Tribal Opera

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Tribal Opera
Studio album by iDEoLA
Released 1987
Recorded Fingerprint Recorders
Los Angeles, California
Genre Rock
Label What?
A&M
Producer Mark Heard
iDEoLA chronology
Mosaics
(1985)
Tribal Opera
(1987)
Dry Bones Dance
(1990)

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.

Both Rich Mullins and Olivia Newton-John later covered "How To Grow Up Big and Strong" on their own albums. Americana artist John Austin covered "Go Ask the Dead Man".

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Mark Heard.

Side one[edit]

  1. "I Am An Emotional Man"
  2. "Is It Any Wonder"
  3. "Watching the Ship Go Down"
  4. "Talk To Me"
  5. "Go Ask the Dead Man"

Side two[edit]

  1. "Love Is Bigger Than Life"
  2. "How To Grow Up Big and Strong"
  3. "Everybody Dances"
  4. "Why Can't We Just Say No"
  5. "Hold Back Your Tears"

The band[edit]

  • iDEoLA: all instruments and vocals

Additional musicians[edit]

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

Production notes[edit]

  • 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