Music to Eat
|Music to Eat|
|Studio album by|
|Genre||Blues Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Proto-punk|
|Producer||Hampton Grease Band, Tom McNamee, David Baker|
|Bruce Hampton chronology|
The album is a double album, which is apocryphally said to have been the second-lowest selling album in Columbia's history, second only to a yoga instructional record. Despite this, Music to Eat has since garnered enough of an interest to warrant Columbia to officially re-issue the album on CD in 1996 and on vinyl in 2018. Music to Eat compares with the likes of Captain Beefheart, Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention, and Pere Ubu in establishing a quirky, experimental version of rock and roll.
|The Vinyl District||A|
Writing for AllMusic, critic Richie Unterberger noted that while the Hampton Grease Band could not quite match the levels of instrumental virtuosity in Zappa's or Beefheart's bands, they were even closer to the "lunatic fringe" than those performers.
In a review for Spin, Byron Coley stated: "Music to Eat was one of the leftfield high points of the Nixon Era, and its essential message about the freedom and power that come from being truly weird remains soothing balm."
The Vinyl District's Joseph Neff called the album "a grand example of beautifully haywire humanity creating spectacularly singular art," and "one of the true classics of expansionist, genre-bending rock."
Regarding the 1996 CD reissue, the Chicago Reader's Peter Margasak wrote: "Even today it's probably too strange for most listeners–yet it's just as fresh, inventive, and vibrant as it was 25 years ago."
In an article for It's Psychedelic Baby! magazine, Phillip R. Eubanks described the album as "wild happy craziness," and praised the "absolutely excellent guitar players" and "absolutely fantastic drummer and bass player." He concluded: "It is a light hearted beautiful trip... I love it."
Chuck Reece of The Bitter Southerner stated that when he first heard Music to Eat, it made him "feel like somebody had sawed off the top of [his] head and poured in large quantities of Things Teenage Country Boys Didn’t Understand." Upon further listening, he concluded that the musicians had "created a place of true, unadulterated, joyous freedom that gave license to damned near every Southern musician who followed."
Aquarium Drunkard's Jesse Jarnow commented that the album "seemed like music remade from the ground up in a new and pleasing way. The words ricocheted off the meticulous and always-moving instrumental parts, twin guitars springing into conversations that might be telepathic improvisations or bananas compositions."
|1.||"Halifax"||Glenn Phillips, Bruce Hampton||19:42|
|3.||"Six"||Harold Kelling, Hampton||19:32|
|4.||"Evans: a) Egyptian Beaver b) Evans"||Kelling, Hampton, Phillips, Jerry Fields, Mike Holbrook||12:28|
|6.||"Hey Old Lady and Bert's Song"||Charlie Phillips, Kelling, Hampton||3:22|
|7.||"Hendon: a) Spray Paint b) Major Bones c) Sewell Park d) Improvisation"||Kelling, Hampton, Phillips, Fields, Holbrook||20:10|
- Bruce Hampton — vocals, trumpet
- Glenn Phillips — guitar, saxophone
- Harold Kelling — guitar, vocals
- Mike Holbrook — bass
- Jerry Fields — percussion, vocals
- Unterberger, Richie. "Music to Eat". AllMusic. Retrieved October 14, 2017.
- Coley, Byron (June 1996). "Music to Eat". Spin. p. 115.
- Neff, Joseph (February 6, 2014). "Graded on a Curve: Hampton Grease Band, Music to Eat". The Vinyl District. Retrieved July 12, 2022.
- Budnick, Dean (1998). Jam Bands: North America's Hottest Live Groups, Plus How to Tape and Trade Their Shows. ECW Press. p. 88.
- Margasak, Peter (July 4, 1996). "Too Weird To Die". Chicago Reader. Retrieved July 12, 2022.
- Corbett, John (2015). Microgroove: Forays Into Other Music. Duke University Press. p. 309.
- "Hampton Grease Band: Music to Eat". Head Heritage. May 13, 2003. Retrieved July 12, 2022.
- Eubanks, Phillip R. (June 19, 2013). "Hampton Grease Band: Music to Eat review". It's Psychedelic Baby! Magazine. Retrieved July 12, 2022.
- Reece, Chuck. "Floating Eastwardly: Col. Bruce Hampton". The Bitter Southerner. Retrieved July 12, 2022.
- Jarnow, Jesse (December 8, 2020). "Lost Live Grease, Recovering the Hampton Grease Band". Aquarium Drunkard. Retrieved July 12, 2022.