Flight of the Cosmic Hippo

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Flight of the Cosmic Hippo
Studio album by Béla Fleck and the Flecktones
Released June 11, 1991
Recorded 1991, The Castle
Genre Jazz fusion, post-bop, folk rock
Length 43:57
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Béla Fleck with the Flecktones
Béla Fleck and the Flecktones chronology
Béla Fleck and the Flecktones
(1990)
Flight of the Cosmic Hippo
(1991)
UFO Tofu
(1992)

Flight of the Cosmic Hippo is the second album by Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, released in 1991. It reached number 1 on the Billboard Top Contemporary Jazz Albums chart. The album title came from an audience member who suggested "Flight of the Codeine Hippo" as a name for the title track. The band changed "codeine" to "cosmic" to avoid the drug association.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

In his Allmusic review, music critic Brian Mansfield wrote of the album "The Flecktones continue to make it look easy."[1]

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Béla Fleck unless otherwise noted.

  1. "Blu-Bop" (The Flecktones) – 4:22
  2. "Flying Saucer Dudes" – 4:51
  3. "Turtle Rock" – 4:12
  4. "Flight of the Cosmic Hippo" – 4:29
  5. "The Star Spangled Banner" (Francis Scott Key, arr. The Flecktones) – 2:35
  6. "Star of the County Down" (P.D., arr. The Flecktones) – 4:21
  7. "Jekyll and Hyde (and Ted and Alice)" – 7:04
  8. "Michelle" (John Lennon/Paul McCartney) – 5:10
  9. "Hole in the Wall" – 4:40
  10. "Flight of the Cosmic Hippo (Reprise)" – 2:14

Personnel[edit]

Track notes[edit]

Production notes[edit]

  • Produced and mixed by Béla Fleck with the Flecktones
  • Bil VornDick – engineer, mixing
  • Carlos Grier – editing
  • Denny Purcell – mastering
  • Mark Nevers – assistant engineer
  • Keith Odle – mixing assistant
  • Richard Battaglia – assistant engineer, mixing assistant
  • Mark Tucker – photography
  • Elvis Wilson – design
  • Laura LiPuma – art direction
  • Mark Fox – artwork

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
1991 Billboard Top Contemporary Jazz Albums 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Mansfield, Brian. "Flight of the Cosmic Hippo > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved August 3, 2011.