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Lost Tribes
     

Lost Tribes

by The Zawinul Syndicate
 
Now reduced in size to a quintet (dropping the extra percussionist), Zawinul's Syndicate delivers its most overtly political album -- or shall we say, its most anti-political album with its forget-our-differences, one-world tone poems. If Lost Tribes sounds more like a Weather Report album than its Syndicate predecessors, it may

Overview

Now reduced in size to a quintet (dropping the extra percussionist), Zawinul's Syndicate delivers its most overtly political album -- or shall we say, its most anti-political album with its forget-our-differences, one-world tone poems. If Lost Tribes sounds more like a Weather Report album than its Syndicate predecessors, it may be because the CD is loaded with Zawinul's uncanny impersonations of Wayne Shorter on his Pepe synthesizer. Yet the album also cuts down on the pop and straight jazz strains of yore as it explores the sounds and grooves of world music, and Zawinul also resumes using introductory sound collages that produce effects not unlike twisting a short-wave radio dial. The record begins powerfully with the circulating, tense "Patriots" -- depicting, oddly enough, the role of black soldiers in the Persian Gulf War -- and segues into the relaxed, swinging "South Africa," a celebratory sequel to "Black Water" with vocals by Perri. Bass player Gerald Veasley contributes a track called "San Sebastian" which comes very close to pure flamenco. This CD ranks above the other Syndicate Columbias because it is emotionally deeper; Zawinul allows himself to brood and ponder as well as party.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/14/1992
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074644605723
catalogNumber:
46057

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Zawinul Syndicate   Primary Artist
Randy Bernsen   Guitar
Bill Summers   Percussion
Gerald Veasley   Bass,Vocals
Joe Zawinul   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Accordion,Keyboards,Saxophone,Vocals,Kalimba,Vocoder
Thomas "Snake" Johnson   Sampling
Lori Perry   Background Vocals
Carolyn Perry   Background Vocals
Darlene Perry   Background Vocals
Sharon Perry   Background Vocals
Ivan Zawinul   Sampling
Lebo M.   Vocals,Chant
Abner Abbey Mariri   Chant
Mike Baker   Drums,Vocals
Ambition Sandqnela   Chant
Bobby Thomas   Flute,Drums,Vocals,Didjeridu

Technical Credits

Joe Zawinul   Arranger,Producer,Computer Engineering
George Butler   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Ivan Zawinul   Sound Effects,Engineer,Computer Engineering,Sample Programming
Lebo M.   Arranger,Sound Effects,translation
Nancy Donald   Art Direction
Frank Pedrick   Cover Photo
Thomas Johnson   Sample Programming

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