Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Material - The Third Power

I think this record has aged so well...from All Music Guide:
"Material has never really been a band -- it's basically a constantly shifting constellation of musicians...Certain musicians are frequently included (in the old days, Fred Frith and Anton Fier; these days, Nicky Skopelitis and Sly Dunbar), but each album usually features a drastically different lineup from the last, and often a new stylistic approach as well. The Third Power is Material's foray into reggae/hip-hop fusion...and Laswell abdicates the bass chair to Robbie Shakespeare; all the drums are played by his cohort Sly Dunbar. Sidemen include Bootsy Collins, Olu Dara, Herbie Hancock and James Brown's old horn section. Vocals are provided by members of the Jungle Brothers, the Last Poets, Shabba Ranks and others....Sly and Robbie keep everything pumping nicely, the rappers keep it interesting, and Nicky Skopelitis' off-kilter guitar keeps reminding you that this really is a Material album....Pity the whole thing clocks in at just over half an hour."
Here's a nice breakdown of the performance and production credits from discogs.com:
  • Arranged By [Strings], Conductor [Strings] - Karl Berger
  • Bass - Robbie Shakespeare
  • Cornet, Trumpet [African] - Olu Dara
  • Drums, Drum Programming - Sly Dunbar
  • Engineer - Martin Bisi , Oz Fritz , Robert Musso
  • Euphonium - Richard Harper
  • Flute, Arranged By [Brass], Conductor [Brass] - Henry Threadgill
  • Guitar - Bootsy Collins , Garry Shider , Michael Hampton , Nicky Skopelitis
  • Horn [Baritone] - Joe Daly
  • Mastered By - Howie Weinberg
  • Mixed By - Jason Corsaro
  • Organ - Bernie Worrell
  • Percussion - Aiyb Dieng
  • Piano - Bernie Worrell , Herbie Hancock
  • Producer - Bill Laswell
  • Programmed By [Fairlight] - Nicky Skopelitis
  • Saxophone [Alto] - Maceo Parker
  • Saxophone [Tenor] - Pee Wee Ellis
  • Synthesizer - Jeff Bova
  • Trombone - Fred Wesley
  • Tuba - Marcus Rojas
  • Vocals - Afrika Baby Bambaataa , Bootsy Collins , Garry Shider , Gary Mudbone Cooper , Jalal , Jenny Peters , Mike G , Shabba Ranks
  • Whistling - Joel Brandon

Download: Material - The Third Power