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  • The Cookbook (Pre-Order) The Cookbook (Pre-Order) Quick View

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    The Cookbook (Pre-Order)

    With The Cookbook, the innovative Missy Elliott proves to the masses she is a musical mad scientist whose artistic abilities are unparalleled and without peer. Elliott is a quadruple threat: rapper, singer, songwriter and producer; add that to her woman-empowered lyrics and Missy's ability to be a musical and mental role model is inarguable. As a producer, Missy Elliott knows how to build a great project by incorporating the best talent available, an easy task since so many want to work with her. Not surprisingly, The Cookbook is filled with a world-class guest list.

    That very large list includes American Idol winner Fantasia , cRunk&B queen Ciara , old-school rapper Slick Rick , dancehall sensation M.I.A. (on the drumline-heavy Bad Man) and the current queen of soul, Mary J. Blige . In a reversal of roles, My Struggles finds Missy singing Ya'll don't really know my life, y'all don't really know my struggles while Mary J. raps over a sample of herself from What's The 411. One unexpected surprise is Missy sings out more than on previous releases. The bare-bones Remember When is a definite standout, a 70's-inspired slow jam highlighted by her honest lyrics, sweet falsetto and jazz-affected tones. The beautiful melancholy of Teary Eyed is another standout, an amen-inducing testament to a relationship gone wrong and the beginning of the healing process.

    To hear Missy sing with full rawness and no bravado is a further testament to her talents and will likely bring an even larger audience into her fold. - Denise Sheppard

    1. Joy
    2. Partytime
    3. Irresistible Delicious
    4. Lose Control
    5. My Struggles
    6. Meltdown
    7. On & On
    8. We Run This
    9. Remember When
    10. 4 My Man
    11. Can't Stop
    12. Teary Eyed
    13. Mommy
    14. Click Clack
    15. Time And Time Again
    16. Bad Man
    Missy Elliott
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    Da Real World (Pre-Order)

    Throughout the entirety of Da Real World, Missy Elliott is determined to redefine the meaning of the negative, female-targeted b-word (the album was originally going to be titled She's a Bitch). Inverting the term to represent a woman who knows what she wants, Missy exhibits her new attitude by aggressively showcasing her strong songwriting skills and superb vocal talents.

    Her lyrics are relatively simple, but perfectly complement the syncopated orchestrations of the often-imitated, never-duplicated producer Timbaland. Climactic strings dance around the voices of Missy, Nicole, and Outkast's Big Boi on All N My Grill and on Busa Rhyme a punctuating tone accentuates the dark confessions of featured MC Eminem. A plethora of guests pepper Da Real World, but the multifaceted Missy is never outshone. -Celine Wong

    1. Mysterious (Intro)
    2. Beat Biters
    3. Busa Rhyme
    4. All N My Grill
    5. Dangerous Mouths
    6. Hot Boyz
    7. You Don't Know
    8. Mr. D.J.
    9. Checkin' For You (Interlude)
    10. Stickin' Chickens
    11. Smooth Chick
    12. We Did It
    13. Throw Your Hands Up (Interlude)
    14. She's A Bitch
    15. U Can't Resist
    16. Crazy Feelings
    17. Religious Blessings (Outro)
    Missy Elliott
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    Under Construction (Pre-Order)

    Attention B-girls and boys: Missy Elliott is officially over it. Like her homegirl Mary J. Blige, the rap diva declares, no more drama. Time to get back to the essence. To that end, Under Construction bubbles over with a combination of ridiculously slamming beats and clever old-school references--not to mention a slew of guest stars. Based on the rhyme schematic from UTFO's Roxanne Roxanne and featuring Ms. Jade's tight-laced drawl, Funky Fresh Dressed draws on several classics, including the Beasties' Paul Revere. Missy croons and Jay-Z namedrops his way through the loose-limbed Back in the Day. Ludacris injects some new jack Southern flavor into the sinuous anti-hater's anthem, Gossip Folks. Work It features a catchy chorus and an absolutely insane Timbaland track.

