City of Refuge


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Rock, Americana
The Last Music Company
November 10, 2008

Format: Compact Disc



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The influence of John "Drumbo" French has been sizeable and significant. As the drummer and musical director for revered iconoclasts Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Drumbo made central contributions to many of their records including 1969s mind-altering, revered masterpiece "Trout Mask Replica" that vastly expanded the parameters of contemporary music. The group earned droves of ultra-impassioned admirers, and Drumbo's hugely energetic, exceptionally disciplined playing told us new things about the drums and their possibilities. What Drumbo did, memorably and gorgeously, was to provide a model for musical invention, siring not so much a school of playing as a possibility of freedom. For this new CD Drumbo set out to inject new life into the style and traditions of The Magic Band, whilst creating an album that can easily stand up on its own. Working with Magic Band alumni Bill Harkelroad (aka Zoot Horn Rollo), Mark Boston (aka Rockette Morton), Greg Davidson (aka Ella Guru) and John Thomas (keyboardist on "Bat Chain Puller"), the record shows where Drumbo has been and where he is going, with 12 new Drumbo compositions.

Press Quotes

"Guitars cut and thrust, time signatures jerk around and the songs stand up for themselves."

The Independent

...These men are miracle workers."

Dorset Echo

"...City Of Refuge scores on every level...stunning playing underpins a set of magnificent compositions topped off by French's forceful, passionate and rasping inspiration and a delight."

Leicester Bangs

"...a terrific album...the best album Beefheart never made"

**** (4 Stars) Drummer

"All reservations concerning stylistic necrophilia are blown away by the brilliance and beauty of the execution and the fact that no group on Earth plays quite like this one. Magic in theory and practice."

The Wire

"...back with the elastic boogie of the glory years." "Yes, it's a tribute to the inspirational Van Vliet, but it's also a tribute to the Magic Band itself..."

*** (3 Stars) Uncut

More Info

Key Value
Catalogue number PRPCD024
Barcode 0805520030243
Number of items 1
Packaging type Jewel Case
Imported No
Weight 64g
Dimensions (LxWxH) 142mm x 10mm x 125mm

Disc 1

Track Listing — Disc 1

Song Title Time
1. Bogeyman -
2. Bus Ticket Outta Town -
3. Blood On A Porcupine Quill -
4. City Of Refuge -
5. Abandon -
6. Get So Mean -
7. Maybe That'll Teach Ya -
8. To The Loft Of Ravenscroft -
9. The Shirt Off My Back -
10. Wicked Witch Of War -
11. Whose Side Ya On -
12. The Withered Hand Of Time -