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Good.Bad & Queen [Extra tracks, Import]

The Good The Bad & The QueenAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (January 29, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Import
  • Label: Toshiba EMI Japan
  • ASIN: B000KJTLC4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,193,057 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. History Song
2. 80s Life
3. Northern Whale
4. Kingdom Of Doom
5. Herculean
6. Behind The Sun
7. Bunting Song
8. Nature Springs
9. Soldier's Tale
10. Three Changes
11. Green Fields
12. Good, The Bad & The Queen

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Japanese pressing scheduled to include bonus tracks. The Good, The Bad and The Queen is a new album featuring Damon Albarn (Blur/Gorillaz), Paul Simonon (The Clash), Tony Allen (Africa 70/Fela Kuti) and Simon Tong (The Verve). The Good, The Bad and The Queen began life in the Aphrodisia Studios in Nigeria in 2004 and traces a journey from the English music hall tradition, over to West Africa for Afrobeat, zigzagging through the West Indies and its reggae and dub, back to England and London's punk scene, all the while taking in a strand of British beat music from the '50s right through to Britpop. Produced by Brian `Danger Mouse' Burton. EMI. 2007.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really....a super group February 3, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Anyone who has the balls to go back out on the frontlines after their primary claim to fame has bitten the dust deserves a little attention. Over the last few years, we gave the nod to Billy Corgan as he punished us through solo takes on his melancholy and Bee Gee covers, smirked at Chris Cornell as he fused Soundgarden vocals with Rage Against The Machine rhythms in the form of Audioslave, and put up a self conscious devil horn when STP and GNR combined into the glitz and glam of Velvet Revolver.

Then, you've got Damon Albarn. Forever known to a majority of the uneducated as the man who made "Woo Hoo" a staple phrase of alt-rock radio rotation with his band Blur, he moved into unsettled waters a few years later with the cartoon pseudonyms of the Gorillaz. And not only did we pay attention, but we ate it up. So now what? Well, you combine five heavy hitters in the music industry (representation from Blur, the Clash, Fela Kuti, the Verve, plus production from the 21st century's Butch Vig (Danger Mouse)) and write an apocalyptic album about one of the oldest cities in Western Europe.

But the beauty of this album, and the reason you should buy it, is that unlike many bands or albums that defy categorization, this particular group flexes very little of its past employment experience as it trudges through an atmospheric and foggy haze in search of how to best define London. Yes, Albarn's inarticulate warbling is there (think Thom Yorke without goosebumps), as is some dub reggae influence from the bass of Clash member Paul Simonon (who clearly wanted no upper range in his tone), polyrhythms from Tony Allen, and pristine guitar inflection from Simon Tong. But the overall effect is greater than the sum of its parts.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ok..Ok..Ignore the rap sheet. February 22, 2007
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See. This is a prime example of how we hold artists back with "good ol' days syndrome". I can explain this record in one fell swoop: If this were a debut recording by a unknown band with unknown members, people and press would be gushing all over this.

I didn't care for Blur and Verve was ok in my book, but remained on the periphery due to its short lifespan, and Simonon hasn't done anything since The Clash. Since the preconceptions were subdued, I listened to the record the first time with an open mind. I wasn't waiting for that Blur blitz or that Verve hook or that Clash swagger. As a result, I have a record that is truly engaging and beautiful, especially if you've ever been to London.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A trip down the city March 18, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Let's being by saying that this album DOES NOT sound like Blur, Gorillaz, The Clash or The Verve. If you are expecting at least one song to sound like any of the aforementioned, you will be greatly disappointed. That said it is also fair to mention that the talent from those three band members come together in an interesting fusion of skill and concept.

Damon Albarn has said The Good, the bad and the queen is not the name of the band but of the album, and his four piece orchestra is much more difficult to explain that what journalists or even reviewers would like to narrow them down to. And that could well be why this record results so rich in concept and so ethereal in execution.

The somber and at times extremely claustrophobic sound serves to transport the listener to different aspects of London. Just as the lyrics cannot be constricted to either pop or punk, there is a certain mood that prevails all along the album, and it maye be (dare to say) formulated as an electropop-rock-folk allusion to the background of each of the players.

