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Mr Music Head

Adrian BelewAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002IO3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,834 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Oh Daddy
2. House Of Cards
3. One Of Those Days
4. Coconuts
5. Bad Days
6. Peaceable Kingdom
7. Hot Zoo
8. Motor Bungalow
9. Bumpity Bump
10. Bird In A Box
11. 1967
12. Cruelty To Animals

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Belew's best but a strong album nonetheless October 28, 2002
Format:Audio CD
If you could make your guitar make any sound in the world what would it be? In the case of Adrian Belew, he can make it sound like every animal from Jumanji and quite a few you can't imagine. Unlike a lot of musicians, that's not just his focus. Belew loves melodic pop songs. He loves the Beatles. He loves much of the music of the 60's and 70's. He doesn't focus or dwell on the past but emblishes on it using it as a foundation to build new music not retro music.
Mr. Music Head was Belew's break through album. His minor hit Oh Daddy actually reached a mainstream audience (that's also true of the songs he wrote with Fripp, Levin and Brufford for the 80's incarnation of King Crimson). His adorable daughter Audie sings on the track and it isn't corny. Unlike his earlier albums Lone Rhino and Twang Bar King (both out of print and never committed to CD. You can hear the highlights on his compilation CD), the jokes are more subdued and downplayed in favor of more serious material and stronger songs. That's just as well as well because his joke material is fine to listen to but doesn't leave much of an impression compared to his better songs.
The material ranges from sublime (One of These Days) to silly (Oh Daddy). Mr. Music Head, like Here and Inner Revolution shows Belew at the top of his form. I'd also recommend his work with King Crimson-- Discipline, Beat, Three of a Perfect Pair, Thrak and Live in Argentina. The Acoustic Adrian Belew is also worth picking up. The Talking Heads albums you should pick up that features his distinctive vocals and guitar work include Remain in Light and The Name of This Band is Talking Heads (available only in vinyl and long out print but I have a copy transferred to CDR. I'd recommend doing the same thing).
Enjoy the music of the Lone Rhino.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, brilliant, hard-rocking, nearly perfect January 5, 2002
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Format:Audio CD
Adrian Belew is a sheer delight. For those who have never heard him it's a real shame that there aren't any links here to sound files. Let me try to describe him for you. Imagine David Byrne if his voice had an almost operatic range and golden-smooth timbre, funnier and more complex lyrics, and several times the compositional creativity. That's sort of Adrian Belew. It's a terrible shame Belew's album Twang Bar King is out of print, although Rhino King contains a lot of the great songs from Twang Bar. I think you need Twang Bar OR Rhino King PLUS Mr. Music Head PLUS King Crimson's album Discipline to get a full sense of the guy's talents.
My one complaint about Mr. Music Head is that Belew's voice is kind of buried by the terrific instrumentation. What's with that vocal mix?? For those of us who know his voice really well we can mentally "fill in" its sound at full volume. But for a novitiate, I might recommend beginning with Rhino King to familiarize yourself with his voice before moving on to Music Head. Other than the muted vocals, the quality of the recording on Music Head is terrific.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quirky Beatlesque Album is a Classic April 28, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Adrian Belew is a master of sound manipulation. From his banana Strat and sea of effects pedals he can conjure practically any sound imaginable: who else could write pop songs such as Elephant Talk, Big Electric Cat, and Lone Rhinoserous?. Throughout his long career supporting enigmatic artists such as Talking Heads, David Bowie, Frank Zappa, and Laurie Anderson, and 20 years as the front man for progressive rock icon King Crimson, Adrian has always displayed his considerable musical talents, his not-quite-in-the-mainstream pop sensibility, and above all his love of music.