    As is to be expected, Aaliyah's presence looms large over the proceedings, especially on the classic Misdemeanor-style hip-hop and R&B hybrid, Nothing out There for Me. Missy's rap adlibs play second fiddle to the song's lush vocals, as BeyoncÉ fills the diva role previously occupied by the late, great Aaliyah. -Rebecca Levine

    1. Intro
    2. Go To The Floor
    3. Bring The Pain
    4. Gossip Folks
    5. Work It
    6. Back In The Day
    7. Funky Fresh Dressed
    8. Pussycat
    9. Nothing Out There For Me
    10. Slide
    11. Play That Beat
    12. Ain't That Funny
    13. Hot
    14. Can You Hear Me
    Missy Elliott
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    Supa Dupa Fly

    Supa Dupa Fly is the debut studio album by American rapper Missy Misdemeanor Elliott, originally released July 15, 1997, on The Goldmind and Elektra Records.

    The album was recorded and produced solely by Timbaland in October 1996, and features the singles, The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly), Sock It 2 Me, Hit Em wit da Hee, and Beep Me 911. Guest appearances on the album include Busta Rhymes, Ginuwine, Nicole, Keith Sweat, Magoo, Queen Latifah, Da Brat, 702, Lil' Kim, K-Ci & JoJo, and Aaliyah.

    The album debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 and topped the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. It sold 1.2 million copies in the United States, where it was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.

    1. Busta's Intro (feat. Busta Rhymes)
    2. Hit Em Wit Da Hee (feat. Lil' Kim & Mocha)
    3. Sock It 2 Me (feat. Da Brat)
    4. The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)
    5. Beep Me 911
    6. They Don't Wanna F*** Wit Me (feat. Timbaland)
    7. Pass Da Blunt (feat. Timbaland)
    8. Bite Our Style (Interlude)
    9. Friendly Skies (feat. Ginuwine)
    10. Best Friends (feat. Aaliyah)
    11. Don't Be Coming (In My Face)
    12. Izzy Izzy Ahh
    13. Why You Hurt Me
    14. I'm Talkin'
    15. Gettaway (feat. Space & Nicole)
    16. Busta's Outro (feat. Busta Rhymes)
    17. Missy's Finale
    Missy Elliott
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    Cupid Deluxe

    Blood Orange aka DevontÉ Hynes returns with his brand new album Cupid
    Deluxe, his follow up to the acclaimed Coastal Grooves. The album features
    guest performances by David Longstreth (Dirty Projectors), Caroline Polachek
    (Chairlift), Samantha Urbani (Friends), Clams Casino, Despot, Adam Bainbridge
    (Kindness), Skepta and many more. The album was produced entirely by Dev
    and mixed by the acclaimed engineer Jimmy Douglass (Justin Timberlake, Jay
    Z, Missy Elliott and many more).


    "Chamakay is a weightless mid-tempo glide, a stark gem from an artist who's
    ready for a star turn."
    - Pitchfork


    "The LP's first single is an absolutely lovely airy midtempo groove"
    - Stereogum

    1. Chamakay
    2. You're Not Good Enough
    3. Uncle Ace
    4. No Right Thing
    5. It Is What It Is
    6. Chosen
    7. Clipped On
    8. Always Let U Down
    9. On The Line
    10. High Street
    11. Time Will Tell
    Blood Orange
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  • Present Missy Elliott / Jay-Z / Bubba Sparxxx Present Missy Elliott / Jay-Z / Bubba Sparxxx Quick View

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    Present Missy Elliott / Jay-Z / Bubba Sparxxx

    LP1


    Clock Strikes
    15 After 'Da Hour
    Man Undercover
    Joy
    Here We Come
    Who Am I
    John Blaze
    3:30 In The Morning


    LP2


    Drop
    All Ya'all
    Party People
    I Am Music
    Cop That Sh*t
    Shenanigans
    N 2 Da Music
    Hold On
    Indian Flute

    Timbaland and Magoo
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  • WTF (Where They From) WTF (Where They From) Quick View

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    WTF (Where They From)

