Contact from the Underworld of Red Boy

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Throughout his solo career, Robbie Robertson has been as fascinated with sonics as he was with songwriting, so perhaps it wasn't entirely surprising that he collaborated with techno DJ/producer Howie B and remixer Marius de Vries on his fourth album, Contact From the Underworld of Redboy. Anyone familiar with his moody, atmospheric solo efforts will realize that there's a bigger jump between Music From Big Pink and Robbie Robertson than there is between the Daniel Lanois-produced Robbie Robertson and the ambient-flavored Contact, but the electronic textures and dance beats still may come as a shock to some. The electronics are interwoven with blues, folk, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Throughout his solo career, Robbie Robertson has been as fascinated with sonics as he was with songwriting, so perhaps it wasn't entirely surprising that he collaborated with techno DJ/producer Howie B and remixer Marius de Vries on his fourth album, Contact From the Underworld of Redboy. Anyone familiar with his moody, atmospheric solo efforts will realize that there's a bigger jump between Music From Big Pink and Robbie Robertson than there is between the Daniel Lanois-produced Robbie Robertson and the ambient-flavored Contact, but the electronic textures and dance beats still may come as a shock to some. The electronics are interwoven with blues, folk, country, and rock, as well as American Indian music. And, as on Music for the Native Americans, Robertson is primarily concerned with American Indians throughout Contact, whether it's through the chants of "Peyote Healing" or the protest of "Sacrifice," which features Leonard Peltier -- a Native American who has been imprisoned since 1976 on charges of murder many believe are fabricated -- on a telephone call. Both his lyrical and musical concerns can get bogged down in their own pretensions, but often, the results are provocative and unique.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/10/1998
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 724385424328
  • Catalog Number: 54243
  • Sales rank: 75,453

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Sound Is Fading - Leah Hicks-Manning (5:00)
  2. 2 The Code of Handsome Lake (6:11)
  3. 3 Making a Noise (5:11)
  4. 4 Unbound (4:35)
  5. 5 Sacrifice - Leonard Peltier (6:18)
  6. 6 Rattlebone (4:26)
  7. 7 Peyote Healing - Johnny Mike (6:10)
  8. 8 In the Blood (4:35)
  9. 9 Stomp Dance (Unity) - Six Nations Women Singers (4:49)
  10. 10 The Lights (5:54)
  11. 11 Take Your Partner by the Hand (6:43)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Robbie Robertson Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Rita Coolidge Vocals
Ivan Neville Vocals
Priscilla Coolidge Vocals
Joanne Shenandoah Vocals
Rupert Brown Drums
Marius de Vries Keyboards
Bill Dillon Guitar
Geoffrey Gordon Frame Drum
Laura Satterfield Vocals
Jim Wilson Percussion, Drums
Benito Concha Drums
Mazatl Galindo Flute
Joel Shearer Bass
James Bilagody Vocals
Six Nations Women Singers Vocals
Cree Summer Vocals
Verdell Primeaux Vocals
Jeremy Shaw Keyboards
Chief Jake Thomas Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Tim Gordine Keyboards
Anthony Begay Vocals
Caroline MacKendrick Vocals
Johnny Mike Vocals
Star Nayea Vocals
Bonnie Jo Hunt Vocals
Leonard Peltier Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Leah Hicks-Manning Vocals
Jackie Bird Vocals
Jules Brooks Keyboards
Tudjaat Throat Singing
Technical Credits
Robbie Robertson Composer, Producer
Howard "Howie" Bernstein Composer
David Campbell Arranger
DJ Premier Remixing
Marius de Vries Programming, Producer
Gary Gersh Executive Producer
Geoffrey Gordon Contributor
Howie B Producer, Engineer
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
Carmen Rizzo Producer, Engineer
Tim Stroh Engineer
Jim Wilson Producer, Engineer
Andrew Scheps Programming, Digital Editing
Don C. Tyler Digital Editing
Paul Blakemore Digital Editing
Johnny Rockstar Programming
Troy Matthews Engineer
Vincz Pvel Reprogramming
Tim Gordine Programming, Producer, Engineer
Paul McCarthy Engineer
Dane Ngahuka Engineer
Randall Prescott Engineer
Jamie Cerniglia Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Robbie Robertson - always innovative

    Unlike some artist who rest on their laurels as they age - Robbie Robertson is as fearless about his forays into various music styles as he is in his political positions. Whereas Contact may not be as accessible as some of Robertson's other solo projects, repeated listening drew this listener into styles that I might have otherwise overlooked. Particularly haunting are Sacrifice, (an homage to, and battle cry for, the Native American activist who imprisonment stands as one of the great injustices of the 20th and 21st century)and The Code of Handsome Lake. The beat of Rattlebone at Stomp Dance awakens primitive awareness of the universal rhythms of all life. The range of talent on this CD is formidable - Joanne Shenandoah, the Neville Brothers, Rita Coolidge and family, and the amazing throat singing of Tudjaat. Contact adds a whole new dimension to Robbie Robertson's vast and varied body of work .

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is Indian Country.

    Native American blood flows through so many. If one drop flows through your veins - then you must have and experience this CD. This is Robbie at his best. You will want to dance, chant, cry and paint your face during this musical experience. Lenord's voice - from prision - will haunt me until I am dead - or until he is free. Hear his sorrow- know his pain - this is Indian Country.......this is Indian Country.

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