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Shadows Collide With People (U.S. Version) [CD]

John Frusciante Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (1 Mar 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: WARNER BROS
  • ASIN: B00018TI5E
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,826 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Carvel
2. Omission
3. Regret
4. Ricky
5. Second Walk
6. Every Person
7. Negative 00 Ghost 27
8. Wednesday's Song
9. This Cold
10. Failure33Object
11. Song To Sing When I'm Lonely
12. Time Goes Back
13. In Relief
14. Water
15. Cut-Out
16. Chances
17. 23 go in to end
18. The Slaughter

Product Description

Rather than dwell once more on John Frusciante's problematic narcotic history, it's far healthier to report that Shadows Collide--the fourth solo album from the Red Hot Chili Peppers' guitarist--sports a thoroughly clean bill of health. Unencumbered by narrow rock strictures, Frusciante seems to have excused himself from the Chili's staple funk-punk approach (his recent listening preferences span early OMD, Van Der Graaf Generator, Roy Wood and Steeleye Span) and Shadows Collide is all the better for the change of scenery. Yes, there are nods to the parent band ("Song to Sing When I'm Older") and both Flea and Chad Smith are participating guests of honour, but this is Frusciante's show.

While there are interludes of electronic Eno-esque oddity (the squall of static and synth choirs on "00Ghost27") this is mostly strident, neo-psychedelic rock begging comparison, vocally and musically, with some of Grant Hart's post Husker Du solo work; a song such as "Carvel" apes the pre-Gillan pomp-opera approach of early Deep Purple. Elsewhere, fascinating treatments (the electric seabird guitars on "Second Walk", the spin-dry vocal oscillations on "Regret") abound and Frusciante's love of the mellotron (flutes, choirs et al) lend proceedings an alluring antique appeal. Think of this as a spiritual halfway house between Candy Apple Grey and In the Court of the Crimson King. --Kevin Maidment

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music collides with me 26 Nov 2004
Format:Audio CD
If John's comeback record - To Record Only Water For Ten Days - made you gasp for breath and wonder where such a talent has been hiding, thne you'd better go grab a paper bag for this album. starting off strong with the awe-inspiring Carvel and getting stronger all the way. with the sum realy gems in here, next to musical interludes that'd fit in well in the Twilight Zone, this album shows you a new kind of singer/songwriter/guitarist mould and shows you where to shove it! with the help of Bycicle Thief's Josh Klinghoffer, John Frusciante has written an awesome pop record, with a darker side. it'd fit in well, with some early Weezer and "Green" era R.E.M. on your playlist. it's just brilliant! buy it!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Straight out the Top Drawer! 22 Dec 2007
Format:Audio CD
In 2004 John released `Shadows collide with people' on Warner Bros Records. This album, in my opinion, is Frusciante's most accessible album overall, as the majority of the record has got all the ingredients for a classic Indie/pop record, (I.E - upbeat, chirpy feel good songs mixed with slow `depressing'/reflective songs). I put the word depressing in inverted commas as these songs don't make me depressed, in fact quite the opposite because they are so well done it makes you feel good because they are enjoyable songs to listen to. But of course the lyrics and feel of the songs have a sad tone.

The difference between this album and your average indie/pop record is that it has 18 tracks on it compared to the usual 10-12 tracks. In addition to this it has 3 instrumental tracks; `-00Ghost27', `Failure33 Object' and my personal favourite '23 Go to the End' where John uses a Doepfer A100 which is an analog modular synthesizer. This makes the tracks stand out and creates some interesting and unconventional sounds. I have to admit it is only until recently where I have really begun to fully appreciate these tracks. The reason I took so long to get them was because I found them uncomfortable and difficult to listen to, compared to the rest of the album which is relatively easy listening. However I now realise these tracks add this ghostly kind of atmosphere. Listening to these tracks, I can picture Frusciante reflecting on his drug era where his demons use to hover about him and he was desperately trying to fight them. Such is strength and power of the sound created in these tracks; they act like a soundtrack to his battle.

