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BUCKETHEAD, born Brian Patrick CARROLL on May 13, 1969, is a highly eclectic guitarist and multi-instrumentalist, known for his eccentricities, such as literally wearing a Kentucky Fried Chicken bucket on his head.

With over 150 studio albums, Buckethead has collaborated with dozens of other artists, including Les CLAYPOOL and film actor Viggo MORTENSEN. In addition, he has composed and performed music for a number of major motion pictures, including Saw II, Mortal Kombat, and Beverly Hills Ninja.

This expansive curriculum vitae has earned BUCKETHEAD a place on various lists of distinguished guitarists, including Guitar World's 25 All-Time Weirdest Guitarists.

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Electric TearsElectric Tears
Metastation 2002
Audio CD$11.97
$7.00 (used)
ColmaColma
CyberOctave 1998
Audio CD$11.23
$9.00 (used)
Monsters and RobotsMonsters and Robots
Cyber Octave 1999
Audio CD$8.50
$7.00 (used)
Electric SeaElectric Sea
Metastation 2012
Audio CD$11.97
$11.96 (used)
Bucketheadland 2Bucketheadland 2
ION RECORDS 2003
Audio CD$39.39
$33.98 (used)
Population OverridePopulation Override
ION 2004
Audio CD$18.99
$65.70 (used)
Acoustic ShardsAcoustic Shards
Single
AVABELLA 2007
Audio CD$7.13
$7.15 (used)
Population Override (Limited Purple Vinyl Edition)Population Override (Limited Purple Vinyl Edition)
Ion Records
Vinyl$36.99
KaleidoscalpKaleidoscalp
TZADIK RECORDS 2005
Audio CD$8.99
$11.72 (used)
From The CoopFrom The Coop
AVABELLA 2008
Audio CD$6.97
$7.02 (used)
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11h 18m
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BUCKETHEAD discography


