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There are a few songs that do sound distinctly like Primus ("Shadow of a Man," "Army's on Ecstasy," and "The Grand Pecking Order" in particular.) Even then, they are still great songs.
"Radon Balloon" definately could have been on "The Story of the Ghost" or "Farmhouse." Once again, that doesn't deter from the fact that its a great little ditty. "Birthday Boys" is definately a Trey Anastasio tune, but with a little tweaking.
My favorite songs though, are the ones that have a flavor that is specifically Oysterhead. "Rubberneck Lions" is the best example of this (and the best tune on the record.) It utilizes all of the group's strengths: two unique and totally different lead singers, amazing instrumental prowess, and driving jazzy-rock rhythms. Everybody in this group has a great sense of rhythm and melody, which makes for some cool tunes.
"Wield the Spade" utilizes the brilliant weirdness of these three individuals. The best way I could describe this song would be "audio in liquid form." It feels like floating on gently rocking water.
The lyrics on this record are weird. That's not really surprising given Trey Anastasio's and Les Claypool's past.Read more ›
Today the wait was over, I travelled to my local record store at 11 am and bought this album without even looking at anything else (quite unusual for me). I then found the first CD player I could and put this in. It is amazing how much these three musicians, whose usual bands (primus, phish, and the police) have such a signature sound, could create something with such a unique sound. You can hear definite touches of these bands in the songs, but they compliment each other in new ways. Claypool's heavy bass tone has forced Trey to play in a more metallic, yet still funky fashion. consequently, Copeland's drumming has reached new funky heights never reached with the Police (in addition, its awesome to finally hear from stewart copeland again.). the addition of copeland also brought new production values to the project. If you listen, there are all kinds of cool electronic effects, drum machines, etc. in the background that enhance the project immensely.
All in all this is an awesome project. Highly reccomended.
For all intents and purposes the songs on "The Grand Pecking Order" written by Les Claypool are Primus. I write specifically of the songs where either the music or lyrics were written specifically by Claypool alone, such as "Shadow of a Man" and "The Army's on Ecstasy." There is little to no difference from the songs he wrote on this album to what you might find on Primus or Les Claypool's Flying Frog Brigade.
You can tell Try didnt really know how to approach these songs.
To a lesser extent, the two songs written by Anastasio alone, "Radon Balloon" and "Birthday Boys" follow the similar scheme. These songs could easily be passed off as Phish songs.
I think Copeland is the only one who benefits from working with the other two. I think his talent is realized to its full extent, and you can tell he was challenged by working with Trey and Les. You can hear that his talent goes far beyond what was expected of him with the Police.
It is only on the songs written by the collective that you really see the potential of these 3 artists working together. All of these songs have incredible
compositions, and they gel together beautifully. It is for these songs that you should purchase this album. But the songs written by only one person in the band, makes you wonder if they have the ability to look past the scope of their own musical scope.
1. Are you a fan of Primus, Phish, Stewart Copland (Police, solo projects)?
2. Did this album need to sound like the bands they are in?
3. Should this album have taken on it's own identity?
Many seem to think the identity of Oysterhead is based on the players previous work and to a degree that's true. Les Claypool in particular always sounds like Les Claypool. It's not a whole lot different on this CD although I think he is more subdued and more integrated in the mix than he would be in say Primus.
I don't see Trey Anastasio's work sounding all that much like Phish, again, he has his style and that's evident on this album but again, within the scope of the band it's well integrated.
Stewart Copland fares best in Oysterhead. His drumming is excellent and fits nicely with Anastasio and Claypool. There is a more subdued sound to "The Grand Pecking Order" than Claypool fans may expect. His vocals tend to sound similar but that has always been the case. That said, even the vocals are more subdued. Don't take subdued to be cautious or uninspired because this is a lively album filled with a lot of interplay between musicians. The songs range from pleasant instrumental to moderately hard rocking.
I agree with other reviewers that Claypool may not have a lot of depth in his songwriting skills but I still enjoy what is on Oysterhead. It's funky, slightly progressive and playful. It caught my attention on first listen and grows with each new one. It doesn't matter to me how close or far Oysterhead sounds compared to the respective bands of Claypool, Anastasio or Copeland, it works as it's own album. I heard it without knowing who was in the band and liked it, that's why I bought it. I'm not much of a Primus fan and not a Phish fan.Read more ›
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REUNION TIME!! come on guys stop stalling!
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"Oysterhead - New Orleans 5 4 00"
its their first show, its audio and long, and... Read more
When everything is done and said, you best look out for Mr. Oysterhead!Published 18 months ago by Baba-John
Oysterhead is a side project consisting of Trey Anastasio (Phish) (lead guitar/vocals), Les Claypool (Primus) (bass/vocals) and Stewart Copeland (The Police) (drums/chorus), formed... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Ivan Howe The Great
ANOTHER LES CLAYPOOL PRODUCTION, OR AT LEAST HAS HIS MIT'S IN ON IT. LIKE ZEE MUSIC ALOT.............Published 21 months ago by Dave H.
Not my style but it was for my brother for Christmas and he loved it. So when he know if I am going to place an order he gives me his list.Published on June 20, 2014 by Margaret M. Born
I love Phish and I love Les Claypool's music(Primus,Les Claypool's Frog Brigade,and Les Claypool.) The music on this disc is part Phish, part Primus, and something all together... Read morePublished on March 25, 2014 by Phunkyphreak
LOOK THIS ONE UP TO SEE WHO'S ROCKIN IN THIS BAND. I WISH THEY WOULD GET TOGETHER FOR ONE MORE. BUY IT NOW.Published on February 5, 2014 by Lucas Cross