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"Adrian Belew, Twang Bar King - OBI Mini LP Replica In A CD - Japanese"

RARE OBI JAPAN REPLICA CD - 30TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION - TREMENDOUSLY RARE OUT OF PRINT MASTERPIECE - FACTORY SEALED - LAST COPY FOREVER - This is a Japanese re-mastered Mini LP replica Limited Edition Collection - Japanese exclusive reissue, limited to 5,000 pieces, of 1983 album that's out-of-print domestically, made world-wide and are immediately Out of Print. Recorded from the finest Original Masters available. Comes with: anti-static sleeves similar to Vinyl LPs, Cardboard packaging like an LP, re-sealable plastic wrap cases for protection of the collectible Actual miniaturized version of the 12" LP in 4" CD version. I have to wonder if the title is a pun on the role Belew saw himself in as part of King Crimson. Belew's second album lacks some of the snap and sizzle of his debut but is, for the most part, a very good follow up. The highlight is undisputedly his frantic reworking of The Beatles' I'm Down. He Belewizes it. There's a number of originals that are as good as his first album but following so closely on the heels of Discipline, Beat and Lone Rhino may have diminished its impact. I Wonder meanders a bit but has a worthwile lyric and bouncy melody. THe real highlights (besides I'm Down)is She is not Dead and Life Without a Cage. The former song is an odd, mournful tune with a Middle Eastern flavor. The latter song opens with a series of oddly phased piano chords before parading into a strident rocker. It's one of Belew's best songs on the album with its odd time signature changes. Belew grafts three distinct different melodies. It creates the effect of an musical roller coaster and there's more than one or two tips of the hat to The Beatles (particularly songs like We Can Work It Out and A Day in the Life). The phased effect on the tune recalls without imitating Revolver's She Said and Tomorrow Never Knows. A sudden shift of gears is represented by two contrasting pieces. Sexy Rhino is little more than a fragment. The Blast of Twang Bar King kicks the album back into high gear and helps close out what used to be the first side of the LP/cassette with the one-two punch of Another Time and the affecting The Rail Song. The odd instrumental Paint The Road paves the way for the stunning She Is Not Dead. The album's quality dips with the twin tracks Fish Head and The Ideal Woman. Fish Head is the most disappointing of the original songs. It's imitative without the spark of originality one has come to associate with Belew. The album closes with the stunning and mournful Ballet for a Blue Whale. It's an instrumental using the many guitar effects Belew had at his disposal at the time. Although not quite as surprising as his debut Twang Bar King is actually a better, braver and more consistent record. It proved that the highlights of both Lone Rhino and the King Crimson album Discipline were no accident. Belew had arrived as both musician and artist. 1. I'm Down 2. I Wonder 3. Life Without a Cage 4. Sexy Rhino 5. Twang Bar King 6. Another Time 7. The Rail Song 8. Paint the Road [Instrumental] 9. She Is Not Dead 10. Fish Head 11. The Ideal Woman 12. Ballet for a Blue Whale [Instrumental]
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