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3.17 | 11 ratings
Bucketheadland
1992
4.08 | 19 ratings
Giant Robot
1994
3.17 | 10 ratings
The Day of the Robot
1996
4.14 | 29 ratings
Colma
1998
4.29 | 18 ratings
Monsters and Robots
1999
3.82 | 9 ratings
Some Where Over The Slaughterhouse
2001
3.14 | 9 ratings
Funnel Weaver
2002
3.68 | 9 ratings
Bermuda Triangle
2002
4.05 | 21 ratings
Electric Tears
2002
2.00 | 2 ratings
Pandemoniumfromamerica (with Viggo Mortensen)
2003
3.90 | 11 ratings
Bucketheadland 2
2003
3.85 | 8 ratings
Island of Lost Minds
2004
4.21 | 19 ratings
Population Override
2004
4.04 | 7 ratings
The Cuckoo Clocks of Hell
2004
1.05 | 2 ratings
Intelligence Failure (with Viggo Mortensen)
2005
4.07 | 11 ratings
Enter the Chicken
2005
3.87 | 9 ratings
Kaleidoscalp
2005
3.77 | 7 ratings
Inbred Mountain
2005
3.90 | 2 ratings
Chicken Noodles (with Travis Dickerson)
2006
3.92 | 7 ratings
The Elephant Man's Alarm Clock
2006
4.24 | 15 ratings
Crime Slunk Scene
2006
2.00 | 1 ratings
Pho' hu'ynh Hie^p 1 / Kevin's Noodle House
2007
3.00 | 1 ratings
Chicken Noodles II (with Travis Dickerson)
2007
3.12 | 7 ratings
Pepper's Ghost
2007
3.89 | 8 ratings
Acoustic Shards
2007
2.11 | 8 ratings
Bucketheadland Blueprints
2007
3.22 | 8 ratings
Decoding the Tomb of Bansheebot
2007
2.89 | 9 ratings
Cyborg Slunks
2007
4.00 | 1 ratings
The Dragons Of Eden (with Travis Dickerson and Brain)
2008
3.00 | 1 ratings
From The Coop
2008
3.19 | 8 ratings
Albino Slug
2008
3.00 | 4 ratings
Slaughterhouse On The Prairie
2009
3.86 | 16 ratings
A Real Diamond in the Rough
2009
3.86 | 2 ratings
Forensic Follies
2009
3.95 | 3 ratings
Needle In A Slunk Stack
2009
3.00 | 1 ratings
Brain As Hamenoodle (with Brain)
2010
3.33 | 11 ratings
Shadows Between the Sky
2010
2.04 | 4 ratings
Spinal Clock
2010
3.11 | 8 ratings
Captain Eo's Voyage
2010
3.00 | 1 ratings
Left Hanging (with Travis Dickerson)
2010
2.90 | 11 ratings
Look Up There
2011
2.38 | 6 ratings
Underground Chamber
2011
3.88 | 6 ratings
3 Foot Clearance
2011
3.96 | 6 ratings
Empty Space
2011
3.54 | 9 ratings
It's Alive
2011
3.87 | 4 ratings
Balloon Cement
2012
3.04 | 5 ratings
March of the Slunks
2012
3.00 | 8 ratings
Racks
2012
3.00 | 5 ratings
The Silent Picture Book
2012
3.47 | 19 ratings
Electric Sea
2012
3.00 | 5 ratings
The Shores of Molokai
2012
1.17 | 4 ratings
Pearsons Square
2013
4.68 | 6 ratings
Slug Cartilage
2013
3.08 | 5 ratings
The Pit
2013
2.13 | 5 ratings
Thank you Ohlinger's
2013
2.21 | 5 ratings
Worms for the Garden
2013
2.00 | 4 ratings
Pancake Heater
2013
3.04 | 6 ratings
Twisterlend
2013
1.44 | 6 ratings
Rise of the Blue Lotus
2013
2.96 | 4 ratings
Hollowed Out
2013
3.04 | 5 ratings
It Smells Like Frogs
2013
3.00 | 4 ratings
Coat of Charms
2013
3.83 | 4 ratings
Pike 14
2013
3.72 | 6 ratings
Pumpkin
2013
2.91 | 4 ratings
Feathers
2013
2.96 | 4 ratings
Splatters
2013
2.96 | 4 ratings
Mannequin Cemetery
2013
3.88 | 5 ratings
Halls Of Dimension
2013
3.87 | 4 ratings
Spiral Trackway (Pike 21)
2013
3.04 | 4 ratings
Forgotten Library
2013
2.95 | 3 ratings
Pike 16 - The Boiling Pond
2013
3.05 | 3 ratings
Pike 23 - Telescape
2013
3.95 | 3 ratings
Pike 34 - Pikes
2013
2.05 | 2 ratings
Pike 40 - Coat Of Arms
2013
1.10 | 2 ratings
Pike 41 - Wishes
2013
2.96 | 4 ratings
Sphere Facade (Pike 22)
2013
2.91 | 4 ratings
Thaw (Pike 20)
2013
2.04 | 4 ratings
Pike 18
2013
2.96 | 4 ratings
Pike 15
2013
4.03 | 8 ratings
Pike 13
2013
2.09 | 4 ratings
The Spirit Winds
2013
4.73 | 7 ratings
Teeter Slaughter
2013
3.92 | 5 ratings
Night Gallery
2014
4.00 | 4 ratings
Pike 92 - The Splatterhorn
2014
3.96 | 4 ratings
Pike 94 - Magic Lantern
2014
2.96 | 5 ratings
Outpost
2014
1.18 | 3 ratings
Celery
2014
2.91 | 4 ratings
Snow Slug
2014
2.13 | 4 ratings
Leave The Light On
2014
4.78 | 4 ratings
Pike 75 - Twilight Constrictor
2014
2.05 | 2 ratings
Pike 76
2014
3.04 | 4 ratings
Pike 77 - Bumbyride Dreamlands
2014
5.00 | 2 ratings
Pike 81 - Carnival Of Cartilage
2014
4.05 | 3 ratings
Pike 82 - Calamity Cabin
2014
2.95 | 3 ratings
Pike 83 - Dreamless Slumber
2014
2.95 | 3 ratings
Pike 84 - Whirlpool
2014
2.00 | 2 ratings
Pike 85 - Walk In Loset
2014
2.05 | 2 ratings
Pike 86 - Our Selves
2014
4.00 | 3 ratings
PIKE 87 - INTERSTELLAR SLUNK
2014
3.95 | 3 ratings
PIKE 88 - RED PEPPER RESTAURANT
2014
3.91 | 3 ratings
Pike 91
2014
3.91 | 3 ratings
Pike 98 - Pilot
2014
1.95 | 2 ratings
Pike 99 - Polar Trench
2014
2.05 | 2 ratings
Pike 100 - The Mighty Microscope
2014
2.00 | 2 ratings
Pike 101 - In The Hollow Hills
2014
3.70 | 4 ratings
Outlined For Citacis
2014
3.00 | 3 ratings
Cycle
2014
2.95 | 3 ratings
City Of Ferris Wheels
2014
2.28 | 6 ratings
Claymation Courtyard
2014
3.00 | 3 ratings
Hide In The Pickling Jar
2014
3.75 | 5 ratings
The Miskatonic Scale
2014
2.00 | 4 ratings
Pike 73 - Final Blend Of The Labyrinth
2014
2.00 | 2 ratings
Pike 72 - Closed Attractions
2014
3.91 | 4 ratings
Pike 74 - Infinity Hill
2014
2.95 | 3 ratings
Propellar
2014
3.77 | 3 ratings
Assignment 033-03
2014
2.00 | 2 ratings
42
2014
2.96 | 5 ratings
Citacis
2014
3.05 | 5 ratings
Listen For The Whisper
2014
2.91 | 4 ratings
The Time Travelers Dream
2014
1.30 | 4 ratings
Pitch Dark
2014
3.17 | 4 ratings
The Frankensteins Monsters Blinds
2014
3.96 | 7 ratings
Passageways
2014
3.95 | 3 ratings
Pike 69
2014
3.00 | 3 ratings
The Mighty Microscope
2014
1.23 | 3 ratings
Pike 78
2014
1.74 | 8 ratings
Rainy Days
2014
2.14 | 3 ratings
The Coats of Claude
2014
3.91 | 4 ratings
Roller Coaster Track Repair
2014
3.92 | 6 ratings
Triple Stamp a Double Stamp
2014
2.67 | 3 ratings
Wishes
2014
3.55 | 10 ratings
Hold Me Forever In Memory of My Mom Nancy York Carroll
2014
2.91 | 3 ratings
Grand Gallery
2014
3.04 | 5 ratings
Coaster Coat
2014
3.82 | 3 ratings
Geppetos Trunk
2014
3.82 | 3 ratings
Abandoned Slaughterhouse
2014
3.78 | 4 ratings
Ydrapoej
2014
3.15 | 7 ratings
Monument Valley
2014
3.77 | 3 ratings
Cutout Animatronic
2014
2.50 | 2 ratings
The Boiling Pond
2014
4.71 | 5 ratings
Factory
2014
1.52 | 6 ratings
Footsteps
2014
2.95 | 3 ratings
43
2014
3.90 | 2 ratings
Yarn
2014
3.04 | 5 ratings
Backwards Chimney
2014
2.22 | 4 ratings
Northern Lights
2014
2.95 | 2 ratings
Aquarium
2014
2.90 | 2 ratings
Last Call for the E.P. Ripley
2015
1.95 | 2 ratings
Nautical Nightmares
2015
2.95 | 2 ratings
Blank Bot
2015
1.05 | 2 ratings
Scream Sundae
2015
2.09 | 3 ratings
Kareem's Footprint
2015
3.00 | 2 ratings
Carrotcature
2015
2.09 | 3 ratings
Popcorn Shells
2015
2.96 | 4 ratings
Invisable Forest
2015
2.05 | 2 ratings
Chickencoopscope
2015
3.23 | 7 ratings
Heaven is your Home (For my Father, Thomas Manley Carroll)
2015
2.00 | 2 ratings
Fog Gardens
2015
2.05 | 2 ratings
Carnival Cutouts
2015
2.00 | 2 ratings
Whisper Track
2015
2.00 | 2 ratings
The Cellar Yawns
2015
3.00 | 2 ratings
Ancient Lens
2015
3.00 | 3 ratings
Herbie Climbs a Tree
2015
1.05 | 2 ratings
