Contact from the Underworld of Red Boy

Contact from the Underworld of Red Boy

by Robbie Robertson
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Contact from the Underworld of Red Boy

Throughout his solo career, Robbie Robertson has been as fascinated with sonics as he was with songwriting, so perhaps it wasn't entirely surprising that he collaborated with techno DJ/producer Howie B and remixer Marius de Vries on his fourth album, Contact From the Underworld of Redboy. Anyone familiar with his moody, atmospheric solo efforts will realize that there's a bigger jump between Music From Big Pink and Robbie Robertson than there is between the Daniel Lanois-produced Robbie Robertson and the ambient-flavored Contact, but the electronic textures and dance beats still may come as a shock to some. The electronics are interwoven with blues, folk, country, and rock, as well as American Indian music. And, as on Music for the Native Americans, Robertson is primarily concerned with American Indians throughout Contact, whether it's through the chants of "Peyote Healing" or the protest of "Sacrifice," which features Leonard Peltier -- a Native American who has been imprisoned since 1976 on charges of murder many believe are fabricated -- on a telephone call. Both his lyrical and musical concerns can get bogged down in their own pretensions, but often, the results are provocative and unique.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/10/1998
Label: Capitol
UPC: 0724385424328
catalogNumber: 54243

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Robbie Robertson   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Rita Coolidge   Vocals
Ivan Neville   Vocals
Priscilla Coolidge   Vocals
Joanne Shenandoah   Vocals
Rupert Brown   Drums
Marius de Vries   Keyboards
Bill Dillon   Guitar
Geoffrey Gordon   Frame Drum
Laura Satterfield   Vocals
Jim Wilson   Percussion,Drums
Benito Concha   Drums
Mazatl Galindo   Flute
Joel Shearer   Bass
James Bilagody   Vocals
Six Nations Women Singers   Vocals
Cree Summer   Vocals
Verdell Primeaux   Vocals
Jeremy Shaw   Keyboards
Chief Jake Thomas   Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Tim Gordine   Keyboards
Anthony Begay   Vocals
Caroline MacKendrick   Vocals
Johnny Mike   Vocals
Star Nayea   Vocals
Bonnie Jo Hunt   Vocals
Leonard Peltier   Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Leah Hicks-Manning   Vocals
Jackie Bird   Vocals
Jules Brooks   Keyboards
Tudjaat   Throat Singing

Technical Credits

Robbie Robertson   Composer,Producer
Howard "Howie" Bernstein   Composer
David Campbell   Arranger
DJ Premier   Remixing
Marius de Vries   Programming,Producer
Gary Gersh   Executive Producer
Geoffrey Gordon   Contributor
Howie B   Producer,Engineer
Carmen Rizzo   Producer,Engineer
Tim Stroh   Engineer
Jim Wilson   Producer,Engineer
Andrew Scheps   Programming
Johnny Rockstar   Programming
Troy Matthews   Engineer
Vincz Pvel   Reprogramming
Tim Gordine   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Paul McCarthy   Engineer
Dane Ngahuka   Engineer
Randall Prescott   Engineer
Jamie Cerniglia   Engineer

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Contact from the Underworld of Red Boy 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Unlike some artist who rest on their laurels as they age - Robbie Robertson is as fearless about his forays into various music styles as he is in his political positions. Whereas Contact may not be as accessible as some of Robertson's other solo projects, repeated listening drew this listener into styles that I might have otherwise overlooked. Particularly haunting are Sacrifice, (an homage to, and battle cry for, the Native American activist who imprisonment stands as one of the great injustices of the 20th and 21st century)and The Code of Handsome Lake. The beat of Rattlebone at Stomp Dance awakens primitive awareness of the universal rhythms of all life. The range of talent on this CD is formidable - Joanne Shenandoah, the Neville Brothers, Rita Coolidge and family, and the amazing throat singing of Tudjaat. Contact adds a whole new dimension to Robbie Robertson's vast and varied body of work .
Guest More than 1 year ago
Native American blood flows through so many. If one drop flows through your veins - then you must have and experience this CD. This is Robbie at his best. You will want to dance, chant, cry and paint your face during this musical experience. Lenord's voice - from prision - will haunt me until I am dead - or until he is free. Hear his sorrow- know his pain - this is Indian Country.......this is Indian Country.