In Search of The

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In Search of The
Box set by Buckethead
Released February 21, 2007
Recorded 2006–2007[citation needed]
Genre Jazz fusion, ambient, progressive rock, experimental, funk rock, improvisational, electronic rock, dark ambient
Length I: 44:19
N: 44:49
S: 43:27
E: 42:30
A: 42:27
R: 45:00
C: 41:13
H: 41:37
O: 42:39
F: 42:31
T: 42:29
H: 49:44
E: 45:01
Total: 9:27:37
Label TDRS Music
Producer Buckethead[citation needed]
Buckethead chronology
Crime Slunk Scene
(2006)
In Search of The
(2007)
Pepper's Ghost
(2007)

In Search of The is a set of thirteen albums by Buckethead, released on February 21, 2007. Each was initially personally numbered and monogrammed by Buckethead himself. No two sets were the same, as the covers were hand-drawn and unique from one another. It is considered a special release, making it the first of Buckethead's albums to be referred to as such.

According to Travis Dickerson:[1][2]

The original box set could be purchased as either a box set or separately.[3] There seems to be no underlying theme or thread to the songs on the separate discs, and they feature many different and diverse styles of music. In addition, each song stands alone; none of the tracks fade into each other. The set also lacks any type of track listing as all the songs are untitled, however, unofficial track names have been assigned by fans of Buckethead which are known to reflect his personality and his previous work. As such, references to past material are present. There are a total of 92 songs in the set ranging in lengths from 0:33 to 19:45, not including "Vol. 13: E" which is one unbroken 45-minute track.

Buckethead drew the covers on each set of In Search of The until he reached the 999th copy.[4] All further copies available are no longer hand-made and feature the same artwork from set to set.[5]

There are no credits to the set's name, so it is likely that all of the music on the set was performed solely by Buckethead; however, this has not yet been confirmed.

The set was officially released without track names but since there are so many tracks in the set, fans have made up some titles to all the songs to remember each of them easily.[6]

Track listing[edit]

Vol. 1: I
No. Title Length
1. "Track 1"   0:54
2. "Track 2"   14:51
3. "Track 3"   2:58
4. "Track 4"   2:31
5. "Track 5"   0:41
6. "Track 6"   15:02
7. "Track 7"   1:44
8. "Track 8"   5:33
Total length:
44:19
Vol. 2: N
No. Title Length
1. "Track 1"   1:26
2. "Track 2"   10:49
3. "Track 3"   2:58
4. "Track 4"   2:09
5. "Track 5"   15:49
6. "Track 6"   3:18
7. "Track 7"   6:04
8. "Track 8"   2:16
Total length:
44:49
Vol. 3: S
No. Title Length
1. "Track 1"   14:51
2. "Track 2"   2:16
3. "Track 3"   3:48
4. "Track 4"   7:32
5. "Track 5"   4:24
6. "Track 6"   10:31
Total length:
43:37

Vol. 4: E

No. Title Length
1. "Track 1"   3:20
2. "Track 2"   7:07
3. "Track 3"   9:02
4. "Track 4"   3:29
5. "Track 5"   5:21
6. "Track 6"   3:29
7. "Track 7"   3:58
8. "Track 8"   6:39
Total length:
42:30
Vol. 5: A
No. Title Length
1. "Track 1"   10:35
2. "Track 2"   1:14
3. "Track 3"   4:48
4. "Track 4"   10:11
5. "Track 5"   5:00
6. "Track 6"   1:40
7. "Track 7"   1:58
8. "Track 8"   2:54
9. "Track 9"   4:03
Total length:
42:27
Vol. 6: R
No. Title Length
1. "Track 1"   19:45
2. "Track 2"   3:42
3. "Track 3"   4:30
4. "Track 4"   1:11
5. "Track 5"   15:46
Total length:
45:00
Vol. 7: C
No. Title Length
1. "Track 1"   2:58
2. "Track 2"   16:40
3. "Track 3"   4:14
4. "Track 4"   4:20
5. "Track 5"   1:52
6. "Track 6"   11:03
Total length:
41:13
Vol. 8: H
No. Title Length
1. "Track 1"   10:20
2. "Track 2"   2:26
3. "Track 3"   5:27
4. "Track 4"   9:55
5. "Track 5"   2:30
6. "Track 6"   0:33
7. "Track 7"   3:32
8. "Track 8"   4:36
9. "Track 9"   2:14
Total length:
41:37
Vol. 9: O
No. Title Length
1. "Track 1"   9:23
2. "Track 2"   4:23
3. "Track 3"   5:18
4. "Track 4"   16:52
5. "Track 5"   6:37
Total length:
42:39
Vol. 10: F
No. Title Length
1. "Track 1"   5:13
2. "Track 2"   9:35
3. "Track 3"   6:45
4. "Track 4"   1:13
5. "Track 5"   6:45
6. "Track 6"   3:36
7. "Track 7"   7:13
8. "Track 8"   2:07
Total length:
42:31
Vol. 11: T
No. Title Length
1. "Track 1"   2:56
2. "Track 2"   4:21
3. "Track 3"   1:10
4. "Track 4"   4:04
5. "Track 5"   6:10
6. "Track 6"   3:14
7. "Track 7"   3:24
8. "Track 8"   3:50
9. "Track 9"   4:05
10. "Track 10"   4:25
11. "Track 11"   4:46
Total length:
42:29
Vol. 12: H
No. Title Length
1. "Track 1"   3:12
2. "Track 2"   10:48
3. "Track 3"   2:15
4. "Track 4"   10:16
5. "Track 5"   2:57
6. "Track 6"   3:33
7. "Track 7"   1:19
8. "Track 8"   15:19
Total length:
49:44
Vol. 13: E
No. Title Length
1. "Track 1"   45:01
Total length:
45:01

Notes[edit]

  • Vol. 2, 1 samples the drumbeat to They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!.
  • Vol. 2, 8 is identical to Vol. 3, 2.
  • Vol. 4, 4 contains an extended background beatbox session, possibly from Buckethead.
  • Vol. 6, 1 (the second longest song in the set) is one impromptu guitar solo laced over a continuous drum pattern.
  • Vol. 7, 5 ends in 10 seconds of silence, possibly intending 6 to be a hidden track.
  • Vol. 10, 7 ends at 1:41, followed by an extremely low hum that is only heard when the volume is turned up. This leads to the end of the song.
  • Vol. 11, 4; the first 1:28 of the song is a piano instrumental (possibly played by Buckethead) followed by guitar and drum work.
  • Vol. 13 is a single unbroken track and is Buckethead's single longest song. It has a 0:30 drum intro (laced with a bit of guitar buzzing) followed by a short pause then the drumbeat from They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa! is sampled and plays for the entire remainder of the 45 minute epic. Atop this are classic Buckethead guitar solos incorporating the likes of pinch harmonics, distorted low notes and fast pick movement. Then at 26:52, with the drum beat still playing, the song takes a sudden yet effective plunge and falls into a very "I Love My Parents"-esque type of guitar work. Then, without warning, pulls straight back into speedy solos at 28:58.
  • Vols. 4, 10 & 11 are the only albums not to contain a song longer than 10 mins. However, Vols. 4 & 10 both contain tracks longer than 9 mins. Vol. 11's longest track length is just 6:18. This would also explain the fact that, at 11 tracks, it has more tracks than any other of the volumes. It is the only volume to have double digit track amounts.
  • Unlike his work as Death Cube K, the songs that run longer than 10 mins. are usually extended jam sessions with numerous guitar solos. A typical lengthy DCK song would most likely resemble a doom or drone metal song.

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