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Studio Album, released in 1977

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. You Yesyesyes (3:00)
2. Home Age Conversation (2:02)
3. Godsong (3:42)
4. March De La Winni (0:59)
5. Bossy (1:02)
6. Boo Who? (2:49)
7. Tourniquet Of Roses (3:14)
*8. Monstrous Intro/Death In Barstow (2:03)
*9. Melon Collie Lassie (2:54)
*10. Flight Of The Bumble Roach (2:13)
*11. Walter Westinghouse (7:56)
12. Six Things To A Cycle, Pt. 1 (2:46)
13. Six Things To A Cycle, Pt. 2 (1:38)
14. Six Things To A Cycle, Pt. 3 (2:24)
15. Six Things To A Cycle, Pt. 4 (3:45)
16. Six Things To A Cycle, Pt. 5 (4:54)
17. Six Things To A Cycle, Pt. 6 (2:17)
18. You Yesyesyes Again (2:30)

*CD only bonus tracks, which are the Babyfingers EP.

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Line-up / Musicians

- A. Dekbar / violin
- Don Jackovich / percussion
- T. Logan / percussion
- The Residents / everything else
- Snakefinger / guitar, vocals
- Pamela Zeibak / vocals

Releases information

- Released in 1977 on LP by Ralph, first pressing of 1,000, second pressing with brown cover, and 3rd repackaged in color.
- Released in 1977 on LP by Ralph with black vinyl, and 500 copies of purple vinyl.
- Released in 1987 on CD by East Side Digital, first pressing of light green ink on disc, second pressing of dark green and black ink on disc.
- Released in 1987 on LP by Torso.
- Released in 1987 on CD by Torso.
- Released in 1995 on CD by EuroRalph.
- Released in 1997 on CD by Bomba in Japan.
- Released in 1997 on CD by East Side Digital.

The version to have is the 1995 EuroRalph CD, due to the disc with the Babyfingers EP on it, accompanied with the album.

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3.68
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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(31%)
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Review by Evolver
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Crossover & JazzRock/Fusion Teams
4 stars I own both the LP and the CD of this album. This review is for the CD version which includes the "Babyfingers" EP, that contained Walter Westinghouse, my favorite song on the disk.

Coming after the delicious but abrasive "Third Reich 'N Roll", this album demostrated a complete change in the Residents' sound. The songs are mush easier to listen to than the previous albums, and are an example of the minimalistic, but highly experimental sound that they would feature for much of the next two decades, and more.

The album begins with the eerie You Yesyesyes, a song that sticks in my head long after each listen. Of particular note is Godsong, a biblically accurate depiction of the Christian version of the god, with hilarious lyrics like:

God never really did like man anyway At least not after they started walking aroundOn their hind leg(s) And talking on the telephone Of course poor God's point of view wasn't easy now (to) understand He had invented man from dead things At that time there were no grave yards to rob So He had been forced to use dead worms, some sea weed That had laid out on the beach for quite a while.

But the best song is the hypnotic Walter westinghouse, from the above mentioned "Babyfingers" EP. This is a wonderful, weird, electonic piece, containing a bizarre conversation between Walter (Does he dig tunes?) and his wife.

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Review by Neu!mann
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3 stars The initial concept behind the fourth recorded (but third released) album from The Residents may have been ahead of its time, but only accidentally. It was planned as a three-sided vinyl LP (yes, such oddities did exist), but one-third of the music was amputated to make it fit on a conventional single disc. Only after the arrival of digital CD technology would the full set be heard as originally intended.

But at any length it's a somewhat schizophrenic effort, as might be expected from a group of such loveable nut jobs, with contrasting musical faces looking in two very different directions. The shorter songs anticipate the "Duck Stab" sessions and the much later "Commercial Album" of twisted pop music mutations ("March de la Winni" and "Bossy" each clock in at almost exactly sixty seconds). It's a chance to hear The Residents unburdened by any heavy thematic baggage, with the best examples ("Godsong" is a personal favorite) somehow managing to be funny, affecting, and oddly thoughtful all at once.

The flipside of the original LP, devoted entirely to the multi-part, 18-minute "Six Things to a Cycle", belongs in a different asylum altogether. The piece was (supposedly) composed as a modern ballet score, and showed The Residents flexing their compositional muscles not unlike the 97-pound weakling in a vintage Charles Atlas bodybuilding ad. The band wasn't as much fun when their collective thinking caps were screwed on so tight, but the full opus sounds more effective in retrospect, despite an obvious instrumental debt to FRANK ZAPPA (lots of tuned percussion, so forth). It may in fact be the best example of their esoteric "Theory of Phonetic Organization", looking forward to the masterful soundscapes of the "Eskimo" album a few short years later.