    Rap legend Missy Elliott returns with her first single in 7 years, and it's a certified hit. She enlists her old friend, longtime collaborator, and fellow Virginia native Pharrell Williams for the beat and second verse on this bouncy dance track.
    1. WTF (Where They From) (feat. Pharrell Williams)
    2. WTF (Where They From) (Instrumental)
    3. WTF (Where They From) (feat. Pharrell Williams) (Chris Lake Remix)
    4. WTF (Where They From) (feat. Pharrell Williams) (With You. Remix)
    Missy Elliott
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  • Miss E...So Addictive (Pre-Order) Miss E...So Addictive (Pre-Order) Quick View

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    Miss E...So Addictive (Pre-Order)

    After a long winter of discontent, So Addictive finds Missy Elliott hoping to initiate hip-hop's summer of love. Miss E's third album is dosed with feel-good flavor and has more guests than the VIP section of the hippest hip-hop hot spot. Buddies Method Man and Redman bark across the bridge of Dog in Heat's canine funk. Jay-Z and Ludacris feature on two different versions of One Minute Man's scathing soul. Synths tweak and creak in rhythm as Missy unleashes a dreamy diss of those hopeless suitors who unload their cargo before they've sparked her ignition. Take Away features Pony man Ginuwine on a hypnotic slow-burner heavily reminiscent of Art of Noise's Moments in Love.

    When left to her own devices, as she is on Lick Shots (which jangles like Django Reinhardt on downers), Missy comes on like Schooly D, a fearless, female gangsta licking shots against anyone who dares cross her. On Scream a.k.a. Itchin' she breaks into a soprano. A 4/4 stomp is stamped indelibly across the ecstasy-holler song 4 My People (featuring Eve). Overall, it feels as if producer Timbaland has muted his experimental leanings on this outing with his favorite muse in favor of submersible club tracks. Musically, the bhangra beat bop of Get Ur Freak On is the standout. The spiral timing of Whatcha Gon' Do, the fret-skipping Slap! Slap Slap! (featuring Da Brat), and the sunken, drunken funk of the not-so-subtle X-hex X-Tasy are tied at a close second. -Chris Campion

    1. ...So Addictive (Intro)
    2. Dog In Heat
    3. One Minute Man
    4. Lick Shots
    5. Get Ur Freak On
    6. Scream A.K.A Itchin'
    7. Old School Joint

    8. Take Away
    9. 4 My People
    10. Bus-a-bus Interlude
    11. Whatcha Gon' Do
    12. Step Off
    13. X-Tasy
    14. Slap! Slap! Slap!
    15. I've Changed-Interlude
    16. One Minute Man (Remix)
    17. Higher Ground - Prelude
    18. Higher Ground
    Missy Elliott
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  • Strength Of A Woman Strength Of A Woman Quick View

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    Strength Of A Woman

    Strength of a Woman is the thirteenth studio album by Mary J. Blige. The album features guest appearances by Kanye West, Quavo, DJ Khaled, Missy Elliott, Prince Charlez, and Kaytranada.
    LP 1
    1. Love Yourself
    2. Thick Of It
    3. Set Me Free
    4. It's Me
    5. Glow Up
    6. U + Me (Love Lesson)
    7. Indestructible


    LP 2
    1. Thank You
    2. Survivor
    3. Find The Love
    4. Smile
    5. Telling The Truth
    6. Strength Of A Woman

    Mary J. Blige
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  • Born Again Born Again Quick View

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    Born Again

    Born Again 2LP was originally released on December 7, 1999 and has been out of the market place since the early 2000's. The album debuted at #1 of the Billboard 200 charts and sold over 485k albums in the first week.Guest artists include Busta Rhymes, Redman and Method Man, Missy Elliot, Ice Cube and Snoop Dogg. 2017 is the 20th anniversary of The Notorious B.I.G.'s death.
    LP 1
    1. Born Again (Intro)
    2. Notorious B.I.G. (feat. Lil' Kim & Puff Daddy)
    3. Dead Wrong (Featuring Eminem)
    4. Hope You Niggas Sleep (feat. Hot Boys & Big Tmer)
    5. Dangerous MC's (feat. Mark Curry, Snoop Dogg & Busta Rhymes)
    6. Biggie (feat. Junior M.A.F.I.A.)
    7. Niggas
    8. Big Booty Hoes (feat. Too $hort)
    9. Would You Die For Me (feat. Lil' Kim & Puff Daddy)


