Hallucination Engine

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
By the mid-'90s, Material was simply another word for Bill Laswell, so as Laswell's fascination with ambient mysticism grew, so did Material's tendencies in that direction. After 1991's dark and reggae-inflected The Third Power, Hallucination Engine's long, spacy jams aren't exactly a dramatic departure, but the combination of Wayne Shorter and various North African elements is certainly interesting. In fact, the array of guest musicians is more diverse than ever: Trilok Gurtu, Jonas Hellborg, Zakir Hussain, Bootsy Collins -- the list goes on and on and even includes William Burroughs who intones a hilarious list of "Words of Advice" over a churning mid-tempo funk groove....
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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
By the mid-'90s, Material was simply another word for Bill Laswell, so as Laswell's fascination with ambient mysticism grew, so did Material's tendencies in that direction. After 1991's dark and reggae-inflected The Third Power, Hallucination Engine's long, spacy jams aren't exactly a dramatic departure, but the combination of Wayne Shorter and various North African elements is certainly interesting. In fact, the array of guest musicians is more diverse than ever: Trilok Gurtu, Jonas Hellborg, Zakir Hussain, Bootsy Collins -- the list goes on and on and even includes William Burroughs who intones a hilarious list of "Words of Advice" over a churning mid-tempo funk groove. In his ambient mode, Laswell has been accused of turning too little music into too much track length, and there's some justice to those criticisms; here, "Black Light" and the unbelievably well-named "Eternal Drift" both plod along for far too long with far too little development. But that William Burroughs track kicks in just as you're about to fall asleep, and it's followed immediately by a very funky and very jazzy remix of "Cucumber Slumber." "The Hidden Garden/Naima" proposes an interesting juxtaposition of Arabic pop song and modal jazz, with dramatic and beautiful results, while "Shadows of Paradise" brings the album to a close with a gentle whimper, not a bang.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/25/1994
  • Label: Universal Mod Afw
  • UPC: 731451835124
  • Catalog Number: 518351
  • Sales rank: 118,696

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Black Light (7:33)
  2. 2 Mantra (8:44)
  3. 3 Ruins (8:54)
  4. 4 Eternal Drift (7:35)
  5. 5 Words of Advice (3:58)
  6. 6 Cucumber Slumber (7:30)
  7. 7 The Hiden Garden/Naima (13:00)
  8. 8 Shadows of Paradise (9:45)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Material Primary Artist
Ali Jihad Racy Ney
Simon Shaheen Violin, Oud
Bernie Worrell Hammond Organ, Electric Piano
Bill Laswell Bass, Sampling, Loops
Wayne Shorter Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Bootsy Collins Bass
Jeff Bova Synthesizer
William S. Burroughs Voices
Aiyb Dieng Percussion, Conga, Chatan
Sly Dunbar Drums
Zakir Hussain Tabla
Jonas Hellborg Bass Guitar, Fretless Bass Guitar
Nicky Skopelitis Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, 12-string Guitar, Baglama, Electric Sitar
Lakshminarayana Shankar Electric Violin
Liu Sola Voices
Vikku Vinayakram Ghatam
Technical Credits
Martin Bisi Engineer
Bill Laswell Arranger, Producer, beats
Oz Fritz Engineer
Robert Musso Engineer
Vikku Vinayakram Contributor
Howie Weinberg Mastering
James Koehnline Artwork
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