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THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF DER SHRIMPKIN

Eskimo

RIO/Avant-Prog


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4.00 | 5 ratings | 3 reviews | 20% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1995

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Bones Of The Saints (2:04)
2. Bughead (3:18)
3. Count Rock(u-ass)ula (1:07)
4. The You're So Slender (1:30)
5. Dado Peru (5:46)
6. O Those Eyes (1:24)
7. Pumpkins (1:11)
8. Babykins (1:04)
9. Kill The Great Raven (2:57)
10. Young Mr. Plum (1:48)
11. Schmeknicolor (1:22)
12. McDung Lung Tongue (1:08)
13. (The Assassination Of) Principal Poop (1:10)
14. Ribbit (5:42)
15. Bellyup (0:53)
16. Buttplug (1:13)
17. Blue Pepper (Far East Of The Blues) (2:53)
18. Lil' Surfari Girl (0:53)
19. Oops (1:28)
20. Wooden Shoes (0:30)
21. Colonel Plank (0:14)
22. The Ho Chi Minh Trail (0:16)
23. Mammy, Cold And Clammy (0:43)
24. Electric Acid Pancake House (plus bonus track) (15:00)

Total Time: 55:46

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Line-up / Musicians

- Eric Bonerz / drums
- David Cooper / vocals, marimba, vibes
- Mark Landsman / bass
- John Shiurba / guitar, vocals
- Tom Yoder / trombone

Guest appearances:
- Ralph Carney / reeds
- John Yi / reeds
- Angela Coon / vocals
- Damien Rasmussen / vocals
- Lars Fox / vocals
- Arline Klatte / vocals

Releases information

CD Prawn Song/Mammoth, 1995
CS Prawn Song/Mammoth, 1995

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ESKIMO The Further Adventures Of Der Shrimpkin ratings distribution


4.00
(5 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(20%)
20%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(60%)
60%
Good, but non-essential (20%)
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Collectors/fans only (0%)
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Review by The Hemulen
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars Well, I've been banging on about these chaps for months now and I've finally gotten round to adding them so I suppose a review is in order.

This album (to date the only one I've heard by the group) is just irresistable. Often complex, endlessly quirky and inventive yet accessible enough to play to just about anyone on one condition: That they possess a sense of humour. For, ladies and gents, I can think of few artists other than the great Zappa himself who are quite as relentlessly silly, whimsical and playful in their approach to music than Eskimo.

Right from the off you know you're in for a pretty crazy time of it as the first song "Bones of the Saints" leaps from style to style at least five times in just over two minutes. From its quirky avant-prog opening strains through metal to tribal beats and nonsensical a capella lyrics, it's a positively bewildering opener. And it doesn't get much more predictable through the rest of the album, either.

Really, there's little point me attempting to describe the myriad of sounds and styles showcased on this album, save to say that Eskimo still manage to build up an impressively distinct character by instrumentation alone - the dominant trombone and marimba call to mind the Magic Band (particularly around about the Shiny Beast era) and basically nobody else. As I mentioned in my the biography page, most of the stylistic changes are borderline-pastiche rather than a serious attempt to fuse countless genres. However, the album is none the worse for this playful attitude towards composition.

It's hard to pick favourite songs as most of their tracks are quite short and they simply allow the album to ebb and flow from one idea to the next. It's both a fragmented and deeply unified piece of work. However, if I'm forced to, I'd say the borderline jazz-hop/patriotic pomp of "Bughead", the out-and-out avant-funk of "Dado Peru" and the silly, mystical and at times even unsettling "Kill the Great Raven" are all stand-out tracks.

In conclusion, if you're anything like me then the terms I've used to describe Eskimo (such as quirky, complex, bewildering, playful) will have already got you salivating at the mere thought of this album. If those words do nothing for you, stay well clear. You'd simply be wasting everybody's time.

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Posted Friday, October 20, 2006

Review by Sean Trane
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Prog Folk
4 stars This strange combo is a quintet with a rare lead trombone as well as xylophone (and associated percussion instruments) as second lead. Musically this zany group is obviously influenced by Zappa, Beefheart, The Residents and other almost-burlesque avant-prog like Miriodor, X-legged Sally and even Alamaailman Vasarat.

24 tracks never giving you a moment of rest, but the album goes all over the place like a Zappa or Resident album, giving you a wide range of moods and variety, but loosing a bit a sense and direction. I for one failed (for once) to fall under the charm of such a record, and if the lead trombone is rather a fresh idea, but I must say that by now (I discovered this album a decade after its release), albums like this one come out in a very demonic rate, and it is likely to get lost in the sheer mass of release. But Shrimpkin really hold a bit of an edge on the competition, as it is often very catchy and fun, rather than the obtuse nature of most of the other avant-prog albums. A very eclectic hectic album, which will either drive you insane or cure you from your insanity, the middle ground not being an option in this case.

Clearly if you are a Zappa fan this is the kind of album you'll love this album (and most likely other Eskimo releases), and although hardly essential it does stand out as one of the better albums in the genre. Hence the fourth star.

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Posted Thursday, April 26, 2007

Review by Bj-1
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4 stars Ladies & gentlemen, a treat for your ears if you love wacky, funky and complex music!

Eskimo is a zany group from the US that plays a weird but somewhat catchy style of music. They released three rather wacky releases during the 90's with this one being the easiest to find these days, which isn't saying much unfortunately. It's complex but fun to listen to, with bizarre lyrics heavily in the Zappa vein. The music bursts of influences from bands such as Beefheart, Doctor Nerve and Zappa especially. Mainly because of the well-arranged way they combine the humor and music together to produce a rewarding, entertaining and completely weird listening experience. Musicianship is extremely tight - with a heavy use of horn and percussive instruments that adds a very eclectic touch to the music without spoiling the humoristic elements. This album is obviously very intelligently put together both lyrically and musically. It's very silly, but very refreshing, rewarding and sophisticated at the same time, something that few artists have managed to do completely sucessfully.

To sum this album up, think the funkyness of Mr Bungle, the dominating horns of Doctor Nerve, the humoristic approach of Zappa and the complex melodies alą Beefheart and there you have it - one of the must fun and cool albums to listen to of the 90's. There is 24 tracks featured here, all ranging from five minutes to ten seconds but it's all good to great. My only true complain here is that the shortest tracks are completely separated from the other tracks and that ruins the album's flow a bit. But I can assure you that this album will not disappoint if you like those bands I have mentioned in this review. 4.5/5

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