Upside Down Skyway
2015
4.31 | 4 ratings
Twisted Branches
2015
3.90 | 2 ratings
Half Circle Bridge
2015
2.14 | 3 ratings
Land of Miniatures
2015
3.90 | 2 ratings
Bats in the Lite Brite
2015
2.95 | 2 ratings
Four Forms
2015
3.05 | 3 ratings
Blue Tide
2015
2.00 | 2 ratings
Ghoul
2015
3.90 | 2 ratings
Orange Tree
2015
1.10 | 2 ratings
Region
2015
3.05 | 3 ratings
Shapeless
2015
4.00 | 2 ratings
Ognarader
2015
2.95 | 2 ratings
The Windowsill
2015
1.46 | 5 ratings
Washed Away
2015
2.95 | 2 ratings
A Ghost Took My Homework
2015
3.90 | 2 ratings
Crest of the Hill
2015
3.90 | 2 ratings
The Blob
2015
2.95 | 2 ratings
Last House on Slunk Street
2015
2.95 | 2 ratings
Quilted
2015
2.90 | 2 ratings
Visitor From The Mirror
2015
2.95 | 2 ratings
30 Days Til Halloween: Swollen Glasses
2015
3.86 | 3 ratings
29 Days Til Halloween: Blurmwood
2015
3.86 | 2 ratings
28 Days Til Halloween: The Insides of the Outsides
2015
2.95 | 2 ratings
27 Days Til Halloween: Cavern Guide
2015
3.90 | 2 ratings
26 Days Til Halloween: Bogwitch
2015
2.95 | 2 ratings
25 Days Til Halloween: Window Fragment
2015
2.95 | 2 ratings
24 Days Til Halloween: Screaming Scalp
2015
2.00 | 2 ratings
23 Days Til Halloween: Wax
2015
3.86 | 2 ratings
22 Days Til Halloween: I Got This Costume From The Sears Catalog
2015
2.00 | 2 ratings
21 Days Til Halloween: Cement Decay
2015
3.90 | 2 ratings
20 Days Til Halloween: Forgotten Experiment
2015
3.90 | 2 ratings
19 Days Til Halloween: Light in Window
2015
3.90 | 2 ratings
18 Days Til Halloween: Blue Squared
2015
1.05 | 2 ratings
17 Days Til Halloween: 1079
2015
1.95 | 2 ratings
16 Days Til Halloween: Cellar
2015
2.00 | 2 ratings
15 Days Til Halloween: Grotesques
2015
3.00 | 2 ratings
14 Days Til Halloween: Voice From The Dead Forest
2015
2.95 | 2 ratings
13 Days Til Halloween: Maple Syrup
2015
2.95 | 2 ratings
12 Days Til Halloween: Face Sling Shot
2015
2.95 | 2 ratings
11 Days Til Halloween: Reflection
2015
2.95 | 2 ratings
10 Days Til Halloween: Residue
2015
2.90 | 2 ratings
9 Days Til Halloween: Eye on Spiral
2015
3.90 | 2 ratings
8 Days Til Halloween: Flare Up
2015
2.95 | 2 ratings
7 Days Til Halloween: Cavernous
2015
2.90 | 2 ratings
6 Days Til Halloween: Underlair
2015
1.95 | 2 ratings
5 Days Til Halloween: Scrapbook Front
2015
1.95 | 2 ratings
4 Days Til Halloween: Silent Photo
2015
2.95 | 2 ratings
3 Days Til Halloween: Crow Hedge
2015
2.95 | 2 ratings
2 Days Til Halloween: Cold Frost
2015
3.91 | 3 ratings
Happy Halloween: Silver Shamrock
2015
2.95 | 2 ratings
365 Days Til Halloween: Smash
2015
2.00 | 2 ratings
The Wishing Brook
2015
2.00 | 2 ratings
Rooms of Illusions
2015
2.00 | 2 ratings
Sunken Parlor
2015
2.14 | 3 ratings
Screen Door
2015
3.05 | 3 ratings
Hornet
2015
1.05 | 2 ratings
Crumple
2015
1.05 | 2 ratings
Trace Candle
2015
2.95 | 2 ratings
Teflecter
2015
2.00 | 2 ratings
Wheels of Ferris
2015
3.38 | 4 ratings
Pike Doors
2015
2.95 | 2 ratings
Old Toys
2015
3.00 | 2 ratings
Rain Drops on Christmas
2015
2.25 | 5 ratings
Sideway Streets
2015
3.92 | 5 ratings
Herbie Theatre
2015
2.95 | 3 ratings
Wall to Wall Cobwebs
2015
2.09 | 3 ratings
Squid Ink Lodge
2015
2.14 | 3 ratings
The Moltrail
2015
3.00 | 4 ratings
Forest of Bamboo
2015
2.05 | 3 ratings
Weird Glows Gleam
2015
2.83 | 4 ratings
Collect Itself
2015
1.50 | 5 ratings
The Left Panel
2015
2.95 | 3 ratings
Night Of The Snowmole
2015
2.00 | 3 ratings
Glow In The Dark
2015
2.09 | 3 ratings
Infinity Of The Spheres
2015
3.15 | 8 ratings
Project Little Man
2015
3.74 | 4 ratings
Marble Monsters
2015
2.87 | 4 ratings
Vacuum
2015
2.19 | 8 ratings
Along the River Bank
2015
2.04 | 5 ratings
Tourist
2015
2.00 | 3 ratings
Creaky Doors and Creaky Floors
2015
2.05 | 3 ratings
Elevator
2015
2.91 | 4 ratings
Louzenger
2015
2.17 | 5 ratings
Shaded Ray
2015
2.91 | 9 ratings
The Other Side of the Dark
2015
2.87 | 4 ratings
Scroll of Vegetable
2015
2.82 | 3 ratings
Firebolt
2015
2.09 | 4 ratings
Solar Sailcraft
2015
2.00 | 4 ratings
Hideous Phantasm
2015
2.91 | 3 ratings
Giant Claw
2015
1.95 | 3 ratings
Observation
2015
2.00 | 3 ratings
Hats and Glasses
2015
2.14 | 3 ratings
Tucked Into Dreams
2015
1.35 | 4 ratings
Forever Lake
2015
3.17 | 5 ratings
Down in the Bayou Part Two
2015
4.04 | 5 ratings
Down the Bayou Part One
2015
2.04 | 5 ratings
Chamber of Drawers
2015
3.68 | 6 ratings
Rotten Candy Cane
2015
2.08 | 5 ratings
Paint to the Tile
2015
2.95 | 2 ratings
Embroidery
2015
3.77 | 3 ratings
Digging Under the Basement
2015
2.86 | 3 ratings
Haunted Roller Coaster Chair
2015
3.05 | 3 ratings
Pike 240 - Chart
2016
3.00 | 2 ratings
Pike 237 - The Five Blocks
2016
3.90 | 2 ratings
Pike 238 - Attic Garden
2016
2.18 | 3 ratings
Pike 239 - The Mermaid Stairwell
2016
3.09 | 3 ratings
Pike 241 - Sparks In The Dark
2016
3.09 | 3 ratings
Pike 242 - Hamdens Hollow
2016
4.00 | 3 ratings
Pike 243 - Santa's Toy Workshop
2016
1.14 | 3 ratings
Pike 235 - Oneiric Pool
2016
2.95 | 2 ratings
Pike 236 - Castle On Slunk Hill
2016
1.95 | 2 ratings
Mirror Realms
2016
1.00 | 2 ratings
Cove Cloud
2016
2.00 | 2 ratings
Out of the Attic
2016
1.00 | 2 ratings
Dragging the Fence
2016
1.95 | 2 ratings
Buildor
2016
1.05 | 2 ratings
Florrmat
2016
2.00 | 4 ratings
Happy Birthday MJ 23
2016
2.14 | 3 ratings
Arcade Of The Deserted
2016
2.05 | 2 ratings
The Creaking Stairs
2016
3.00 | 2 ratings
Cabs
2016
2.05 | 2 ratings
Rooftop
2016
2.13 | 4 ratings
Drift
2016
1.95 | 2 ratings
Lightboard
2016
2.05 | 2 ratings
22222222
2016
3.13 | 4 ratings
Coupon
2016
4.00 | 3 ratings
Pike 244 - Out Orbit
2017
1.18 | 3 ratings
Pike 245 - Space Viking
2017
2.05 | 2 ratings
Pike 246 - Nettle
2017
3.00 | 2 ratings
Pike 247 - Rivers In The Seas
2017
2.00 | 2 ratings
Pike 248 - Adrift In Sleepwakefulness
2017
2.05 | 2 ratings
Pike 249 - The Moss Lands
2017
2.95 | 2 ratings
Pike 250 - 250
2017
3.00 | 2 ratings
Pike 251 - Waterfall Cove
2017
2.18 | 3 ratings
Pike 252 - Bozo In The Labyrinth
2017
3.09 | 3 ratings
Pik3 253 - Coop Erstown
2017
3.05 | 3 ratings
Pike 254 - Woven Twigs
2017
3.95 | 3 ratings
Pike 255 - Abominable Snow Scalp
2017
3.00 | 2 ratings
Pike 256 - Meteor Firefly Net
2017
2.05 | 2 ratings
Pike 257 - Blank Slate
2017
1.05 | 2 ratings
Pike 258 - Echo
2017
3.95 | 2 ratings
Pike 264 - Poseidon
2017
4.86 | 2 ratings
Pike 265 - Ride Operator Q Bozo
2017
3.91 | 4 ratings
Pike 259 - Undersea Dead City
2017
3.90 | 2 ratings
Pike 260 - Ferry To The Island Of Lost Minds
2017
3.95 | 2 ratings
Pike 261 - Portal To The Red Waterfall
2017
3.00 | 1 ratings
Pike 262 - Nib Y Nool
2017
3.09 | 3 ratings
Pike 263 - Glacier
2017
2.00 | 2 ratings
Pike 266 - Far
2017
3.91 | 3 ratings
Pike 267 - Thoracic Spine Collapser
2017
2.95 | 2 ratings
Pike 268 - Sonar Rainbow
2017
2.95 | 2 ratings
Pike 269 - Decaying Parchment
2017
3.90 | 2 ratings
Pike 270 - A3
2017
2.95 | 2 ratings
Pike 271 - The Squaring Of The Circle
2017
2.00 | 1 ratings
Pike 272 - Coniunctio
2017