"Kingdom of doom", "Northern Whale" and "80's life" are the standout tracks, but it is in "Herculean" that they summon up all that feeling of overwhelm and almost despair one gets to know while listening to this.

Closing track, which happens to have the same name as the album, is a prolonged exectuion that quite doesn't fit with the rest of tracks but treats us to the showcase of wild drums, exquisite guitars and the omnipresent, yet vague vocals that we have come to indulge in.

If you find this review confusing then you have a leading point to listen to this record. I did not approach it thinking it would remind me of Blur or Verve, but in a way it strives to get past that, and in my opinion it takes it to another level that even they might be wonder about. Call it an acquired taste, The Good, the bad and the queen is an album to savor more than once and discover along with your own secrets.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 star all star effort January 30, 2007
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First thing you notice is the dub bass of Paul Simonon then Albarns dark understated vocals- and throughout this excellent album the odd arrangements and sounds form a hybrid with electronic and disconnected classical strings hanging from very simple songs. Theres dub- a little britpop but mostly an odd kaleidoscope of sounds and a Kingston meets the eastend vibe. Organic folky roots music with a post 911 feel of gloom. This is Gorillaz without the trends or guest stars- this is a well assembled cast of excellent musicians creating a unique experience- timeless but modern.
This will take a few listens as the pace is slow to mid tempo and pretty dark- almost blurred at times. Albarn is an excellent songwriter and this may be his best work yet and former clash bassist Simonon is superb and looks great despite his broken nose in the cd photo. Tong (ex) of the Verve and Tony Allen both add exactly what is needed- nothing fancy but nothing common or predictable. Theres an abundance of piano but not in the coldplay vein- more traditional english music hall. To sum it up this resembles the perfect mix between later period Blur and the moody slower Gorillaz material put through producer Danger Mouse's sonic treatment. So far the best album of the last few months by quite a distance. The whole album is consistent in tone and style and is once again a very special project that transcends the history of its members.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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Published 26 days ago by Freakin Music Lover
5.0 out of 5 stars It's the blessed routine for The Good, The Bad & The Queen
This album is something very inspiring that Damon Albarn, Simon Tong, Paul Simonon and Tony Allen created portraying the modern british life. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Priscila Menezes
4.0 out of 5 stars The good
It's a great CD. I lost it and probably won't buy a new one, but the memories were good. I'm glad i owned it at one time
Published 5 months ago by estella
5.0 out of 5 stars Under the radar and underrated
Damon Albarn is the musical talent behind the Gorillaz. This is basically the same quality with all of the pop drained out. Read more
Published 11 months ago by kirk
5.0 out of 5 stars Jorge Arias, Costa Rica
An excellent group from the London underground rock scene,a mix of different music styles, like rock, pop,reggae,ska, psichedellic, and even a bit of punk(the theme song) all... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Jorge Arias Soto
4.0 out of 5 stars It grows on you.....
It's like Gorillaz, but with a weird Middle Eastern flavor. Damon Albarn once again surprises us... a weird mixed up album, every song is very different, lots of variety, some of... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Das Kickerboot
5.0 out of 5 stars Art Rock Is Alive and Well...
This extraordinary album from 2007, is by far one of the best of the decade! My favorite track is the superb "Kingdom of Doom", reminded me of Syd Barrett's Pink Floyd and the best... Read more
Published on March 1, 2012 by CARLOS ROMERO
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
I haven't really listened to the CD yet, as I bought it for my sister, who is a huge Gorillaz fan. But she likes it, for sure, and what I've heard of it is very good too. Read more
Published on November 29, 2011 by K. Foster
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing Bad About It...
This album furthers my theory that ALMOST everything Damon Albarn touches turns to instant gold. Sadly, people don't generally seem to have heard much about this venture, giving it... Read more
Published on July 24, 2011 by Bre
3.0 out of 5 stars Requires effort; partially rewards it.
This project looks amazing on paper: the bass player from The Clash, the drummer from Fela Kuti's band, and a Brit-rock guitarist, directed by Gorillaz mastermind Damon Albarn and... Read more
Published on April 5, 2010 by Angry Mofo
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