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3.67 | 37 ratings | 2 reviews | 32% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2008

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Face the Fax (5:00)
2. Hey Now, Who Really Cares (8:04)
3. After the Avalanche (1:52)
4. Eye Eat Lotus (6:02)
5. Goodbye Melody Mountain (2:26)
6. So Many Cowboys, So Few Indians (6:46)
7. Slow Motion Simulator (3:29)
8. How to Evade Your Obsessive Shadow (8:42)

Total Time: 42:21

Line-up / Musicians

- Thomas Kaldhol / guitars, bass
- Thomas Meidell / guitars, keyboards, devices, producer
- Sigmund Bade / bass, guitar,keyboards
- Stian Tangerud / drums, percussion

- Truls Heggero / vocals
- Magnus Nielsen / violin, Theremin
- Kaja Fjellberg Pettersen / cello
- Jørgen Sissyfus Skjulstad / clarinet, organ, vocals
- Dag Stiberg / alto sax
- Håvard Ese Eliassen / tenor & soprano saxes
- Trond Gjellum / percussion
- Jonas Kroon / sampler

The actual instrumentation could not be fully confirmed at this moment

Releases information

Artwork: Thomas Kaldhol

CD Honest Abe ‎- hacd004 (2008, Norway)

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THE SAMUEL JACKSON FIVE Goodbye Melody Mountain ratings distribution

(37 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(32%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(30%)
Good, but non-essential (30%)
Collectors/fans only (5%)
Poor. Only for completionists (3%)

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Review by Warthur
4 stars Goodbye Melody Mountain finds the Samuel Jackson Five offering business as usual; of course, for them business as usual is very good business indeed. Anyone hoping for a radical departure from the precedent set by their previous albums, or even a substantial evolution of their sound, might be a little disappointed with this one, but those who were already sold on albums such as Easily Misunderstood will find the band continuing to derive fresh-sounding compositions from their well-honed post-rock blueprint. It gains few points for originality but makes up for it with polish and confidence, so I'd say it's about three and a half stars bleeding into four stars.
Review by Mellotron Storm
3 stars I just couldn't get into this one the first time around so I put it aside and spent more time with it over the past week. Same results I'm afraid which surprised me given I'm such a fan of this Post-Rock band from Norway. The previous album "Easily Misunderstood" and the followup to this which is self-titled leave this in their shadows as this seems lacklustre for some reason. Just my tastes I suppose but there's little in the way of highlights for me.

It gets off on the wrong foot with "Face The Fax" which is okay but not for an opener. The closing part section of "Hey Now, Who Really Cares" stands out for me but it's hit and miss throughout. I like the horns starting before 4 minutes on "Eye Eat Lotus" and the title track is really good but short at 2 1/2 minutes.

"So Many Cowboys, So Few Indians" is a catchy little number with dual guitars intertwining before a beat and horns join in. Cello before 3 1/2 minutes and it turns heavier late. Nice. "Slow Motion Simulator" contrasts the piano led sections with the mellotron-like sounds that lead the other section. I like it. The closer is the longest, approaching 9 minutes. Not into the violin sounds late but the dual guitars early are cool.

I gave this one a second chance just because I really like this band but this one just doesn't do it for me. 3 stars.

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