BUCKETHEAD Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

BUCKETHEAD Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

5.00 | 1 ratings
Young Buckethead - Volume One
2006
5.00 | 1 ratings
Young Buckethead - Volume Two
2006
2.14 | 2 ratings
Secret Recipe
2006

BUCKETHEAD Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

BUCKETHEAD Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

2.95 | 3 ratings
KFC Skin Piles
2001
3.00 | 1 ratings
The Rising Sun
2011

BUCKETHEAD Reviews


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 Left Hanging (with Travis Dickerson) by BUCKETHEAD album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.00 | 1 ratings

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Left Hanging (with Travis Dickerson)
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Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE & JR/F/Canterbury Teams

— First review of this album —
3 stars Yet another collaborative effort of BUCKETHEAD in 2010 and the fifth overall with TRAVIS DICKERSON. While this one is primarily a DICKERSON album, the chicken lover has received equally billing. This one is mostly a bunch of unreleased tracks from previous sessions of the "Dragons Of Eden" and "Population Override" albums as well as sessions from the other musical collaborations of the bands Thanatopsis, Axiology and Gorgone sessions. Because of the different sessions involved, this one has many drummers credited. BUCKETHEAD handles bass and guitar, DICKERSON plays keyboards and the drum duties are divided up between Brain, Ramy Antoun and Pinchface.

