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|Studio album by iDEoLA|
Los Angeles, California
Tribal Opera is an album by Mark Heard (using the pseudonym iDEoLA), released in 1987 on What? Records. It is a full-on solo project, put together by Heard in his home studio using samples and acoustic, electric and electronic instruments. The band name iDEoLA has no particular meaning; of it Heard said, It's not supposed to be mysterious or anything; I just put a band together and right now I happen to be the only one in it." The album was a bold step away from the country/folk-rock atmosphere of much of Heard's prior and subsequent music.
All songs written by Mark Heard.
- "I Am An Emotional Man"
- "Is It Any Wonder"
- "Watching the Ship Go Down"
- "Talk To Me"
- "Go Ask the Dead Man"
- "Love Is Bigger Than Life"
- "How To Grow Up Big and Strong"
- "Everybody Dances"
- "Why Can't We Just Say No"
- "Hold Back Your Tears"
- iDEoLA: all instruments and vocals
People who hit things for digital samples at Fingerprint Recorders: Doug Mathews, David McSparran, Steve Hindalong, David Baker (who also played the Wengi Drum introduction for "Talk To Me") and Dan Michaels
- Produced and recorded by Mark Heard at Fingerprint Recorders, Los Angeles, California
- Mixed digitally by Mark Heard at Can Am Recorders, Tarzana, California
- Assistants: Stan Katayama, Dan Reed and, Jim Dineen
- PCM 1630 editing at Digital Magnetics by Ted Hall
- Digital mastering at Futuredisc by Steve Hall
- Slaves prepared at Hollywood Sound
- Cover design and graphic arts: Tim Alderson
- Back cover photo-art by Stewart lvester
- Front cover optical textures by Andrew Doucene