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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic Mod Afw
  • ASIN: B000002JLQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #177,120 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Hog Callin' Blues
2. Devil Woman
3. Wham Bam Thank You Ma'am
4. Ecclusiastics
5. Oh Lord Don't Let Them Drop That Atomic Bomb On Me
6. Eat That Chicken
7. Passions Of A Man
8. Charles Mingus Interviewed By Nesuhi Ertegun

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Besides the masterfully sloppy music within, this 1961 recording offers two noteworthy elements to the Mingus discography: the presence of Roland Kirk blowing his usual assortment of horn-like oddities, and the presence of Mingus himself on piano (Doug Watkins replaces Mingus on bass). The loose (even for Mingus) environment brings Mingus's vibrant but tense sense of humor to the fore. As usual, his compositions borrow heavily from blues and gospel sources. His quirky, devilish piano work adds a new dimension to his music while Kirk, Booker Ervin, and Jimmy Knepper all contribute solos that are alternately pithy and passionate. Mingus even sings his own idiosyncratic lyrics in a number of spots. The CD reissue adds a long but at times insightful interview with Atlantic head Neshui Ertegun. Not a Mingus essential, but rewarding for its peek into Mingus's complex personality and its compelling blend of bitterness and jocularity. --Marc Greilsamer

Customer Reviews

This is one of my favorite albums from start to finish.
Ahmed Chronwell
While Mingus Ah Um and The Black Saint & the Sinner Lady get the most attention (and hey, they're great), Oh Yeah is my favorite Mingus album EVER.
This is one of the few albums where you get to hear Mingus's great and gritty voice.
Joseph Tate

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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By gone daddy gone on December 10, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Give this one 12 stars! Hot hot hot record! You won't ever find music more alive then this, if you can sit down while Hog callin blues gets going then you're ready for the crypt. Genius genius genius! Stop it! Bebop it! My god this music is almost obscene in it's brilliance and vitality, at times the ecstasy approaches Klezmer territory, at others it's just sooooo blue that no one else should be allowed by law to even try to play the style after 1962. Filled with all the madness and beauty expected from Mingus, it just goes somewhere else. Rock musicians such as Zappa and Beefheart spent their entire careers trying to capture this feel and never even got close, not really even worth mentioning, I only do so in the event you are a rock fan and don't know this music, so buy this and hear the real deal. Still guranteed to scare the elderly, inspire you to holler and commit various acts of social irresponsibility, while still flooring anyone with musically sensitive ears. Glorious glorious music.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By "wednightprayermeeting" on May 18, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Released in '61 at the beginning stages of the burgeoning avant garde jazz movement, OH YEAH marks the times with it's non-violent resistance. But, this is Charles Mingus,irascible, he's been labeled, and in fashion, OH YEAH contains a bit of civil disobediance.
"Hog Callin' Blues" starts out the album, which is of the most fun of all Mingus tunes, and really wails on account of Rahsaan Roland Kirk (who appears throughout OH YEAH).
"Devil Woman" contains Mingus in full blues shout.
"Ecclusiastics" is super charged gospel Mingus, a fun tune with a swingin' churchy hand clappin' break down section.
"Lord,Please Don't Let Them Drop That Atomic Bomb On Me" is a fearful, jam, with Mingus audibly pleading with Jesus.
Mingus, as usual manages to cyringe a bit of rye humor in to this albums, and doesn't fail with this one--with the raucous Jelly Roll Morton style parody of minstrel "humor," "Eat That Chicken."
The first inklings of the '60s psychedelic rock genre are fathered with the politically charged and trippy "Passions of a Man."
With the newer reissue, you get a few more songs, most from his 1957 TONITE AT NOON album.
One of my very favorite of all of Mingus' albums, and essential for a full historical retrospect of 1960s America.
Couldn't speak more highly of this one, it's a barn burner.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By M. Allen Greenbaum HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on May 19, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is one of Mingus' best albums and is unusual in several respects. Most notably Mingus plays piano, and the roaring insistent passages as well as soft comping are hugely effective. The three horns (Booker Ervin and Roland Kirk on sax, Jimmy Knepper on trombone) are powerful and soul stirring. In addition, Mingus' singing/vocalizing punctuate the sounds in a manner similar to drums and bass. For example, the opening "Hog Callin' Blues" begins with a righteously vocalized bop riff by Mingus, and is accompanied by fiery, sometimes dissonant sax work by the great Roland Kirk. The blues similarly colors many songs, but really, Mingus adds his imprimatur to all musical influences.
Ecclusiastics is a blues (well, a Mingus blues) with Mingus' prayer-like bop vocals and piano adding a spiritual dimension. This song is simply beautiful; I'd love to hear this sometime as an orchestral piece! The group shifts from soothing, Ellingtonian strains to buoyant noise in seconds; it is a beautifully realized composition.
"Oh Lord, Don't Let Them Drop That Atomic Bomb on Me" is another musical prayer (with Mingus' famous line "don't let them drop it, stop it, bebop it"). And "Eat that Chicken" is, well, unlike anything: A rollicking song about "eating chicken," which is both farcical and a deeply felt appreciation of appetitive delights. It's a different number alright, but essentially spiritual and akin to a joyous gospel. Passions of a Man is a total surrealistic delight, with Mingus intoning Spanish (or is it a mixture of Spanish and Mingus-ese?) and shouts of "Viva!" set against the group's abstract "Latin." I don't know with what it compares, but it is a daring delight! The Atlantic re-release adds three songs from the 1964 "Tonight at Noon.
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This is probably my favorite Mingus release, even though "Mingus Ah Um" and "The Black Saint & the Sinner Lady" are probably technically superior (not to mention more accesible). As the title stated, this will please fans of Captain Beefheart and Screamin' Jay Hawkins as much as it will Mingus fans. The factor that makes this unique among his albums is his vocals - yes he sings! Mingus was always known for choosing offbeat song titles ("Better Get Hit In 'Yo Soul", "Orange Was the Color of Her Dress, Then Blue Silk"), but his lyrics are intensly surrealistic. Case point for the abstract lyrics is certainly "Oh Lord, Don't Let Them Drop That Atomic Bomb On Me". Every song is a winner also, this is a rare album that you can play start to finish without hitting the skip button. The high point of the album probably is the final track, "Passions of a Man", which deconstructs - no, demolishes any sort of set rhythm. As much an essential as any of Mingus' more well-known classics.
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