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  • Audio CD (July 8, 2014)
  • Original Release Date: 1984
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B00JWS9IC2
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,231 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Vileness Fats was intended to be The Residents musical masterwork film. Starting in 1972 and shot over four years the project was eventually abandoned without being completed. Also no music was written. Years later a video collection of scenes titled, ""Whatever Happened to Vileness Fats?"" surfaced. The Residents had scored the scenes for the video. This is that recording. Also on this disc is the complete soundtrack from the film, ""The Census Taker."" The Residents scored this low budget indie in 1985. The full album has not been previously released on CD.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 4, 2009
Format: Audio CD
This album has a complex history to it, so pay attention: Before they were even officially a band (early 1972), the members of what shortly became the Residents originally tried to create a motion picture, 14 hours in length and shot on videotape, in their cramped warehouse home, titled Vileness Fats. Needless to say it didn't quite work out as planned, but the footage they shot, of a drama taking place in a land of one-armed midgets, was finished off ten years later, pared down to under an hour and with a new soundtrack (this album) recorded by the band.

Those familiar with the musical career arc of the Residents will know that by 1984 the band's output was becoming more and more refined, dominated more by precise synthesizers and electronic tones than the ragged anything-goes approach they took in their first decade. So this album was a bit of a boon to those who missed their chaotic early sound: while the music was still created largely using their trusted ARP synths, the style was a throwback to their early days, with the Singing Resident following suit and reverting to his muppet-like screech for many songs. The end result is a nice mix of their early energy and (then) modern sophistication, best exemplified on the instrumental pieces, like "Atomic Shopping Carts" and "Broccoli and Saxophone". While the music is obviously designed to push along the narrative, several strong songs emerged on this record, like "Eloise" a manic poem retrieved from the very earliest days of the group, and the two album epics, the multi-part "The Importance of Evergreen" and the grim closer "The Knife Fight". Overall, this album is more successful than the movie itself, and to some fans was probably the best work the Residents had done in years.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By snorp on February 19, 2001
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One of the ESSENTIAL Residents albums of all time and one of the very few to hold up to their Classsic era, '72-'80. This is a score to the unreleased film Vileness Fats , worked on around '72-'74,a short "version" came out around the release of this album, in tandem with a Mole Show video. The music here being recorded in the mid-'80's. a beautiful swirling surrealistic dreamworld! Includes the early classic Eloise,contained here within Broccoli and Saxophone,this music stands up well on its own,and is a must for even a "casual" Residents fan. There's talk of a full lenth dvd of the Vileness Fats footage some time in the future,hopefully it will include even more music from this bizarre project!
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By keith winkle on July 23, 2013
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I was quite disappointed in this pressing, It was so warped that it wouldn't play side 2 at all and side 1 makes my turntable look like it's about to bounce off it's stand. I need a good copy of this on vinyl as I can find no copies of the cd, Whoever sent this to me should be ashamed.
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