Fragments of Freedom

Fragments of Freedom

by MorcheebaMorcheeba


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Never quite at home with their trip-hop pigeonholing, British trio Morcheeba were already moving away from the gloomy world of groups such as Portishead and Tricky on their insidiously catchy sophomore release, 1998's Big Calm. Fragments of Freedom continues that trend with 12 songs that draw more from the great African-American music of the past 30 years -- hip-hop, R&B, funk, and disco -- than from their moody knob-twiddling British contemporaries. Conjuring up sunny slices of the Staple Singers, Grandmaster Flash, and Chic, the trio offer scratchy funk guitars, cooing backup singers, and multilayered horn blasts alongside their turntable scratches, analog keyboard wiggles, and atmospheric soundsculpting. Lending Morcheeba some hip-hop credibility are appearances by Biz Markie, Bahamadia, and Mr. Complex, while honey-voiced Skye Edwards sings sweet-tipped messages of love and self-determination with an ethereal charm. Breaking free of the sampler's grip, Morcheeba have crafted a joyous tribute to their stateside heroes with breezy songcraft and hip-grinding grooves.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/01/2000
Label: Rhino
UPC: 0643443113724
catalogNumber: 31137
Rank: 83599

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Morcheeba   Primary Artist
Paul Bevan   Recorder
Biz Markie   Rap
Weston Foster   Background Vocals
Steve Gordon   Bass Guitar
Derek Green   Background Vocals
Dee Lewis   Background Vocals
Steve Sidwell   Trumpet
Tony Wall   Background Vocals
Mario Castronari   Double Bass
Bahamadia   Rap
William Lyons   Recorder
Steve Bentley-Klein   Violin,fender rhodes
Paul Godfrey   Percussion,scratching,Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals
Ross Godfrey   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Hammond Organ,Background Vocals,Clavinet,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer,Analogue Synthesizer,Hammond B3
Paul Jason Fredericks   Background Vocals
DJ First Rate   scratching
Joy Rose   Background Vocals
Natalia Bonner   Violin
Noel Vine   Violin
Dan Goldman   Hammond Organ,fender rhodes
Stuart Edge   Flute,Saxophone
Fimber Bravo   Steel Drums

Technical Credits

Paul Bevan   Engineer
Sherman Edwards & Donald Meyer   Composer
Derek Green   Vocal Producer
Peter Norris   Arranger,Producer
William Lyons   Engineer
Paul Godfrey   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,beats
Ross Godfrey   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Skye Edwards   Composer
Chris Harrison   beats
Chris "Pitta" Harrison   beats

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