At the Center

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At the Center
Studio album by Meat Beat Manifesto
Released 24 May 2005[1]
Genre Nu jazz, breakbeat, house
Length 56:41
Label Thirsty Ear THI57159.2
Producer Jack Dangers
Meat Beat Manifesto chronology
Storm the Studio RMXS
At The Center (2005) Autoimmune (2008)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[2]
Pitchfork Media 7.1/10[3]
Tiny Mix Tapes 3.5/5 stars[4]

At the Center is an album by Meat Beat Manifesto, released in 2005 as part of the "Blue Series" of Thirsty Ear records fusing jazz with electronica.

Jazz elements had been featured in occasional Meat Beat Manifesto songs over the years. But At The Center is the first outright jazz album in the Meat Beat Manifesto catalog, with bandleader Jack Dangers's collaborators being a trio of prominent jazz players. The album is mostly funky and fusion oriented, with a few abstract or free-jazz leaning songs. It's entirely instrumental apart from scattered vocal samples, notably on two songs featuring vintage recordings of poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti reading newspaper classified advertisements (the album's notes misidentify Ferlinghetti as Kenneth Rexroth).

At the Center earned mostly positive reviews from critics of both jazz and electronic music, but Dangers opted to not continue his exploration of jazz on subsequent Meat Beat Manifesto albums.



Technical personnel

  • Artwork and Album Design: Robert Beam
  • Producer and engineer: Jack Dangers

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Wild" - 5:18
  2. "Flute Thang" - 4:47
  3. "Murita Cycles" - 4:13
  4. "Want Ads One" - 4:27
    • Voice: Lawrence Ferlinghetti[5]
  5. "Blind" - 5:16
  6. "Musica Classica" - 3:34
  7. "Bohemian Grove" - 5:20
  8. "United Nations ETC. ETC." - 3:57
  9. "Want Ads Two" - 4:25
    • Voice: Lawrence Ferlinghetti[5]
  10. "The Water Margin" - 6:34
  11. "Shotgun! (Blast to the Brain)" - 4:59
  12. "Granulation 1" - 3:51


  1. ^ "Meat Beat Manifesto - At the Center". Brainwashed. Retrieved 12 March 2015. 
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  5. ^ a b Kenneth Rexroth#The Beat Generation