- Audio CD (October 7, 2003)
- Original Release Date: 2003
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Big 3 Records
- ASIN: B0000CF348
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (208 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #233,266 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Be a Man
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Savage manages to do this by utilizing a multi-disciplinary, consilient approach (which E.O. Wilson would be proud of) by synthesising elements of American popular culture such as wrestling and hip hop. In Sartre's existentialist tradition, Macho utilizes the elements available in his times and environment to revalidate and giving meaning to what had become a meager existence, while at the same time elevating & liberating the rest of humanity to another level of meaningful existence.
Examples of this new paradigm of human expression abound in this ouevre. From the cd cover photo, which shows Mr. Macho manipulating the chains which symbolize the possibility of humanity's ability to break away from the chains of oppression that enslave us all and prevent us from leading a truly meaningful existence, to his aptly named title track, "Be A Man" which utilizes his rivalry with Hulk Hogan as a metaphor for the conflict between a superficial and unfulfilling material existence and a meaningful and rich human spiritual existence. This truly is a paradigmatic change that T. Kuhn would find exemplary.
This is a seminal must for any one's artistic recordings collection, for it is destined to be a classic and the topic of scholarly and intellectual discussions for quite some time.
Five stars is not enough to show the importance of this recording. Perhap all the stars in the Ursa Major constellation would be more fitting.
But whereas Bach chose the ancient fugal form to test his compositional prowess in "Die Kunst Der Fuge", Savage decides to exhibit his complete mastery of the hip-hop form in "Be A Man". And Macho proves to be the most impressive of the two, for it is much more difficult to write music of such awe-inspring beauty as an iconoclast than as a regurgitator of archaic ideas.
And when since Beethoven's late string quartets has anyone so plumbed the depths of human experience as the Macho King has here? Even the Cavatina from the fifth movement of Beethoven's Op. 130 cannot compare with the gravitas of this utterance from Macho's crew: "C'mon don't be scurred, you're afraid of Macho Man is what I heard". Simply stunning.
In sum, this is an incomparable masterwork and an invaluable musical document. It deserves to be heard by all ears (and all ears deserve to hear it), for one cannot claim to have knowledge of music, or indeed humanity itself, until one lives with this album. Although Bach and Beethoven waited until their final works to express their innermost thoughts in music, if we are lucky, there will be many more Macho compositions to come. Savage urges us to "Feel The Madness", but one would have to be mad not to buy "Be A Man".
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So bad it comes back FULL-CIRCLE as a truly remarkable experience!Published 20 months ago by soulmanvede
I remember, as if it were yesterday, walking down my local high street and hearing the dulcet tones of the Macho King emanating from my favourite record store. Read morePublished on January 21, 2014 by S. Dowsell
The moment the dulcet tones of the macho-est of men gracefully entered my ears I knew I was about to indulge in the finest of lyrical journeys. Read morePublished on January 20, 2014 by A L Davies
this is pretty entertaining, some good songs on here also.. its a shame he passed when he did.. such is lifePublished on September 7, 2013 by rocky stone
Its macho man, what do you expect? The rhymes are terrible and so are the beats but its comical to listen to.Published on November 29, 2012 by Hon. Wilson P Macgilicuty
Fast shipping. In time for Christmas. But cd doesn't work in most my players. But like what I could hear.Published on January 14, 2012 by Michelle Cunningham