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Fingerprince Original recording remastered

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1. You Yesyesyes
2. Home Age Conversation
3. Godsong
4. March De La Winni
5. Bossy
6. Boo Who?
7. Tourniquet Of Roses
8. Death In Barstow
9. Melon Colie Lassie
10. Flight Of The Bumble Roach
11. Walter Westinghouse
12. Six Things To A Cycle: Part 1
13. Six Things To A Cycle: Part 2
14. Six Things To A Cycle: Part 3
15. Six Things To A Cycle: Part 4
16. Six Things To A Cycle: Part 5
17. Six Things To A Cycle: Part 6
18. You Yesyesyes Again

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 9, 1997)
  • Original Release Date: 1977
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Ryko Distribution
  • ASIN: B000000PM7
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #680,781 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Kunreuther on July 23, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Fingerprince, aka Tourniquet Of Roses, now that it includes much of what was on the Babyfingers E.P., is a classic seminal Residents release. Much of what is on this album is expanded upon exponentially on later Residents albums. The twisted nursery rhyme pop ditties paved way for Duck Stab/Buster & Dave and The Commercial Album. The narrative pop opera of Walter Westinghouse led the way for such epics as Mark Of The Mole and God In Three Persons. The bookends of You Yesyesyes point towards their later work with Snakefinger on The Big Bubble and Snakefinger's early albums.

Besides being a launching pad for the Residents' further creativity, this is also a fascinating and enjoyable album. What was once considered strange and avant garde is almost quaint these days I suppose, but the soundscapes behind the odd strange humourous lyrics and ideas is sheer aural pleasure. Six Things To A Cycle is a brilliant fusion of western composition and Indonesian Gamelan syncopation that has combines several haunting themes that burn into one's mind and lingers for weeks on internal autoplay. The aforementioned You Yesyesyes and it's sister piece You Yesyesyes Again are beautifully funny and sad melancholy themes.

An album where that charts out the group's future journey as it begins its travels all over the muiscal map, I recommend this to any acsual or adventurous listener.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dennis York on April 25, 2008
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
i think the title of the review sums it up quite nicely.
the early "residents" recordings are their best,imho and "fingerprince" might be the best of all.
les claypool must've listened to this record 10,000 times.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S Tuffnell on June 6, 2014
Format: MP3 Music
A 1977 early Residents album is an intriguing listening experience. Snakefinger's guitar is here and that's a good start for "Fingerprince". There's a lot of brass instruments and the voices are audible and legible. The CD version features a bunch of extra songs that were actually from the EP "Baby Fingers". Originally intended as a three sided LP the project somehow was interfered with so this CD kind of gives it to us the way it was intended. Side one has short songs, side two has a lengthy epic in 6 parts and side 3 is an EP.

You Yesyesyes (3:00) opens the album with quirky synths and toy trumpets. Home Age Conversation (2:02) has oddball warblings on vocals, and repeated keyboard phrases. Godsong (3:42) is very weird, phased vocals chant and a rhythm of dissonant synths and brass try to make sense of it.

The short ones follow with instrumental March De La Winni (0:59), and minimalist chanting Bossy and (1:02), one minute movies really signalling the forthcoming "Commercial Album" in 1980 that was all songs less than a minute like a bunch of ads. Its amazing what you can slot into one minute; Residents are masters of this.

Boo Who? (2:49) is a quirky thing with boo hoo as the main chant and bizarre vocals in the verses; too monotonous to return to. Tourniquet Of Roses (3:14) has a jazzy sound, agonising brass, tortured synth and strangled vocals.

From "Butterfingers" EP is the addition of Monstrous Intro/Death In Barstow (2:03), Melon Collie Lassie (2:54), Flight Of The Bumble Roach (2:13), and Walter Westinghouse (7:56). Monstrous Intro/Death In Barstow is very different to the other album with a more lo fi minimalist vibe and thin drawling vocals.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "theslime" on March 1, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This album is one of their best, along with the commercial album and duck stab/buster and glen. It's got all the things that make the residents what they are. The wacky instrumentation and the funny voices especially. Some nice enough tunes here. Yesysyes is pretty good, and has a bit when they play the 'third man' theme tune ...couldn't tell you what instrument though, it sounds very strange. Godsong is very good, my personal favourite. Really good lyrics and vocals, heavy thudding bass playing, and crappy sounding piano. walter westinghouse is a good song with loads of funny voices. six things to a cycle is a decent exercise in percussion. There are other enjoyable tunes too like tourniquet of roses and bossy, there are no really bad songs here..it's worth the listen. Thank you
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brian Leach on March 7, 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I first heard this many years ago and was very impressed the Band called the Residents has a special place in my listening of
style,s of music that is of that type that is not so easily categorized !!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 4, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This is one of the best records I own. The songs tie together so well it is hard to beleive that this was once actually two albums combined to one for cd release. Very unexpectedly this has become the most lisened album I own!
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