If the tracks such as `Omission', ` Second Walk ` and `This Cold' are anything to go by. It shows a man who has definitely won the battle.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning; Album of the decade? 13 Mar 2004
Format:Audio CD
I picked up a copy of this after hearing just a few snippets of impressive songs. I had assumed that the album would maybe contain 4 or 5 great songs and a lot of rubbish; how wrong was I? Very. Of the 18 songs, 3 are instrumentals (2 of which are superb; I normally hate instrumentals), and the other 15 make up the most refreshing, stunning and beautiful music I have heard for years. It's clear to see now why the Chili's made it HUGE after their brief, dismal performance with D. Navarro; John's trademark guitar work and beautiful sense of melody are rife within this masterpiece. Of the 15 mini-masterpieces that make up the album, the choice cuts are the epic "Carvel", "Omission", "Regret", "Wednesdays song", and well, actually, the entire thing. I haven't been this excited about music for years; this is music that moves you, changes things, changes LIVES. John Frusciante is a genius, and as uncomfortable as I'm sure he is with that label, he'll have to live with it. My life is a better place with this album by my side; I wouldn't hesitate recommending this to any true music fan; I'd even buy it for others to spread the word! Stunning album
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Need a 6th Star 22 Mar 2007
Format:Audio CD
BUY IT! This album is made by the one and only John Frusciante, one of the most talented guitarists to walk this planet. I love all of John's music. this isn't my favourite one and im asking for another star because this album to too good for 5 stars. This album is ideal for someone to first try out John's music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Downright excellent. 3 Mar 2004
Format:Audio CD
The Chili Peppers guitarist proves what we suspected... By The Way was 50% Frusciante and 50% the rest of the band. Here we find the jangly 60s guitars and psychedelic synths that dominated a lot of By The Way, along with John F's more experimental side (notably the instrumentals, including the six minute ambient masterpiece '23 Go In To End'). The only downside is the length - 18 tracks, covering nearly 70 minutes, seems much too long for an album which simply alternates between simple guitar songs and ambient interludes. However, a few cuttable moments aside, it's an excellent album, and shows that Frusciante can manage a full studio album as well as he can manage some drug-induced 4-track demos.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely phenomenal 26 Feb 2004
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Format:Audio CD
This review is coming from the heart of a true John fan. Having collected his rare albums 'Niandra LaDes and Usually Just a T-Shirt' and 'Smile from the Streets you Hold' as well as his internet album and TROWFTD, I can assure you that this 18 track, 65 minute masterpiece will change your perception of music. John Frusciante lives and breathes music, it runs through his veins, and has done since he was a young child. It shows on this album. With best friend Josh Klinghoffer, Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, guest appearances from Flea and Omar Rodriguez of the Mars Volta, this record feels very much like a band record. The outstanding guitar and bass skills of Frusciante & Klinghoffer are shown on 'This Cold', a beautifully paced harmonic song. On 'Carvel', Frusciante builds up to an orgasmic climax, whetting your appetite for the music to come. Such gems as the beautiful 'Ricky', an homage to Ricky Nelson and 'Song to Sing When I'm Lonely', the radio single for the album, make this album a hugely influential and heart-felt record. Recommended for anyone who can appreciate great music. Will not be what you expect from the Chili Peppers.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars 6 out of 5
I’ve read that Frusciante made the record somewhat to prove a point that his solo work wasn’t restricted to the sphere of lo-fi, four-track slightly-psychedelic demos. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Gordon Beveridge
5.0 out of 5 stars There are no words...
I had heard all of the demos and acoustic versions before hearing this CD and all of the fully mastered songs. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Hazel
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
In this CD John Frusciante takes his best. It's a really complete album that every fan should have. In my opinion this one and The Empyrean are his must have albums.
Published on 21 April 2012 by eVe
4.0 out of 5 stars John Frusciante, best guitarist ever.
This is close to be a perfect album. Songs like the opening number "Carvel" and the second track "Omission" (with Josh Klinghoffer as 2nd lead vocal) is perfect. Read more
Published on 19 Nov 2011 by Frederik Bak
5.0 out of 5 stars His Best, even now in 2011
As the proud owner now of pretty much every Frusciante work, I think i'm qualified enough to say that this his his best album. Read more
Published on 6 Feb 2011 by G. Byrne
5.0 out of 5 stars Shadows Collide With People
I forget how good this album is until I dig it out and play it again and realise what accomplished song writing and playing is on this CD. Read more
Published on 9 May 2010 by Spider Monkey
1.0 out of 5 stars Stay with the Chilis' material John
Bought this for my son who, like me, is a huge Chilis fan after reading the great reviews here. What a disappointment! Read more
Published on 16 April 2008 by GoldFrat
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius collides with John
Words cannot express how much I love this album! Being a fan of the old chili peppers stuff (not this new fangled 'poppy' crap malarky) I was interested to see what would happen... Read more
Published on 23 Jan 2008 by Helen Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the most original cds of 2004
I originally got into Johns music by listening to the chili peppers, and after a while i just became mesmorised by johns guitar playing and decided to look into his musical... Read more
Published on 14 Dec 2007 by Mr. Iain P. Graham
5.0 out of 5 stars An album for all true musicians and music lovers
This album fully displays johns varied and beautiful songwriting skills. Every song on this album is perfect, as is every song on all of his other albums!! Read more
Published on 19 April 2007 by Cj Carr
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