    LP 2
    1. Come On (feat. Sadat X)
    2. Rap Phenomenon (feat. Redman & Method Man)
    3. Let Me Get Down (feat. G-Dep, Craig Mack & Missy Misdemeanor Elliott)
    4. Tonight (feat. Mobb Deep & Joe Hooker)
    5. If I Should Die Before I Wake (feat. Black Rob, Ice Cube, & Beanie Sigel)
    6. Who Shot Ya
    7. Can I Get Witcha (feat. Lil' Cease)
    8. I Really Want To Show You (feat. K-CI & Jo-Jo & Nas)
    9. Ms. Wallace (Outro)

    Notorious B.I.G.
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  • Ghostbusters (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (2016) (On Sale) Ghostbusters (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (2016) (On Sale) On Sale Quick View

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    Ghostbusters (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (2016) (On Sale)

    Ghostbusters: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack includes music from Elle King, G-Eazy ft. Jeremih, 5 Seconds of Summer, Pentatonix, WALK THE MOON, Fall Out Boy ft. Missy Elliott, Wolf Alice And More


    Thirty years after the beloved original franchise took the world by storm, director Paul Feig brings his fresh take to the supernatural comedy, joined by some of the funniest actors working today - Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, and Chris Hemsworth.


    The film is produced by Ivan Reitman and Amy Pascal, and written by Katie Dippold & Paul Feig, based on the 1984 film Ghostbusters, an Ivan Reitman film, written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis.

    1. Ghostbusters - WALK THE MOON
    2. Saw It Coming - G-Eazy feat. Jeremih
    3. Good Girls - Elle King
    4. Girls Talk Boys - 5 Seconds of Summer
    5. wHo - ZAYN
    6. Ghostbusters - Pentatonix
    7. Ghoster - Wolf Alice
    8. Ghostbusters (I'm Not Afraid) - Fall Out Boy feat. Missy Elliott
    9. Get Ghost - Mark Romon. Passion Pit & A$AP Ferg
    10. Party Up (Up In Here) - DMX
    11. Rhythm of the Night - DeBarge
    12. American Woman - Muddy Magnolias
    13. Want Some More - Beasts Of Mayhem
    14. Ghostbusters - Ray Parker, Jr.
    Various Artists
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  • Mixed Emotions Mixed Emotions Quick View

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    Mixed Emotions

    Mixed Emotions is the debut album from Brooklyns Tanlines, the duo of Eric Emm (vocals, guitar, keyboards) and Jesse Cohen (drums, keyboards, bass). Initially a production project, Tanlines have evolved through two acclaimed EPs into a deeply personal, electronic pop group.


    The album was recorded in a series of locations after the band were evicted from their own studio, which in turn pushed Emm to focus on his lyrics and songwriting. In the process, he discovered a beautiful baritone vocal style. The lyrics poured out of him, and their maturity and honesty form the core of Mixed Emotions.


    Legendary engineer Jimmy Douglass (Timbaland, Aaliyah, Television, Missy Elliot) mixed the album in Miami. The result fuses the music of the bands childhood (New Order, the KLF, Stock Aitken Waterman, Stevie Winwood) with pristine synthetic sounds and their own homespun organic ones.

    1. Brothers
    2. All of Me
    3. Green Grass
    4. Abby
    5. Yes Way
    6. Not the Same
    7. Lost Somewhere
    8. Real Life
    9. Rain Delay
    10. Cactus
    11. Nonesuch
    Tanlines
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  • The Pretty Toney Album The Pretty Toney Album Quick View

