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Book M


  • 1. Knights of Damcar
    2. Hagia Sophia
    3. Vajra
    4. Ship of Fools (Stone of Exile)
    5. Horsemen of the Invisible
    6. Combat for the Angel
    7. Zulfigar III
    8. Siege Perilous
    9. Dolorous Stroke
    10. Blaze of the Grail (Main Theme)
    11. Lapsit Exillis
    12. Lapis Baitulous
    13. Safina
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 6

  • Credits
    ProducerTrey Spruance
    Engineer

    Secret Chiefs 3: Trey Spruance (electric, 12-string & microtonal guitars, cumbus, saz, electric sitar, tar, zither, trumpet, electric piano, organ, keyboards, bass, dumbek, percussion, programming, samples); Bar McKinnon (saxophone); Trevor Dunn (bass); Danny Heifetz (drums, dumbek, riq).
    Additional personnel: Jason Schimmel (acoustic guitar, mandolin); Fatima (santur); Timb Harris (violin, viola); Eyvind Kang (violin, cello); Tim Smolens (cello, contrabass); Shamou (darbuka, riq, zarb, zils); William Winant (percussion).
    Engineers: Trey Spruance, Billy Anderson, Thom Canova.
    Personnel: Trey Spruance (guitar, electric guitar, 12-string guitar, saz, electric sitar, zither, trumpet, electric piano, organ, keyboards, dumbek, percussion, programming, sampler); Timb Harris (violin, viola); Eyvind Kang (violin, cello); Bar McKinnon (saxophone); Danny Heifetz (drums, dumbek, zills, percussion); William Winant (bass drum, frame drum, cymbals, percussion, bells).
    Recording information: Coast (RIP) SF; Feast Or Famine SF; Forking Paths Studio; Found Sound SF; Littlefield Pipe Organ Chamber, Los Altos Hills, CA; Mills College, Oakland, CA; Rohypnol Studios 911.
    Unknown Contributor Roles: Mark Kano; Trey Spruance.
    A third installment in the series of Secret Chiefs 3 records, known by many as Mr. Bungle minus Mike Patton. Once again, the band proves that they command an amazing grip on their musical reigns, executing flawlessly tight arrangements, even if they are extremely peculiar. Book M is mostly the brainchild of masterful guitarist Trey Spruance, as bassist Trevor Dunn was absent for a great deal of the project, probably having something to do with his involvement in the wickedly genius Fantomas. Book M is mostly made up of Indian/Asian-sounding melodies overlayed with wildly cavorting techno rhythms and a tiny bit of metal, infused with a sense of mystery and paranoia from the thematic artwork based on number theory and assumedly Hindu belief systems. The production and musicianship here is top-notch; the question is: Just how many people are interested in listening to a skewed version of Indo-Pak music? ~ Blake Butler

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