Astronauts & Heretics

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All Music Guide - James Chrispell
A greatly matured Thomas Dolby highlights his melodic tendencies on Astronauts & Heretics. Containing more personal moments enhanced by his love for technology, such tracks as "Cruel," which features a stunning Eddi Reader, and "Eastern Bloc the sequel" help listeners connect with bits of the past forwarded into the future. "Eastern Bloc the sequel" even takes its rhythmic sense from the old Johnny Otis tune, "Willie and the Hand Jive," before it comes into its own. "Silk Pajamas" has a unique pastiche of sound to it and also a very memorable tune to go along. While nothing here appeared to catch fire with the public at the time, Astronauts & Heretics is still a...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Chrispell
A greatly matured Thomas Dolby highlights his melodic tendencies on Astronauts & Heretics. Containing more personal moments enhanced by his love for technology, such tracks as "Cruel," which features a stunning Eddi Reader, and "Eastern Bloc the sequel" help listeners connect with bits of the past forwarded into the future. "Eastern Bloc the sequel" even takes its rhythmic sense from the old Johnny Otis tune, "Willie and the Hand Jive," before it comes into its own. "Silk Pajamas" has a unique pastiche of sound to it and also a very memorable tune to go along. While nothing here appeared to catch fire with the public at the time, Astronauts & Heretics is still a fine testament to Dolby's continuing maturity. Time sometimes must catch up to foresighted performers. Astronauts & Heretics is just such a case.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/26/2006
  • Label: Collectables
  • UPC: 090431676226
  • Catalog Number: 6762
  • Sales rank: 79,467

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Love You Goodbye (5:58)
  2. 2 Cruel - Eddi Reader (3:08)
  3. 3 Silk Pyjamas (3:38)
  4. 4 I Live in a Suitcase (5:29)
  5. 5 Eastern Bloc (5:19)
  6. 6 Close But No Cigar (4:27)
  7. 7 That's Why People Fall in Love (5:28)
  8. 8 Neon Sisters (4:54)
  9. 9 Beauty of a Dream (5:04)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Thomas Dolby Primary Artist, Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Rhythm Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Michael Doucet Fiddle, Background Vocals, Cajun Fiddle
Wayne Toups Background Vocals, Cajun Accordion
Ofra Haza Vocals
Jerry Garcia Guitar
Bob Weir Rhythm Guitar
Jimmy Z. Saxophone
Loz Netto Background Vocals
Jimmy Breaux Accordion, Cajun Accordion
Eddi Reader Vocals, Track Performer
Jill Colucci Background Vocals
Laura Creamer Background Vocals
Terry Jackson Bass
Mike Kapitan Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Jon Klein Guitar
John E. Love Guitar
Mr. Pits Background Vocals
David Owens Drums
Rafael Padilla Percussion
Tommy Gutman Sanchez Guitar
Matthew Seligman Bass, Fretless Bass Guitar
Al Tharp Banjo, Background Vocals
Larry Treadwell Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Slide Guitar
Eddie Van Halen Guitar
Mark Wallis Background Vocals
Teresita Alsander Background Vocals
Suzanne Malline Background Vocals
Cynthia Moliere Background Vocals
Jon E. Love Guitar
Leland Sklar Bass
Budgie Drums
Technical Credits
Michael Doucet Contributor
Thomas Dolby Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer
Elaine Anderson Engineer
Jay Baumgardner Engineer
Mary Coller Producer, Executive Producer
John Cutler Engineer
Chuck Fedko Engineer
Paul Gommersall Engineer
Steve Himelfarb Engineer
Mike Kapitan Programming
Greg Marchant Engineer
Doug Michael Engineer
Mr. Pits Contributor
Charles Paakkari Engineer
Robert Read Engineer
Phil Reynolds Engineer
Squeak Stone Engineer
Al Tharp Contributor
Larry Vigon Art Direction
Paul Gomarsall Engineer
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