California

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All Music Guide - Steve Huey
Four years after Disco Volante, Mr. Bungle returns with California, which immediately distinguishes itself from its predecessors -- it's probably their most heavily orchestrated record to date and their most melodic overall, as well as the least dependent on rock styles. That's certainly not to imply that this is a tame or immediately accessible record, nor that Mr. Bungle has suddenly gone sane. There is a stronger lounge-music orientation to the group's trademark rapid-fire genre-hopping; we hear more pop, swing, rockabilly, country & western, bossa nova, Hawaiian and Middle Eastern music, jazz, Zappa-esque doo wop, arty funk, post-rock, space-age pop, ...
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All Music Guide - Steve Huey
Four years after Disco Volante, Mr. Bungle returns with California, which immediately distinguishes itself from its predecessors -- it's probably their most heavily orchestrated record to date and their most melodic overall, as well as the least dependent on rock styles. That's certainly not to imply that this is a tame or immediately accessible record, nor that Mr. Bungle has suddenly gone sane. There is a stronger lounge-music orientation to the group's trademark rapid-fire genre-hopping; we hear more pop, swing, rockabilly, country & western, bossa nova, Hawaiian and Middle Eastern music, jazz, Zappa-esque doo wop, arty funk, post-rock, space-age pop, spaghetti-Western music, warped circus melodies, and even dramatic pseudo-new age, plus just a smidgen of heavy metal. Sure, some of those sounds have appeared on Mr. Bungle records past, but the difference this time is the focus with which the band deploys its arsenal. California is their most concise album to date, clocking in at around 45 minutes; plus, while the song structures are far from traditional, they're edging more in that direction and that greatly helps the listener in making sense of the often random-sounding juxtapositions of musical genres assuming, of course, that you're supposed to even try to make sense of them. As with any Mr. Bungle album, California requires at least a few listens to pull together, but its particular brand of schizophrenia isn't nearly as impenetrable as that of Disco Volante, even if it will still make you marvel at the fact that such a defiantly odd, uncommercial band recorded for Warner Bros.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/13/1999
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 093624744726
  • Catalog Number: 47447
  • Sales rank: 4,326

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mr. Bungle Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Trevor Dunn Group Member
Mike Patton Vocals
Michael Peloquin Harmonica
William Winant Bass Drums, Timpani, Mallets, Tam-tam
Bill Banovetz Horn, English Horn
Trey Spruance Group Member
Sam D. Bass Cello
Dave Philips Pedal Steel Guitar
Danny Heifetz Group Member
Carla Kihlstedt Violin, Viola
Eyvind Kang Violin, Viola
Bar McKinnon Group Member
Marika Hughes Cello
Henri Duscharme Accordion
Larry Ragent Horn, French Horn
Aaron Seeman Piano
Jay Steebley Cymbalom
Ben Barnes Violin, Viola
David Phillips Pedal Steel Guitar
Timba Harris Trumpet
Technical Credits
Mr. Bungle Producer
George Horn Mastering
Adam Muñoz Engineer
Mike Patton Songwriter, Art Conception
Billy Anderson Engineer
Trey Spruance Engineer
Joshua Heller Engineer
Mackie Osborne Artwork, Graphic Design
Justin Phelps Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Spectacular & Magnificent

    Mr. Bungle is a band that should've gotten more publicity for their extremely terriffic talent in a eerie techno/alternative rock style. Vocals are very unique. California is a break through album that everyone should take a peek at.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Masterpiece

    This album is one of the best pieces of music ever written. Every aspect of it, both vocally and instrumentally, make it my favorite album of all time. Definitely a must own for Patton fans, and music lovers in general.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    isnt creativity lovely

    mr. bungles califronia displays extreme talent.The erie circus overtones and relaxing lounge sound make it unique and have a style all its own. Which is the same for mike pattons vocals which hit every possible range. You can actually listen to every song on this cd without hitting skip or stop.

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