All of these characteristics are on full display here. "Oh Daddy" was a minor hit for Belew, and features his daughter Audie's vocals. This catchy tune is a wry comment on the music industry, and Belew's modest position within it. Elsewhere, he creates images of perfect summer days, imperfect relationships with happy endings and Peaceable Kingdoms, where animals roam free unhindered by humans. Belew has clearly been influenced by John Lennon and the Beatles, and here he even attempts a sound collage, a la Revolution #9. However, Belew even makes this sound more joyful than sinister. Naturally, Belew decorates his songs beautifully: he plays all the instruments on this album, but that is mainly piano, percussion, and guitar synth. But he creates quirky solo lines, atmospheric backgrounds, and even a clarinet solo from that palatte.
Anyone who's ever seen Belew perform live will recognize his pure joy at being on stage and making music, and that joy comes through vividly on this wonderful disc. This is a wonderful accompaniment to a breezy spring afternoon or a summer drive to the country. Buy this CD!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars !Que dificil es valorar a Belew! January 20, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Sí, que dificil es valorar los discos de Adrian Belew. Es evidente que la mayor parte de los aficionados, se acercan a este artista, desde la perspectiva de King Crimson. Así analizado, sus discos pecan de "exceso pop". Sin embargo, si te acercas desde un punto de vista global, analizando, no solo su participación en KC, sino sus discos en solitario, sus colaboraciones y sus proyectos paralelos, llegas a la conclusión de que estamos ante uno de los principales músicos de la escena pop-rock. Este disco que comentamos, supuso su primer intento con Atlantic, después de una estupenda trilogía anterior. Los tres discos que realizó para Atlantic son sucesivamente peores, pero éste se mantiene, aún, con altos standares de calidad. Si exceptuamos el primer tema (autenticamente horrible)el resto nos muestra, una vez mas, sus inflencias Beatles. Muchos de los temas de Belew podrían ser catalogados como las grabaciones perdidas de "Revolver". NO es que suenen a algún tema en concreto, pero tienen ese sentimiento.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh baby!
I had been looking for a copy of this ever since my cassette player ate my first one in the early nineties....
Published 6 months ago by scott nardi
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gift From A Gifted Artist
Though more than well aware of his musical associations I only became aware of Adrian Belew's solo work a couple years ago upon hearing his excellent Young Lions. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Andre S. Grindle
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Belew Album
Chances are if your looking at this you are at least aware of Adrian Belew. If you already have heard lone rhino and twang bar don't hesitate to get this. Read more
Published on October 4, 2011 by Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Music = Mr. Belew
I pulled this CD out the other day. What an absolute treasure of tunes this is. I really like One of Those Days, Hot Zoo, and Bird in a Box. Read more
Published on September 24, 2011 by NEOPROG RAN
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Early Belew Solo Work
Excellent album. Some of these songs can be found on other Belew complilations, but this album contains some exclusive works that are worth the purchase. Read more
Published on February 15, 2010 by Kurdt
5.0 out of 5 stars This guy (Amazon storefront owner) ROCKS!
Wow ... this was, somewhat by accident, one of my MOST pleasurable online shopping experiences to date. The gentleman who runs this storefront is absolutely off the hook cool. Read more
Published on September 3, 2009 by T. A. Toth
4.0 out of 5 stars Adrian Belew - Almost A Hit
Belew is probably best known for his work with King Crimson and has also worked with Frank Zappa, David Bowie, Talking Heads and a host of others. Read more
Published on August 25, 2008 by Steven Sly
2.0 out of 5 stars Full of surprises, some good, some bad
Starting with the cute and catchy, "Oh Daddy," MR. MUSIC HEAD is filled with surprises. The problem with surprises is they are not always pleasant. Read more
Published on August 27, 2007 by J. Carroll
3.0 out of 5 stars A good pop record.
By the late '80s, Adrian Belew was one of the most sought after guitarists in rock music-- after three solo albums, fronting King Crimson for three records in the early '80s,... Read more
Published on July 12, 2005 by Michael Stack
4.0 out of 5 stars Last half is excellent
This is Adrian Belew's fourth solo album. It has 12 songs ranging from 3 to 5 long. Total running time is 45 minutes. It is similar in style to his first three. Read more
Published on March 21, 2002 by kireviewer
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