LEFT HANGING follows in the footsteps of the other BUCKETHEAD & DICKERSON collaborative effort that also included Brain (who is on this album but receives no equal billing) in that it continues the jammy jazz-fusion psychedelia of the "Dragons Of Eden" album. Back are the jazzy chord progressions and the psychedelic 70s mellotron sounding organ runs as well as the fusion bombast of the three respective drummers on board. Noticeably absent from this one is the haunting chamber rock cello added on "Dragons" which gave that a more distinct and unique sound. LEFT HANGING sounds more like a typical jazz-fusion outfit from the early to mid-70s at the zenith of the prog rock heyday.

Unfortunately this one isn't quite as interesting because it sounds too traditional compared to "Dragons." Everything is played excellently with BUCKETHEAD not only delivering some mean guitar workouts but some funky slappin' bass runs as well. DICKERSON dishes out some nice contrast of mellotron drenched organ runs along with more funky keyboard runs a la Herbie Hancock's "Headhunters" era. Despite sounding like this is some long lost artifact from the 70s, it sounds authentic and organically constructed as all the musicians seamlessly jam and play off each other with ease. Despite the fact these tracks were all recorded during different sessions, they all connect fairly well and actually add more flavor to the overall feel of the album.

As someone who is well versed in jazz and jazz-fusion of the 60s and 70s, LEFT HANGING is by no means a top notch sort of album in that rich field of cross-pollination however this is a very engaging album that is excellently performed, nicely produced and elegantly retro to boot. Jazz-fusion is a type of subgenus that has a varying spectrum with some leaning heavy on the jazz side and other on the rock. I would say that BUCKETHEAD & DICKERSON are definitely closer to the rock side of things on LEFT HANGING with tight steady rhythms that for the most part are absent of strong syncopation and other overtly aspects of jazz. However the chord progressions and some of the dynamics are definitely out of the jazz playbook. The percussion is more of a simple rock beat and fails to engage in a jazz context. This is a fun album to listen to but i'm not as fond of it as "Dragons Of Eden" however there are a few surprises that will shock you!

3.5 but rounded down

 Captain Eo's Voyage by BUCKETHEAD album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.11 | 8 ratings

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Captain Eo's Voyage
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Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE & JR/F/Canterbury Teams

3 stars After a reference to CAPTAIN EO on the album "A Real Diamond In The Rough" titled "The Return Of Captain EO" which refers to the 3D sci-fi film by Michael Jackson, BUCKETHEAD revisited the idea with a whole album, his 29th, titled CAPTAIN EO'S VOYAGE with lots of references to Jackson's life. This album also begins the trend of releasing albums first digitally and then following them up with a physical format at a later date. The album also signified a departure from the TDRS record label and is performed only by BUCKETHEAD on guitars and Dan Monti on bass, drums and production. Yep, that even appears to be Michael Jackson on the album cover. The movie was associated with Disneyland which is another weakness for BUCKETHEAD whose whole idea for BUCKETHEADLAND was constructed. He has been purported to spends lots of time in the Magical Kingdom and on this release he pays tribute to both artists and theme park in one shot.

This one is on the mellower side of things but sustains a fairly strong drumbeat. Overall CAPTAIN EO'S VOYAGE is a rather psychedelic rock type of album with echoey guitars, snail's paced bass lines and intricate compositional developments that go beyond the usual mellow BH album styles of simple repetitive chord progressions that outstay their welcome. This one has more variety between tracks as well as dynamic shifts between the mellower aspects of BH's music and the more rockin' out however nothing on here approaches metal whatsoever. This is strictly a slowed down form of rock with psychedelic and even post-rock elements along with the occasional funk bass line. The tracks are instantly catchy and melodic while the guitar licks and solos are on the bluesy side of things. This one is cool in that the guitar, bass and drums seem to be happy existing in their own world instead of simply following a leader.

This one is pretty cool in the fact that it adds new ways to incorporate the clean echoey guitars and keep the tracks sounding distinct from each other. Whether it has any connection to the actual movie is beyond me since i've never seen it (and most likely never will) however this album has a playful feel to it and somehow it seems to fit with the theme. While this will never go down as my favorite BH album by any means, this one is a pleasant roller coaster ride, albeit a gentle one for those who get motion sickness too easily. Despite these mellower ones not topping my BH faves list, i have to admit that they are a nice recalibrating effect to put the others in perspective therefore even the ones i like lesser seem to have a purpose. This one may not excel beyond the original "Colma" album in performance but it's not a bad try.

3.5 rounded down

 Brain As Hamenoodle (with Brain) by BUCKETHEAD album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.00 | 1 ratings

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Brain As Hamenoodle (with Brain)
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Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE & JR/F/Canterbury Teams

— First review of this album —
3 stars While BUCKETHEAD was releasing more albums under his own name exclusively he was also continuing to release collaborative efforts as well. In 2010 he and his friends Bryan "Brain" Mantia on drums and Melissa Reese on keyboards unleashed three collaborative releases. Two of these were massive boxed sets where all three got equally artist billing whereas the third one is only attributed to BUCKETHEAD and BRAIN since it doesn't feature Melissa Reese despite it fitting in with the other "Kind Regards" boxed sets. The album titled BRAIN AS HAMENOODLE is yet another experimental album that focuses on minimalistic bass and drums. I have no idea what the title refers to although i suspect it has something to do with the fact that previous albums were titled "Chicken Noodles" and the HAM part refers to Brain's personality in some way. This is pure speculation.

The album starts out with some girl uttering gibberish that ends with the term HAMENOODLE and then the funk session begins. This whole album is basically BUCKETHEAD slapping away on the bass and BRAIN pounding on the drums. Surprisingly despite the limited instrumentation this one has a lot of differing styles. While the opening "Meet Hamen" has a clear funk vibe, the following "Brad P" is more laid back with a slow groovin' bass that lets the percussion to have a hyperactive spastic attack. All in all this one reminds a bit more of the band Ruins only more on valium and without the zeuhl. After all that band has done many albums with nothing more than bass and drums and constantly finds new ways to invent that sound. Unlike that band there are no vocals to be found here. Only progressive rock meets funk workouts where some segments work better than others.

