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Desire of the Rhino King

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1. The Final Rhino
2. The Lone Rhinoceros
3. Big Electric Cat
4. The Momur
5. Hot Sun
6. The Man In The Moon
7. Swingline
8. Adidas In Heat
9. Fish Head
10. The Ideal Woman
11. Sexy Rhino
12. Twang Bar King
13. Paint The Road
14. She Is Not Dead
15. The Rail Song
16. Ballet For A Blue Whale
17. The Gypsy Zurna
18. Joan Miro's Procession Through The Insides Of A...
19. Portrait Of Margaret
20. Laughing Man
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 5, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • ASIN: B000001DTU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #218,988 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By PhiloNine on November 2, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Island apparently lost the masters for his early albums _Twang Bar King_ and _Lone Rhino_, both of which are irreplaceable and criminally overlooked early-80s experimental pop gems. They may never be released on CD again. The good news is, the absolute cream of the crop is here, remastered and collected on this outstanding CD. Although some of the early stuff veered off into forgettable Zappa-esque silliness without the vulgarity - "Fishhead" and "The Ideal Woman" come to mind - there is some absolutely stunning work here that shouldn't be ignored by anyone who is a fan of Belew's work in Crimson or his solo efforts. "Hot Sun" is one of the earliest examples of his "guitar as orchestra" concept - an eerie sound landscape made entirely of various different things hitting the guitar. The wistful "Rail Song" off of _Twang_ has the distinction of being the only song in rock history, I am certain, which has a train solo. (You have to hear the song to understand). There's "Paint the Road" which has Belew's screaming guitar battling it out with an alto sax, and the gorgeous and eerie "She Is Not Dead" which features some amazing percussive work and the melody to one of his early masterpieces "Man In the Moon", played backwards. That song, btw, was written for Belew's father, who passed away during the recording of _Lone Rhino_ - its a definite tearjerker. Finally _Desire Caught By The Tail_ is also represented here, an album which probably polarizes Belew's already miniscule cult following to this day.Read more ›
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Plattski on July 4, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Unknown to almost everyone except Adrian, this album represents a collection of "second" mixes that were used instead of the real mixes that appear on Lone Rhino. At the time this record was produced, the company had lost the original master tape to Lone Rhino, however, later the Lone Rhino and Twang Bar King albums were found by JVC, in their vault in Japan, and this past year they were re-released with the original mixes on Island - Japan. How on Earth would I KNOW that? Well, I'm the guy who mixed Lone Rhino, Twang Bar, and Here. The moment I heard Desire of the Rhino King, I immediately realized these mixes were out-takes, or "second mixes". The original masters are slightly different , but this record is fun to listen to because if you are a true Belew fan, you can compare these mixes against the re-released Lone Rhino original mixes and hear the differences. My personal favorite Belew song has never been released, it is called "Buy That Face" that we recorded for Atlantic in 1982.

It was certainly fun for me to listen to my mix outakes, realizing that the real mixes were better after all these years. . By the way, Adrian Belew truly is the musical genius you've heard about. Consider it confirmed by someone who would know...By the way, the Train Song music and mix was fully finished without lyrics - Adrian wrote them at his hotel in about an hour, came to the studio, sang them - bang! done. (I played ping pong with the assistant engineer while he wrote them.) Might be the first record fully mixed prior to a vocal - ha ha ha! Posted by Gary Platt (Plattski) engineer/mixer for Lone Rhino, Twang Bar King, Here, and various compilations.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By joe_n_bloe on May 25, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This compilation of early Adrian Belew albums features the quintessential Belew anthem, Big Electric Cat. A solo guitar squeals over steady marching-band-inspired percussion and Belew performs what others have called his "trademark paranoid vocals" while reversed reverb, vocals, and drums add a spooky note. You have got to love it. Lone Rhino is by far my favorite of the three albums represented in this compilation, but all of the material has merit. If you like this album, you've got to check out The Bears (Belew's late 80s group effort).
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 29, 1998
Format: Audio CD
As the summary suggests this collection of tracks from Belew's first three solo albums offers an enjoyable view of his various pop and avant-pop stylings. Belew's maturation is right on this disk. You hear the effect working with the Talking Head's had in Belew's vocal delivery on many of the initial tracks, also there are some refreshing tracks that have a Zappaeque sense of humor and skilled performance. Most impressive are the selections culled from "Desire Caught By The Tail." The instrumental music brings components of his continuing stint with King Crimson. A pleasant collection of album tracks that desered more than the obscurity they met.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thomas E. Davis TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 2, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Adrian Belew's magical guitar and songwriting talents had an important impact on the sounds of Frank Zappa, David Bowie, Talking Heads, and most notably King Crimson. This 72-minute, 21-track compilation represents the cream of his first three solo albums: Lone Rhino (1982), Twang Bar King (1983), and Desire Caught by the Tail (1986).

Renowned for his experimental genius, Belew employed a huge palette of acoustic and synthesized sonic effects to augment his complex yet danceable rhythyms, sinuous melodic lines, and weirdly clever lyrics. Especially enjoyable are a half-dozen extracts from Lone Rhino, his first album: "Big Electric Cat," "The Momur," "The Man in the Moon," "The Lone Rhinoceros," "Swingline," and "Adidas in Heat." But all of the early albums on this compilation are worthwhile, full of fascinating and delightful music, sometimes dreamy and mysterious, like the echo of alien bagpipes, and at certain points wild and frenetic, like the cry of a wounded animal.

While a few songs are less accessible than others, particularly on Desire, the third album, those listeners willing to assume an adventurous spirit and dive into this vortex of creativity will be rewarded. If you're hooked and want to explore Belew's solo work further, the album Young Lions/Pretty Pink Rose makes a good follow-up purchase.
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