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Mr. Music Head

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Oh Daddy
  2. House Of Cards
  3. One Of Those Days
  4. Coconuts
  5. Bad Days
  6. Peaceable Kingdom
  7. Hot Zoo
  8. Motor Bungalow
  9. Bumpity Bump
  10. Bird In A Box
  11. 1967
  12. Cruelty To Animals


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros Mod Afw
  • ASIN: B000002IO3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,926 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Wayne Klein HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 28, 2002
Format: Audio CD
If you could make your guitar make any sound in the world what would it be? In the case of Adrian Belew, he can make it sound like every animal from Jumanji and quite a few you can't imagine. Unlike a lot of musicians, that's not just his focus. Belew loves melodic pop songs. He loves the Beatles. He loves much of the music of the 60's and 70's. He doesn't focus or dwell on the past but emblishes on it using it as a foundation to build new music not retro music.
Mr. Music Head was Belew's break through album. His minor hit Oh Daddy actually reached a mainstream audience (that's also true of the songs he wrote with Fripp, Levin and Brufford for the 80's incarnation of King Crimson). His adorable daughter Audie sings on the track and it isn't corny. Unlike his earlier albums Lone Rhino and Twang Bar King (both out of print and never committed to CD. You can hear the highlights on his compilation CD), the jokes are more subdued and downplayed in favor of more serious material and stronger songs. That's just as well as well because his joke material is fine to listen to but doesn't leave much of an impression compared to his better songs.
The material ranges from sublime (One of These Days) to silly (Oh Daddy). Mr. Music Head, like Here and Inner Revolution shows Belew at the top of his form. I'd also recommend his work with King Crimson-- Discipline, Beat, Three of a Perfect Pair, Thrak and Live in Argentina. The Acoustic Adrian Belew is also worth picking up. The Talking Heads albums you should pick up that features his distinctive vocals and guitar work include Remain in Light and The Name of This Band is Talking Heads (available only in vinyl and long out print but I have a copy transferred to CDR. I'd recommend doing the same thing).
Enjoy the music of the Lone Rhino.
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Adrian Belew is a master of sound manipulation. From his banana Strat and sea of effects pedals he can conjure practically any sound imaginable: who else could write pop songs such as Elephant Talk, Big Electric Cat, and Lone Rhinoserous?. Throughout his long career supporting enigmatic artists such as Talking Heads, David Bowie, Frank Zappa, and Laurie Anderson, and 20 years as the front man for progressive rock icon King Crimson, Adrian has always displayed his considerable musical talents, his not-quite-in-the-mainstream pop sensibility, and above all his love of music.
All of these characteristics are on full display here. "Oh Daddy" was a minor hit for Belew, and features his daughter Audie's vocals. This catchy tune is a wry comment on the music industry, and Belew's modest position within it. Elsewhere, he creates images of perfect summer days, imperfect relationships with happy endings and Peaceable Kingdoms, where animals roam free unhindered by humans. Belew has clearly been influenced by John Lennon and the Beatles, and here he even attempts a sound collage, a la Revolution #9. However, Belew even makes this sound more joyful than sinister. Naturally, Belew decorates his songs beautifully: he plays all the instruments on this album, but that is mainly piano, percussion, and guitar synth. But he creates quirky solo lines, atmospheric backgrounds, and even a clarinet solo from that palatte.
Anyone who's ever seen Belew perform live will recognize his pure joy at being on stage and making music, and that joy comes through vividly on this wonderful disc. This is a wonderful accompaniment to a breezy spring afternoon or a summer drive to the country. Buy this CD!
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Chances are if your looking at this you are at least aware of Adrian Belew. If you already have heard lone rhino and twang bar don't hesitate to get this.

A little bit puzzling that this album has had so many so-so and negative reviews, some really great songs on here bad day and 1967 especially. I find this record more solid than young lions.

If your looking for some great playing (he plays 99% of all the instruments!) good lyrics and melodies then you will not be disappointed. It's a shame that Belew isn't more popular and most his stuff you have to buy used I suppose he'll always remain a musicians musician.
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Sí, que dificil es valorar los discos de Adrian Belew. Es evidente que la mayor parte de los aficionados, se acercan a este artista, desde la perspectiva de King Crimson. Así analizado, sus discos pecan de "exceso pop". Sin embargo, si te acercas desde un punto de vista global, analizando, no solo su participación en KC, sino sus discos en solitario, sus colaboraciones y sus proyectos paralelos, llegas a la conclusión de que estamos ante uno de los principales músicos de la escena pop-rock. Este disco que comentamos, supuso su primer intento con Atlantic, después de una estupenda trilogía anterior. Los tres discos que realizó para Atlantic son sucesivamente peores, pero éste se mantiene, aún, con altos standares de calidad. Si exceptuamos el primer tema (autenticamente horrible)el resto nos muestra, una vez mas, sus inflencias Beatles. Muchos de los temas de Belew podrían ser catalogados como las grabaciones perdidas de "Revolver". NO es que suenen a algún tema en concreto, pero tienen ese sentimiento.
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