by Moodswings
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Both the title Moodfood and the subtitle ("Aural Medication for Tired Minds") neatly encapsulate the listening experience offered by producers Fred Hood and Grant Showbiz on this heady mix of ambient, trance, house, pop, and rock. The duo conceived of this project in almost therapeutic terms, envisaging the album as an extended, seamless composition that would stimulate, enhance or complement a range of emotional states. The resulting recording certainly reflects that intention: While it comprises individual tracks that evoke specific moods, to a certain extent they blend into one another and share recurring musical motifs. With contributions from such diverse talents as Jeff Beck, Chrissie Hynde, Johnny Marr, and Linda Muriel, this genre-blending debut displays an enormous emotive range, running the gamut from calming to exhilarating. The contemplative end of that spectrum can be heard on tracks like "Rainsong," beautifully enhanced by the soulful voice of Linda Muriel, and on the gentle "Hairy Piano," which pianist Liz Upchurch peppers with decorative new age melodies. The ambient calm of some of this material is shattered, however, by the driving rock of "Skinthieves." Later appropriated as the theme music to America's Most Wanted, this number showcases the distinctive, blistering guitar work of perennial axe-hero Jeff Beck. Meanwhile, the spaced-out house groove of "Problem Solved" and the heavier hip-hop rhythms of "100% Total Success" are more dance-oriented. The album's centerpiece is undoubtedly the soothing and poignant "Spiritual High," a 15-minute suite comprising three tracks that revisit Jon & Vangelis' "State of Independence," feature the vocals of Chrissie Hynde and, elsewhere, sample Martin Luther King, Jr.'s 1963 Lincoln Memorial speech. Despite the considerable success of Moodfood, fans would have to wait five years for a studio follow-up. In 1997, Psychedelicatessen served up more of the same, albeit with less compelling results.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/15/1992
Label: Arista
UPC: 0078221861922
catalogNumber: 18619

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Moodswings   Primary Artist
Jeff Beck   Guitar
Kid Prince Moore   Vocals,Primary Artist
J.F.T. Hood   Drums
Chrissie Hynde   Voices
Linda Muriel   Voices
Amanda Vincent   Piano
Liz Upchurch   Piano

Technical Credits

Moodswings   Producer
Terry Disley   String Arrangements
J.F.T. Hood   Producer
Chrissie Hynde   Producer
Johnny Marr   Engineer
Step Parikian   Engineer
Showbiz   Producer
Erick Labson   Engineer
Mental Block   Illustrations
Martin Hawkes   Engineer
Nice & Nasty   Sound Effects

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Moodfood 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
All I know is that any trance music belongs to this group. I only wish they'd have that 3rd album. #2 is slightly off from the first the one but hey! it's still Moodswing. The only other thing I can say is YOU GOTTA CHECK THIS OUT!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A college roommate turned me on to this album in 1992, and I've been turning friends on to it ever since. One of the best intros I've heard to an ambient album. Too bad their second album, Psychedelicatessen, went out of print. Hope they put out a new one soon!