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4.21 | 45 ratings | 4 reviews | 33% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2009

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Big Screen Boboli (1:01)
2. Ophunji's Theme (1:12)
3. Hallmark (4:44)
4. Chee (4:43)
5. Tomorrow (1:57)
6. Cat Bran Sammich Pt. 1 (3:10)
7. You Named Me (2:48)
8. Cat Bran Sammich Pt. 2 (2:09)
9. Saturate (2:36)
10. M (0:51)
11. Cold Hands (2:49)
12. We Are The Quiet Children (8:23)
13. Foam (1:41)
14. The brink (0:53)
15. Life's Too Small (6:43)
16. Behind The Door (4:19)
17. Gita (12:10)
18. DaDunDa (4:29)

Total Time 66:38

Bonus CD from 2009 SE - "Songs and Stories Inspired by Scambot 1" :
1. Intro (0:10)
2. Ahmmm...Ms. Loring (6:41)
3. Tiny Red Bug (3:30)
4. Tomorrow (Karaoke Mix) (3:05)
5. It Begins (4:22)
6. Hallmark Fantasia (1:56)
7. Broken Chair (3:45)
8. Twinge (6:51)
9. Saturate (Demo Version) (3:13)
10. Some Crazy Mishap (1:25)
11. The 3rd Eye (11:03)
12. Hallmark (2006 Mix) (4:20)
13. Credits (6:09)

Total Time 56:30

Line-up / Musicians

- Mike Keneally / vocals (1,3), electric (1,2) & acoustic (3) guitars, bass (1), keyboards (1), piano (3), drums, percussion, composer & producer

- Co de Klost / vocals (1)
- Jesse Keneally / vocals
- Rick Musallam / guitar
- Peter Tiehuis / guitar
- Hans Vroomans / electric piano
- Evan Francis / saxophone (1,3), clarinet & flute (3)
- Marc Scholten / alto saxophone
- Leo Jansen / tenor saxophone
- Ruud Breuls / trumpet
- Bart van Lier / trombone
- Herman van Haaren / electric violin
- Bryan Beller / acoustic bass (3)
- Marco Minnemann / drums (2,3)
- Joe Travers / drums
- Arno van Nieuwenhuizen / drums
- Murk Jiskoot / percussion

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

Releases information

First part in a 3-part concept-album series.

Artwork: Atticus Wolrab

CD Exowax Recordings ‎- EX-2410 (2009, US)
2xCD Exowax Recordings ‎- EX-2410 (2009, US) SE includes bonus CD "Songs & Stories Inspired by Scambot 1", new cover art

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MIKE KENEALLY Scambot 1 ratings distribution

(45 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(33%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(31%)
Good, but non-essential (22%)
Collectors/fans only (9%)
Poor. Only for completionists (4%)

MIKE KENEALLY Scambot 1 reviews

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SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Crossover & JR/F/Canterbury Teams
5 stars It's really something of a shame that Mike Keneally is so obscure at ProgArchives. For a site where so many people complain that modern prog rock is "not progressive enough", it makes me wonder why this wonderfully unique artist has less than two dozen reviews for each of his albums.

Gaining notice in 1988 as Frank Zappa's "stunt guitarist" on his final tour (a seat once filled by Adrian Belew and Steve Vai, to give you an idea of what that takes), Keneally, who grew up as a fan of classic prog rock, soon began releasing compact disks of his own material, beginning with the masterpieces "Hat" and "Boil That Dust Speck". Settling down a bit after that, his albums became more of a mix of his off-beat avant-prog and slightly more traditional pop tunes. Recent years have seen him branching out with acoustic, orchestral, and piano-heavy albums.

But here, Keneally went full prog. Released as a concept album, Scambot tells, in Keneally's extremely odd and somewhat incomprehensible style, the story of a strange creature, the Serial Consciousness Agent (Military Division) Bringer Of Truth. The liner notes give you the story, and I have to admit, I find them barely relevant to the music on the disk. But the story is hilarious.

Musically, this may be Keneally's finest work, using his anything goes style to create a wonder of off-the-wall pieces. While I love his own style, I have to applaud his use of Frank Zappa's style and phrasing in the piece, Chee, with tuned percussion and a blaring horn section that must be an homage to his former mentor.

The album keeps up all the way to the end, where Keneally chooses to bring things to a peaceful conclusion with a mostly acoustic track. A wonderful end to this great album.

My copy is the deluxe edition, that comes with another disk, "Songs and Stories Inspired by Scambot 1". This is a disk of alternate takes, experiments and songs not included on the Scambot 1 disk. While many times when listening to bonus disks included with an album, it is easy to understand why the tracks were left off of the final album, here we get more high quality work that just didn't fit on the single disk.

Easily a five star album.

Latest members reviews

4 stars Dense, dynamic and diverse is Mike Keneally's 'Scambot 1.' The usual high standard of recording quality frames rhythmic, subtle fireworks that detonate in combination with melodic color and texture changes. Different instruments cue up unexpectedly, with beauty in the timing of their arrival: ... (read more)

Report this review (#294034) | Posted by found | Tuesday, August 10, 2010 | Review Permanlink

5 stars If there's a music today (2010) that makes me write and say everything about music is Mike Keneally. So this deserves a 4,6 stars which makes it a 5. This is a music appreciation. The Scambot story is ignored for now. It all starts with a cooking recipe in a tv show. We hear the melody of "Life ... (read more)

Report this review (#279380) | Posted by Megaphone of Destiny | Sunday, April 25, 2010 | Review Permanlink

4 stars What an honour and privilege for me to be the first reviewer for the new MIKE KENEALLY album!Yes,the master is back this year with a brand new album full of musical goodies in the pure tradition od the previous MK 's albums!What brings new this album is.the fact that the ensemble of the album ... (read more)

Report this review (#258511) | Posted by Ovidiu | Wednesday, December 30, 2009 | Review Permanlink

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