today could ever dream of. Some of it is pretty technical, with lots of complex slapping, popping, plucking and strumming, and the way he uses that wierd effect in songs like "Whamola" is great. The guitar and drums are pretty wild, but the xylophone-like percussion gives the music a nice cartoony edge that i find both amusing and brilliant. Claypool's vocals have evolved a bit and sound great. This sounds totally different from other music, but at times, sounds vaugely like Pink Floyd which I am very fond of. This is a must for all Claypool fans!
P.S.- stompin' Tom says he hi he hi he hi ho
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Les Claypool=Incredible Music 26 Sep 2002
By "golden_boy_82" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Where to start. Well let's start with the title track, "Purple Onion." This is a very brief, but very weird track. It just contains Les on vocals, bass, and percussion. It is extremely weird and it is a sign of what is to follow, very eclectic music. That is true with any Les Claypool album, especially Primus.
Then there is the song David Makalaster, having seen the Frog Brigade in concert a few times, I've heard this song before. It's a great song. The lyrics are rather good and of course the music is superb. Eenor's guitar playing is perfect on this song, and throughout the CD. Of course Les is great, he's never anything but. Mike Dillon is great on percussion, his use of the vibraphone is perfect. Jay Lane is awesome of drums as well.
Then there is the Frog Brigade show staple, Whamola. It is named after Les Claypool's one stringed bass. It is a "jam" song. Everybody shows off on this song. Skerik shows off his badass sax playing abilities, Eenor breaks out some incredible riffs on guitar, Mike Dillon plays a weird bongo looking thing that sounds like a monkey (I've seen him play this, it's weird), Fish Fisher of Fishbone comes in on this song and he is incredible on drums, and then of course there is the ridiculousness that is Les Claypool. The song is very upbeat and very hard core.
Then there is the song Cosmic Highway. This is my favorite song EVER. I saw this song performed in 2001 in DC. It blew my mind, and it did so again on September 24, 2002. This song is so amazing. Les is in top form on this song. He lays down a sick bass line that boggles the mind. Eenor rips out an amazing guitar riff. Mike Dillon excels on the vibraphone yet again. Skerik gets mean on the sax yet again, and Jay Lane lays down the perfect beat for this song on drums. The lyrics are very cool and the overall feel of the song is amazing. It's like nothing else I've heard.
I am a giant Primus fan and I like this CD as much as most of Primus' stuff. If you are a fan of Primus, or more importantly, Les Claypool; you should go out and purchase this CD. It's some of his best work to date. It's amazing how someone can transform their music from one thing into another, and still kick ass. That's Les Claypool for ya ladies and germs.
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