The comparison to Ruins is more than just a fleeting feeling. The extended jams that range from calm and placid to full-on freak outs is exactly the kind of freaky stuff that Tatsuya Yoshida would come up with. This album allows BUCKETHEAD to fully raise his freak flag on the bass and he nails it doing the craziest things as he does on guitars. BRAIN is equally competent on the drum set and is a master of changing things up. He has been rather reserved on many of his collaboration albums but on this one he really lets loose with a nonstop series of rhythmic assaults that seamlessly meld with the bass. While this isn't quite energetic enough to be considered metal there are energized moments that pass as heavy rock but for the most part this one remains in funk rock mode with other excursions into the avant-garde and beyond. Better than it sounds but not the kind of stuff i'm going to seek out many repeat listens either. Unlike a typical Ruins album, it doesn't quite have the zany zeal and over-the-top aesthetics that make their albums so much fun.

 Spinal Clock by BUCKETHEAD album cover Studio Album, 2010
2.04 | 4 ratings

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Spinal Clock
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Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE & JR/F/Canterbury Teams

2 stars For his second release of 2010, BH went a totally new direction with his 28th album SPINAL CLOCK which has been purported to refer to the chicken lover's back injury that occurred earlier in the same year of release. This album is unlike anything else in BH's vast canon and is the beginning of BH becoming a one-man show. All nine tracks are basically avant-garde banjo tracks although BH also includes guitar, bass and percussion and handles all musical duties solo. This was also the beginning of his artist direct to fan phase where he only issued 300 personally signed copies and then by popular demand extended that to 500 however, the album has never been released and is another case of U-toob being your best friend.

"Lafayette's Landing" begins with a droning buzz that sounds like a progressive electronic album is in the works. It slowly ratchets up the brooding atmosphere when finally a banjo emerges after an established bass line leads the way. This is some seriously slow moving activity here as the bass line gently thumps away and the banjo intermittently plucks out a lick or two and then vanishes into the darkness. Likewise "Whale On This" follows suit with a heady strange minimalism and extends on for almost 10 minutes by basically just shifting from weird to classical tune riffs to even Americana folk but it all seems rather pointless as if this were nothing more than trying out an instrument in the music store to test its playing ability. In between these snippets is often just noisy percussive nothingness that ruins any sort of flow.

This one is fairly disappointing because i would've hoped that some banjo music could be taken to unthinkable arenas in the chicken lover's hands but this one is basically alternates between droning pulses of repetitive bass lines and random parades of sounds that include periods of percussion, bouts of silence and other non-linear types of sound delivery. I'm pretty opened minded and crave BUCKETHEAD's experimental albums more than anyone but this one is not executed very well at all. Yeah, it sounds like one of those pointillistic type albums that reminds me of Karlheinz Stockhausen in many ways but this one is so minimalistic as to be rendered fairly pointless and devoid of any listening pleasure. Nice try, BH but this one will surely go down as one of your most bungled efforts. Even the the spastic banjo licks and nice melodic meandering at the end of "Spinal Cracker" are too little too late. Recommended only if you want weird for weird's sake with nothing tangible to grasp.

 Shadows Between the Sky by BUCKETHEAD album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.33 | 11 ratings

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Shadows Between the Sky
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Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE & JR/F/Canterbury Teams

3 stars The year 2010 was a pivotal one in the twenty year career of the bizarre entity known as BUCKETHEAD. As the naughts proceeded Mr. Chicken Lover began releasing more and more albums under his own moniker with four being released in 2009. The very next year he would through this prolificacy explode as he would he would not only release three albums but also release an innocent little untitled album that was also known as "Happy Holidays From Buckethead" around Christmas time as a limited edition but unknowingly would launch the entire Pike series to follow. SHADOWS BETWEEN THE SKY, his 27th album is the first of the year and after a couple of strange avant-garde xenochrony type releases, BH reverts back to the same style as "A Real Diamond In The Rough." Like most of the albums released in this period, BH is joined by Dan Monti on bass and drum programming with Monti and Albert handling the production duties.

This is another fairly mellow album that could be compared to the "Colma" album of 1998. It is primarily constructed with clean guitar riffs, bass and percussion. Unlike previous albums of its ilk, this one has traces of flamenco as heard on the title track and more energetic percussive outbursts as well giving it more vim and vigor than other examples of BH's mellow musical journeys. While there are some great dark tracks like the slowcore "City Of Woe" which almost sounds like a spaghetti western that has been thawing after a cryogenic deepfreeze, many tracks such as "Rim Of The World" and "Sea Wall" are pretty much the mellow BH by the numbers routine with somewhat nonchalant clean guitar melodies that sort of have a verse / chorus structure and offer really nothing new in the vast BH palette.

"Sled Ride" is pretty cool as it is more upbeat with echoey guitar riffs, a nice atmospheric haze softening it out with energetic drums that offer more than a lazy march to the melody type of scenario. "Scenario" is proof that a truck can be mellow and still interesting as it has variations in its development and has nice riffs, echo effects and overall production dynamics. It is neither showy nor energetic but has captured the spirit of what it's trying to accomplish. Overall SHADOWS BETWEEN THE SKY is a mixed bag for me. There are some decent tracks but there are just as many okay but not outstanding ones. It's not a bad album to throw on when you're in a mellower sort of mood and fans of BH's slower material will love this one a lot more than i do but i have to admit that for his mellower albums that this one is decent if not consistent.

