Herbal Tonic

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Jake Wherry and Ollie Teeba spent 11 years with the Ninja Tune label, releasing six albums between 1995 and 2005 and making sounds that never fit entirely comfortably with that label's tendency toward the abstractly and alternatively funky. From the beginning, the Herbaliser's sound was earthy, raw, caramel-colored, and redolent with the smells and sounds of multiple music scenes and subgenres jostling against each other in a sweaty after-hours bar in a bad neighborhood. This best-of offers a fine overview of the duo's Ninja Tune years, and includes several tracks that showcase the world-class female MC Jean Grae who slings her slang especially swingingly on "The Blend", ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Jake Wherry and Ollie Teeba spent 11 years with the Ninja Tune label, releasing six albums between 1995 and 2005 and making sounds that never fit entirely comfortably with that label's tendency toward the abstractly and alternatively funky. From the beginning, the Herbaliser's sound was earthy, raw, caramel-colored, and redolent with the smells and sounds of multiple music scenes and subgenres jostling against each other in a sweaty after-hours bar in a bad neighborhood. This best-of offers a fine overview of the duo's Ninja Tune years, and includes several tracks that showcase the world-class female MC Jean Grae who slings her slang especially swingingly on "The Blend", the odd excursion into spy film music note the explicit Mission Impossible quote on "The Missing Suitcase", and cameos by both MF Doom and the redoubtable Roots Manuva who appears on the swaggeringly excellent "Starlight". There are some experimental moments: "Something Wicked" features nearly subliminal female rapping, French horns, and harpsichord, and "The Sensual Woman" offers startlingly explicit sex advice from what sounds like a 1960s-vintage self-help recording. And although both Wherry and Teeba are accomplished DJs, they keep the turntable flourishes to a minimum, only really bringing the wheels of steel to the fore on "Ginger Jumps the Fence." One or two minor clunkers such as the slow and rather tiresome "A Song for Mary" notwithstanding, this is an excellent overview of the first part of a distinguished career.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/29/2010
  • Label: Ninja Tune
  • EAN: 5021392604121
  • Catalog Number: 158
  • Sales rank: 242,399

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Gadget Funk (4:09)
  2. 2 Nah' Mean Nah'm Sayin' - Jean Grae (4:03)
  3. 3 The Missing Suitcase (5:33)
  4. 4 The Blend - What What AKA Jean Grae (4:47)
  5. 5 Starlight - Roots Manuva (5:09)
  6. 6 Song For Mary (5:17)
  7. 7 Mr Chombee Has The Flaw (3:31)
  8. 8 Something Wicked - Seaming To (5:11)
  9. 9 Mrs Chombee Take the Plunge (5:58)
  10. 10 The Sensual Woman (4:59)
  11. 11 It Ain't Muttin - MF Doom (2:46)
  12. 12 8pt Agenda - Latyrx (5:01)
  13. 13 Tea & Beer - Jean Grae (2:33)
  14. 14 Ginger Jumps the Fence (5:11)
  15. 15 March of the Dead Things (4:06)
  16. 16 Stranded on Earth - Jessica Darling (4:50)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Herbaliser Primary Artist
Easy Access Orchestra Horn Engineer
Technical Credits
The Herbaliser Producer
Latyrx Composer
Chris Bowden String Arrangements
Easy Access Orchestra Producer, Horn Arrangements
What What Composer, Lyricist
Ollie Teeba Producer
Jake Wherry Producer
Barney Trattles Illustrations
Angus Batey Liner Notes
Wherry Composer
Seaming To Vocal Arrangements
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