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Composed in 1978 for Eugene Chadbourne, The Book of Heads was eventually released in 1995 as a recording performed by guitarist Marc Ribot. Inspired by Chadbourne, the album is also a tribute to his experimental swan diving in the world of guitar music. This series of études for guitar employs a variety of techniques, from playing with toy balloons, talking dolls, mbira keys, wet finger whoops, and bowing, to removing the strings from the bridge and playing with pencils and bits of rice, as well as a host of other approaches. ...See Full Description
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||what can you possibly do with a guitar???|
wow, marc ribot is some fine guitarist, we all know that. but what john zorn made him do on "the book of heads" is just unbelievable.
By tgod (switzerland)
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Book of Heads Product Details
|CD Universe Part number||1164483|
|Release Date||Sep 19, 1995|
|Recording Time||53 minutes|
|Personnel||John Zorn - alto saxophone|
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Recorded at Coast Recorders, Division Hi-Fi, Forking Paths Studio and Different Fur, San Francisco, California.
Personnel: Mike Patton (vocals); Eyvind Kang, Ben Barnes, Carla Kihlstedt (violin, viola); Sam D. Bass, Marika Hughes (cello); Michael Peloquin (harmonica); Henri Duscharme (accordion); Bill Banovetz (English horn, horns); Timba Harris (trumpet); Larry Ragent (French horn, horns); Aaron Seeman (piano); William Winant (bass drum, tamtam, timpani).
Audio Mixers: Rob Worthington; Adam Muñoz.
Recording information: Coast Recorders, San Francisco, CA; Coast Records, San Francisco, CA; Differ; Different Fur, Los Angeles, CA; Different Fur, San Francisco, CA; Division Hi-Fi, San Francisco, CA; Forking Paths Studio, San Francisco, CA.
Photographer: Malcolm Hillier.
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Prosthetic Cubans CD (1998)
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Guitarist Marc Ribot is well-known and respected for his session work with the likes of Tom Waits and Elvis Costello, as well as his association with John Zorn and other downtown New York experimental musicians. Like several others in that scene, Ribot has formed a group to create an outlet for an interest in ethnic music, in this case, the music of the late Cuban composer, instrumentalist, and bandleader Arsenio Rodriguez, who wrote most of the tunes on this CD. The result is a well-crafted album that should bring Cuban music to a whole new audience.
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Shoe String Symphonettes CD (1997)
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