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Op Zop Too Wah

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Audio CD, September 24, 1996
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1. Of Bow and Drum
2. Word Play Drum Beat
3. Six String
4. Conversation Piece
5. All Her Love Is Mine
6. I Remember How to Forget
7. What Do You Know?, Pt. 1
8. Op Zop Too Wah
9. A Plate of Words
10. Time Waits
11. What Do You Know?, Pt. 2
12. Modern Man Hurricane Blues
13. In My Backyard
14. A Plate of Guitar
15. Live in a Tree
16. Something to Do
17. Beautiful
18. High Wire Guitar
19. Sky Blue Red Bird Green House
20. The Ruin After the Rain
See all 21 tracks on this disc

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 24, 1996)
  • Label: Passenger
  • ASIN: B000000IDN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,488,020 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By x_bruce on April 20, 2002
Format: Audio CD
In his first two albums Adrian Belew looks for his voice and shows his mentors influence. There are some excellent songs and playing but Belew doesn't quite reach his potential. Desire Caught By The Tail, his third album demonstrates his more experimental side to diehard fans. This pretty much becomes the pattern for much of Belew's work with a swing to more pop based songs.
Op Zop Too Wah is where he puts it all together, literally. Every phase of Adrian Belew's ideas fall into place on this album. The guitar work and post beat poet kick the album off with Of Bow and Drum and Word Play Drum Beat. Besides being entertaining pieces of music they are also interesting experiments in the boundries of rock music. The lyrical, pop side of Belew's sound is found on tracks like All Her Love Is Mine and Time Waits.
This can make for sharp contrasts of which there are plenty in this set of 21 songs. There have been complaints about how disconcerting these contrasts are to which I disagree. As an album Op Zop Too Wah is cohesive, it's just not typical of his pop laden prior efforts nor his completely experimental material.
Instead we get a pastiche of the elements that make up Adrian Belew's musical skills, really the first album in his catalog to do so. The key is taking the album for what it is and not what you would like it to be. It is refreshing to hear the various elements of Belew's interests including production skills. The sequencing and spacing of songs are at times surprising yet tasteful. Production quality is excellent.
For new listeners you can expect some pop songs in the acoustic and electric form only they will be a bit twisted from what you may be experienced to. There will be concise excursions into lightly experimental guitar and song structures.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chris on November 2, 2000
Format: Audio CD
If I told you that Op Zop Too Wah is one of my favorite albums ever made, I'd be telling the truth, so let me just say that this is one of my favorite albums. It's true that some of the songs are very short. I still love everything about the album. The reference to King Crimson's Larks' Tongues In Aspic in "Of Bow and String", that piano part in "Time Waits", the intense live performance "High Wire Guitar", the ocassionally sarcastic lyrics, the catchy music, those crazy sound effects that are dropped in at seemingly random places make this album easily the most coherent I own. Op Zop Too Wah's articulation is puzzling, but very noticeable, especially after repeated listens. For example, how can you appreciate "Plate of Words" and "Plate of Guitar"? They are both under a minute long, and they are the same thing, only "Plate of Words" has lyrics and "Plate of Guitar" doesn't. How can I explain my appreciation for this? I can't...it's just gotta be experienced. This album NEVER gets old. There have been a lot of albums that I own and I don't listen to a lot simply because they've gotten old with me and I'm tired of listening to them. I have yet to get tired of this music. There's something about this catchy, experimental pop/rock that gets me after every listen. Listen for yourself. Listen for yourself over and over and over....
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "marzullo" on December 2, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This is Adrian's best work as a solo artist, since it brings together on one recording everything he has experimented with in the past--noisy guitar instrumentals, piano ballads ('The Ruin After The Rain'), straightforward pop ('Something To Do,'Six String'), manic, King Crimson-type rock ('I Remember How To Forget'), twisted blues ('Modern Man Hurricane Blues'), lyrical improv ('Word Play Drum Beat'), and the type of unique heavy percussion, frenzied guitar pieces that only Adrian can create ('Of Bow and Drum'). And did I mention that Adrian plays almost 100% of every instrument on this album? Highlights for me--the opening moments of the CD's first track ('Of Bow and Drum') which still makes my jaw drop--turn it up real loud the first time you listen and tell me you're not floored; the guitar solo in 'Six String,' Ade's ode to his axe; and the disc's closer, 'On,' which just simply a cool song. The man is a genius, and it is a real shame that more people do not know about him. Just ask Trent Reznor (NIN), who once said 'Adrian is the greatest musician in the world.' On this album, you still hear the Beatles influence that he is recognized for, but not quite as strong, and this makes for a more satisfying, unique sound. For further listening, make sure you check out the songs 'Dinosaur' and 'One Time' from KC's 'Thrak' CD--these are excellent, excellent Adrian pieces as well.
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By Jason M. Carzon on January 18, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is Adrian Belew's definitive, yet most overlooked album. Almost every style and experiment he's known for crops up on this 21-track journey of an album, it's as though he had taken elements of his own style, influences, instrumental skill and psyche and splattered it onto this disc in an ejaculated spray of musical jism. And with 21 tracks, you get a lot of contrast: experimental guitar textures in 'CONVERSATION PIECE' and 'HIGH WIRE GUITAR', Beatles styles in 'SIX STRING' and 'TIME WAITS', beat poetry with 'WORD PLAY DRUM BEAT', alt-pop in 'SOMETHING TO DO' and modern blues with 'MODERN MAN HURRICANE BLUES' and 'ALL HER LOVE IS MINE'. There's even a rejected King Crimson track('I REMEMBER HOW TO FORGET')and isn't that psychedelic-ish last track('ON') like a strange Thrak/Sgt. Pepper hybrid?
Perhaps this album sounds a bit schizophrenic, but it's pretty cohesive as well- it sounds like a complete album rather than a mass of styles thrown together. Most of the tracks are short, and some tracks sound undeveloped yet done that way on purpose('A PLATE OF WORDS' for example sounds like a regular song which got turned off halfway through). This is some of Adrian's best songwriting, a shame this release got lost in the shuffle amid the Crimson double-trio era and didn't get the recognition it should have. Buy this and take the journey.
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