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Meat Beat Manifesto mastermind Jack Dangers once proclaimed, "I always aim for the future. I never want an album to sound like the last one." Although a seemingly uncomplicated statement, remaining true to his aspirations has presented an interesting conundrum for Dangers. MBM do have an easily identifiable sound. The template is built from acoustic (or at least acoustic-sounding) percussion colored with hip-hop rhythms, sternum-rattling bass beats, and entrancing raps and vocal samples--with a creative precedent of sounds over melody. With such a signature style, the challenge lies not so much in aiming for the future but in creating albums that are distinctive from one another. Actual Sounds and Voices meets the challenge by employing a little convention. Unlike previous sample-heavy albums, this recording depends more on live performance. Dangers invited saxophonist and bass clarinetist Bennie Maupin (who played on Miles Davis's legendary Bitches Brew and was also a member of Herbie Hancock's Headhunters) and synthesizer whiz Pat Gleeson (also in the Headhunters) into the studio to record a freestyle jam session. Dangers picked the highlights and molded them into Meat Beat songs. The result is a ferociously danceable all-out-funk-acid-jazz-techno-fusion affront in the face of any misguided soul who thinks electronic music has no heart. Aiming for the future? Meat Beat Manifesto is the future. --Beth Bessmer

1. Everything's Under Control
2. Prime Audio Soup
3. Book Of Shadows
4. Oblivion, Humans
5. Lets Have Fun
6. The Tweek
7. Acid Again
8. Tweek, The
9. Where Are You?, Enuff
10. Hail To The Bopp
11. 3 Floors Above You
12. Funny Feeling
13. The Thumb
14. Wavy Line
15. Wildlife

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 6, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nothing Records Limited Inc.
  • ASIN: B00000DCZF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #273,889 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By eightpointagenda on January 24, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Jack Dangers is definitely a genius. But whether its a genuis of his own design or just by accident is hard to tell but still a genuis none the less. As far as I can tell, no one has made an entire career out of soundcollage and design and make it seem substantial. Yet somehow his fusion of dub, jungle, industrial, hip-hop, dance and rock all seems to come together in his signature mess he calls Meat Beat Manifesto. And I think no album he's made is as sucessful in his self-created sound as Actual Sounds + Voices.

What definitely makes a difference this time around is having a stong list of versital collaberators who not only understand Danger's sound, but can work well within its expansive, limitless sound. Dangers still has a strong influence over his list of players, but they only help strengthen this album. Unlike previous attempts, the album plays out more like an album made by a band rather than an eccentric artist working in his own world(Subliminal Sandwich, while good, was far too expansive and loose for its own good). The work here is tight, detailed, undeniably groovy. Sort of like the jazz band of the future, as depicted by some surreal painter.

The album itself is well paced, moving through Jack's various influences without lagging in one place for too long. You'll hear live jungle workouts(Prime Audio Soup, Let Go, Where Are You), industrial rock(Oblivion, Funny Feeling), big beat(Acid Again) and everything else inbetween. The real highlight comes near the end of the album in the form of this jazz/fusion electronic jam called The Thumb. Its expansive, quirky and above all surreal. It truly shows Jack's ability to imagine a sound and get it to come out through his players(though I'm sure he played bass on it).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By El Reanimator-o on June 5, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I've had this album since 98, and even though I always enjoyed it, I never really liked it compared to the rest of MBM's work. It just seemed too random and chaotic at the time. After not listening to it for a year, I finally played it tonight. Now I'm amazed by all the stuff I took for granted. The first half of the album I always enjoyed, and still do. "Prime Audio Soup" is the most familiar track, and probably the most immediately accessable. Very hectic percussion, which is a constant in this album, and short blasts of sound. "Book of Shadows" is a good, relaxed dubby track. "Let's Have Fun" builds on an atmosphere of menacing atmospherics and bombastic drumming that still gives me chills. It's probably the standout track on the album. I've heard many people say the album falls apart after "Acid Again", and I agreed then. Now, I'd say it's where the album actually gets stronger. "Where Are You?/Enuff" pounds along as the background snarls and growls, a small melody coming up for air and going back down again, then the track just switches gears into pure unbridled lunacy. I think of carnival music from hell. It's great stuff. "Hail To The Bopp" brings down the hectic atmosphere momentarily with a spacy jazz jam. The calm is disrupted by the smothering bleeps and beats of "3 Floors Above You". No electronic artist can match the schizophrenic delusions this song draws out. Truly excellent stuff. "Funny Feeling" feels rather goofy in the beginning, but the acid jazz/dub breakdown at the end of the track saves it from being too kitsch. "The Thumb" is a good jazz jam, turning darker and frothier as it goes. "Wavy Line" is just a short electro number, and feels wasted but is ultimately unoffensive.Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "julius" on April 10, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Jammin to this album is a great way of feeling GREAT despite the fact that my life is draining away at an exponentially increasing rate while I'm busy reading books for class at night and wasting away as an office drone during the day!
Do it with soul Jack!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tim Rockwell on April 2, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This not electronic music to dance to, it's electronic music to LISTEN to.

This is quite possibly MBM's best CD next to Satyricon.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 16, 1998
Format: Audio CD
Meat Beat Manifesto is truly one of the best bands recording today. They have provided countless hours of listening enjoyment for me, and I would have to say this is their finest CD so far. Electronica with a little bit of everything thrown in, it is truly original with that Meat Beat flavor. Standout tracks are "Hail to the Bopp", "Acid Again", "The Thumb", and "Let's Have Fun", but my absolute favorite was by far "Prime Audio Soup". This is a must have for fans of any music genre. I accredit MBM for my own attempts at recording electronica, they are one of my most powerful musical inspirations. I already wish another new CD was available!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 21, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Contrary to what others have said this album is not boring and there are better tracks then "Prime Audio Soup". But it is slow and brooding like a good book it takes awhile to get into. It's not perfect by any means, the disc loses a bit of steam after track 7 "Acid Again". The vocals are very strange at times, too, but this fits in well with the futuristic atmospheres that are prevalent. Highlights of the album are "Let's Have Fun" and "Oblivion/Humans". Worth checking out if you like industrial music leaning heavily on the electronic side of the fence. Also recommend Circle of Dust "Disengage". Thanks for listening....
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