In the meantime their primitive musicianship was showing signs of improvement, as well as their recording skills. But the band still preferred to sound like barely competent amateurs: imagine Christian Vander's MAGMA, populated by clever toddlers. Guest star Philip Lithman (aka SNAKEFINGER) makes his presence known, emphatically in the album opener "You Yesyesyes", sneaking in a phrase from the Anton Karas zither theme to "The Third Man", here played in Lithman's distinctive lunatic guitar style.

Bottom line: it's a lopsided album, providing a fascinating glimpse of The Residents in transition, just prior to donning their iconic eyeball-head tuxedos.

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Review by AtomicCrimsonRush
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Symphonic Team
3 stars A 1977 early Residents album is an intriguing listening experience. Snakefinger's guitar is here and that's a good start for "Fingerprince". There's a lot of brass instruments and the voices are audible and legible. The CD version features a bunch of extra songs that were actually from the EP "Baby Fingers". Originally intended as a three sided LP the project somehow was interfered with so this CD kind of gives it to us the way it was intended. Side one has short songs, side two has a lengthy epic in 6 parts and side 3 is an EP.

You Yesyesyes (3:00) opens the album with quirky synths and toy trumpets. Home Age Conversation (2:02) has oddball warblings on vocals, and repeated keyboard phrases. Godsong (3:42) is very weird, phased vocals chant and a rhythm of dissonant synths and brass try to make sense of it.

The short ones follow with instrumental March De La Winni (0:59), and minimalist chanting Bossy and (1:02), one minute movies really signalling the forthcoming "Commercial Album" in 1980 that was all songs less than a minute like a bunch of ads. Its amazing what you can slot into one minute; Residents are masters of this.

Boo Who? (2:49) is a quirky thing with boo hoo as the main chant and bizarre vocals in the verses; too monotonous to return to. Tourniquet Of Roses (3:14) has a jazzy sound, agonising brass, tortured synth and strangled vocals.

From "Butterfingers" EP is the addition of Monstrous Intro/Death In Barstow (2:03), Melon Collie Lassie (2:54), Flight Of The Bumble Roach (2:13), and Walter Westinghouse (7:56). Monstrous Intro/Death In Barstow is very different to the other album with a more lo fi minimalist vibe and thin drawling vocals. Melon Collie Lassie has more thin vocals and a deep rumbling bass synth that reminds me of the Residents albums to follow in the 80s. .

The real highlights of the EP are Flight Of The Bumble Roach, which is a manic demented voice over a rumbling and monotonous synth sequencer. This is highly experimental but all the more endearing as a stand out. Walter Westinghouse is an excellent track, perhaps the best on the whole album, and the Louisiana accent is a feature and lyrics making fun of Elvis; a target of The Residents along with The Beatles. This is an 8 minute song so has a lot of various sections. There's whispering, clinking, deep synths, loud strange nasal vocals, minimalist instruments, unnerving melodies, dark nursery rhymes, quirky humour, nonsensical lyrics and various characters; sounds like a Residents song to me. The last two minutes are almost unlistenable.

Six Things To A Cycle was originally in 6 parts on the vinyl but is put together as a 17:50 epic on the CD. It starts with innocent birds and percussion, then a scream that unnerves you. Lots of bells and tinkerings follow, and I am already totally lost and we still have 15 minutes to go. The bells tinker away for quite a while and are joined by odd chants. This is like an endurance test until we get to an ascending droning noise; a melancholy sound. It sounds like hitting glasses filled with levels of water with a triangle striker, and a sad synth played in another room somewhere. After a while this lengthy piece is too much for the ears and I am well and truly over it before the 10 minute mark. It ends with a repeated synth brass motif and it just goes on and on ad infinitum.

'You yesyesyes again' closes the album, bookending the thing as a kind of cycle. Overall this album is very inconsistent with some great moments and others you wish had not made it to the final cut. It is what it is and like most Residents albums is a hit and miss affair. I can manage 3 stars for some of the better material and the addition of the EP but this CD is quite a slog to get through in its entirety.

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4 stars No one seems to know if this was album number three, four or five due to the weird release schedule of the Residents. Replete with spooky cover, this is the Residents at their near best just as you'd expect from the mid 70's. I'm always surprised that this one is overlooked in the Residents ca ... (read more)

Report this review (#421799) | Posted by Dobermensch | Thursday, March 24, 2011 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Watch out this record! Fingerprince is one of the very classic THE RESIDENTS record and one of their masterpieces. As they define it, this proggressive-bunny-hop album is divided in two sections (three, if we conider the Babyfingers EP) corresponding to both sides of the record. The first one is ... (read more)

Report this review (#127623) | Posted by victor77 | Thursday, July 05, 2007 | Review Permanlink

3 stars I want to give this effort by the infamous quartet four stars, but in truth,this sadly can only muster a three star rating. This lp was never one of my favorites,but it is early RESIDENTS and highly experimental,esp.when considering the release date.Comparisons to other groups are useless,sinc ... (read more)

Report this review (#50041) | Posted by bob x | Tuesday, October 04, 2005 | Review Permanlink

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