 Needle In A Slunk Stack by BUCKETHEAD album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.95 | 3 ratings

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Needle In A Slunk Stack
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Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE & JR/F/Canterbury Teams

4 stars File under: loony bin weirdo music - the sequel (add the metal please)

On his 26th album and 4th and final of 2009, the chicken lover known as BUCKETHEAD did something rare and followed up one style of an album with another of the same. NEEDLE IN A SLUNK STACK (derived from the famous phrase 'needle in a haystack') directly follows in the predecessor "Forensic Follies" footsteps and once again utilizes xenochrony using recycled samples from previous releases, however unlike the "Follies," this one includes original drum tracks unlike the recycled percussion. The individual tracks are listed on Wikipedia for which albums they borrow their elements from but the lion's share come from "Inbred Mountain," "The Elephant Man's Alarm Clock," "Slaughterhouse On The Prairie" and "Island Of Lost Minds." Like the last album this one features BUCKETHEAD on guitar, Dan Monti on drum programming and the painstaking production tasks performed by Monti and Albert.

Stylistically this one is actually quite different because of the fact that the percussion is totally original allowing the samples of guitars, electronica and other accoutrements to layer over the beat which allows a more free flowing style rather than the rather strangely stilted staccato flow of "Forensic Follies." That is not to say that all that freakiness doesn't emerge here and there but there are more periods of "normal" BH sounds! Overall this one is simply less choppy (relatively speaking) and even has full on metal attacks such as on "Carcass Cable" on all the way through it is entirety which while the guitar riffs are recycled contain enough heft to create decent head banging tracks. To make this one work differently than the previous there is a lot of effort placed on the drum programming which i have to admit is handled quite beautifully with intricately precise time changes that are incredibly executed with full metal fury.

This is obviously one for the most adventurous of musical rollercoaster riders in BUCKETHEADLAND. These unorthodox xenochrony effects would even leave its inventor Frank Zappa wondering what kind of sonic assault he has been subjected to however like lots of bizarre avant-garde music, this one is based on an underpinning of blues riffs, funk or whatever and then dropped out leaving only the strangest elements to be heard. The metal riffing tracks are the easiest to digest but there is certainly more flow in this one. Personally i find this stuff fun to play guitar around since the "normal" elements have been subdued, it's a free-for-all for creative improvisation sessions. While i wouldn't expect to want to hear another album so soon after one of similar ilk, NEEDLE IN A SLUNK STACK approaches the sampling process in a totally different way which displays the different forks in the road by simply replacing the sampled percussive parts with totally original ones. Another underdog i've adopted in my collection of the weirdest and sickest music to be heard! Not as out there as "Forensic Follies" but not far behind :)

 Forensic Follies by BUCKETHEAD album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.86 | 2 ratings

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Forensic Follies
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Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE & JR/F/Canterbury Teams

4 stars File under: loony bin weirdo music

Anyone familiar with the eclectic world of BUCKETHEAD should expect anything in his long canon of musical wonderland however even within this unusual musician's bizarre something emerges that is even unusual for him. One of the strangest albums to be unleashed was the third album of 2009 titled FORENSIC FOLLIES which takes the avant-garde and experimental to new extremes. This was another one of those albums that was sold only at live shows and features Dan Monti on bass and drum programming as well as Monti and Albert sharing production duties which is a major part of what makes this album so unique.

The album primarily relies on xenochrony which is a studio-based technique that was invented in the 60s by Frank Zappa who learned how to extract different musical elements from previous albums and find a new way of putting them together on a future release. Perhaps the most famous of these was "Joe's Garage" and "Thing-Fish" which were just as weird and misunderstood as FORENSIC FOLLIES seems to be. There is a whole list of which tracks were borrowed from on the Wikipedia page of this album and the list is long but it seems like the lion's share is divided between "Island Of Lost Minds" and The Elephant Man's Alarm Clock."

While listening to this one, it is by no means apparent that these sounds are sampled from previous material as the sound samples are so short and staccato that it's all rendered unrecognizable. It is however a veritable trip into the psycho-ward as this free form flow of noise, guitar bloops and bleeps, power chords and other electronic effects seems rather random yet at times patterns of sanity emerge. This album is truly experimentalism for experiment's sake only and although i'm the biggest proponent of unleashed creativity flowing wherever it has free rein, i'll readily admit that this one may not have the most staying power after an initial listen.

Having said all that, FORENSIC FOLLIES has a wickedly turgid charm all its own. It's not that it's formless per se. There is an admirable attempt to keep a rhythmic flow going with the percussive drive whether it be from the drum programming or the methodology of stitching the samples together. There is even funky underpinnings at times. This is the kind of stuff i love throwing on when i'm in the most adventurous musical moods. This is avant-garde weirdo music like no other and for that bold and daring move i support this freak show in full glory. Basically this music isn't meant to be made for emotional connection and earworm burrowing effects. This is for those moments when you just wanna get all freaky wit yer badass self! In that regard, this is pretty brilliant and i support this underdog 100% although i admittedly have to be in the right mindset to subject myself to this however i do have an appetite for such madness ;p

 A Real Diamond in the Rough by BUCKETHEAD album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.86 | 16 ratings

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A Real Diamond in the Rough
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Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE & JR/F/Canterbury Teams

3 stars With the release of his 24th album and 2nd of 2009, BUCKETHEAD dedicated this one to his legal representative Stan Diamond and thus is titled A REAL DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH. Yet another album with BUCKETHEAD handling guitar duties, Bryan "Brain" Mantia on drums and Dan Monti on bass. He also handles the drum programming on some tracks. Like many of his "tribute" albums, this one is a warm sentimental collection of tracks that focus on emotion inducing stripped down melodies that are calm and reflective rather than bombastic and experimental. The album is much like earlier albums "Colma" or "Electric Tears" that take a journey into the placidity of atmospheric melodic tracks. Unlike those there a few upbeat guitar parts with heavy distortion and more energetic riffing. The production is crystal clear.

Tracks like "Dawn Appears" are as slowed down and ambient as the name suggests and have clean guitar parts, snail's-paced tempo and very melodic developments. Others like "Separate Sky" offer more variables that add greater dynamics including more rocking out and fuzzed out feedback. "Sundial" is a nice peppy series of popping echoey guitar lines that without percussion creates an interesting effect for its short duration. "Squid Ink" relies as much on the heft of percussion as it does on the ultra clean textures of the guitar riffs and clean production techniques. "Formless Present" takes the slowing down to the ultimate level providing a sample of slow core guitar riffing while "The Return Of Captain EO" takes on a heavy bluesy rock style.

