Medicine Man

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
In 2006, Lance Ferguson formed the Bamboos in Australia based on the inspiration of hard instrumental funk à la the Meters and the D.I.Y. aesthetic of the Dap-Kings. Half-a-dozen albums and numerous singles later, the Bamboos have expanded from their original quartet to become a ten-piece powerhouse. Medicine Man is a prime example of not only their ambition, but their expertise. For some time the band has employed vocalists -- Tru Thoughts labelmate Kylie Auldist is their most consistent collaborator. A listen to the sunshine soul of album opener "Where Does the Time Go," featuring Aloe Blacc, or Megan Washington's gorgeous voice on the midtempo, "The Wilhelm Scream" ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
In 2006, Lance Ferguson formed the Bamboos in Australia based on the inspiration of hard instrumental funk à la the Meters and the D.I.Y. aesthetic of the Dap-Kings. Half-a-dozen albums and numerous singles later, the Bamboos have expanded from their original quartet to become a ten-piece powerhouse. Medicine Man is a prime example of not only their ambition, but their expertise. For some time the band has employed vocalists -- Tru Thoughts labelmate Kylie Auldist is their most consistent collaborator. A listen to the sunshine soul of album opener "Where Does the Time Go," featuring Aloe Blacc, or Megan Washington's gorgeous voice on the midtempo, "The Wilhelm Scream" appended by a small string section, may have listeners initially puzzled; but the cracking breaks of Graeme Pogson's snare and Ferguson's high-wire bass and guitar strut quickly reveal the Bamboos signature swagger. Other standouts here include the fingerpopping bite of "I Never," that contrasts beautifully with Daniel Merriweather's emotive vocal. Auldist's excellent tracks include the raw, reverb-laden psyc- funk of "Cut Me Down" and the more traditionally Meters-esque grime that is "What I Know." The straight-up Stax-styled, horn-driven soul on "Midnight" is brought home by Bobby Flynn's lead vocals, and gets a nice textural twist with the strings and a glockenspiel on the refrain. Ella Thompson sings on the mod-era groove of the title track, and she duets with Auldist on the album's strangest cut, "Hello Stranger." Here, baroque pop meets psychedelia; the only nod to funkiness are Pogson's breakbeats. The rest of the number is populated by sitar, flute, and strings, appending the basic keys, bass, and guitars. The set closes with a killer performance by Auldist on the streetwise soul that is "Window." For all its expansiveness and ambition, Medicine Man is expertly produced and sequenced; the Bamboos have not only retained their identity, they've created something so passionate, warm, and immediate.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/5/2012
  • Label: Tru Thoughts
  • EAN: 5060205152831
  • Catalog Number: 515283
  • Sales rank: 56,245

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Where Does the Time Go? (3:38)
  2. 2 What I Know (4:07)
  3. 3 The Wilhelm Scream - Megan Washington (4:28)
  4. 4 Cut Me Down (3:36)
  5. 5 I Got Burned (4:20)
  6. 6 I Never (3:52)
  7. 7 Midnight (4:04)
  8. 8 Eliza - Megan Washington (3:50)
  9. 9 Medicine Man - Ella Thompson (3:08)
  10. 10 Hello Stranger - Ella Thompson (4:30)
  11. 11 Window (3:51)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Bamboos Primary Artist
Tim Rogers Vocals
Kylie Auldist Vocals, Background Vocals
Aloe Blacc Vocals
Daniel Merriweather Vocals
Bobby Flynn Vocals
Ross Irwin Trumpet
Jordan Murray Trombone
Megan Washington Vocals
Ella Thompson Vocals, Background Vocals
Erkki Veltheim Violin
John Castle Organ, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Piano, Autoharp, Drums, Glockenspiel, Keyboards, Tambourine, Mellotron
Anton Delecca Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Lance Ferguson Organ, Bass, Guitar, Glockenspiel, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Ben Grayson Hammond B3
Yuri Pavlinov Bass
Melanie Robinson Cello
Kumar Shome Sitar
Rory McDougall Drums
Jasen Moulton French Horn
Graeme Pogson Drums
Phillip Noy Baritone Saxophone
Technical Credits
Merriweather Composer
Steve Smart Mastering
Robert Luis Management
Pierre Baroni Artwork
Kylie Auldist Composer
Ross Irwin Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Megan Washington Composer
John Castle Composer, Producer, Engineer
Lance Ferguson Producer
Paul Jones Management
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