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Front End Lifter

Yohimbe BrothersAudio CD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (September 10, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rope a Dope
  • ASIN: B00006I08K
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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4. Psychopathia Mojosexualis
5. Welcome 2 The Freq Show
6. Smoke And Dust Dub (Version)
7. The Big Pill
8. Bamalamb
9. Transmission XXX
10. Just A Little Screwy
11. Invitation To A Stuation
12. Prelude To A Diss
13. Innerspin (A Tone Hymn)
14. The Callipygiac Caldonians
15. That Obscure Object Of Desire

Editorial Reviews

Drawing on their many musical obsessions, Black Rock Coalition founders Vernon (Living Colour) Reid and DJ Logic have teamed up to present a very potent blend of hip-hop, electronica, circus music, blues and soul, dub reggae, and, as is to be expected, full-tilt rock & roll. Front End Lifter offers a fresh set of eclectic vibes that will especially please folks who long for a return to progressiveness on the dance floor. Songs such as the "Secret Agent Man"-like "Ponk" and the African-inflected "Tenemental" explore the trip-hop end of the spectrum, while "Bamalamb," driven by a gritty harmonica riff, mines the '70s blaxploitation era for inspiration. New York underground performer Latasha N. Diggs weaves her sexy vocals through the blistering "Psychopathia Mojosexualis," while the all-star cast of Prince Paul, Slick Rick, Corey Glover, and BRC stalwart Greg Tate add major flavor to the goofy "6996 (Club Yohimbe)," a tune that plays as a satisfying combination of both Digital Underground's "Doowutchyalike" and "Humpty Dance." --Rebecca Levine

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful electronic guitar noise October 17, 2002
Format:Audio CD
This is a brilliant show of music. Everything from the cd cover art down to the slip case over the cd is wonderful. The music on the inside is the jem though. I've always been a fan of Vernon Reid, even during his days with Living Color. His playing on this album is just an extension of what was on his solo album, Mistaken Identity. Not many DJ's are really interesting to listen to or fully get the creativity for the instrument that they use, but DJ Logic is not one of these artists. He approaches his instrument like a jazz musician, less is more type feel. He know just where to place "notes". This is a wonderful, eclectic little album to jam to, hopefully more will come from these two - together.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars this ain't about the, ahem, wankery people! November 15, 2002
Format:Audio CD
in a word: awesome. in a couple of other words, if you are expecting a rock guitarist's album with a turntableist thrown in as window dressing, you will surely be mistaken.
if you are looking for an album that is nearly always interesting, never boring, and is sometimes quite funny, you should pick up "front end lifter".
this is the surprise of the year for me. the things that these two cats can do with their instruments is amazing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Two Funky Minds Thinking Alike September 30, 2002
By Joe
Format:Audio CD
Ten years. Despite traveling in the same artistic circles, and even appearing on each other's solo work, it took a decade for DJ Logic and Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid to record an album together. It's especially odd now, given the path DJ Logic's career has taken. In the mid-'90s, it would have made perfect sense, working together on Graham Haynes' Transition disc and even Reid's own Mistaken Identity album, the two were almost in the exact same place musically.
But now DJ Logic finds himself among an entirely different crowd. After being "discovered" by Medeski, Martin and Wood on their Combustication album, DJ Logic and his group, Project Logic, were quickly taken up by the jam band community. The only problem is, these bands want to turn Logic into a DMC-style turntablist: wow the crowd with some impressive scratching and be done with it. But, as Reid knows, that isn't his proper role. He is a musical handyman, filling in spaces and touching up grooves with conservative scratches, obscure vocal samples and any other sound he sees fit. There is no machismo here, no concern over dropping listeners' jaws. It's a chance to see two artists realize their full potential after waiting for so long.
When you hear the album, it becomes apparent why they chose to name themselves after Africa's answer to Viagra. The Yohimbe Brothers start things off with Reid, maybe under the influence of the aphrodisiac, putting down a sexually charged guitar riff. Not to be outdone, DJ Logic provides an array of percussionist scratches and effects that matches Reid's intensity. The sexual energy builds even further, as producer Prince Paul (reprising his Handsome Boy Modeling School persona of Chester Rockwell) sends us on a tour with "6996 (Club Yohimbe)".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars WTF? Wake up & Groove on this peeps! 4.5 stars, really! February 16, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Why this band was never a big hit I STILL cannot fathom.

Is it because Vernon Reid & the YBs are not descended from pasty, seasick oarsmen who arrived on the Mayflower? Or is it because the sweaty, pumping, and face-melting INFOTAINMENT contained on FRONT-END LIFTER joyously overflows with a kinetic, thought-provoking and humorous blend of funk-hop, psychedelia and blazing guitar pyrotechnics? I'm still scratching my head! But my toe's still tapping as my

butt boogies and funny bone shivers with delight while Vernon & Co. funkify my life like few other band can (the Meters, Garage-A-Trois, Pfunk and early Chili Peppers - WTF happened, Flea? - come to mind!). The Yohimbe Brothers (Reid with DJ Logic playing mind-bendingly tasty turntables + a crack team of PLAYAS extraordinaire!) simply crank out supercharged guitar funk that not only'll get your grandma out on the dancefloor, but will also fry your synapses with acid-drenched guitar shredding and a battery of crazy sounds that all bounce along with the intensity of horny teenager on Red Bull and a first date with his new girlfriend. The hyper-funk workouts

ripping outta this CD are enough to lift the roof off any house-party while the proficiency of the players should satisfy all but the snobbiest of true MUSIC-o-PHILES. The cast of performers assembled here by Reid allows F-EL to play out a dizzying array of stylistic twists all rooted in guitar-shred funk. Latasha N. Diggs simultaneously melts and steels every guy in the room with her super sexy rap in "Psychopathia Mojosexualis". Whereas Slick Rick and Prince Paul

scope out the pick-up bar with horny hilarity as VR & the band rip a sick groove behind them.
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