Mr. Music Head
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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.
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!
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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Was very excited to receive it. Played flawlessly and was very clean. Also very well packaged.Published 4 months ago by Spencer
I had been looking for a copy of this ever since my cassette player ate my first one in the early nineties....Published on March 10, 2014 by scott nardi
Though more than well aware of his musical associations I only became aware of Adrian Belew's solo work a couple years ago upon hearing his excellent Young Lions. Read morePublished on October 14, 2012 by Andre S. Grindle
I pulled this CD out the other day. What an absolute treasure of tunes this is. I really like One of Those Days, Hot Zoo, and Bird in a Box. Read morePublished on September 24, 2011 by NEOPROG RAN
Excellent album. Some of these songs can be found on other Belew complilations, but this album contains some exclusive works that are worth the purchase. Read morePublished on February 15, 2010 by Kurdt
Wow ... this was, somewhat by accident, one of my MOST pleasurable online shopping experiences to date. The gentleman who runs this storefront is absolutely off the hook cool. Read morePublished on September 3, 2009 by T. A. Toth
Belew is probably best known for his work with King Crimson and has also worked with Frank Zappa, David Bowie, Talking Heads and a host of others. Read morePublished on August 25, 2008 by Steven Sly
Starting with the cute and catchy, "Oh Daddy," MR. MUSIC HEAD is filled with surprises. The problem with surprises is they are not always pleasant. Read morePublished on August 27, 2007 by J. Carroll