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Mickey Hart's Mystery Box

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
After the passing of Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia and the venerable band's demise, it was percussionist Mickey Hart who proved to be the most creatively resilient. As Deadheads and appreciators of world music can attest, Hart -- who is also an author and learned ethnomusicologist -- has been fusing genres ever since his debut release, 1972's Rolling Thunder, which included Native American sounds and motifs along with rock and jazz. Mickey Hart's Mystery Box harks back to that project with his first album of pop-oriented material in nearly a quarter-century. He combines the seemingly disparate world of percussion-based rhythms with traditional "Western-style" ...
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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
After the passing of Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia and the venerable band's demise, it was percussionist Mickey Hart who proved to be the most creatively resilient. As Deadheads and appreciators of world music can attest, Hart -- who is also an author and learned ethnomusicologist -- has been fusing genres ever since his debut release, 1972's Rolling Thunder, which included Native American sounds and motifs along with rock and jazz. Mickey Hart's Mystery Box harks back to that project with his first album of pop-oriented material in nearly a quarter-century. He combines the seemingly disparate world of percussion-based rhythms with traditional "Western-style" structures containing lyrics by Grateful Dead wordsmith Robert Hunter. All the more diverse are the contributions of the Mint Juleps. This female vocal sextet features siblings Debbie Charles, Elizabeth Charles, Marcia Charles, and Sandra Charles as well as Julie Isaac and Debbie Longworth. Collectively, their paradisaical harmonies support Hart's occasional leads, while they're effectively incorporated as primary participants on the infectious groove of the opener, "Where Love Goes Sito," and the new wave vibe of "Full Steam Ahead," which is reminiscent of Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club. The Hart-sung "Down the Road" offers a nod to the late Garcia and provides a focal point for Hunter's obviously heartfelt tribute. "Only the Strange Remain" resembles something similar to a latter-era Dead song, bringing to mind "West L.A. Fadeaway" and "Days Between," both in terms of Hunter's piercing insight and a practically tangible noir feeling permeating throughout. The bombastic "John Cage Is Dead" is a masterful amalgam of percussive-heavy world beats in an undulating modern context. "The Last Song" is an apt conclusion as cultures once again collide, yielding a tune that wouldn't have sounded out of place on urban contemporary radio. As the name of this 1996 release suggests, Mickey Hart's Mystery Box has a little something for every taste and reinforces the Grateful Dead adage "Once in a while you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/15/2008
  • Label: Shout Factory
  • UPC: 826663108408
  • Catalog Number: 10840
  • Sales rank: 175,038

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Where Love Goes (Sito) (5:27)
  2. 2 Full Steam Ahead (5:17)
  3. 3 Down the Road (6:00)
  4. 4 The Sandman (4:09)
  5. 5 The Next Step (5:24)
  6. 6 Look Away (5:58)
  7. 7 Only the Strange Remain (6:25)
  8. 8 Sangré de Cristo (4:15)
  9. 9 John Cage Is Dead (6:02)
  10. 10 The Last Song (5:15)
  11. 11 Where Love Goes (5:25)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mickey Hart Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Dumbek, Percussion, Castanets, Cymbals, Drums, Bass Drums, Timbales, Vocals, Human Whistle, Whistle (Instrument), Bells, Berimbau, Hand Clapping, Noise, Surdo, Timpani, Djembe, Hand Clapping, Shaker, Shekere, cowbell, Guiro, Finger Snapping, gourd, Bird Whistle, Angklung, Udu, Prepared Piano, Glass
Bruce Hornsby Accordion, Background Vocals
Bob Weir Guitar
Giovanni Hidalgo Percussion, Bongos, Conga, Timbales, Bells, Timpani, Djembe, Bata, cowbell, Guiro, Metal Percussion
Gyuto Monks Tantric Choir Vocals
Airto Moreira Percussion, Caxixi, sleigh bells, Split Bamboo, Clacker
Obin Miller Bass, Keyboards
Sikiru Adepoju talking drum
Habib Faye Bass, Bass Guitar
Taro S. Hart Drums
Zakir Hussain Conga, Djembe, Dholak, Madal, Shekere, Tarang, cowbell, Finger Snapping, Duggi Tarang, Udu, Metal Percussion
Robin Millar Bass, Marimbas
Babatunde Olatunji Background Vocals, Shekere
Jeff Sterling Synthesizer, Piano, Drums, Keyboards, Bamboo Flute, Synthesizer Strings
Graham Wiggins Didjeridu
The Mint Juleps Vocals
Bob Weit Guitar
Taro Hart Drums
Mark Smith Synthesizer, Bass Guitar
Mark Coates Smith Synthesizer, Bass
Technical Credits
Mickey Hart Producer, beats
Giovanni Hidalgo Sound Effects
Airto Moreira Sound Effects
Obin Miller Producer
Debbie Charles Contributor
Marcia Charles Contributor
Sandra Charles Contributor
Tom Flye Engineer
Joe Gastwirt Mastering
Julie Isaac Contributor
Debbie Longworth Contributor
Robin Millar Producer, Contributor, Computer Vocals
Wayne Pooley Engineer
Jeff Sterling Programming, Engineer, Contributor
The Mint Juleps Composer
Steven Feld Engineer
Andrew Scheps Programming
Jennifer Monnar Engineer
Elizabeth Charles Contributor
Karen R. Ollis Photo Illustration
Cameron Sears Management
Mark Smith Programming
Mark Coates Smith Programming
Bob Levy Engineer
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