For the most part A REAL DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH is could hardly be called a rock album at all and focuses on chilled out clean guitar oriented tracks that slowly mediate rather than pulverize. There are nice tracks to be heard on this one but for me there are too many slower tracks that sound as if they could've been leftovers for previous albums of the similar style and even when BH rocks out, it feels purposefully held back. On top of that the album doesn't flow to my liking as the placement of certain tracks doesn't make sense in the big scheme of things. Fans of BH's mellower albums will probably dig this more than i do and as i stated, there is plenty of decent material here but there also seems to be a lot of recycling going on in the creativity department as well.

 Slaughterhouse On The Prairie by BUCKETHEAD album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.00 | 4 ratings

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Slaughterhouse On The Prairie
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Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE & JR/F/Canterbury Teams

3 stars I just love some the album titles BUCKETHEAD comes up with for his less than traditional albums. On his 23rd solo release he opted to pay tribute to Laura Ingalls Wilder's famous book "Little House On The Prairie" and mangled it to become SLAUGHTERHOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE. This one has BUCKETHEAD handling guitar while Dan Monti is along for the ride on bass and programming (i assume the drum machines are included as the drums sound pretty canned here.) The first two tracks "LeBron" and "LeBron's Hammer" were dedicated to LeBron James' 24th birthday and were originally free downloads. This album also introduces the term "Pike" in the track "Pumpkin Pike" thus in retrospect possibly a clue to the endless series that would debut the following year. The year 2009 saw four solo albums with SLAUGHTERHOUSE being the first and a warmup to the prolific productivity egg laying antics of the chicken lover from here on.

SLAUGHTERHOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE is another one of those alternative metal type albums with heavy grungy guitar riffs accompanied by bass and drums. It is mostly in fast tempo and aggressively in-yer-face with plenty of BUCKETHEAD's tricks and trinkets up his sleeves like sizzling solos, squealing licks and unorthodox riffing that take on experiment time signature deviations and are just plain weird at times. Overall SLAUGHTERHOUSE is not the most original of albums and sounds a lot like "Albino Slug" in this regard with a ton of recycled riffs from yesteryear appearing in a new packaged format. While progressive experimentalism is present as on most BH releases, this one has more by-the-numbers type of tracks and pretty much plays it safe as a nice inoffensive alt metal type of album. Some of the time sigs are cool at times though.

Like "Albino Slug," SLAUGHTERHOUSE is a decent listen with all the tracks having distinct personalities and allowed to unfurl in their own funkiefied manner however this one has the disadvantage of sounding a little samey by the end of the playing time, however overall i like this one a bit more than "Slug," simply because there are more interesting variations despite the timbres, tones and forcefulness remaining in the heavy alt metal zone. Favorites are "Blood Bayou" (somewhat experimental), "Don't Use Roosts If You Raise Broilers" (more experimental) and "Robot Checkerboard" (wickedly cool experimental and funky) whereas the rest are cool but not as so. This album definitely needs more variety and is a prognosticator for the plethora of Pikes down the road that would incorporate a few killa tracks and a bunch of lesser than so. The thing that saves this album is all the weird echoey effects and fluid rhythmic drives that are surreal in many ways.

3.5 rounded down

 The Dragons Of Eden (with Travis Dickerson and Brain) by BUCKETHEAD album cover Studio Album, 2008
4.00 | 1 ratings

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The Dragons Of Eden (with Travis Dickerson and Brain)
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Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE & JR/F/Canterbury Teams

— First review of this album —
4 stars Another day, another album in the BUCKETHEAD universe. Well, at least in 2008 when this one was released he was spending more time collaborating on others' album rather than releasing his own. Technically the chicken lover only released one album "Albino Slug" under his own name that year but with the same exact line-up as that one he released THE DRAGONS OF EDEN which in this case gave equal billing to both TRAVIS DICKERSON (keyboards) and BRAIN (drums). Not credited in the billing but contributing the cello is Cameron Stone. Keeping in line with his restless eclectic nature, the chicken lover creates something unusual in his canon by tackling the jazz-fusion category with THE DRAGONS OF EDEN which from the look of the cover made me think that this might be some sort of Traditional Chinese music type of album! So wrong i was :P BTW, the album title comes from the Carl Sagan book from 1977.

THE DRAGONS OF EDEN has a rather retro 70's funk rock meets jazz-fusion vibe accompanied by a funk metal guitar riff and a seemingly out of place lugubrious sounding cello that haunts the otherwise jocularity of the feel good funk vibe. Add to that traces of boogie woogie and other piano tinkling along with retro mellotron sounding organ runs and we are in for a somewhat familiar but also strange wild ride! All the tracks are instantly infectious as the funky jazz nature of the tracks reels you in and lets you settle into the pace of things rather quickly. Some of the keyboard runs are straight out of the Chic Corea playbook and it all sounds like an odd mishmash of a organ dominated prog brands of the 70s with Return To Forever coming to mind, however nothing gets super complex on this one as all the tracks are very light-hearted and free flowing into jam band mode. The whole affair sounds like an organic spontaneous flow of energy during a few short rehearsals so don't expect something highly developed.

The result of all the mixing of genre styles allows a very surreal experience for this one. I can't think of a single jazz-fusion type of album where psychedelic early 70s organs so energetically dance around the funky rhythms and guitar passages accompanied by a prominent chamber rock type of cello sound. The four musicians leapfrog around each others' leads so gracefully and despite the music being fairly simple to grasp becomes quite complex just by certain instruments passing the baton to the next and then backing up their fellow band members. This is one of the most pleasant and even uplifting types of jazz-fusion albums i've ever heard. It doesn't have a shred of technical alienation that some types of music do and on the contrary has a very warm inviting feel mostly due to the fuzzy warm organ parts that make me feel like there are fresh cupcakes at Grandma's house! If you told me this was some unknown artist from the early 70s, i'd totally believe it but this album came out in 2008. Great retro job guys! This is a great one at sounding retro but totally original simultaneously.

Thanks to epignosis for the artist addition.

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