White Cannibal

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All Music Guide - Campbell
Originally released as a ROIR cassette-only, these brutal, yet danceable, live tracks were recorded in New York at the Peppermint Lounge and the '80s Club in 1980 and '81. James Chance and the Contortions mixed punk, free jazz, and funk that has yet to be matched, epitomizing the seedy underbelly of the New York no wave scene of the period. Unlike certain Lydia Lunch performance art projects of the time, Chance provides a timeless attack by combining screeching alto sax and vocal rants with a relentless disco beat. Ornette Coleman and Ronald Shannon Jackson guitarist Bern Nix and trombonist Joseph Bowie brother of Lester bring jazz credentials to this late edition of the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Campbell
Originally released as a ROIR cassette-only, these brutal, yet danceable, live tracks were recorded in New York at the Peppermint Lounge and the '80s Club in 1980 and '81. James Chance and the Contortions mixed punk, free jazz, and funk that has yet to be matched, epitomizing the seedy underbelly of the New York no wave scene of the period. Unlike certain Lydia Lunch performance art projects of the time, Chance provides a timeless attack by combining screeching alto sax and vocal rants with a relentless disco beat. Ornette Coleman and Ronald Shannon Jackson guitarist Bern Nix and trombonist Joseph Bowie brother of Lester bring jazz credentials to this late edition of the Contortions while the background vocals of the Discolitas provide the sleazy stage pageantry Chance championed. The sound quality is not great, but that only adds to the original highly charged haze under which it was made. Three of the seven tracks are covers, "That Old Black Magic" and two from James Brown, "I Got You" and "King Heroin."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/12/2000
  • Label: Roir
  • UPC: 053436826720
  • Catalog Number: 8267
  • Sales rank: 14,382

Album Credits

Performance Credits
James Chance & The Contortions Primary Artist
James Chance Indexed Contributor, Alto Saxophone, Vocals
Joseph Bowie Trombone, Background Vocals
Richard Harrison Drums
Bern Nix Guitar
Colin Wade Bass
Technical Credits
Dave Matthews Composer
John Hanti Executive Producer
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