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Mick Karn - The Tooth Mother

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  • Audio CD (1 April 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: CMP Records
  • ASIN: B000008PZ0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 160,237 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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By A Customer on 4 April 2002
Format: Audio CD
Mick Karn brings the sound of the fretless bass right to the forefront of this album. Without a doubt, one of the best fretless bass players in the world, Mick Karn has taken his well travelled influences and produced this superb sounding album. The music is complimented by Natacha Atlas (Transglobal Underground), giving the album the full eastern influence. Richard Barbieri and David Torn both play on the Album along with a host of other musical talent.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Middle eastern bass at its best 23 Jan. 2010
By R. Connelly - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I only own three records by Mick so far...this one, Polytown, and Selected. Avoid Selected, BUY Polytown and this one. Very catchy and amazing fretless bass work. His voice, when actually using it sounds like a mix of David Bowie and Adrian Belew...youll know what Im talking about. Best bass tracks that made this worth the money were 1, 2, and 7. Very middle-eastern feel to just about everything as is expected with him, otherwise a jazzy feel to the record.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Karn's best bass playing on record. 12 April 2005
By Michael Stack - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Mick Karn is a bass player of astonishing talent and creativity, but rarely has he cut loose and really played out. "The Tooth Mother" seems to have been designed to put an end to that-- track to track, the bass playing is stunning, up front and in your face, taking center stage supported largely by guitarist David Torn, drummer Gavin Harrison, and Jakko Jaksyzk on any number of instruments as well as appearances by Natacha Atlas, Steven Wilson, and Richard Barbieri.

Like I said, fiery bass playing is the recipe of the day on this one, and when it works, it works well-- "Thundergirl Mutation", "Plaster the Magic Tongue", "Feta Funk" and "Little - Less Hope" (in particular) are all brilliant composition revolving around jaw dropping playing-- they also show a clear Turkish/Grecian influence in their composition, an idea that is more than a little helped along by Atlas' guest vocal spot on "Thundergirl Mutation" and "Feta Funk". The album closer "There Was Not Anything But Nothing" is not really bass-driven (although there is some fantastic playing in it), but rather is horn driven and has some great guitar work from Torn and really is a fantastic composition-- in case there was doubt Karn could do it without his bass up front, this pushes that aside.

There is some material that doesn't quite live up to -- "Lodge of Skins" is a straightforward and somewhat lifeless piece saved only by the fractured Torn guitar under Atlas' wordless vocal on the bridge, "Gossip's Cup" and "The Tooth Mother" mix the bass way in front, but neither composition is as engaging as other material on the record.

Even with its mild flaws, this is a great album, particularly for fans of fantastic bass playing. And its all quite listenable, even when not fully engaging.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fretless bass, middle eastern music, jazzrock, techno ... 7 Dec. 2001
By veryvery - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Mick Karn is a phenomenal fretless bass player (of Japan / Rain Tree Crow fame), on this album collaborating once again with guitar player David Torn. Also on this album is the great Natscha Atlas (vocals). More so than his other albums, this album is a mixture of western (jazz-) rock and traditional middle-eastern music. As is usually the case with Mick's music, however, it's his unusual bass playing that capture most of the attention (it's more to the front that on most of his albums). This is one of my very, very favorite CDs, because it has it all: great playing and great, emotionally charged compositions and musical textures. I recommend this album to fan of great bass playing, and to fans of world music and experimental music.
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