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THE TUSSLER

Motorpsycho

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3.14 | 22 ratings | 2 reviews | 9% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1994

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Theme from the Tussler (1:40)
2. Six Days on the Road (2:59)
3. Frances (2:14)
4. Babylon (3:53)
5. I Know You Rider (3:56)
6. Hogwash (3:02)
7. The Tussler (slight return) (0:26)
8. Sonny Boy Gaybar (1:37)
9. Sunchild (5:28)
10. Waiting for the One (3:04)
11. A Memory (5:04)

Total Time: 33:23

Bonus tracks on 1996 and 2003 releases:
12. Polka with the Devil (3:50)
13. Lazy Days (2:45)
14. Changes (2:59)
15. Albuquerque (4:26)

Extra bonus tracks on 2003 remaster (CD & LPs):
16. Bird Song (8:56)
17. One More Saturday Night (4:18)
18. With Care from Someone (3:41)
19. Queen Chinee (2:28)
20. Illinois (6:52)
21. It Must Have Been Roses (5:34)

Line-up / Musicians

- Bent Sæther / lead vocals (5,8,12,15,17-19), bass, acoustic & electric guitars, mandolin
- Hans Magnus "Snah" Ryan / acoustic & electric guitars, violin, mandolin, recorder, vocals
- Håkon Gebhardt / acoustic & electric guitars, banjo

With:
- Lars Lien / lead vocals (2-4,6,9-11,13,16,20,21), piano, keyboards, bass
- Kjell "K.K." Karlsen / pedal steel guitar, lead vocals (14)
- Morten Fagervik / drums, percussion, harmonica, vocals
- Chris (local female hairdresser) / second lead vocal (9)


Note : The actual instrumentation could not be fully confirmed at this moment

Releases information

Fake OST for "The Tussler", fictional Spaghetti Western by non-existent director Theo Buhara.

Artwork: Kim Hiorthøy

CD dBut - dbut 015 (1994, Norway)
2LP Stickman Records PSYCHOBABBLE 006 (1996, Germany) With 4 bonus tracks
2LP Stickman Records - PSYCHOBABBLE 044 (2003, Germany) Remastered by Audun Strype with 10 bonus tracks from the 1995 extra sessions
CD Stickman Records - PSYCHOBABBLE 044 (2003, Germany) Remastered by Audun Strype with 10 bonus tracks from the 1995 extra sessions

Thanks to The Bearded Bard for the addition
and to Quinino for the last updates
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3.14
(22 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(9%)
9%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(36%)
36%
Good, but non-essential (36%)
36%
Collectors/fans only (14%)
14%
Poor. Only for completionists (5%)
5%

MOTORPSYCHO The Tussler reviews


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Review by TCat
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3 stars Through their career, Motorpsycho has released a lot of albums and EPs, and they have explored a lot of different genres, including excellent progressive rock. Sometimes they are a little questionable, but sometimes doing quite well. In their early years, they played some decent stoner rock, and it was during this time that they went completely out of their element and did a country rock soundtrack to an imaginary western movie. The trio added several other musicians and put out this album, and later this incarnation of the band became known as 'The International Tussler Society'. The put out this album, rejoined a few times to do some live shows, and in 2004 released a 2nd album. These albums are shown together with the rest of Motorpsycho's discography.

So, this is far from progressive rock, at least on this, their 4th album, as it is straight out alternative country rock. As far as that style goes, they do a pretty believable job of it, even for being from Norway. They play a lot of covers and originals. The album doesn't really sound much like a soundtrack as it does a bunch of country songs with an alternative flair. The 'theme' is an instrumental bluegrass song, but the others are all alt-country. They have a slightly garage sound to their style of alt-country, so it doesn't have that 'perfect' sound that popular country has, thank goodness.

I can at least give this a 3 star rating since it is a lot of fun and a decent enough album for the style of music it is. They released 2 reissues through the year, one in 1996, where they added 4 more tracks, and then again in 2003, where they added even another 6 bonus tracks to that, so if you find this latest reissue, you get a total of 21 tracks and that's not too bad for the price. Anyway, if you like your alt-country in the style of 'Widespread Panic' or 'Leftover Salmon' then this will appeal to you. But, for a progressive rock site, it really doesn't have anything to offer except for a fun time.

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3 stars Who knew? Apparently Motorpsycho is not only Norway's top grungy alternative rock and heavy psychedelic prog band, but its finest retro country export as well. Recorded in the midst of their early grunge phase (with additional musicians to the core of Saether/Ryan/Gephardt), it doesn't yet app ... (read more)

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