The Spirit of Apollo

The Spirit of Apollo

by N.A.S.A.

Vinyl LP(Long Playing Record)

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The Spirit of Apollo

Collaboration albums are notoriously difficult to pilot, often needing a veteran hand at the controls. N.A.S.A.'s journey is especially tough, given that they lined up one of the most impressive guest lists ever seen on a debut album. No less than three dozen artists have features on The Spirit of Apollo, and at least ten of them would be the crown jewel on most LPs -- Kanye West, M.I.A., Karen O from Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Santogold, no less than three members of Wu-Tang Clan (one of them deceased), Spank Rock, John Frusciante, Lykke Li, and a trio of alternative godfathers: David Byrne, Tom Waits, and George Clinton. N.A.S.A., a duo of DJs and producers (one American, one Brazilian), have a concept in mind, assembling sounds and styles from around the globe, then smashing them together and watching the results of such a collision, with the attendant revelations of the similarities and differences between people around the world. An ambitious concept, to be sure, and also one that comes rife with expectations when the cast is as star-studded as this. Unfortunately, as rendered by N.A.S.A., the world doesn't sound very exciting. The style of this global melting pot is basically midtempo hip-hop of the Daisy Age variety, laced with verse after verse and chorus after chorus of guest features (most tracks feature at least three). Few of the guests stand out, none of them seem to be speaking to each other, and the result is, ironically, a Babel of voices and sounds that doesn't communicate much of anything. As glorious as these soundclashes are -- Gift of Gab rapping next to David Byrne, Lykke Li singing an airy chorus over Kanye West rhymes and Santogold lines, Karen O next to Ol' Dirty Bastard, and the denouement, where Kool Keith waxes nostalgic over a gutbucket Tom Waits chorus -- they're presented with little rhyme and no reason.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/10/2009
Label: Anti
UPC: 0045778700110
catalogNumber: 87001
Rank: 89157

Album Credits

Performance Credits

N.A.S.A.   Primary Artist,Sampling,Guiro,electronics
David Byrne   Vocals
Tom Waits   Vocals,Piano (Grand)
Del the Funky Homosapien   Vocals
Scarface   Vocals
E-40   Vocals
Chuck D   Vocals
George Clinton   Vocals
John Frusciante   Electric Guitar
Craig Fundyga   Vibes
KRS-One   Vocals
Money Mark   Vocals,Hand Clapping
Alfredo Rolando Ortiz   Conga,cowbell
RZA   Vocals
Chris Judge Smith   Vocals,Hand Clapping
Ol' Dirty Bastard   Vocals
Method Man   Vocals
DJ Q-Bert   Turntables
Sizzla   Vocals
Fatlip   Vocals
Ghostface Killah   Vocals
Kool Keith   Vocals
Z-Trip   Turntables
Spike Jonze   Vocals,Hand Clapping
Tracy Wannomae   Flute
Aleister Crowley   Vocals,Hand Clapping
Kanye West   Vocals
DJ Swamp   Turntables
Todd M. Simon   Trumpet
Dave Sprecher   Vocals,Hand Clapping
Matt Murphy   Vocals,Hand Clapping
Chali 2na   Vocals
Double G   Baritone Saxophone,Vocals,Hand Clapping
Gift of Gab   Vocals
Adam Topol   Conga,Balafon,Cabasa,Rainstick
Seu Jorge   Background Vocals
Karen O   Vocals
John Wicks   Percussion,Drums
M.I.A.   Vocals
Ginger Murphy   Cello
Squeak E. Clean   Synthesizer,Keyboards,Tambourine,Vocals,Clavinet,Moog Synthesizer,Hand Clapping,ARP,Talk Box,Synthesizer Bass,Mini Moog
Lara Meyerratken   Vocals
Heather Waters   Vocals,Hand Clapping
Jason Thor   Trombone
Amanda Blank   Vocals
Spank Rock   Vocals
Barack Obama   Vocals,Hand Clapping
Tom Cruise   Vocals,Laughs
Lovefoxxx   Vocals
Blake Mills   Guitar
Paloma Udovic   Violin
Barbie Hatch   Vocals,Background Vocals
Dave Rawlicke   Saxophone
Mike Tyson   Drums
Rusty Logsdon   Vocals,Hand Clapping
Cool Kids   Vocals
Lykke Li   Vocals
Santigold   Vocals
Chris Smith   Vocals,Hand Clapping
Ras Congo   Vocals
Nick Zinner   Guitar
DJ Babão   Turntables
Dave Sprecher   Vocals,Hand Clapping
Adarsha Benjamin   Vocals,Hand Clapping
Elizabeth Shapiro   Vocals,Hand Clapping
James Jolliff   Vocals,Hand Clapping
Jack Catlin   Vocals,Hand Clapping
Eurei Leonae   Vocals,Hand Clapping
Jim Hawkinson   Hammond B3
Aaron Acord   Vocals,Hand Clapping
Keith Nimene   Vocals,Hand Clapping
Dadinho   Drums
Buscape   Drums
Knockout Ned   Drums
Ze Pequeno   Drums
Pardalzinho   Drums
Szechwan   Drums
Sonny Gerasimovic   Vocals,Hand Clapping
Zach Sinick   Vocals,Hand Clapping
Stephanie Sea   Vocals,Hand Clapping
Merilly Lupo   Vocals,Hand Clapping
Whole Amazon Crew   Chant
Huni Kuin Kaxinawa   Chant
Fefe Gurman   Percussion,Conga,Vocals
Brent Nichols   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Tambourine,Vocals,Moog Synthesizer,Hand Clapping,ARP,wah wah guitar,Mini Moog
Jody Orsborn   Vocals,Hand Clapping
DJ Zegon   Turntables,Vocals,Hand Clapping
Crack Alley Children's Choir   Background Vocals
Jimmy Jael   Vocals
James Righton   Vocals
Ditte   Vocals
Nikki Robertson   Vocals
Ganga Man   Vocals
Por Que   Vocals
Kenny Stabler   Slide Whistle
Jake Fox   Vocals,Hand Clapping
Slim Kid Tre   Vocals
Kool Kojak   Vocals
Koool G Murder   Synthesizer,Piano,Electric Bass,Electric Guitar,Moog Synthesizer,fender rhodes,Upright Bass,Synthesizer Bass,Portative Organ,Hammond B3
John Asher   Vocals,Hand Clapping
Benny   Drums
Fat Lip   Vocals
Eeyore   Saw
Alfredo Ortiz   Conga,cowbell

Technical Credits

David Byrne   Composer
Tom Waits   Composer
Del the Funky Homosapien   Composer
Scarface   Composer
E-40   Composer
Chuck D   Composer
George Clinton   Composer
Karl Derfler   Engineer
RZA   Composer
Ol' Dirty Bastard   Composer
Method Man   Composer
Sizzla   Composer
Fatlip   Composer
Ghostface Killah   Composer
Kool Keith   Composer
Andrew Dawson   Vocal Engineer
Kanye West   Composer
DJ Swamp   Cut
Chali 2na   Composer
Gift of Gab   Composer
Karen O   Composer
Marcel Dzama   Character Design
Zé Gonzales   Composer
M.I.A.   Composer
Amanda Blank   Composer
Spank Rock   Composer
Barbie Hatch   Composer
Lykke Li   Composer
Santigold   Composer
N.A.S.A.   Programming,Audio Production
Ras Congo   Composer
DJ Babão   Cut
Fefe Gurman   Whistle
DJ Zegon   Sound Effects
Sam Spiegel   Composer
Slim Kid Tre   Composer
Kool Kojak   Composer,Sound Effects
Rogers   drum machine

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