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Song Of The Bailing Man [CD]

Pere Ubu Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (30 Sep 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Cooking Vinyl
  • ASIN: B000026IZS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 185,239 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Long Walk Home
2. Use Of A Dog
3. Petrified
4. Stormy Weather
5. West Side Story
6. Thoughts That Go By Steam
7. Big Ed's Used Farm
8. Day Such As This
9. Vulgar Boatman Bird
10. My Hat
11. Horns Area Dilemma

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite possibly Pere Ubu's best 28 Feb 2006
Format:Audio CD
In reviews of Pere Ubu's work on the Internet, this album is often denigrated or at least played down compared to other, especially earlier, releases, and granted - if you're into the avant-punk of early Ubu, this album is probably not for you. But if you're into a swinging, eclectic, atmospheric combination of rock, jazz, noise and folk music inspired insanity that sounds like a jazz combo on hallucinogenic drugs playing rock tunes in the urban wastelands of Cleveland over a crackling short wave transmitter, combined with bursts of stream of consciousness lyrics and more bizarre details than you could shake a stick at, this one might just be right up your alley. The album is a triumph for bass player Tony Maimone who holds together the band even when guitarist Mayo Thompson and drummer Anton Fier (to say nothing of Allen Ravenstine on synth and vocalist David Thomas) are furthest away from the beat. Heartily recommended!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Accessible and enjoyable but no masterpiece 29 Mar 2007
By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Songs Of The Bailing Man is an understated display of the talents of this remarkable band. Not all the songs are particularly memorable but there are enough highlights to make this an essential album for the devoted fan. The instrumental mix and arrangements, especially clever use of the synthesizer, deliver the expected magical textures, but they often seem to fade without leaving much of an impression.

The jazzy Long Walk Home is followed by Use Of A Dog with its lovely stereo sound effects, while the buoyantly percussive West Side Side Story and the atmospheric Thoughts That Go By Steam are charming but not exceptional. Big Ed's Used Farms is a frenetic short piece and the long track A Day Such As This approaches greatness in its structural complexity, brilliant rhythmic patterns and clever wordplay.

The album concludes with another highlight, Horns Are A Dilemma, a quite accessible and appealing song. All the elements that make Pere Ubu so distinctive are here: the quirky arrangements, the dramatic vocals and the Beefheartian weirdness, but Bailing Man is not one of their best works. I recommend their masterpieces The Modern Dance, Dub Housing and Worlds In Collision.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Imagination Animates 1 July 2000
By ZONKOUT - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Song of the Bailing Man is an album that is often overlooked; for many fans of Pere Ubu it is their least favorite (along with Art of Walking). This makes sense because it is a different album from the rest. It lacks the Punk edge of the earliest Pere Ubu and it's not as dark as the middle period albums (and I'm speaking only of the unit's first incarnation). With Song of the Bailing Man, the group took a brighter, more whimsical approach that was to be carried on by David Thomas in his early solo work. This album stands as Pere Ubu's greatest contribution to the Zolo style with its zany energy and playful, abstract melodies. The rhythms are complex and mind boggling with their surprising changes of time and tempo. The songs are alternately led by Maimone's intricate bass-lines and the chipper staccato of Thompson's guitar. The interplay between the two is fascinating throughout the CD. The over-all sound tends toward lop-sided and wobbly, especially on toons like "Big Ed's Used Farms", "West Side Story", and "Vulgar Boatman Bird", to name a few. Song of the Bailing Man is more song oriented than the preceding album, Art of Walking, the exception being "Stormy Weather" (which actually sounds like a foggy night at sea). Every single song on this album in excellent. As a whole it stands apart from the rest of the Pere Ubu discography in its brilliant assimilation of, and unique approach to, Zolo.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ubu's most consistent album since The Modern Dance 15 Dec 2003
By Michael G. Roth - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
After two albums of overexperimental avant garde with a couple of really great songs thrown in, Pere Ubu finally releases a costistently good album without the unlistenable experimental songs like Lost in Art or a Small Dark Coud. While it lacks the grittiness of other stellar LPs like the Modern Dance, Song of the Bailing Man presents a more complex and, yes, artsy Pere Ubu. This album is no less artsy and FAR less pretentious than The Art of Walking or New Picnic Time which expect the listener to take a rock band so seriously as to make radio static acceptable. A great buy for someone interested in Pere Ubu.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My only Pere Ubu-I WANT MORE! 1 May 2005
By Toe Jam is Fun - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I love this album! David Thomas' warbly vocals, Mayo Thompson's rare but catchy guitar, Tony Maimone's complicated, intricate basslines, and Anton Fier's complex drumming make for a wonderful album. I'll do a song by song breakdown to make it easier for you to see the inside of my mind bu-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!

1. The Long Walk Home: Great song with a jazz breakdown in the middle, featuring odd static noises. 4/5

2. Use of a Dog: David Thomas kind of sounds like Tiny Tim on this one, which adds to the song's oddness. Cool trumpet, played by guest Eddie Thornton. 4/5

3. Petrified: GREAT SONG GREAT SONG GREAT SONG the little voices in my head are screaming. I have to agree with them. Between the great rhythm section workout, the lyrics about fossils, and, uh... I dunno, it's good okay?! 5/5

4. Stormy Weather: Too long even at 3 minutes. Very boring, although some of the ship noises and bells are slightly interesting. My least favorite track on the album. 2/5

5. West Side Story: It sounds a little bit like jazz gone wrong, with the great rhythm section (again! Maimone and Fier are really awesome!) and the mallet instruments. I likeses it lotses. 4/5

6. Thoughts that go by Steam: Eh. It's pretty good, but not one of my favorites. 3/5

7. Big Ed's Used Farms: If only for the sheer goofiness of the song it gets 5/5.

8. A Day Such as This: A mini-epic divided into 2 or 3 parts, some of which sound vaguely tribal and quite interesting. David Thomas spells out "Hyperbole" which I think means something like nonsense. Ha ha ha. Really good song though. 5/5

9. The Vulgar Boatman Bird: Good. 4/5

10. My Hat: Goofy. 4/5

11. Horns are a Dilemma: Good 4/5

So, this album gets my seal of approval.
3.0 out of 5 stars Accessible and enjoyable but no masterpiece 30 Mar 2007
By Pieter Uys - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Songs Of The Bailing Man is an understated display of the talents of this remarkable band. Not all the songs are particularly memorable but there are enough highlights to make this an essential album for the devoted fan. The instrumental mix and arrangements, especially clever use of the synthesizer, deliver the expected magical textures, but they often seem to fade without leaving much of an impression.

The jazzy Long Walk Home is followed by Use Of A Dog with its lovely stereo sound effects, while the buoyantly percussive West Side Side Story and the atmospheric Thoughts That Go By Steam are charming but not exceptional. Big Ed's Used Farms is a frenetic short piece and the long track A Day Such As This approaches greatness in its structural complexity, brilliant rhythmic patterns and clever wordplay.

The album concludes with another highlight, Horns Are A Dilemma, a quite accessible and appealing song. All the elements that make Pere Ubu so distinctive are here: the quirky arrangements, the dramatic vocals and the Beefheartian weirdness, but Bailing Man is not one of their best works. I recommend their masterpieces The Modern Dance, Dub Housing and Worlds In Collision.

Worlds in Collision

The Modern Dance

Dub Housing
2 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Lacking Quality 19 Dec 2001
By Scott McFarland - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
No hooks, no strong instrumentals ... the band is becoming the backdrop for David Thomas' effete and pretentious attempts at dadaistic dinner theatre. A sad finale to the original run of Pere Ubu.
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