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Mr. Machinery Operator

FirehoseAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (February 23, 1993)
  • Original Release Date: February 23, 1993
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000028VW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #208,321 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Formal Introduction
2. Blaze
3. Herded Into Pools
4. Witness
5. Number Seven
6. Powerful Hankerin'
7. Rocket Sled/Fuel Tank
8. Quicksand
9. Disciples Of The 3-Way
10. More Famous Quotes
11. Sincerely
12. Hell-Hole
13. 4. 29. 92
14. The Cliffs Thrown Down

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars End of something wonderful January 8, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Mr. Machinery Operator shouldn't have been fIREHOSE's last album. I love fIREHOSE to death, and in my opinion, they can do no wrong, this album's problem was the producer... J Mascis, of Dinosaur Jr. fame. He turned wonderful songs into his own sheperd's pie. J threw in his own fuzz and feedback. There are some great high points, Blaze, Witness, and any song that Ed Crawford sings. Mike Watt should have left most of the singing duty to Ed on this disc. In all honesty, Ed was the catylst that made all fIREHOSE songs beautiful. Mike and George gave the backbone. Out of all the fIREHOSE albums, this one is my least favorite, but still is leaps and bounds ahead of all the post punk garbage out there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Machinery Operator July 20, 2010
Format:Audio CD
I am urging everyone to ignore the reviews that decry this album. It's a bittersweet goodbye for a band that by all means should still be together today (fIREHOSE reunion please!). Great standouts include Formal Introduction, Blaze, Witness, Disciples of the 3-way, More Famous Quotes, Sincerely, and perhaps the best song of the album, the Cliffs Thrown Down. Excellent as with any and all fIREHOSE material. Give this album a chance; you will not be disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I only give it 4 stars, April 9, 2005
Format:Audio CD
'cause it's the only fIREHOSE album that i have a few songs that i dislike somewhat, but i love 1, 4, 5 and 6.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars rocket fuel tank buried in my head November 5, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This album, I feel, is much maligned. Sure, the band broke up after this one. Sure Mike Watt sings some songs that Ed Crawford usually sang.

Production by J Mascis adds some extra squall and grit that I really like. For once Crawford's guitar has balls to match its agility.

What really can't be discounted though is the songs. These songs are miles beyond "Flyin' the Flannel." They careen and ricochet, erupting into clouds of feedback and just as suddenly floating gently down like the shards of exploded lightbulbs. There is an intensity to "Sincerely" and "Witness" that just isn't present on the previous album. The anger is palpable in "Hell-hole," and one of the reasons behind that anger boils over the edges of "4.29.92."
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