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Amon TobinAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)

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Brazilian-born Amon Tobin first emerged between 1994-1995 with a string of 12" singles on a small London-based record label called 9Bar Records. The album that followed, "Adventures In Foam", paved the way for a whole generation of electronic productions and prompted his signing to the prodigious Ninja Tune in 1996. He has since gone on to record seven critically-acclaimed ... Read more in Amazon's Amon Tobin Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 2, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: June 2, 1998
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ninja Tune
  • ASIN: B000007OS2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #221,080 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Like Regular Chickens
2. Bridge
3. Reanimator
4. Sordid
5. Nightlife
6. Escape
7. Switch
8. People Like Frank
9. Sultan Drops
10. Fast Eddie
11. Toys
12. Nova

Editorial Reviews

With its lush strings; its deep, snaking bass tremors; and its odd patches of percussive irritants, Amon Tobin's latest album sounds at times like the kind of noir-ish drum & bass that Luke Vibert (a.k.a. Wagon Christ) has left behind. Such torch passing seems fitting since Permutation's focus on jazz sample sources grew out of Tobin's own career switch: dropping, if only for now, the Brazilian percussion and pop flavors that have long infused his home-brewed electronica. A languorous dollop of bossa nova closes this album, but otherwise it almost exclusively explores jazz: hard-bop drum solos, luscious horn lines, and mellifluous fusoid guitar. Tobin programs all this expressly analog material into his small battery of synthesizers and produces one of the strongest albums of 1998. --Marc Weidenbaum

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Damn you, Mr. Tobin. October 3, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I really haven't been much impressed by what I'd heard of Amon Tobin. I hadn't heard much, but to me, it didn't justify the hype I'd heard about the guy. (I think it was in the Xen Cuts set I have lying around somewhere). But, out of the blue, I picked up Permutation out of sheer boredom. I probably shouldn't have.
This is the kind of album that makes me want to punch the creator in the face. In an entirely good way, to be sure. This album shouldn't be possible, it's unnaturally good. Amon Tobin must have signed a deal with the devil. Insane (...).
It has all the precision and mutations of it's Warp cousins of the time, but damn this man's taste in grooves. Such technical music shouldn't make me want to dance this much. I've heard few artists with such skill at manipulating drum lines who can also have such skill with an instrumental track. Portishead and Aphex Twin were probably cleaning their drawers from "Like Regular Chickens" alone. Blood stains and back alley mayhem. Asskicking has rarely been this cerebral. And it unfolds, one twist after another. For 70 minutes of debauchery and technology. Along with Squarepusher, some of the most intense music ever recorded. I'm not lying either. Even the heaviest of metal is overload. It's dulling. Yeah, you can hammer your guitar and drums hard. Great. It sounds like crap. Seriously. Technical, yeah, but apply it with finesse. Most drum/drill and bass, jungle, and hardcore techno will scientifically make you retarded. Yeah, the beat's hard, but it's a 3 second loop repeated for 4 minutes. My 13 year old cousin can do that with Hammerhead. But, back to the CD. "Reanimator" is insane. F*cking belligerently insane. HARD. Yeah, the twinkly noises at the beginning are cute, but yeah, this track will beat you the hell up. Relentless.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Timeless Classic. May 8, 2000
Format:Audio CD
When I took a deeper listen to this in the record store, I immediately fell in love. It's now two years since I picked it up, and I can honestly say that this is a timeless work of art. Not every track grew on me immediately - "Nova" is a good example. However, like most classics, they took time to reveal themselves to me and I feel immensely blessed for my patience. Each song reeks of creativity and takes you to a different world. My absolute favourite track is "People Like Frank." It starts out innocently - but then the track gets WARPED with the hyper percussion and eerie soundscape. Everything Amon touches is pure gold, and like fine wine, Permutation gets better with age. I almost never use the words "timeless" or "classic" when I review discs; the fact that I used them in the same sentence (see title) should speak loudly of my adoration. If you're not initially impressed by every track, then take a deeper listen. Like Talvin Singh's "O.K.," you'll eventually understand Permutation's inner beauty. It just doesn't get any better than this...that is, until Amon's next album falls from Heaven.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bop-drum fans' entry into 'electronica' December 30, 1998
Format:Audio CD
I stumbled upon this CD as I prepped for my radio show this summer. After having heard some bossa nova rhythm ala Joao Gilberto, some trumpets from uncle Miles, and then hard-bop drumming from Art Blakey, I put this lil gem on the player -- and it blended right in.
Loads of listeners called in to ask about the album; Tobin makes jazz listeners of the 90's very very proud. He puts Blakey on speed and produces physcially impossible drumming solos that bop-lovers only've wet dreams about. Tunes're melodic, if not too catchy. It's consistently tasty throughout.
Although I'm a complete novice in electronic music, after listening to this, I found myself growing impatient with Plug and Photek's repetitiveness.
If you like jazz drums, are open-minded, and think -- as i used to -- that all electronic music has thumping uninspiring beats, give this candy a try.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect album. October 1, 2004
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Format:Audio CD
First of all, I'm just using the kid review because it's easier(I'm 13, though). And second, I don't really think I have anything to say about this cd that hasn't already been said. It is just horrible that "Permutation" doesn't have a 5 star average yet. I only recently bought this, but I have had "Supermodified" and "Out from Out Where" for a while. (Both being very good, but the former blowing my mind.) I didn't think "Supermodified" could be topped. I had already kind of set it in my "Favorite cd" spot. Then I got this. It's probably the only cd I have ever purchased where I truly enjoy every single track. If I had to pick favorites, I would say "Sordid", "Nightlife", "Escape", "People Like Frank", and "Toys" really, really do it for me. This is the most original piece of music I've ever heard, and if you aren't really familiar with Mr. Tobin, this is probably a good place to start. You're in for a treat. I'm going to get "Bricolage" as soon as I can, but until I do, I can't comment on it, having only listend to a few samples. I'll just say that "Out from Out Where" is much more....electronic, in a sense, than his other work, and I wouldn't recommend getting it as the first cd. Anyway, I better stop or else I'll go into excursive blather on subjects which everyone else has already covered. One last thing : An interesting thing that I noticed was that Amon is apparently a David Lynch fan or something. "Like Regular Chickens" is a part in one of his movies (Eraserhead), and the song actually has a sample from the film in it. "People Like Frank", although it has no sample, is also a line from a Lynch film, "Blue Velvet".

