Highball with the Devil

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Highball with the Devil
Studio album by Les Claypool and the Holy Mackerel
Released August 27, 1996
Recorded 1996 at Rancho Relaxo
Genre Funk rock, alternative rock, experimental rock
Length 47:05
Label Interscope, Prawn Song
Producer Les Claypool
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]

Highball with the Devil is a studio album by Les Claypool and the Holy Mackerel, released in 1996. "Les Claypool and the Holy Mackerel" is Claypool's first solo effort; many of the instruments on the album are played by Claypool himself including guitar, most of the drums and vocals as well as all of the bass. He also self produced and engineered the album at his own studio, "Rancho Relaxo". Credited musicians include Charlie Hunter on guitar for "Me and Chuck;" Marc "Mirv" Haggard on guitar on songs such as "El Sobrante Fortnight" and "Hendershot," as well as on the saw for "Precipitation"; Adam "Bob Cock" Gates on vocal; Jay Lane on drums; and Henry Rollins narrating "Delicate Tendrils."[2]

The touring band for the album were Claypool, Marc "Mirv" Haggard, Adam Gates, and Bryan "Brain" Mantia. "Brain" Mantia was then a new member of Primus.

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Les Claypool unless otherwise noted.

  1. "Running the Gauntlet" - 1:35
  2. "Holy Mackerel" - 3:48
  3. "Highball with the Devil" - 3:58
  4. "Hendershot" - 2:22
  5. "Calling Kyle" - 3:54
  6. "Rancor" - 1:16
  7. "Cohibas Esplenditos" - 3:10
  8. "Delicate Tendrils" - 4:59
  9. "The Awakening" (The Reddings cover) - 3:32
  10. "Precipitation" - 3:53
  11. "George E. Porge" - 2:29
  12. "El Sobrante Fortnight" - 3:35
  13. "Granny's Little Yard Gnome" - 3:00
  14. "Me and Chuck" - 2:59
  15. "Carolina Rig" - 3:00

Chart performance[edit]

Chart Provider(s) Peak
position
Certification Sales/
shipments
Billboard 200 (U.S.)[3] Billboard 182 Not certified N/A

Credits[edit]

  • Les Claypool - guitar (1, 3, 7, 8, 13) bass, drums (1, 3-6, 8, 10-13, 15), vocals (1-7, 10-13), string bass (arco) (5, 10, 15), rhythm guitar (11), producer, engineer, cover art
  • Joe Gore - guitar (2, 11)
  • Mark "Mirv" Haggard - guitar solo (2), guitars (4, 6, 12), electric-bowed backsaw (7)
  • Jay Lane - drums (2, 7, 9, 14)
  • Adam Gates - additional vocals (3), vocals (10)
  • Henry Rollins - narration (8)
  • Charlie Hunter - guitar (14)
  • Tim Soya - assistant engineer
  • Matt Murman - mastering
  • Jill Rose - project coordinator

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