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    The Pretty Toney Album

    There's no Wu Tang Clan MC, outside of Ol' Dirty Bastard, who raps for broke like Ghostface, as if each album might be his last. Ghostface continues this tradition of flipping the most indescribable, gritty, grimy, and painfully honest rhymes imaginable. Ignoring current rap trends--i.e., Kanye West-style sampling and speeding up of old soul loops--Ghostface doesn't mask his samples or up the b.p.m.'s. On the choice cuts Holla and Be This Way, he spits fire over great old-school Delfonics and Billy Stewart samples. Of course this is not surprising considering Ghost often says he doesn't care much for contemporary rap music. His flows magically capture the full range of human emotion on It's Over and the RZA-produced Run. Don't be fooled by the relatively frail single Tush (featuring Missy Elliott) because it's not at all indicative of how strong the album is. --Dalton Higgins
    1. Intro
    2. Biscuits
    3. Kunta Fly Shit
    4. Beat The Clock
    5. Metal Lungies
    6. Bathtub (Skit)
    7. Save Me Dear
    8. It's Over
    9. Keisha's House (Skit)
    10. Tush - Missy Elliott
    11. Last Night (Skit)
    12. Holla
    13. Ghostface
    14. Be This Way
    15. The Letter (Skit)
    16. Tooken Back
    17. Run
    18. Love
    Ghostface
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  • Butterfly (Picture Disc) (Pre-Order) Butterfly (Picture Disc) (Pre-Order) Quick View

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    Butterfly (Picture Disc) (Pre-Order)

    Picture Disc Edition


    Butterfly is the sixth studio album by American singer and songwriter Mariah Carey, originally released on September 16, 1997, by Columbia Records. The album contained both hip-hop and urban adult contemporary sounds, as well as some softer and more contemporary melodies. Throughout the project, Carey worked with Walter Afanasieff, with whom she had written and produced most of the material from her previous albums. She also worked with many famed hip-hop producers and rappers, such as Sean Puffy Combs, Q-Tip, Missy Elliott and the Trackmasters. With the latter acts producing most of the album, Butterfly deviated from the contemporary sound of Carey's older work and was hailed as a defining album of the 1990s and of pop and R&B music.

    1. Honey (Album Version)
    2. Butterfly (Album Version)
    3. My All
    4. The Roof (Album Version)
    5. Fourth of July
    6. Breakdown (feat. Krayzie Bone & Wish Bone)
    7. Babydoll (Album Version)
    8. Close My Eyes (Album Version)
    9. Whenever You Call (Album Version)
    10. Fly Away (Butterfly Reprise) (Album Version)
    11. The Beautiful Ones (feat. Dru Hill) [Album Version]
    12. Outside (Album Version)
    Mariah Carey
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    XX

    The XX arrive with their debut album XX, a whole new sound of love, loss and longing. The XX are a London quartet, featuring the dual lead vocals of Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim (who also play lead guitar and bass guitar), Baria Qureshi (keyboards and guitar) and Jamie Smith (beats, MPC sampler). These four twenty year olds are childhood friends who formed while attending southwest London's Elliot School, an academy whose alumni also includes such acclaimed boundary-pushers as Burial, Four Tet and Hot Chip. Bonding over a shared love of dark, emotive '80s guitar sounds and the high-end sheen of American R&B, The XX's unique sound befits a band whose wide range of influences include everything from Aaliyaah to Cocorosie, Rihanna to The Cure, Missy Elliot to The Chromatics and Mariah Carey to The Pixies.


    In an effort not to draw too much distance from the DIY aesthetic of their early demos, which were recorded in their bedrooms, they recorded their debut album XX under no one's watch, other than engineer Rodaidh McDonald, at XL Recordings' west London in-house studio. The result is a wash of sexy, coy, and sparse rhythms and melodies the likes of Robert Smith, Massive Attack and The Streets.


    Vinyl also die cut with bonus track cover of Hot Like Fire.

    1. Intro
    2. VCR
    3. Crystalised
    4. Islands
    5. Heart Skipped A Beat
    6. Fantasy
    7. Shelter
    8. Basic Space
    9. Infinity
    10. Night Time
    11. Stars
    The XX
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    99.9%

    Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and raised in the city of Montreal, 23
    year-old Canadian artist Kaytranada is widely regarded as one of
    the most important new producers in the musical landscape today.
    Since the age of fourteen, when he first began to DJ and when his
    brother introduced him to music production software, his output has
    been relentless. As he explains, "after he showed me the basics,
    from that day on I couldn't stop making beats," pumping out a beat
    a day for the next couple of years and soon after self-releasing a series
    of EPs and beat tapes that quickly began to expand his reach.


