Busy Being Born

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All Music Guide - Joslyn Layne
Accomplished guitarist Gary Lucas sends listeners on a multicolored carousel of "songs for children." He marches Jewish fight song singalongs, strums out Marx Brothers' tunes, and fingerpicks delicate acoustic originals. Busy Being Born includes great slide guitar; a Fiddler on the Roof tune; a traditional tune about turning clay into a dreydel done Ritchie Valens style; and what Lucas calls "an anti-lullaby" with a narrative reminiscent of Nick Cave's from-the-depths voice that's sure to frighten kids in a delicious way. Recommended for old and young alike. In all, the album is a rare, successful combination of silly kid-appeal and adult-sized ability, wrapped around a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Joslyn Layne
Accomplished guitarist Gary Lucas sends listeners on a multicolored carousel of "songs for children." He marches Jewish fight song singalongs, strums out Marx Brothers' tunes, and fingerpicks delicate acoustic originals. Busy Being Born includes great slide guitar; a Fiddler on the Roof tune; a traditional tune about turning clay into a dreydel done Ritchie Valens style; and what Lucas calls "an anti-lullaby" with a narrative reminiscent of Nick Cave's from-the-depths voice that's sure to frighten kids in a delicious way. Recommended for old and young alike. In all, the album is a rare, successful combination of silly kid-appeal and adult-sized ability, wrapped around a tweaked eccentricity that only the stodgy couldn't enjoy.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/17/1998
  • Label: Tzadik
  • UPC: 702397712121
  • Catalog Number: 7121
  • Sales rank: 211,110

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Adon Olom (1:30)
  2. 2 Adon Olom (3:11)
  3. 3 Shekhinah (2:19)
  4. 4 Sandman (4:27)
  5. 5 Sunrise, Sunset (2:53)
  6. 6 Tradition (2:35)
  7. 7 The Mensch in the Moon (5:07)
  8. 8 Lydia, the Tattooed Lady (2:06)
  9. 9 Crawlspace (3:08)
  10. 10 Dayenu/Dreidel (2:56)
  11. 11 Fleischerei (3:01)
  12. 12 A Hundred Pounds of Clay (2:41)
  13. 13 The Seven Faces of Dr. Lao (2:06)
  14. 14 Abie The Fishman (2:28)
  15. 15 Hinay Ma Tov (2:53)
  16. 16 Theme From The Exodus (2:50)
  17. 17 Adon Olom (2:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gary Lucas Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Steel Guitar
Greg Cohen Acoustic Bass, Upright Bass
John Zorn Alto Saxophone
Jonathan Kane Drums
Misako Kano Piano
Kenny Hurwitz Vocals
Larry Fine Vocals
Technical Credits
Gary Lucas Arranger, Producer, Engineer
Kazunori Sugiyama Producer
Allan Tucker Mastering
John Zorn Executive Producer
Irene Trudel Engineer
Tim Kalliches Engineer
Sascha von Oertzen Engineer
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