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Album: Naked City
# Song Title   Time
1)    Batman More Info...
2)    The Sicilian Clan More Info...
3)    You Will Be Shot More Info...
4)    Latin Quarter More Info...
5)    A Shot In The Dark More Info...
6)    Reanimator More Info...
7)    Snagglepuss More Info...
8)    I Want To Live More Info...
9)    Lonely Woman More Info...
10)    Igneous Ejaculation More Info...
11)    Blood Duster More Info...
12)    Hammerhead More Info...
13)    Demon Sanctuary More Info...
14)    Obeah Man More Info...
15)    Ujaku More Info...
16)    Fuck The Facts More Info...
17)    Speedball More Info...
18)    Chinatown More Info...
19)    Punk China Doll More Info...
20)    N.Y. Flat Top Box More Info...
21)    Siagon Pickup More Info...
22)    The James Bond Theme More Info...
23)    Den of Sins More Info...
24)    Contempt More Info...
25)    Graveyard Shift More Info...
26)    Inside Straight More Info...
 
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  • Personnel: John Zorn (alto saxophone); Yamatsuka Eye (vocals); Wayne Horvitz (keyboards); Bill Frisell (guitar); Fred Frith (bass); Joey Baron (drums).
  • This record is an exercise in beautiful, torturous, perfect anarchy. Naked City, the early '80s project of super-experimentalist John Zorn, was a band that consisted of New York downtown avant giants Bill Frisell, Wayne Horvitz, Fred Frith and Joey Baron. With Zorn's elastic sax blazing the trail, and occasional guest vocals by Yamatsuka Eye (whose style bears no slight resemblance to the Tasmanian Devil of Warner Brothers cartoon fame), Naked City literally seem as if they can do anything. Rock, jazz, heavy metal, film music, swing, country, surf noir and sheer sonic assault are deconstructed, jumbled, spliced and spit back backwards with style, finesse, aggression and virtuosity.
  • The group's originals range from jump-cut collage to splatter-core noise, but what their aesthetic lacks in coherency it makes up for in imagination and execution. Particularly noteworthy are the band's many covers, which include treatments of Ennio Morricone, Henry Mancini, Johnny Mandel, John Barry and a mind-blowing cover of Ornette Coleman's "Lonely Woman" (Coleman is an enormous influence on Zorn). Zorn and Naked City take the meaning of punk to a new level: mixing its attitude with intelligence and pan-genre sampling to create music of the highest and most challenging order.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (6/28/90) - 3.5 Stars - Very Good "Catch your breath when you can."

Option - "...a dream band of jazz and new music luminaries."

Mojo (Publisher) (p.48) - Ranked #45 in Mojo's "The 50 Most Out There Albums Of All Time" - "NAKED CITY's debut saw him squeeze jazz, country, film music and eight under-50-second blasts of Jap-noise into his musical meat grinder."
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