Mambo Nassau [Expanded]

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Out in some alternate universe, where old songs float around in space, there is a bridge that links Talking Heads' "I Zimbra" to the same band's "Born Under Punches." That bridge is formed by nine of the ten songs that make up Mambo Nassau, Lizzy Mercier Descloux's second solo album. Whether or not Descloux's severe yet foreseeable change in approach had anything to do with Talking Heads' own development is not widely known. It is known that she had become inspired by the traditional world music released on France's Ocora label, and in 1980 she took drummer Bill Perry down to Nassau to record at Compass Point, where she was aided by a number of people, including keyboard ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Out in some alternate universe, where old songs float around in space, there is a bridge that links Talking Heads' "I Zimbra" to the same band's "Born Under Punches." That bridge is formed by nine of the ten songs that make up Mambo Nassau, Lizzy Mercier Descloux's second solo album. Whether or not Descloux's severe yet foreseeable change in approach had anything to do with Talking Heads' own development is not widely known. It is known that she had become inspired by the traditional world music released on France's Ocora label, and in 1980 she took drummer Bill Perry down to Nassau to record at Compass Point, where she was aided by a number of people, including keyboard wiz, arranger, and -- ding ding! -- future Talking Heads associate Wally Badarou. The intent was to incorporate African elements into Descloux's existing vibrant mix of arty funk, disco, and film music, and the result was an album that nearly rivals just about any other rhythmically inventive release that came from the rock world at the time. Naturally, Mambo Nassau is even more adventurous than Press Color. The instrumental setup -- with the exception of some of the percussion -- is completely Western and rock-oriented, with Badarou's excitable synthesizer often figuring prominently, whether churning out squiggled melodies or affecting the mood of the song with sensitive accents. The interplay between all of the instruments is positively acrobatic, including off-kilter time-keeping, wriggling guitars, and plump basslines that seem to twist in place. And, of course, there's Descloux's voice at the center of it all, adding even more life to the material with infectious wide-eyed exuberance. Eight of the album's ten songs are originals. Once you hear the cover of Kool & the Gang's "Funky Stuff," you'll realize that no one has ever had as much fun as Descloux had playing that song. ZE's 2003 reissue adds five bonus tracks: four outtakes recorded in Paris and New York during 1982, and a cover of Bob Marley's "Sun Is Shining" recorded in 1995. Like ZE's other reissues, the sound is excellent, and the disc itself comes in a colorful wraparound digipak.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/6/2004
  • Label: Ze Records France
  • EAN: 3700077626543
  • Catalog Number: 4

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Lady O K'pele (2:29)
  2. 2 Room Mate (2:44)
  3. 3 Sports Spootnicks (4:21)
  4. 4 Payola (4:22)
  5. 5 Milk Sheik (0:48)
  6. 6 Funky Stuff (4:09)
  7. 7 Slipped Disc (3:40)
  8. 8 It's You Sort Of (2:16)
  9. 9 Bim Bam Boum (3:07)
  10. 10 Five Troubles Mambo (2:14)
  11. 11 Les Baisers d'Amants (3:54)
  12. 12 Maita (3:15)
  13. 13 Mister Soweto (2:52)
  14. 14 Sun Is Shining (2:22)
  15. 15 Corpo Molli Pau Duro (2:40)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lizzy Mercier Descloux Primary Artist
Wally Badarou Synthesizer
Arto Lindsay Vocals
Bill Perry Drums
Grégori Czerkinsky Percussion
Philippe Lemongne Bass
Charlus DelaSalle Overdubs
Technical Credits
Nino Rota Composer
Wally Badarou Composer
Bob Marley Composer
Kool & the Gang Composer
Adam Kidron Producer
Steve Stanley Producer
Michel Esteban Producer, Executive Producer, Art Direction
Philippe Lemongne Composer
Charlus DelaSalle Mastering
Michel Bassignani Composer, Producer
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