The Visitor

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All Music Guide - Michael Waynick
Recorded in Ghana in 1981, Mick Fleetwood's solo debut reveals more diversity and depth of feeling than any of Fleetwood Mac's multi-platinum monsters. Six of the tracks are not overt attempts at worldbeat, instead using a variety of West African musicians as sidemen, sidewomen, and, in the case of drum ensemble Ebaali Gbiko, sidechildren. Of these six tracks, several stand out. "Walk a Thin Line," written by Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham, is an infectious pop song blending Adjo Group's enchanting backing vocals with guest George Harrison's lush 12-string and slide guitars. Another Fleetwood Mac veteran, Peter Greenbaum aka Peter Green, accompanies a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michael Waynick
Recorded in Ghana in 1981, Mick Fleetwood's solo debut reveals more diversity and depth of feeling than any of Fleetwood Mac's multi-platinum monsters. Six of the tracks are not overt attempts at worldbeat, instead using a variety of West African musicians as sidemen, sidewomen, and, in the case of drum ensemble Ebaali Gbiko, sidechildren. Of these six tracks, several stand out. "Walk a Thin Line," written by Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham, is an infectious pop song blending Adjo Group's enchanting backing vocals with guest George Harrison's lush 12-string and slide guitars. Another Fleetwood Mac veteran, Peter Greenbaum aka Peter Green, accompanies a multinational percussion section for a remake of his "Rattlesnake Shake," originally found on Then Play On. Even the Buddy Holly classic "Not Fade Away" gets supercharged with a percussion ensemble made up of Fleetwood on drums and Lord Tiki and Adjo Group on hand drums and percussion. The West African tracks that make up the remainder of the album are pure pleasure. "Super Brains" is a funk instrumental with a groove James Brown would be proud of; "The Visitor" features a synthesizer soaring above and growling beneath the Ghana Folkloric Group's vocals and polyrhythmic percussion; and "Amelle" is a lovely finale that again showcases Adjo Group's vocals. An underrated gem, The Visitor rewards repeated listening and deserves a wider audience.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/18/2011
  • Label: Wounded Bird Records
  • UPC: 664140408029
  • Catalog Number: 4080

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Rattlesnake Shake (3:51)
  2. 2 You Weren't in Love (3:57)
  3. 3 O'Niamali - Adjo Group (2:47)
  4. 4 Super Brains - Superbrains (4:17)
  5. 5 Don't Be Sorry, Just Be Happy (4:25)
  6. 6 Walk a Thin Line (3:22)
  7. 7 Not Fade Away (2:26)
  8. 8 Cassiopeia Surrender (4:37)
  9. 9 The Visitor - The Ghana Folkloric Group (4:11)
  10. 10 Amelle (Come on Show Me Your Heart) - Adjo Group (4:35)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mick Fleetwood Primary Artist, Percussion, Drums, Water Gong
George Harrison Background Vocals, 12-string Guitar, Slide Guitar
Ian Bairnson Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
George Hawkins Organ, Bass, Guitar, Piano, Vocals
Mike Moran Prophet 5
Todd Sharp Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Lord Tiki Percussion, Hand Drums
Accra Roman Catholic Choir Background Vocals
Adjo Group Percussion, Vocals, Background Vocals, Hand Drums
Peter Greenbaum Guitar, Vocals
Sara Recor Background Vocals
Tony Todaro Percussion
Ebaali Gbiko Background Vocals, Hand Drums
Dicky Dash Percussion
The Clappettes Percussion
The Ghana Folkloric Group Vocals
Technical Credits
Lindsey Buckingham Composer
Mick Fleetwood Producer
Norman Petty Composer
C.K. Ganyo Composer
Peter Green Composer
George Hawkins Composer
Todd Sharp Composer
Mickey Shapiro Executive Producer
Charles Hardin Composer
Nil Amartey Composer
Bill Fields Composer
Richard Dachut Producer
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