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Studio Album, released in 1985

Songs / Tracks Listing

A1 Tree (Today Is An Important Occasion) 4:02
A2 In The Upper Room 3:35
A3 The Sound Of Business 6:15
A4 Social Studies 4:52
A5 (The Gift Of Sound) 2:34
A6 Theadora Is Dozing 2:59
B1 Admiral Perry 5:32
B2 I Bid You Goodnight 2:51
B3 I've Tried 3:24
B4 Winter 6:11
B5 Jungle Book 3:38
B6 In The Future 6:35

Line-up / Musicians

Drums - Paul Humphrey
Percussion - Bobbye Hall
Saxophone - Don Myrick (tracks: A1 to A4, B5) , Ernie Watts (tracks: A1 to A4, B5) , Jackie Kelso (tracks: A5 to B4, B6) , Pete Christlieb
Saxophone [Baritone] - Ernie Fields , Bill Green*
Trombone - Dana Hughes , David Stout , Fred Wesley , Garnett Brown , Phil Teil
Trumpet - Chuck Findley (tracks: A1 to A4, B5) , Harry Kim (tracks: A5 to B4) , Nolan Smith , Ray Brown (2) , Rich Cooper
Voice - David Byrne

Releases information

This music was inspired by the Dirty Dozen Brass Band of New Orleans. First Produced and Performed at The Walker Centre, Minneapolis April 26th 1984

"The Knee Plays" by David Byrne and Robert Wilson form part of Robert Wilson's "The Civil Wars"

Recorded at One On One Studios, North Hollywood, April 4th 1984 and Sound Studio Recorders, North Hollywood, April 5th and 6th, 1984

LP: EMI Music (Netherlands) 064-24 0381-1, ECM Records 1-25022 (US),Regal Zonophone EJ 240381 1 (UK),Toshiba EMI Ltd, EMS-91127( Japan)

CD: Nonesuch 303228-2 (US,2007 + DVD)

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Review by Evolver
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Crossover & JR/F/Canterbury Teams
2 stars The liner notes to this album say that this music, written for Robert Wilson's opera "The Civil Wars", was inspired by the music of The Dirty Dozen Brass Band. In a way there is a trace of that band's music here. The Dirty Dozen is a New Orleans brass and percussion group, of the style that you might see marching down the streets during Mardi Gras. The music on this album is based on a similar arrangement of brass and drums. But Byrne somehow manages to miss the excitement around the music of the original band. Even though he has assembled some talented horn players, everything on the album comes across cold and lifeless.

One saving grace. Byrne doesn't sing on the album. He speaks all of the lines, saving us from having to hear his thin, wavering, off-key singing voice.

My advice: go out and get a real Dirty Dozen Brass Band album.

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