The most popoular songs of all time thrillingly performed by the exotic and mysterious M'lumbo Special Guest Jane Ira Bloom, Page Hamilton Gary Lucas.
M'lumbo takes the familiar and makes the earth. --New York Newsday
M'lumbo makes world music for some world other than Earth. --Dirty Line
To approach a merely adequate description, try and imagine a combination of Miles Davis, Sun Ra traditional African music, and early Bonzo Dog Band...very exciting, filled with unbridled energy and humor. The musicianship is superb and the arrangements exceptionally creative. --Alternative Press
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Sometimes M'Lumbo have seemed to be as much a cultural statement than anything, regurgitating jingles and sound samples along with jazz-improv making you feel like you're in a room where a band is playing but someone has a radio on and a couple tv's blaring as well. Not being averse to sensory overload culture, I rather appreciate the aesthetic.
The pieces can be psychedelic and cerebral with a stream of unconscious chatter, and yet whimsical enough that it's never menacing, but rather absurd.
Disc One contains the live studio version of the album. The WTF factor is addressed up front as the album opens with the sound of crickets, babbling brook and canine howl from a reverbed-up movie soundtrack, to suddenly be hit with the theme from Hawaii Five O. And yet, the theme dissipates quickly into a lovely tropical flavored jam, radios and tv's on until the breakdown, then it resumes with heavy drum part of the Hawaii Five O theme and rocks for awhile. Clocking in at over 11 minutes, there are a few twists and turns till the finale.
Next is "Beat It". Lot's of beatnik references here. I think. It doesn't take long to start scratching your head.
Third is the theme from James Bond, and at just under ten minutes it goes into some versatile improv with a nice trip out.
With "Rock Around The Clock" I'm starting to hear what these musicians are actually doing, and it's pretty cool even if it smells funny. It's a subtle deconstruction underneath the obvious.
"Peter Gunn" - ambient glitch jungle into free form ice cream commercial love unlimited orchestra shtick with awesome samples.
"Pink Panther" is where we hear Elmer Fudd say "there's something awfulwreee scwooeey going on awound here" and well, it's pure and good like kool aid. Clever soundbites are galore, and there is also time for a sax solo.
"Andy Griffith" explores a 1950's educational film on the dangers of older homosexual men offering a ride, and coke. The music sounds much like early seventies Miles Davis.
"Sesame Street" is over 15 minutes long with a smooth jazz hint, and the distorted guitar comes more into play as well. Easily the best track on the disc based on musical merit alone. If you make it this far, the final track makes you glad you listened.
The second disc is a live set including original compositions and familiar themes from the M'Lumbo repertoire.
Highly unique and highly recommended!