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Bullfrog Featuring Kid Koala [Original recording remastered]

Kid KoalaAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)


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Kid Koala is a world-renowned scratch DJ who has made a name for himself not only with his music, but also with his visual art. He has released three solo albums on Ninja Tune: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (2001), Some of My Best Friends Are DJs (2003), and Your Mom's Favorite DJ (2006). He has also been involved in collaborations such as Gorillaz, Deltron 3030, and The Slew. He has toured with ... Read more in Amazon's Kid Koala Store

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  • Audio CD (October 16, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Rope a Dope
  • ASIN: B00005QD7K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #240,295 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Hello
2. Ya Ya
3. Ababa
4. Reverse Psychology
5. Massimo's Wild Wilderness
6. Bullfrog Theme (Re-Recording)
7. Shine
8. Extra Track II
9. Snakeskin
10. 'Live' Somewhere
11. Slow Down
12. 'Live' Somewhere Else
13. Hotel Food
14. Nice Try
15. Alright: Music For More Morning People
16. Jessica Ends
17. Mark After Dark

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Montreal funk crew Bullfrog have a reputation for just being scratch DJ Kid Koala's backing band. It's something they clearly don't mind--the cover of their 2001 self-titled disc features a sticker with the famed turntablist's name prominently displayed. In truth, though, aside from a couple of frenetic solos and cut-up cuts like "Extra Track II" and a live version of his now-classic "Music for Morning People," Koala's role in Bullfrog is that of just another instrument, not a scratch-happy sideshow. The sextet prides itself on integrating raw funk with DJ action, and this disc, on the Rope-a-Dope imprint, is dominated by lazy, long-limbed funk, with Koala cutting up his favorite thrift store finds in the background. Jam-happy songs like "Ababa" might be repetitive and not particularly groundbreaking and the rhyming of MC Blurum 13 often falls flat, but it's the groove that rules here. --Matt Galloway

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So Much More than Koala December 30, 2001
By Merf07
Format:Audio CD
I am a huge fan of Bullfrog. Right up since I saw the first Kid Koala music video I have taken a huge intrest in his work, and after downloading about 20 MP3s and buying the album I couldn't help checking out some of his other projects, some of which include "Deltron 3030" and "Gorillaz", but more notably this live funk/rock/hip-hop/jazz set called "Bullfrog".
Previously named "Public Enema" (they changed it for marketing reasons, this is a quirky ensemble consisting of Joanna Peters on Percussion, Massimo Sansalone on Drums, Peter Santiago on Bass, Mark Robertson on Guitar, James "Blurum 13" Sobers on the Mic, and the famous Eric "Kid Koala" San on turntables.
Although when I first heard of them, I thought they were merely a back set for Kid Koala's talents, but after hearing them live in Toronto, I realized they are so much more.
They do a great job of stirring up the crowd, with tunes ranging from the catchy "Nice Try" to the quirky "Extra Track II". The Band showcases Mark on the Guitar, James on the Mic, and the Kid on the turns, and when they groove, there is nothing they can't do. Not to say that the other members arent stellar.
This album is pretty much a collaboration of their earlier works (yes, they went nine years without a label), with some great rapping, chiming guitars, driving beats, and quirky samples. Many of the songs, like "Snakeskin" or "Alright - Music for More Morning People" show heavy influence from Kid Koala and even nods to some of his recordings, and with reason. He is a brilliant guy and definately a great asset to the bad.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Little Album October 28, 2003
By Mashmal
Format:Audio CD
People who dump on this album are just thinking way too hard. This is just fun music. Maybe not the best or most groundbreaking record ever made, but put it in and you'll be smiling, and sometimes that's just all you need out of a record.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bullfrog? January 20, 2005
By Thigpen
Format:Audio CD
I wasnt sure who Bullfrog was until i walked in on them a couple years back opening up for robert randolph at the House of Blues. Somebody bought this CD there and let me put it on my MD. I've been listening to this CD for about 3 years now and it is still kick'n. Kid Koala ands a nice touch to some of the tracks too. Catch em both live, good shows.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yeah yeah yeaaaahhh ! May 5, 2004
By NJA
Format:Audio CD
I don't understand some previous reviews...this album is excellent, kid koala's touch, good spirit, original and creative music...YES !
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Uninspired December 15, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I've owned this CD for a while, but haven't listened to it in at least a year. I got it out again specifically to write a review. My 'second' impressions:
Bullfrog is almost there. They have their sound pretty well developed -- complete with funky basslines, tight drumming, and backup Phish-style horns on two tracks -- but overall it's simply not that interesting. The obvious high points are the contributions from turntablist virtuoso Kid Koala, but even they are not as strong as his solo efforts. In fact, he's almost lost in the mix here, with Mark Robertson's less-than-witty "improvisational raps" taking center stage.
Like many sub-par "jam" band recordings, Bullfrog has has made a record that (in fifty minutes) never really goes anywhere. I've been told the live show is pretty rockin', and I can believe it. There is potential here, but the studio atmosphere did not capture it very well -- even with the few live tracks interspersed throughout.
For some good Koala turntablism, check out "Extra Track II" (#8) and "Allright: Music for Morning People" (#15).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fresher than funk November 15, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Hmm, I've gotta disagree with the reviewer who rated this just another funk band with some scratching. Kid Koala takes a lead role in this band, and is not relegated to some background scratching as is often the case. The integration of the turntables is also far beyond what you might normally hear. This isn't a group where the DJ takes a break to show off his funky beats, Kid Koala meshes his skills seamlessly with the rest of the band. To top it off the vocals are superb, straight out of the congregation. This band is up there with the best of the new hip hop/soul/funk (Breakestra, Dakah, and Medusa).
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Tired Grooves March 21, 2002
Format:Audio CD
There are moments of brilliance on this CD, and in the group's live shows, most of which involve the interaction of the group with their world-class DJ, Kid Koala. What fills up the majority of their time however, is some rather flat, uninspired, generic "old school" funk. Blurum on the mic has a great voice and rhythm to spare, but his rhymes are dispassionate and forgettable. Tired jams and retread grooves lead you to wonder if this is just a colossal mismatch of talent, or if it's actually a host of good talent with nothing much to say. If you're searching for something really special to spend your money on, my advice is to keep looking.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Didnt know what to expect
I didnt know what to expect from these guys. I bought it as a fan of Kid Koala. Even though you barely hear Koala's influence in this, the album still brought so much joy to... Read more
Published 11 months ago by DonaldWhite
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of Fun
This album is lots of fun! There are a couple tracks that are laid back,
but overall it's a stone funkin' groove.
Published on June 22, 2007 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars im sick of people knocking a good thing
how is this bad you have a sick as# jazz band bullfrog from montreal and put one of the sickest djs u got on there you have ropeadopes finest album. Read more
Published on June 7, 2006 by Stephen Finkin
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't listen to the haters, this band is great
After getting an opportunity to experience these guys live at this years SXSW festival in Austin, I immediately went out and bought the CD. Read more
Published on March 27, 2002 by Samuel Higgins
1.0 out of 5 stars Bullfrog: doesn't give credit where it is due!!
I was lucky enough to have been there for the 'live' portions of Bullfrog's new cd, and I must admit that I was dissappointed in the omission of Ben Conrad's name in the recording... Read more
Published on December 28, 2001 by "sarahdaisy3"
4.0 out of 5 stars FRESH!
Montreal quartet Bullfrog brought their act New York and the rest of the U.S. a few years back, but it was not until they teamed with acclaimed cut and scratch man Kid Koala that... Read more
Published on October 22, 2001 by Andrew Knoll
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