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ROCKET JUICE & THE MOON [VINYL]

Damon Albarn, Rocket Juice and the Moon Vinyl
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  • Vinyl (26 Mar 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Honest Jon's Records
  • ASIN: B00775651O
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 121,978 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. 1-2-3-4-5-6 - Damon Albarn, Tony Allen & Flea
2. Hey, Shooter - Damon Albarn, Tony Allen & Flea
3. Lolo - Damon Albarn, Tony Allen & Flea
4. Night Watch - Damon Albarn, Tony Allen & Flea
5. Forward Sweep - Damon Albarn, Tony Allen & Flea
Disc: 2
1. Follow-Fashion
2. Chop Up
3. Poison
4. Extinguished
Disc: 3
1. Rotary Connection
2. Check Out
3. There
4. Worries
5. Benko
Disc: 4
1. The Unfadable
2. DAM(N)
3. Fatherless
4. Leave-Taking

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Damon Albarn, Tony Allen and Flea. With Erykah Badu, Fatoumata Diawara, the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, M.anifest, and Cheick Tidiane Seck. High up in the skies, amongst the clouds, Rocket Juice & The Moon was born. Literally. It happened back in 2008, when Damon Albarn, Flea and Tony Allen convened on the same Lagos flight, to play and exchange musical ideas in that city as part of the Africa Express collective. Relishing a shared enthusiasm for one another's work, and bonding immediately, there and then the triumvirate laid down the blueprint for Rocket Juice. Still, more than a year passed before conditions were set for three weeks together at Albarn's West London studio, recording and refining two-dozen startlingly out and deeply funky instrumental grooves. The next stage was to invite onboard some extremely talented friends, with further sessions in Dallas, New York, Chicago and Paris… Erykah Badu, no less, queen of contemporary soul. Three companions from Africa Express: Malian singer Fatoumata Diawara, whose debut album has topped World Music charts since its release last Autumn; her multi-talented compatriot Cheick Tidiane Seck, whose prodigious keyboardism has lit up releases by artists ranging from Youssou N'Dour to Hank Jones; the young, Ghanaian rapper M.anifest, quizzically existential, switching seamlessly between Twi and English. And the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, long-time stalwarts in the Honest Jon's set-up. Finally, the tracks were dispatched for mixing to Berlin, to be meticulously honed, polished and envenomed by Mark Ernestus, one half of the legendary Basic Channel and Rhythm & Sound partnerships. The result is Rocket Juice & The Moon, a triumphant exploration and proliferation of kinetic Afro-funk rhythms: organic, exuberant, communal music-making, evidenced by the project's live debut on stage as part of the Honest Jon's Chop Up in late 2011, which hit London, Marseille, Dublin, and Cork to such great acclaim. Where the best of vintage Afrobeat sides sustained their concentrated energies over the course of sprawling, marathon jams, RJ & TM manages something altogether different: the group bottles the idiom into capsules of funk… and real songs. Beautifully buoyed by Erykah Badu's unmistakable vocals, Hey, Shooter brilliantly traverses metaphysical spaceways sans any semblance of noodling. Lolo and Follow-Fashion — featuring the open-hearted sensuality of Diawara's singing, M.anifest's quick, brawny science, and more brass blasts — play like its musical cousins or codas. Indeed, the album's shrewd sequencing creates the composite effect of tracks working both individually or within the context of an extended song-cycle.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A slight disappointment to be honest 3 April 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
As a long-time fan of the various musical outpourings of the brilliant Damon Albarn, from Blur to Gorillaz, from Dr Dee to The Good, The Bad & The Queen, I have to admit to a sense of anti-climax after listening to this latest release a dozen times or so. Musically it's as accomplished as you'd expect, and with musicians such as The Red Hot Chilli Pepper's bassist 'Flea', and Soul giant Erykah Badu, there's plenty of quality on board here. The problem for me is the lack of any real variety or intricacy on the album; the bass lines are taut but repetitive, while that old cliche 'they all sound the same', is unerringly resonant after several listens. I have to say that one of the things I've always liked about the records made by Albarn is his distinctive voice, but he only sings on two tracks here.
Rocket Juice and the Moon is a decent mix-tape of funk oriented sessions from some brilliant musicians, however I think it's high time that Albarn stretched himself a little more; surely his genre-hopping of recent years is what's made his musical output so consistently appealing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gorillaz Lite No way its Rocket Juice 2 May 2014
By Fletch-a-sketch TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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What an interesting album, Damon Albarn moves from the slick production of Gorillaz to to this more minimal approach.
I don’t think I have ever heard ‘Flea’ (Of the Red Hot Chillie peppers) sound so restrained, and Tony Allen’s drumming is pretty minimal.
The music is kind of funky certainly grooves and the vocalists Erykah Badu, Fatoumata Diawara, the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, M.anifest, and Cheick Tidiane Seck, are top quality.
Nothing like what I was expecting but still very good.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not What You Expected... 11 April 2012
By C. Brown VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
I'm guessing some people may be anticipating a full-on Damon fest, a-la Gorrilaz or The Good, The Bad and The Queen, and will be extremely disappointed when they hear Rocket Juice... Albarn's role in this is more catalyst and musical director for what has already been pinned accurately as a very loose funk record with a heavy north African, Fela Kuti flavour.
But if you can put aside your expectations, it's actually extremely good. Tony Allen and Flea lock together to create a groove so solid you could set your watch by it, allowing Albarn and his guests the luxury of laying whatever they want over it without worrying about the back beat. For instance On Night Watch and Forward Sweep, which are essentially a series of keyboard washes and tones that go nowhere, in the grand funk tradition they rely on 'feel' rather than melody, but its engaging stuff. None of this bad, but if you're hoping for the winsome pretty melodies that Albarn is known for they're in short supply (indeed, his voice doesn't appear until the middle of album).
Also, a lot of the tracks are relatively short - hence the 18 song count - and feel impressionistic, rather than carefully worked out, a sort of first take "That feels kinda nice, let's keep it" vibe. Also, even where a vocal track does seem to be building up a head of steam ie Follow-Fashion, the song is allowed to stumble to a halt for no good reason, which can be annoying if you're enjoying the number, but also means that nothing here outstays its welcome.
So, perhaps for these reasons, Rocket... can feel a little slight - I guess that's what happens when you're more concerned with capturing a musical moment, rather than trying to meticulously create one - but taken on its own terms, it's a great album.
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hello. Is anybody there? 5 April 2012
Format:Audio CD
You can certainly spot the point at which Damon left the Gorillaz. Just before he made this recording! Don't get me wrong, it is good, but only as an 'extra cd of particular interest to none but the most avid All-branian'. I loved the drumming, but it seems to be a very un-formed album-sound over-all. Too many hyphens, I think. Nice album cover.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A thrilling ride to the stars... 7 April 2012
By Nse Ette - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Rocket Juice & The Moon comprises Damon Albarn, Tony Allen (the drummer from Fela Kuti's band), and Flea (from Red Hot Chilli peppers). The artwork was done by an artist in Nigeria, and the Afrobeat/Funk sound features a diverse array of artists from Erykah Badu, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Ghanaian rapper M.anifest, to Malian songstress (Fatoumata Diawara - check out her stunning 2011 Folk/Blues debut "Fatou").

