Compared to What

Compared to What

by Mushroom
     
 

Buried within the album notes to Compared to What is a slice of revealing information about Mushroom leader Patrick O'Hearn's musical orientation. "Credit must be given," he states, to Wolfgang Dauner and Big Fun. The former is an experimental German composer with…  See more details below

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Buried within the album notes to Compared to What is a slice of revealing information about Mushroom leader Patrick O'Hearn's musical orientation. "Credit must be given," he states, to Wolfgang Dauner and Big Fun. The former is an experimental German composer with a similar disregard for music's dividing lines, the latter, one of Miles Davis' seminal fusion albums from 1974. Though the members of the Mushroom collective have been continually pegged as space rockers, the band's sound is in fact an amalgam of sonic substances that also defies easy classification. These eight songs reside at the blurred edges of psychedelic rock, muscular funk, electric jazz, musique concrete, and void-like ambiance. Conceived as a pre-release taster of the band's Foxy Music album, O'Hearn handed tapes of fresh material over to Fuck guitarist Kyle Statham, Directions in Music/Pullman member Bundy K. Brown, and Faust's Hans Joachim Irmler, among others. The resulting remixes are designed for those who don't need their music delivered in easily digestible portions. Yet, even though the compositions have a tendency to veer into the muddle, there are also some surprisingly lucid moments. The title track is the gem of the set: an inspired take on the 1969 Les McCann/Eddie Harris hit. The song features a fiery vocal from guest Gary Floyd (Sister Double Happiness, Black Kali Ma) and squelching cornet from Beck sideman Jon Birdsong. Brown's 20-minute version of "Americans Own the Moon," on the other hand, will surely divide listener's through its sheer, side-spanning size. Not an official album release (though it clocks in at nearly 70 minutes), this is hardly gap-filler either. Though it may win the group few converts, Compared to What is of definite interest to fans.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/01/2003
Label:
Cd Baby
UPC:
0714288771421
catalogNumber:
5637409221
Rank:
293289

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mushroom   Primary Artist
Gary Floyd   Vocals
Dave Mihaly   Percussion
Patrick O'Hearn   Percussion,Bongos,Drums,Shaker
Tim Plowman   Guitar,Sampling
Alec Palao   Bass
Graham Connah   Keyboards,Analogue Synthesizer
Alison Faith Levy   Vocals
Marc Capelle   Trumpet
Kyle Statham   Percussion,Keyboards,Vocals,Multi Instruments
Jon Birdsong   Cornet
Jeff Palmer   Bass
Erik Pearson   Guitar,Violin,Saxophone
Michael Bluestein   Organ,Piano,Keyboards,Analogue Synthesizer
Carroll Ashby   Trombone
Kurt Statham   Bass
Michael Holt   Keyboards,fender rhodes,oberheim
Josh Pollock   Guitar
Jay Radford   Saz,Oud
Michael Clare   Bass
Quintus Kannegiesser   Bongos,Shaker
Anne   Percussion,Keyboards,Vocals,Multi Instruments
Nathalie   Percussion,Keyboards,Vocals,Multi Instruments

Technical Credits

Gene McDaniels   Composer
Hans-Joachim Irmler   Producer,Remixing
Jeff Mann   Engineer
Patrick O'Hearn   Director,Producer
Tim Plowman   Voice Sample
Bundy K. Brown   Producer,Remixing
Kyle Statham   Producer,Engineer,Remixing
Rick Wilson   Engineer,Mastering
Quintus Kannegiesser   Producer,Remixing

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