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In the liner notes to Jamiroquai's debut album, lead singer and mastermind Jason Kay delivers a sincere, if oversimplified, screed about distributing the wealth and saving the rainforests. The lyrics follow suit: except for a single love tune ("Blow Your Mind"), Kay bemoans war, greed, racism, and conformity, or extols the power of music as a drug ("Hooked Up") or as a catalyst for social revolution. This is not Jamiroquai's most eloquent album, nor their strongest musically, what with most songs structured as long-form, open-ENDed jams weighing in at six minutes or more. Though interesting as a chronicle of Kay's musical vision taking shape, overall it's a document that will appeal most to Deadheads and jam-band fans. --Suzanne McElfresh


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  • Audio CD (March 1, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: March 1, 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00000295A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,490 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Ken on June 17, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This album is my co-co-favorite album by Jamiroquai, if that makes any sense. If you are interested in buying a Jamiroquai album, I offer here one guy's guide to this very talented artist.
Emergency On Planet Earth: "The 70's Instrumental Album"
This is more like 70's/jazz. Lots of horns. The production and arrangements remind me of listening to a 70's album, too. I played this in front of some of my students one day while I was doing paperwork after school; they remarked that the music was "repetitive, but not really redundant," which made me smile. The opening synth riff on Revolution -- very "analog" and throw-back sounding. I love every song. I don't think that this album has a "beginning" or "early career" sound; it is just a great album to me, period. I felt that way when I first heard it and I feel that way now. Although the spirit of Jamiroquai was probably the same through those first three albums, I can definitely see how people who liked this album may not have liked the successive albums. This album is very heavy on "traditional" musical instruments, whereas the keyboards, though important to the sound, are present mostly as flourishes and solos here and there. I would also like to say that, in my opinion, this is not just a novelty album that has elements of 70's funk thrown in for show. It's almost like this IS a 70's album, and JK really IS channelling Stevie Wonder. Do I recommend this album? Oh yes. Also, I have no quarrel with my friends, almost all of whom can not stand this album for more than 20 minutes. It's just a matter of whether or not you like the 2 minute funk digressions and horn solos.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By sonicjazzboy on July 4, 2005
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Jamiroquai, as it stood in 1991, was one of the freshest sounds to come out of the Acid Jazz movement. This record, though uneven at times was overshadowed only by it's ambition. 10 tracks, none under 4:50, and most well over 5 minutes all the while creating a conscious VIBE. That right that was something that the kids were not getting on the radio back in 1991, especially here in America where Hip Hop had finally pierced the brains of record executives as a financial reality. However, for those in search of something just as viable with musicianship to boot, how much did it feel like Christmas Day after just one listen? Yes, in the years since they have had better records, "Space Cowboy" & "Travelling Without Moving", also worse ones "A Funk Odessey", but for what it was worth they have been well worth following just for the music alone. No Jay Kay is no Stevie but who the hell is? If you should choose to listen to this record just listen as a fan of music and in the context of it being 1991 and what was going on musically at that time. Now if you pick up their other CD's you will find that as time passes and the original band starts to splinter that the music also suffers. In particular, when Stuart Zender's bass leaves prior to Synkronized, the band goes to a more Disco influenced direction. This, in my mind, is why Jamiroqual has never had the success stateside that Sony had gambled on back in '90-'91.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Andre' S Grindle on August 19, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Okay-let me start by saying that Jamiroquai have NEVER made
a bad album but on their debut,Jay K and the band give the listener a jounrey through where funk came from in the jazz rock
stew of "Music Of The Mind","Revolution 93" and "Hooked Up".Not
to mention classic funk such as "When You Gonna Learn",the
dance-funk of the tital track,the Headhunters-like "Whatever It Is,I Just Can't Stop",etc.Love Earth,Wind & Fire?Stevie
Wonder?ANY classic funk at all?Start here and don't stop!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Randy Kinder on October 13, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Return of the Space Cowboy was the first Jamiroquai cd I bought, but Emergency on Planet Earth is the one I will remember forever. Much better and different than anything they did later on, this album plays to your soul and your mind. It is always within grabbing distance to get my mind right when I mistakenly let the world get to me.Funk, soul, and progressive politics and the unforgettable "Blow your mind" which has set the mood at my apt. many a night. Buy and enjoy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gordo on February 26, 2006
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I own all of Jamiroquai's cd's and i think most of them are great. This is absolutely my favorite to listen to straight through. I think the horns are amazing especially on "Hooked Up", and the percussion always ends up pushing the pace in a subtle way. This album just makes me move and I think JK and co. have so much raw energy. Stuart on Bass is sick sick sick straight through. "Revolution 1993" has become my favorite song by Jamiroquai -- love the lyrics, the message, the excitement, the tension/release, its just put together so well. "Music of the Mind" is a great instrumental track and shows off the jazz-rock-funk roots of what became the later disco-enhanced Jamiroquai. Sweet solos too, the keys are great. Also love "Too Young To Die" and "Emergency On Planet Earth". Impressive debut from a band, and it stands as one of my favorite discs.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 16, 2002
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now...i'm not just saying this...i own all of their cd's (except synkronized)...and this is the one that i keep coming back to, time after time...tracks 1, 2, 6, 7, and 8 are some of their best work....if you like any other jamiroquai albums, you will def. like this one! what kind of fan doesn't have the album that started it all, anyway? check this one out...you will NOT be disappointed!
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