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3.43 | 12 ratings | 2 reviews | 8% 5 stars

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Boxset/Compilation, released in 1996

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Set of Crayons (4:10)
2. Do the Crawl (5:10)
3. Familiar Philippic (6:22)
4. Indian Bingo (4:56)
5. Imperfections (4:29)
6. Prisms of Ribbon (11:49)
7. Omaggio a futi (20:06) (7. A Luigi Futi, 1989)
8. Birth by Injection Mold (4:09)
9. Marriage & Divorce (2:49)
10. G.I. Joe vs. Ken (4:49)
11. Barbie in Hell (2:42)

Line-up / Musicians

- Eric Strauss / voice, percussion, violin, keyboards, pan pipes, short wave
- David Kerman / drums, percussion, toy rat
- Lynn Johnston / clarinets & saxophones
- Becky Heninger / cello
- Emily Hay / voice, flute, piccolo
- James Grigsby / guitar, bass, keyboards, trumpet, vibraphone, percussion, tapes
- Musicians of Cambodia (7)
- Musicians of Laos (7)
- Nigel Bladen / drums (10)
- Gene Carl / keyboards (5)
- Brad Laner / percussion (1, 3)
- Eric Johnson / bassoon (4)
- Trelaine Lewis / the voice of Barbie (10)
- William Roper / tuba (5)
- Curt Wilson / ghost (5)
- COMA / Auxiliary Choir (10)
- USC Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, D. Crockett, dir. (7)

Releases information

No Man's Land
Compilation incl. Shapuno Zoo and Klang
Tracks 1- 6 Shapuna Zoo, 1988
Tracks 8-11 "Barbie Variations" Klang, 1985

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MOTOR TOTEMIST GUILD Archive Two ratings distribution

(12 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(8%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(58%)
Good, but non-essential (25%)
Collectors/fans only (8%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

MOTOR TOTEMIST GUILD Archive Two reviews

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Review by Mellotron Storm
3 stars "Archive Two" is basically a compilation of two previously released albums from 1988 & 1989 called "Shapuno Zoo" and "A Luigi Futi" respectively. I have to admit right off the bat that this recording has been a difficult one for me to get into. And I mean all of it (haha). I so enjoyed "City Of Mirrors" but this is nothing like that.

"Set Of Crayons" has this native sounding rhythm as cello and vocal melodies compete. Marching style drums come in late. "Do The Crawl" has silence to start for too long then cello and flute arrive followed by other sounds.Vocals before 2 minutes and they will come and go. "Familiar Philippic" has these outbursts of sounds that come and go. Spoken male words before 1 1/2 minutes. It kicks into a steady groove around 3 minutes then it settles back a minute later. A familiar melody is covered 6 minutes in. "Indian Bingo" has spoken male and female vocals with music. It's humerous but I can't get into it. "Imperfections" is led by flute and piano early then it settles when the vocals arrive around a minute. Not a fan.

"Prisms Of Ribbon" opens with flute as other sounds join in.This is very classical sounding. "Omaggio A Futi" is a 20 minute track that features muscians from both Laos and Cambodia as they did this cultural music exchange. Drums and keyboards lead early, flute then cello follows. A calm after 3 1/2 minutes with spoken words. A change after 8 1/2 minutes as we get a lot of [%*!#]ing meandering here. It kicks in after 13 1/2 minutes. A calm 15 1/2 minutes. Female vocals after 17 1/2 minutes. Next up is the "Barbie Variations" starting with "Birth By Injection Mold" which opens with the sounds of someone ordering food in a restaurant. Experimental sounds then take over. "Marriage And Divorce" opens with cello as piano and other sounds come and go. "G.I. Joe Vs. Ken" opens with spoken words and music. Dissonant sax comes and goes. Female spoken words too before 2 minutes then more male words. "Barbie In Hell" is slow moving with sparse piano and other sounds.

I can only offer up 3 stars for this one. It's just not my bag.

Latest members reviews

4 stars I've reviewed each of this compilation components respectively and this is just a brief summary, observation, and a bit of advice. This MTG compilation is so full of stuff, musical creativity, adventurous, details and complexity that I don't think it's a good idea to listen to the whole thing ... (read more)

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