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36 Seasons
     

36 Seasons

by Ghostface Killah
 

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With a title that refers to nine years away from home, 36 Seasons finds Wu-Tang rapper Ghostface Killah returning to his Tony Starks character, who is himself returning home to a different and more dangerous Staten Island. Starks is just looking to spend his later years chilling in familiar territory, but as the action movie lyrics and

Overview

With a title that refers to nine years away from home, 36 Seasons finds Wu-Tang rapper Ghostface Killah returning to his Tony Starks character, who is himself returning home to a different and more dangerous Staten Island. Starks is just looking to spend his later years chilling in familiar territory, but as the action movie lyrics and the accompanying comic book written by Matthew Rosenberg, explain, betrayal and Berettas are everywhere, so Starks dons his gas mask and schools the hood on what's good. The concept and presentation are wonderfully reminiscent of the rapper's 2013 collaboration with Adrian Younge, Twelve Reasons to Die, but if that excellent album was influenced by the Italian murder mystery/slasher film genre known as giallo, this one is bringing '70s Blaxploitation films back with all their funk and flare. Brooklyn band and production team the Revelations provide the funk, with wah-wah guitars, punchy drums, and popping bass creating an atmosphere where karate chops, pimps, and players are all in their element. This is also the atmosphere where comic book choruses like "Exquisite doctor, his work of art/Created a gas mask to save Tony Starks" ("Emergency Procedure" with Pharoahe Monch) become great singalong moments with an accompanying fist-in-the-air. Cooler, cinematic numbers thrive as well, and with that unique Ghostface style, like when "Homicide" goes from macabre ("I smell a massacre/I stick a bomb in your limo, blow up your passengers") to chuckle-worthy ("I'm stuck back on the couch like a potato"). Inspiration flows out of the man throughout the album, and this end-to-end concept is executed with little note-spinning or boring lyrics that just serve the story, and while Twelve Reasons took a big giallo risk and nailed it, this more expected, '70s-favored success still surprises with its vigorous sense of purpose. Besides Monch's appearance, Kool G Rap, Tre Williams, and AZ offer some great moments, while producer the 45 King joins the Revelations on "Blood on the Streets" for that old-school breakbeat rumble.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/09/2014
Label:
Tommy Boy
UPC:
0661868180220
catalogNumber:
1802
Rank:
68314

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ghostface Killah   Primary Artist,Vocals
AZ   Vocals
Angela Johnson   Piano,Background Vocals
Adam Klipple   Piano,Mellotron
Kool G Rap   Vocals
Josh Werner   Bass,Piano,Hammond Organ,Clavinet,Mellotron,Upright Bass,Jupiter 6,Guitar (Baritone)
Pharoahe Monch   Vocals
Gintas Janusonis   Piano,Bongos,Chimes,Conga,Drums,Glockenspiel,Tambourine,Triangle,Background Vocals,Zither,Timpani,Mellotron,Wurlitzer,Jupiter 6,Orchestral Bells,Orchestral Chimes
7L   Turntables
Rick Parker   Trombone
Geoff Countryman   Saxophone
Shawn Wigs   Vocals
Tre Williams   Vocals
Zak Botham   Trumpet
Nems   Vocals
Wes Mingus   Bass,Guitar,Bass Guitar,Tambourine,Background Vocals,Mellotron
Adam Kipple   Synthesizer,Piano,Hammond Organ,Mellotron
Joe Ancowitz   Trumpet
Daniel Schlett   Organ,Guitar,Mellotron,Finger Snapping,Optigan
Rell Gaddis   Vocals
Kandace Springs   Vocals
Malik Abdul-Rahmaan   Finger Snapping
Wali Bilal   Finger Snapping

Technical Credits

Tom Silverman   Executive Producer
45 King   Producer
Anthony Acid   Engineer
Dennis Coles   Composer,Executive Producer
Josh Werner   Composer,Producer
Gintas Janusonis   Composer,Producer
Jackie Members   Composer
Fizzy Womack   Producer
John Sellards   Layout
Arnold Mischkulnig   Engineer
Wes Mingus   Composer,Producer
Revelations   Producer
Andrew Kelley   Producer
Daniel Schlett   Producer,Engineer
Mike Caruso   Executive Producer
Robert Perry   Producer
Christian Hedlund   Executive Producer
Malik Abdul-Rahmaan   Composer,Producer
Dan Murdoch   Illustrations,Cover Illustration

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