A Real Diamond in the Rough
|A Real Diamond in the Rough|
|Studio album by Buckethead|
|Released||May 1, 2009|
|Genre||Progressive rock, ambient, avant-garde, psychedelic rock|
|Producer||Dan "Brewer" Monti|
A Real Diamond in the Rough is the twenty-fourth studio album by avant-garde guitarist Buckethead, announced on April 27, 2009 for a May 1 release through the TDRS Music label. The album is dedicated to Buckethead's legal representative, Stan Diamond.
"The Return of Captain EO" is another Disney reference by the artist, this time to the 3-D film Captain EO starring Michael Jackson, who is one of Buckethead's early influences. "Broken Mirror" uses the same drum beat as the first song off of the album Albino Slug, "The Redeem Team." 
The album is a rather calming piece of work, much to the like of Buckethead's previous albums such as 2004's Population Override, 2002's Electric Tears or 1998's Colma. However, it does showcase some heaviness and baritone guitars otherwise absent from some of his previous works mentioned before.
By the end of 2009, all copies of the album had sold out, along with Slaughterhouse on the Prairie. As TDRS was unable to obtain re-pressings, it utilized a strategy similar to the 2006 Crime Slunk Scene reissue, waiting for pre-orders before attempting again. Along with the announcement of the album Best Regards, Travis Dickerson informed customers that the re-pressings would arrive, despite that the pre-ordering had not "gone as expected".
Shadows Between the Sky, an album released in 2010, follows a similar style to this CD.
|2.||"Big D's Touch"||4:11|
|5.||"A Real Diamond in the Rough"||4:08|
|9.||"Allowed to Play"||1:55|
|11.||"Squid Ink Part 2"||0:56|
|12.||"The Miracle of Surrender"||5:37|
|13.||"The Return of Captain EO"||3:30|
- Buckethead – Invisible Scalp, guitar
- Dan Monti – Drum programming and bass
- Bryan "Brain" Mantia – Drums on tracks 2, 4, & 7
- Produced by Dan Monti and Albert
- Engineered and mixed by Dan Monti
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