Blue Man Group - Complex

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ITEM#: 2830164

This is an Enhanced CD, which contains both regular audio tracks and multimedia computer files. Blue Man Group: Matt Goldman (cimbalom, upside-down bass, air poles, low-octave PVC, big drum, drumbone, backpack PVC, shaker gong, Utne drum, ribbon crasher, dumpster); Phil Stanton (cimbalom, air poles, drumbone, tubulum, Utne drum, mid-octave PVC, extenstion cord bull roarer, ribbon crasher, dumpster, Phil drum, backpack tubulum, timpani, drum wall); Chris Wink (cimbalom, tubulum, high-octave PVC, air poles, piano smasher, cuica, doppler toms, drum wall, drumulum, drumbone, dumpster, backpack tubulum, Utne shakers). Additional personnel includes: Dave Matthews, Tracy Bonham, Josh Haden, Esthero, Gavin Rossdale, Venus Hum, Rob Swift, Arone Dyer, Peter Moore (vocals); Spalding Gray (spoken vocals). Recorded at Blue Man 3rd Street Studio, New York, New York. Lyricist: Spalding Gray. Personnel: Blue Man Group (cimbalom, dulcimer, drums, cuica, percussion, sound effects); Avram Glietsman (vocals, guitar); Peter Moore (vocals, keyboards); Dave Matthews, Esthero, Gavin Rossdale, Dave Mathews, Annette Strean, Josh Haden, Arone Dyer, Tracy Bonham, Venus Hum (vocals); Brooke Ferris, Spalding Gray (spoken vocals); Christian Dyas (guitar, baritone guitar, E-bow, zither, harpsichord); Larry Heinemann (guitar, zither, Chapman stick); Dave Steele, Jeff Turlik (guitar, zither); Nels Cline, Chris Traynor (guitar); Byron Estep (dobro); Elvis Lederer (zither); Todd Perlmutter (drums, percussion, programming); Ian Pai, Jeff Quay , Todd Waetzig, Dave Anania (drums, percussion); Jeff Torton, Matthew Kriemelman, Crag Rodriguez, Nick White , Chris Bowen, Jordan Cohen, Vince Verderame, Josh Matthews, Wendy Day, Peter Simpson, Jeff Tortora (drums); Dan the Automator (programming); Kid Koala (sampler); Rob Swift (turntables). Audio Mixers: Andrew Schneider; Rich Costey. Recording information: Blue Man 3rd Street Studio, NY. Director: Seth Freed. Unknown Contributor Roles: Larry Heinemann; Chris Wink; Matt Goldman; Phil Stanton; Blue Man Group. Arrangers: Ian Pai; Dave Steele; Jeff Turlik; Peter Moore. Tubular percussion abounds on the cerulean trio's second album, which intersperses instrumental segments from the ever-expanding organization's show with guest spots from Tracy Bonham, Bush's Gavin Rossdale, and Dave Matthews, among others. Musically, the Blue Men concoct a kind of quirky metal from their collection of found and conventional instrumentation that's effective in settings such as "The Current," where they're combined with Rossdale's grunge-lite vocals. But the Men are also good at being laid-back and slightly sinister when occasion demands, one example being the accompaniment to Dave Matthews's distinctive vocal on the infectious "Sing Along." The outfit's crowd-pleasing version of Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit" is an ideal vehicle for Esthero's Beth Gibbons-like vocal, shedding the retro-jocularity of the live show version for something darker and more explicit. Ultimately THE COMPLEX neatly sidesteps any questions about translating the Blue Man oeuvre to a non-visual medium, with a combination of quirky arrangements and strategically placed guest stars.


UPC 075678363122
Runtime 58 min.
Type Performer
Genre Instrumental
Sub Genre Experimental Rock
Label Lava Records
Producer CMP; Tom Elmhirst; Dan The Automator; John Alagia; Todd Perlmutter; Venus Hum
Number of Discs 1
Track Listing Disc 1
  • 1. Above
  • 2. Time to Start - (German)
  • 3. Sing Along - (featuring Dave Matthews)
  • 4. Up to the Roof - (featuring Tracy Bonham)
  • 5. Your Attention
  • 6. Persona - (featuring Josh Haden)
  • 7. Piano Smasher
  • 8. White Rabbit - (featuring Esthero)
  • 9. Current, The - (featuring Gavin Rossdale)
  • 10. Shadows, Pt. 2 - (featuring Tracy Bonham/Rob Swift)
  • 11. What Is Rock - (featuring Arone Dyer/Peter Moore)
  • 12. Complex, The - (featuring Peter Moore)
  • 13. I Feel Love - (featuring Venus Hum)
  • 14. Exhibit 13
Format Compact Disc
Sub Format ECD
Spars Coding n/a
Artists Blue Man Group
Dimensions 0

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