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  • Audio CD (December 21, 1992)
  • Original Release Date: December 21, 1992
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Nonesuch / Elektra
  • ASIN: B000005J08
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,319 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Batman
2. The Sicillian Clan
3. You Will Be Shot
4. Latin Quarter
5. A Shot In The Dark
6. Reanimator
7. Snagglepuss
8. I Want To Live
9. Lonely Woman
10. Igneous Ejaculation
11. Blood Duster
12. Hamerhead
13. Demon Sanctuary
14. Obeah Man
15. Ujaku
16. Fuck The Facts
17. Speedball
18. Chinatown
19. Punk China Doll
20. N.Y. Flat Top Box
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It's hard to find a contemporary musician more eclectic than alto saxophonist John Zorn. Whether investigating the affinity between traditional Jewish music and jazz with his band Masada, or performing soundtrack music for Japanese porno films, Zorn has consistently proven himself a fearless seeker of new frontiers. On Naked City, Zorn combines covers of such movie themes as Ennio Morricone's "The Sicilian Clan," Jerry Goldsmith's "Chinatown," John Barry's "James Bond Theme," and Johnny Mandel's "I Want to Live" with his own noir-inflected originals, and a "Peter Gunn"-like cover of Ornette Coleman's "Lonely Woman" is thrown in for good measure. The results are like a trip to the drive-in for a bad double-feature--if the drive-in is on Mars. The band, which features Zorn stalwarts Bill Frisell on guitar, Wayne Horvitz on keyboards, Fred Frith on bass, and Joey Baron on drums, is remarkably confident and wide-ranging. --Fred Goodman

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This album goes by pretty fast for me, since there is always something that catches you.
Private Quentin Tarantino Fan
Every record collection should have at least one copy of Can Tago Mago, Captain Beefheart Trout Mask Replica and Naked City by John Zorn.
Schmaddio
In fact, I think this would actually be a great album for youngsters with an interest in jazz to listen to.
Eyes and Teeth

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By "snoticus" on June 29, 2004
Format: Audio CD
this is the album that really got me seriously into jazz. I'll wait a minute to let you gasp....
Now, let me explain myself. I bought Naked City in the summer before my freshman year in High School. My father, a former professional, now part-time jazz trombonist played jazz around the house 24/7 and I enjoyed it but didn't really listen to it that much myself. I went to several summer camps focused on jazz improv and I tended to be pretty decent without really listening to the music. The music that I did listen to was hardcore punk rock. The kind where the more bands you know that no one else did, the cooler you are (ever heard of Demon System 13, INDK...yeah thats right). I was a lot more open-minded than others who listen to that music but I still didn't care too much about other music.
Then I listened to Naked City and I was blown away. Someone had bridged the gap between jazz in all of its forms and hardcore. This was some scary s---! All of a sudden I started buying jazz cds like crazy and I have never looked back since. Thanks John for making me an open-minded listener and allowing me to be an individual!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Eyes and Teeth on December 6, 2005
Format: Audio CD
John Zorn hails from New York and has been one of the most interesting and exciting figures in contemporary music for years. He appears to be of limitless talent, acquiring quite a reputation for his wild eclecticism. That eclecticism is wildly abundant on this fine, fine album, as Zorn and Company rage thru the music of Ornette Coleman, Henry Mancini, Ennio Morricone, John Barry, and of course Mr. Zorn himself. They blaze through jazz, swing, blues, free jazz, noise, rock, thrash, and surf- often in the same song. This is great music for today's attention-span addled human. In fact, I think this would actually be a great album for youngsters with an interest in jazz to listen to. It is fast moving, often changing, and definitely never boring. I haven't listened to this CD for awhile (until today), and I forgot how enthralling it is.

`Naked City' was my first John Zorn album and it remains my favorite (along with his Occult masterpiece I.A.O.). This wonderful disc starts out with `Batman'; Zorn's uptempo envisioning of what Batman's theme should sound like- and it totally kicks ass. This is followed by Morricone's `The Sicilian Clan'. Zorn's saxophone sounds great on this track (and I usually HATE the saxophone). Next up is `You Will Be Shot', a nifty Zorn original that changes just about every ten seconds; touching on rock, noise/thrash, and blues/swing. I could go on and on; fruitlessly attempting to describe track after track. That however is beginning to seem increasingly pointless as I listen to this spectacular album. It sounds so cliché, but one must truly listen to this album for themselves to have any kind of understanding for how much ass it kicks.

One of the things that Mr.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Chris Pollina on December 26, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I took a chance on buying this CD, as I only heard about it from a friend, and had heard no music from it. It ended up being truly one of the most worthwhile CD purchases I've made. My idea of music was so much more limited before this CD. I liked only a few of the tracks, and really didn't appreciate the grindcore tracks except for their over the top quality. But after a lot of listening it redefined music for me. It is truly refreshing and unlike anything I've heard. GREAT STEPPING STONE IF YOU WANT TO GET INTO SOMETHING DIFFERENT! I highly recommend.
-Chris
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 24, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This is a shock to the system the first time you hear it, then at some point the humor in the music becomes more evident. Zorn has an interesting mind, and unlike the jazz dullards who exhibit technique for its own sake, has something to say and a unique, powerful way of saying it. I think that this album is hilarious and bracing, the way that having an avalanche fall on you is bracing. Not for your elderly maiden aunt as background music--this one demands your full attention, and jazz needs more music like that these days.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Schmaddio on November 7, 2005
Format: Audio CD
There really isn't much you can say but totally unpredictable and absolutely ingenius from start to finish. One of those rare records that keeps you on the edge of your seat and you find yourself saying about every other minute "How the hell did he think of that?". The ideas are bountiful and over the top brilliant. Every record collection should have at least one copy of Can Tago Mago, Captain Beefheart Trout Mask Replica and Naked City by John Zorn. Amazing stuff.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael Stack VINE VOICE on March 25, 2005
Format: Audio CD
As I write this, its been 16 years since these recordings were originally released, and remarkably, they still sound 10 years ahead of their time. One of many high peaks in John Zorn's career, "Naked City" (both this album and the project) stand, to my ears, pretty much on their own.

Zorn assembled a monster band, featuring himself on alto sax, Bill Frisell on guitar, Fred Frith on bass, Wayne Horvitz on keys, and Joey Baron on drums. This group is joined on several tracks by vocalist Yamataka Eye as they explore, well everything, musically. The accomplishments on this record are stunning. Tackling material by Morriconi, Henry Mancini, Ornette Coleman, Jerry Goldsmith, John Barry ("The James Bond Theme") and a series of Zorn originals, the band moves genres effortlessly.

The opener on the album pretty much sets the stage for the rest of the record-- "Batman" begins with a crazed guitar figure, then moves underneath a wailing sax to a driving rhythm and backbeat, maintains this sort of pseudo-swing feel but structures itself such that it occasionally collapses into hard core noise. The band proves themselves capable of extraordinary beauty ("The Sicilian Clan") and noise (the entire middle of the album-- all hardcore songs under a minute featuring Eye), sometimes all in the same song ("Snagglepuss"). I once heard someone say, "if you don't like Naked City, wait ten seconds, it'll sound completely different", and its really quite accurate. Whats stunning is that zorn manages such that swing fits next to hardcore fits next to country & western, then slinks into "The James Bond Theme".
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