    Single releases like "Drive Me Crazy" with Vic Mensa and "Leave
    Me Alone" with Shay Lia soon spread his name like wildfire and
    gained listens reaching far into the millions. In addition to that
    he's produced for artists such as Mobb Deep, Kali Uchis, Freddie
    Gibbs, The Internet, & Talib Kweli and remixed the likes of Disclosure,
    Pharrell, Missy Elliot, Janet Jackson, and others. Kaytranada
    soon cemented his reputation and his sound; an undeniable swing
    of the drums comparable to J Dilla's, a signature soulful touch in the
    melodies, and a healthy dose of funky bass lines. Last year he was
    tapped by the legendary Rick Rubin who has acted as a mentor,
    eventually signing him to a publishing relationship.


    99.9% will be Kaytranada's first debut album on XL Recordings.
    The 15-track album includes guest vocals from Anderson .Paak,
    AlunaGeorge, BADBADNOTGOOD, Craig David, Syd, Little Dragon,
    Goldlink and more.

    LP 1
    1. Track Uno
    2. Bus Ride (Feat. Karriem Riggins & River Tiber)
    3. Got It Good (Feat. Craig David)
    4. Together (Feat. Alunageorge & Goldlink)
    5. Drive Me Crazy (Feat. Vic Mensa)
    6. Weight Off (Feat. Badbadnotgood)
    7. One Too Many (Feat. Phonte)


    LP 2
    1. Despite The Weather
    2. Glowed Up (Feat. Anderson .paak)
    3. Breakdance Lesson N.1
    4. You're The One (Feat. Syd)
    5. Vivid Dreams (Feat. River Tiber)
    6. Lite Spots
    7. Leave Me Alone (Feat. Shay Lia)
    8. Bullets (Feat. Little Dragon)

    KAYTRANADA
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  • My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts Quick View

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    My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts

    Now approaching its 25th anniversary, Brian Eno and David Byrnes My Life in the Bush of Ghosts appears downright visionary. With its found vocals, cut-and paste arrangements, funked-up rhythms and embrace of influences from all around the globe, the duos controversial work anticipated the creative cross-pollination and technological innovation of contemporary electronic dance music, world music, hip hop and alternative rock. You can hear echoes of My Life in the Bush of Ghosts in the anthems Moby built around vintage vocal samples, in the outrageously exotic beats of Missy Elliot and Timbaland, in the Middle Eastern-accented chill-out tracks of Thievery Corporation or Bjorks otherworldly soundscapes.


    Back in the day, however, critics were divided and audiences were, well, confused. Eno and Byrne themselves didnt know quite what they were looking for at first. They shard an enthusiasm for African music, especially the hypnotic grooves of Nigerian Feka Kuti, and a desire to free themselves from the constraints of conventional songwriting. They embarked on a nomadic journey through studios in New York City, Los Angeles and San Francisco. The players who accompanied them on these sessions included drummers Chris Frantz (Talking Heads) and Prairie Prince (The Tubes), bassist Bill Laswell (Material) and Tim Wright (DNA), avant-garde percussionist Dave Van Teighem and conga player Steve Scales, part of the Remain In Light live band. The result of their labors was an album that married West African and American R&B rhythms with the impassioned voices of talk-show hosts and evangelists taped off the radio or the evocative sound of prayerful singers culled from Middle Eastern field recordings. Byrne recalls their entire adventure in fascinating liner notes that detail the recording process and address the resulting critical furor. My Life in the Bush of Ghosts was cut between Talking Heads Fear of Music (1979) and Remain In Light (1980), but sample clearance issues, an almost unheard-of-problem in the analog era, kept it on hold until 1981.

    1. America is Waiting
    2. Mea Culpa
    3. Regiment
    4. Help Me Somebody
    5. The Jezebel Spirit
    6. Very, Very Hungry
    7. Moonlight in Glory
    8. The Carrier
    9. A Secret Life
    10. Come With Us
    11. Mountain of Needles
    David Byrne and Brian Eno
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