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Magnificent Beast

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This is the third studio release from the unclassifiable ''alternative big-band'' known as MarchFourth (also known as MarchFourth Marching Band, or ''M4'' by its fans). Produced by Steve Berlin (Los Lobos), Magnificent Beast features a wide array of genre-mashing groove-based material that has established them as one of the best live touring acts, while stepping it up a notch with more vocals and guitar. Following their 2009 release, Rise Up (a tribute to new Orleans), Magnificent Beast finds the band bringing it all back home to Portland. What began as an experiment in gypsy brass, second-line, Afrobeat, samba, and circus has now evolved into a full-blown big-stage brass-rock-funk assault peppered with moments of swing, jazz, Bollywood, ska and metal.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 18, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: MarchFourth Music
  • ASIN: B005OKES3G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #204,406 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Raley on October 9, 2014
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I first heard M4 two years ago at the Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest in Chico, CA. Then, they came around again and topped even the bright memory of their last performance. More than any CD, you need to hear and see these guys live. The intoxication of the groove, the execution of the solos, and the sheer persistence of energy is a marvel to behold. They roll circus acts and jazz level musicianship into a party grade atmosphere that is thrilling and not to be missed.

The problem with such a amazing stage show is: what can the album do to top it? Well, nothing. That's ok because M4 in the studio has other things to offer. I found I was particularly attracted to the pervasiveness of the brass and winds sound and the intelligence with which the arrangements voiced the instruments. It's not just a wall of sound the way it seems in a loud concert setting, but a varied tapestry of voices, similar to what you would expect from a big band. A couple highlights are "Delhi Belly," "Sin Camiseta" and "Rose City Strut." And of course the great solos are still there along with the all out, unabated groove of the concert.

Almost too unabated. Because while listening to the album, you are probably not drinking in a large outdoor area with a lot of happy people while hot circus performers doing amazing stunts on stilts. For this reason, the album seems over long and quickly exposes weaker material like "Cow Bell" (which is cute for about thirty seconds and then annoying for the rest of the time) and "Git it All."

But you are by no means wasting your time with this album, especially if it makes drive wherever you have to go to see them live.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By dj impetus on December 26, 2012
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M4 is the best. Buy all of their albums and for goodness sake go see them live. These albums are good but its only a fraction of what m4 is.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kyle Davis on December 15, 2014
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Great music from a great band!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brenda Stokes on May 11, 2015
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Our favorite band rignt now!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rhonda miller on January 12, 2015
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Great music! Love it
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