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4 stars Please Heat This Eventually is one of my favorite pieces of music ever put out by Omar Rodriguez-Lopez or Damo Suzuki.

PHTE is around 25 minutes in total length, and split up into two tracks, both around 12-13 minutes. The first track contains parts 1-3 which feature the same bassline through out for the most part. Damo's voice is probably the most noticable thing from the start of the song. If your expecting the same Damo that you heard with Can, dont expect that on this record. His voice is deep and raspy, and at first, sounds pretty humorous. When I first got this album I played it for my friends, and even though they're all into this kind of music, they laughed.

After you get into the song a little bit it's easier to catch the brilliance of it the ultra-repetitive bassline.

It is the catchiest prog song ever. I found myself humming it for days.

Great solos, catchy, with a Krautrock/Fusion/Neo-psychadelia feel.

Recomended for fans of the Mars Volta, or anyone who likes RIO/Avant stuff.

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Posted Wednesday, January 9, 2008 | Review Permalink
3 stars The first of two interesting amalgamations by Omar in 2007. This one, with Can's Damo Suzuki is a 25- minute piece of which a trimmed and vocal-less version was featured on the following full-length release. This is a good piece but it is way too long and Damo's vocals really don't help at all. Omar's solo albums have one of two characteristics: either they are varied and experimental works that didn't quite fit with the Volta's material, or they are a series of Volta-esque lines repeated over and over and over while each instrument gets a chance to solo several times, never really moving from where they started. This piece falls into the latter category. It's less of an incessant jam because of the lyrics, but it can be quite redundant. Damo's vocals are funny, even in a good way, but they are not something you want to hear often. Of course the individual riffs themselves are excellent, but they are just beaten to death by repetition. In this work's defense, some of the parts of this song's second half are quite cool and aren't given a place on the abridged instrumental version and they should have been. All in all, it's more worth your while to get Se Dice Bisonte, No Býfalo, because it has the key parts of this piece, without the vocals and nine other good tracks. I would still give this a shot if you have the opportunity to hear it without paying for it - it's a cool track - but don't buy it in haste.
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Posted Thursday, January 24, 2008 | Review Permalink
2 stars This is an epic collaboration between two important figure in the progressive rock scene,from two different decades.Damo Suzuki best known as the one of the vocalists from Can who appeared on perhaps their best known albums during the 1970's (Future Days,Ege Bamyasi & Tago Mago) & Omar Rodriguez Lopez best known as the guitarist and band leader of The Mars Volta.

First of all though it's titled as a collaboration album,it's pretty clear Damo had no control over the quality of music as the musicians are from previous Omar solo recordings.But that being said this particular line-up is my personal favourite Omar Rodriguez Lopez group and certainly the most jazz inspired.Now the scene has been set it's easier to begin to understand the album and it's direction.Please Heat Eventually is one long song which has been split into two separate tracks (Each one spanning a side of the record)and within each separate track three parts or divisions of the song.The result one twenty five minute song.It's clear Omar & Damo shares the same ambitions of the experimental and improvisational sides of music which is clearly heard on this recording..The song itself is wonderful combination and overall musical acid trip fans would expect from the two.Essentially it's one long jam with Damo improvising lyrics "sung in no one particular language" over psychedelic themes provided by Omars group featuring lengthy guitar solos,fusion rhythms and powerful performances from AdriŠn Terrazas-GonzŠlez on saxophone & bass Clarinet. But to confuse us Omar & Damo fans even more.The album was recorded into sections some live and some studio this can be quite noticeable as most of the musical themes are evolved and explored some can end abruptly,which is very possibly the merging of the two different recording settings.But to say that as a downfall of the album is really splitting hairs.

The true downfall and the unfortunate result of my low ratings is mainly me abiding by the prog archives rating guide.As this is only released as vinyl and only contains one song.I would have to put this amongst the collectors/fans which only has the rating of two stars.But to redeem myself and the album I would recommend the 2 disc Japanese edition of Omar Rodriguez Lopez's Se Dice Bisonte, No Býfalo which not only contains the fantastic original album with an instrumental version of this song.It also contains Please Heat Eventually in full on the bonus disc.

Great album,unfortunate format.

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Posted Sunday, October 18, 2009 | Review Permalink
2 stars Take a guy from The Mars Volta, and one from Can, and this is pretty much what you would expect to get. From 2007, PLEASE HEAT THIS EVENTUALLY is a short 24 minute EP or long-single. The "noodling" gets on my nerves. This could be called "avant-garde" or "experimental" but it is often just not interesting and sometimes repititive. The vocal by Damo Suzuki add little to the overall sound and I just don't care for them much. Maybe I would enjoy the instrumental version of these 2 pieces better. I really like TMV but Omar's works have never impressed me in the same way. Collectors/fans only.
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