"Why are there people like Frank?"
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars "Permutation" is altogether rich, ambitious, jazzy/funky, and...
"Very, very rich record full of mystery, illusion, and an excellent craft/knackery for the control of samples. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius.
This is one of my favorite albums. The first time I heard it was in disbelief, and it still gets heavy rotation in my collection. Read more
Published on November 4, 2010 by Thomas W. Meagher
4.0 out of 5 stars Good CD
When I ordered this CD, I thought that all of the songs would have the same vibe as the very last song. They do not. Read more
Published on October 4, 2009 by Brandon Boccia
5.0 out of 5 stars Tobin is indeed amazing
Amazing is right (this may be the first time I use this adjective). It's hard to believe that amazing music like this comes from the electronic genre. Read more
Published on February 1, 2008 by Private Quentin Tarantino Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Ladies & gentleman, introducing a master craftsman.
This is easily the best introduction to Tobin's back catalogue. Some of his later releases are a better demonstration of the mastery of his production, but are nowhere near as... Read more
Published on July 31, 2007 by J. Zbar
5.0 out of 5 stars Top notch
Amon at his best, absolutely stonkin, great mix of heavy bass warped jazz and electronic fusion, mixed with more jazzy downtemp numbers, huge track is sordid, big nasty bass. Read more
Published on March 13, 2007 by iTcHy
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice work
This one is worlds better than Bricolage. This is a very nice blend of jazz and electronica. The first track is beautifully dark. I definitely recommend this CD.
Published on August 28, 2005 by Paymahn Sadat-moussavi
5.0 out of 5 stars How can you pick?
Out of Amon Tobin's first three albums, it is extremely tough to pick a best one. If I were pressed, I would name this a very close second to "Supermodified" and just barely ahead... Read more
Published on April 17, 2005 by Kurt Lennon
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking, this album makes me wanna cry.
I coincidently downloaded Bridge from the Internet just out of boredom - it was love at first sight, that day alone I listened to it at least 10 times. Read more
Published on March 14, 2005 by Vicoxx
5.0 out of 5 stars Woah... Slick stuff
Amon Tobim - what can you say about him? Whether it's his stuff on Ninja Tune that you're diggin' or his stuff under Cujo, one thing's obvious from the get-go - the guy can make... Read more
Published on May 31, 2004 by bordersj2
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