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Solo Electric Bass 1

Squarepusher Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (17 Aug 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warp
  • ASIN: B002DU7OA4
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 227,861 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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BBC Review

Recorded live in Paris in 2007, this album showcases Tom Jenkinson’s talents with the electric bass in a manner that’s sure to divide opinion like nothing he’s previously released under the Squarepusher moniker.

Unlike the glitch-addled output most associate him with, this album’s organic qualities allow Jenkinson to literally feel his way through twelve arrangements, his finger work at times dazzling but never anything but indulgent – even when things slow to a gentle meander in the hands of another, the Essex-born musician fills every potential second of silence with some snap of a string or pluck where, perhaps, a momentary break in proceedings could freshen up what comes next.

As a live album, there are natural breaks – and the smatterings of applause between tracks (albeit not all of them, as many segue seamlessly into the next movement) represent the only sound other than Jenkinson’s bass on offer here – but while Solo Electric Bass 1 never punishes with volume, the lack of variety in depth or scope of sound doesn’t lend itself to a satisfying listen. What was almost certainly riveting when seen in the flesh is translated onto record as rather soulless, and so detached from the perceived norm of Squarepusher that it’s tough to imagine many casual fans being won over by this (one would assume temporary) shift in stylistic direction.

It could be argued that the recording quality doesn’t do the set justice, too – while it’s noted that Jenkinson performed with only a small amplifier, the mix is scratchy where the material deserves a certain level of cleanliness, the kind common with Warp electronica. But then this was never intended as a widely circulated release – strictly limited, it’s aimed at the hardcore without too much thought for those new to the artist in question. And that’s a good thing: anyone using this as their introduction to Squarepusher would suffer dangerous palpitations upon hearing something like 2001’s seminal Go Plastic.

Given that it’s a collectors-only offering, it’s wrong to be overly critical of a release that, really, delivers exactly what’s expected of it. This is Squarepusher, playing electric bass, solo. There’s nothing else involved. And for that purity it’s a commendable project, but one with all the repeat-play appeal of a minute of silence. --Mike Diver

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing the Future of Bass 12 Sep 2010
Format:Audio CD
As the Amazing Bassist Matthew Garrison once said "Tom Jenkinson AKA Squarepusher is where Jazz should be going".
This album is ONE MAN ONE BASS and it is all Live as the other review has said if you're after the Squarepusher as you know it and love it then this may not be for you. But saying that this is an amazing album showing his skill as a player and composer his music is composed like a epic film score taking you through all different moods and styles and I am looking forward to any other bass only albums as I think the Future of bass is in Mr Jenkinsons hands.
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5.0 out of 5 stars rhyvim zzz rhyvim 22 May 2011
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I advise that you ignore Mike Diver's BBC review above - no offence to the kid, but...

"the material deserves a certain level of cleanliness, the kind common with Warp electronica"

Cleanliness? Hmm you ever heard Phlange Phace? Or 90101-5l-l?

So, yes. Solo Electric Bass. It's a lot of fun - well worth a listen. If it's not up to BBC reviewer ha ha cleanliness standerds, it's fine by me.

Not the offbeam collector curiosity it's been characterised as. No way - there is just as much to interest the average Sqrpshr/Wrp fan here as on any other release.

Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I really like it! 28 Nov 2010
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Right, I'm a fan of Squarepusher. I like his Electro etc. I am also a fan of stuff like Portico Quartet. This is a great album. Ok it features no percussion, but SP's use of slap bass and notes create a feeling of equal pace.

It really is beautiful music. Emotive and composed. There are great moments of energy and pace followed by sentimental Lacrimosa's.

I'd recommend it to people who love music, not just raving!
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4 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not very good. 24 Nov 2009
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If you enjoy a solo bass show then its a wicked album. If you like squarepushers rolling beats and stonking tunes then avoid.
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3.0 out of 5 stars For Die-Hards and Musicians 12 July 2010
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Of all the Tom Jenkinson recordings available, this is next to the least essential (the least essential would be disc 2 of "Do You Know Squarepusher"). It's not that it's lousy music, but as a listening experience it's just . . meh. Sounds exactly like you'd expect it to given its title. Tom is an exceptionally talented guy, no doubt, but, in my amateur opinion, it's next to impossible to create a well-developed track out of only one bass guitar.

Seeing him perform these tracks live would have been a kick, but I don't know that I'll ever get that chance. As a document of his talents on the bass outside a studio environment, this does the job. But I can't imagine putting this disc into heavy rotation.

I don't play bass, though if you do this might be useful as a technical blueprint. I am a Squarepusher completist, and as such am happy to own "Solo Electric Bass 1," but I can't say I'm drooling in anticipation of "Solo Electric Bass 2." And if you pony up $36 (Amazon's current list price) for the CD, you've got more money than sense, which is a state I'd like to try sometime.
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