1/ Doomride (Buckethead) 0.57 2/ Welcome To Bucketheadland (Buckethead) 3.42 3/ I Come In Peace (Buckethead,Mosley) 6.03 4/ Buckethead's Toy Store (Buckethead,Wood) 8.02 5/ Want Some Slaw? (Buckethead) 4.30 6/ Warweb (Buckethead) 3.06 7/ Aquabot (Buckethead,Wood) 5.56 8/ Binge and Grab (Instrumental Version) (Buckethead) 5.17 9/ Pure Imagination (Bricusse) 1.47 10/ Buckethead's Chamber of Horrors (BH,Wood,Parsons) 4.48 11/ Onions Unleashed (BK,Mosley,Hakopian) 2.20 12/ Chicken (Buckethead) 1.06 13/ I Love My Parents (Buckethead) 4.09 14/ Buckethead's T.V. Show (Buckethead) 3.18 15/ Robot Transmission (Buckethead) 2.59 16/ Pirate's Life For Me (Delugg,Amsterdam) 1.01 17/ Post Office Buddy (Buckethead,Pop) 6.40 18/ Star Wars (Williams) 1.54 19/ Last Train To Bucketheadland (Buckethead,Wood) 5.47 Recorded at Greenpoint Studio, Brooklyn, New York Engineered by Oz Fritz Assistant: Imad Mansour Drum Tech: Artie Smith Mixed by Oz Fritz Produced by Bill Laswell Executive Producers for Higher Octave: Matt Marshall & Dan Selene Mastered at Masterdisc by Howie WeinbergBuckethead: guitar, bass; Bill Laswell (1,5,8,15,17,19): sound effects; Bootsy Collins (3,4,5,7,8): bass, voice; Jerome "Bigfoot" Brailey (2,4,8,14,15): drums; Pinchface (3, 18): drums; Bill Mosley (3): voice; Throatrake (4,7,10,19): voice; Iggy Pop (4,17): voice; Bootsy's Mom (5): voice; Ted Parsons (5,10,11,17): drums; Stella Schnabel (6,14): voice; Onions (11): voice; Julian & Vito Schnabel (14): voice; Kristen Gray (17): voice; Sly Dunbar (19): drum loop.
Material Strings arranged and conducted by Karl Berger.
1994 - Sony (Japan), SRCS 7494 (CD) 2000 - CyberOctave (USA), COCD 48996 (CD)
Review courtesy of the Eatmag website
Robots, Music and Chickens, OH MY!
The album is an incredible combination of funk, drum and bass, industrial rock a la 80's style guitar leads, and all due to the incredible musicians who went on this musical journey with Buckethead. Bill Laswell is the producer, and the cast of characters includes: Bootsy Collins and Jerome "Bigfoot" Brailey from Parliament, Sly Dunbar of Peter Tosh, Black Uhuru and Sly and Robbie fame, Thomas Dolby, Iggy Pop and Bill Mosley, the voice from Texas Chain Saw Massacre.
How often do you hear a remake of "Pure Imagination", a song written by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley, and the song Gene Wilder sang as "Willy Wonka" in the movie version of the classic children's story written by Roald Dahl? "I Come In Peace" is a spoof on Japanese Godzilla movies, and "Doomride" is a musical rollercoaster that will make you leave your seat from the G-forces created. You can see the humor intended on this album by referring to the song list below. The music is pulsating, fun and definitely a party piece! With this cast of characters, how can you go wrong?
Joanne Kelly (Written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange. Edited by Roberta B. Schwartz)
Another mostly instrumental stir-fry of techno, funk and metal - like Transmutation without the organ. Buckethead's versatility as composer and guitarist are the focus here: rapid-fire runs, quick changes, eerie soundscapes, a tender stringfest ("I Love My Parents") and even an unironic 80's arena rocker ("Binge And Grab (Instrumental Version)"). Many of the best tracks feature deep funk grooves provided by Bootsy Collins on Space Bass and Jerome Brailey on drums ("Buckethead's Toy Store," with spoken vocals from Iggy Pop). There are also a couple of practical jokes, like shred-guitar versions of the Star Wars theme and the Bricusse/Newley show tune "Pure Imagination." But Buckethead's Achilles' heel - dull metal vamps - ruins some tracks ("Post Office Buddy," "Onions Unleashed"), and he never knows when to quit with allegedly humorous spoken word clips, which are intercut into nearly every track on the disc. Still, all the quick change acts and trap doors make the disc endlessly listenable. Produced by Laswell.
3 stars out of 5
David Bertrand Wilson (courtesy of the Wilson and Alroy's Record Reviews website)