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Transmutation (Mutatis Mutandis)

4.8 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (September 8, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Axiom
  • ASIN: B000000GAR
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,648 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This album is not only a SuperGroup effort of the best kind, but a masterclass in instrumental music. Take Funkadelic alums Bernie Worrell and Bootsy Collins, add Primus drummer Brain and sprinkle the mad genius of renegade guitar god Buckethead, and bake it in the Bill Laswell Low-End Bake Oven, and you've got a ThrashJazzFunkMetalScratch masterpiece, almost good enough for the whole family.

This album has most certainly withstood the test of time--I've owned my copy since just a few months after its release, and it has remained a mainstay of my personal rotation. There is a great sense of play and humor in juxtapositions of "Blast," a brief but numbing thrash assault, to "War Machine Dub," a slow-as-HELL bassy barrage. The jam-funk of "Animal Behavior," the only song on here with any vocals to speak of, is a centerpiece of this band's efforts and a fun tune, but these guys also give you tracks like "The Interworld and the New Innocence" just to show you that they are also master musicians who can put together a song like nobody else's business, songs that use music to move you through an experience as satisfying as any ingenius little turn of phrase or neat rhyme. Other incarnations of Praxis have included Laswell himself coming to the fore on bass, or John Zorn on alto, or Yamatsuka Eye pelting out some gutteral screams, but this version is the most flawless one, free of defect, and creating what should be (if there is truly any justice in the universe) one of the seminal albums of the late 20th century--music that does not fit easily into any one genre but actively plays with them all, mixing them together into an incredible whole that reminds us that music is a pure form, existing outside of schools of thought and mere labels, and that it is transcendent of this world into a spiritual plane. Just swing along with this one, and it will take you to new heights.
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By Scott on February 11, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This album was one of my first introductions to Buckethead. I distinctly remember listening to this and questioning everything else that I listened to, and you'll probably do the same. Buckethead seems to get most of the attention in the reviews here but really everyone featured on Transmutation is at the top of their game. If you're a fan of any of the five musicians on here (and Bill Laswell too) this is a must-have. In fact there's enough genres covered on here to satisfy almost anyone. Chaos IS never-ending as the liner notes say, and this is one chaotic masterpiece you'll be begging not to end.
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By A Customer on September 5, 2001
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This is one of the most intense and mind-blowing fusion albums of all time. No, it's not jazz-rock or irrelevant genres like neo-classical. It's a fusion of where all the modern RELEVANT genres are heading in the future. Bill Laswell has masterfully assembled a group of incredible musicians and produced an album of uncompromising vision of modern music's future. Elements of funk, dub, electronica, hip-hop, trance, trip-hop, techno, rock, metal, thrash, shred, and free-form jazz all intermingle in ways never heard before or since. Everyone is superb on this album, but Buckethead stands out as the true differentiator. This guy's speed is just insane, but it's never speed for speed's sake. His playing always fits the context of the music and that's what's so refreshing. The album sounds today (nearly a decade later) as vital and cutting-edge as it did when it first came out. This is a must-have album for all serious adventurous music fans who want to be challenged about their assumptions about music.
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By A Customer on October 26, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I've had this album for close to two years,yet it never grows old. Why? Well, let me explain. This album features Bootsy Collins(James Brown, P-Funk), the most influential basist of rock music. This album features Brain(Godflesh, Primus), an equally amazing drummer. This album features Bernie Worrel(P-Funk)an amazing keyboardist. But the topper is the guitarist. You've all heard of him, but you've probably never heard him play. His name is Buckethead, and he is the only true enigma is music today. Being a huge B-Head fan I'm just a bit bias, but he is truely the most technically amazing guitarist ever to walk the face of the earth. His later works have been uneven at the least, but this album rules. The fact that musicians of this caliber could come together and create amazing SONGS as well as music. Great stuff. If you buy another album in your life, please let it be this one.
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This is like a modern version of Stravinsky. You will either be amazed or repulsed by it. The music is dense, challenging, confusing, beautiful, funky, dark and dangerous, often hitting all of those adjectives within the course of two minutes. There are more twists and turns on this disk than San Francisco's Lombard street. Not for the musically faint of heart. This is the CD that made Buckethead a superstar. A must own for fans of guitar heroics. And great way to clear the room when you want to get rid of the Pop-Tarts and Frat Rock lovers crowding your space.
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You know, I've been listening to BucketHead since 1999, and I only just recently got this album by Praxis. I've known about Praxis since I first got into Big B, yet I never strayed away from his own single albums for some reason, aside from Giant Robot NTT. Well better late than never, because Transmutation has shot up to my top 5 BucketHead albums within just days of listening to it. Actually, I got it like a month or two ago, but for me to put it up there with Colma, Giant Robot NTT and others tells you that this really is something special. The track that got me interested was The Interworld and the New Innocence. I'd seen a clip of BucketHead and Brain performing it live, and the track blew me away. I wondered what else was on this album and got it soon after.

Any fans of the mighty B who are still on the fence about getting Transmutation should just get it right away. It has everything that I love about his other albums, and it's turned me on to Bernie Worrell too. Brain and Bootsy Collins do their usual awesome thing across the tracks and...oh hell, why am I even bothering with this review? Listen to a few samples or go to the usual video site to listen to them in full and see how great things are.

My favorite tracks are the last 4: The Seven Laws of Woo, The Interworld and the New Innocence, Giant Robot/Machines in the Modern City/Godzilla and After Shock (Chaos Never Died). The tracks before these are all outstanding and really show how well the artists blend together to make memorable music, but it's these last 4 that pulled me in. The Seven Laws of Woo is probably my number one track, and I constantly get it stuck in my head. This isn't a bad thing either because of how gripping the music is.
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