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Album: Casa Babylon
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5)    Santa Maradona (Larchuma Football Club) More Info...
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11)    Love And Hate More Info...
12)    Drives Me Crazy More Info...
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Album: Casa Babylon
# Song Title   Time
1)    Viva Zapata More Info...
2)    Casa Babylon More Info...
3)    The Monkey More Info...
4)    Senor Matanza More Info...
5)    Santa Maradona (Larchuma Football Club) More Info...
6)    Super Chango More Info...
7)    Bala Perdida More Info...
8)    Machine Gun More Info...
9)    El Alakran More Info...
10)    Mama Perfecta More Info...
11)    Love And Hate More Info...
12)    Drives Me Crazy More Info...
13)    Hamburger Fields More Info...
14)    La Vida (La Vida Me Da Palo) More Info...
15)    Sueno De Solentiname More Info...
16)    This Is My World More Info...
 
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  • Personnel: Manu Chao (vocals, guitar); Santi (vocals, drums); Tom (vocals, sampler); Anouk (vocals); Kropol (trombone).
  • Recording information: Aston Studio, Paris, France; Digital Service, Paris, France; Guillaume Tell, Paris, France; Konni's Studio, Cologne, DE; N.Y. Studio, New York, NY; Studio Alacucho, Buenos Aires, AR; Studio De La Madeleine, Paris, France; Studio Ornana, Paris, France.
  • Manu Chao's road to Clandestino and Proxima Estaci¢n: Esperanza begins here with Mano Negra's swan song album. Conceptually, it marks the first use of radio and TV broadcast samples to create sound collages between tracks so the songs emerge like they would if you were station surfing on the car radio. Lyrically, it's the birth of the internationalist Manu Chao, as overt political messages largely replace the previous rebel rocker sentiments. Musically, Mano Negra returns to the manic rhythmic drive of Puta's Fever and ups the reggae, ska, and Latin ante after testing more mainstream rock waters on King of Bongo. But Casa Babylon goes one step beyond Puta's Fever by crashing together different styles and even lyrics in different languages within the songs. So the racehorse title track blends a Latin feel with motor-mouth rapping and blowsy trombone, while "Senor Ma Tanza" starts fast and furious before settling into funky dub at the end. "El Alkaran" slyly drops lyrics from "La Bamba" into its ecological complaint alongside ragga DJing, while "Hamburger Fields" is surreal pop laced with a bop-bopping vocal hook. Mano Negra doesn't entirely turns it back on rock -- "The Monkey Speaks His Mind," "Sant a Maradona" (a tribute to Argentine soccer star Diego Maradona), and "Love and Hate" more than adequately fill the high decibel and hard guitar quotient. But Manu Chao definitely turned a corner here, one that set the stage for his success even as it marked the end of a group that exerted an enormous formative influence on the Latin alternative scene. ~ Don Snowden
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