With the pedigree of artists involved here, expect intricate drum patterns, clever guitar riffs, and copious sprinklings of horns. The sound is loose with a live feel with quite a few jamming instrumentals (like the excellent horn-peppered "Rotary Connection", the quivery Dubby "Check Out" or the beautiful "Worries" which sounds like some Sixties TV theme).

Standouts include the trippy Afrobeat "Hey Shooter" with Erykah Badu, the similar sounding "Lolo" with Fatoumata and M.anifest, the enchanting "Follow-Fashion" with Fatoumata and M.anifest), the shuffling "Chop Up" with. M.anifest and M3nsa, the languid Blur-style "Poison" with Damon Albarn, "Benko" with Fatoumata and Damon (and some great guitar work), the groovy "The Unfadable" with M.anifest, and "Dam(n)" with Erykah and M.anifest.

Damon Albarn has been pretty busy lately, releasing "Kinshasa One Two" last year (as part of DRC Music), his solo album "Dr Dee" due in May, and handling production on Bobby Womack's forthcoming "The bravest Man In The Universe", both of which I look forward to as he can do no wrong in my book.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music evolves 28 Mar 2012
By NaggingBear - Published on Amazon.com
Transcendent music created by legends. Funk, afrobeat, soul, jazz. This music was made to commune with the holy aesthetic of dynamic quality. A pleasant escape from most music today created to turn a profit. Good for whatever state of mind you may find yourself in. Surely this will never reach the level of success it truly deserves but the mere fact that this music was created and released should make your soul smile.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sick 14 May 2012
By Timothy W. Moraca - Published on Amazon.com
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This album is sick sick sick, Damon's best project since Good Bad and the Queen and Mali Music. Sick chill funk psychedelic sickness.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE IT~ 6 Mar 2013
By Isabelle Ussery - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I've always wanted to own the CD...and now I do!
I absolutely love it!
If you go onto YouTube, you can listen to the songs so you get the feeling of how the music is before the purchase.

It's great though, really.
Totally worth it. <3
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Experimental 18 July 2013
By T. Belisle - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This album is just dripping with experimental goodness. One part Gorillaz, one part Flea bass groove, one part Tony Allen, sprinkle in some Manifest and you've got some great jams to listen to. Highly recommend if you're a fan of any of the above.
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