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The Lounge Lizards
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on October 2, 2016
Excellent MP3 clarity. A must.
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on October 15, 2013
A progressive jazz sound.
I purchased this from overseas .. it was very hard to find in the US.
Arrived on time and in good shape.
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on July 14, 2015
Great
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on November 10, 2013
A master work. Know this album quite well but had never owned it. Very happy to now have a copy
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on October 27, 2017
I'm surprised there are so few reviews of this record. It is an essential album for the early 1980s New York music scene. John Lurie and his band set the soundtrack for the non-punk/new-wave/disco atmosphere of the city. This is avant garde jazz, but not like Ornette Coleman. It's got Lurie's quirky melodies (very Monk-ish; in fact, there are two Monk tracks on this record), and it has Arto Lindsay's frantic guitar, which takes the music from the more sedate jazz atmosphere to something just slightly strange. Lurie would become known as an actor, notably in movies by Jim Jarmusch, and would write music for Jarmuch's movies as well, and, unfortunately, no longer performs because of health issues. But this and other early Lounge Lizards albums were hugely influential in the early 1980s in NYC.
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on March 12, 2003
Long before John Zorn's blend of hardcore and jazz in Naked City, John Lurie put together this intense jazz-punk hybrid. It has a sleazy, gritty sound that shows the early development and experimentation of the long-running institution that is The Lounge Lizards.
Lurie's sax plays many of the melodies, but perhaps more of a feature is the insane scraping sounds of Arto Lindsay's guitar and Evan Lurie wildly tinkering on the electric piano. Drummer Anton Fier's style sounds a bit more rock than jazz, which also adds to the punkiness.
The material is mostly by John Lurie, and falls somewhere between sexy, loungy jazz ("Ballad", "You Haunt Me" and a pretty straight reading of Earle Hagen's "Harlem Nocturne") and upbeat crazy pieces ("Wangling", Thelonius Monk's "Well You Needn't" and "Epistrophy"), at times somewhat Frank Zappa-ish, as another review mentioned.
Later incarnations of The Lounge Lizards saw Lurie adding more and more horns, then other instruments and eventually creating a more layered sound, which incorporated some elements of classical and African musics (among countless others). All of their work has been great, but this, their debut album still remains the most fresh and exciting.
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on June 1, 2000
John Lurie has recorded good material since this was made, but this particular CD is unique; it captures the band while they were still developing, and is fascinating for that reason alone.
Basically, I would recommend this CD to anyone who likes Frank Zappa's early 70's output ("Grand Wazoo", "Waka/Jawaka", "Weasels") and/or Henry Cow ("Leg End", etc.). If this is your first taste of this sort of music, it may take a while to grow on you. But once it does, you'll be listening to all music with different ears.
Glad to see this is still available in some form; I bought this in '81, and still go back to it when I need to remember what experimental jazz can sound like when a sense of humor and history are present.
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on September 18, 2015
if you have ears, you better listen...
third stream and then some!
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on May 28, 2000
The debut Lounge Lizards here featured guitarist Arto Lindsay who along w/ Ikue Mori went on to form the legendary downtown NYC No-Wave band DNA and then worked with John Zorn, formed the Ambitious Lovers....and so on. Here he is in unique and profound form, blasting out oddly phrased tones from his infamous no-name (? ) red 12-string guitar...
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on January 24, 2001
THIS IS THEIR DEBUT ALBUM , BUT VERY WELL . THIS IS PUNK-JAZZ , ARTO PLAYS VERY AGRESSIVE&STRANGE . THE 3. SONG IS ALWAYS BETWEEN MY FAVOURITES SONGS . IT'S NAME IS "DO THE WRONG THING "
BUY THIS ALBUM , DO THE RIGHT THING !!!
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