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Of Whales and Woe - Les Claypool

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Genre: Rock / Artist: Les Claypool / Audio CD released 2006-06-05 at Prawn Song

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      01.03.2010 14:44
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      A stunningly good album from Primus frontman Les Claypool

      Of Whales and Woe is Les Claypool's first proper solo album. His name may not be familiar to all as he is better known as Primus' frontman bassist extraordinaire. This album was released back in 2006 on his own record label Prawn Song. (It was recently re-released on vinyl as of November 2009.)
      Not so much of the wacky lyrics on this album but a far more accessable feel than his previous works. Nearly every track featured here is bass-driven in his usual highly inventive and percussive style. If you've never heard anything from a bass guitar driven musical group, then check this out! The arrangements of the other instruments like saxophone sitar, guitar and drums, etc sit really well together without drowning anything out. The songs themselves are really catchy and you'll find yourself singing along too by the end of it. There is even one track on here, Iowan Girl, written specially for his wife with some of the most amazing bass playing I have ever heard. There isn't a bad track on here in my opinion.

      TRACK LISTING:
      1. "Back Off Turkey" - 2:11
      2. "One Better" - 5:59
      3. "Lust Stings" - 4:08
      4. "Of Whales and Woe" - 3:03
      5. "Vernon the Company Man" - 2:32
      6. "Phantom Patriot" - 4:01
      7. "Iowan Gal" - 3:29
      8. "Nothin' Ventured" - 3:08
      9. "Rumble of the Diesel" - 4:03
      10. "Robot Chicken" - 0:40
      11. "Filipino Ray" - 3:51
      12. "Off-White Guilt" - 2:21

      RECOMMENDATION:
      I'd buy this if Frank Zappa is your kind of thing or if you were familiar with Primus but not sure of Les' solo works.

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      Disc #1 Tracklisting
      1 Back Off Turkey
      2 One Better
      3 Lust Stings
      4 Of Whales And Woe
      5 Vernon The Company Man
      6 Phantom Patriot
      7 Iowan Gal
      8 Nothin' Ventured
      9 Rumble Of The Diesel
      10 Robot Chicken
      11 Filipino Ray
      12 Off-White Guilt