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Album: Global a Go-Go [Digipak]
# Song Title   Time
1)    Johnny Appleseed
2)    Cool'n'out
3)    Global a Go-Go
4)    Bhindi Bhagee
5)    Gamma Ray
6)    Mega Bottle Ride
7)    Shaktar Donetsk
8)    Mondo Bongo
9)    Bummed Out City
10)    At the Border, Guy
11)    Minstrel Boy
 

Album: Global a Go-Go [Digipak]
# Song Title   Time
1)    Johnny Appleseed
2)    Cool'n'out
3)    Global a Go-Go
4)    Bhindi Bhagee
5)    Gamma Ray
6)    Mega Bottle Ride
7)    Shaktar Donetsk
8)    Mondo Bongo
9)    Bummed Out City
10)    At the Border, Guy
11)    Minstrel Boy
 
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Performer Notes
  • Joe Strummer/Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros: Joe Strummer; Scott Shields (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass instrument); Pablo Cook (vocals, whistle, harmonica, drum, sound effects); Martin Slattery (electric guitar, French horn, piano, Wurlitzer piano, Hammond b-3 organ, bass instrument); Richard Flack, Tymon Dogg.
  • Personnel: Joe Strummer (vocals); Roger Daltrey (vocals); Martin Slattery (guitar, hammer dulcimer, flute, accordion, melodica, saxophone, Wurlitzer organ, synthesizer, background vocals); Scott Shields (guitar, drums, bongos, bells, loops, background vocals); Tymon Dogg (acoustic guitar, Spanish guitar, mandolin, violin); Antony Genn (strings, loops); Pablo Cook (drums, congas, bongos, bodhran, glass armonica, guiro, shaker, tambourine, percussion, bells); Richard Flack (cymbals, background vocals).
  • Additional personnel: Roger Daltrey.
  • Recording information: Battery Studios, London, England.
  • Photographer: Bob Gruen.
  • Arranger: Mescaleros.
  • Even when he was leading the Clash, Joe Strummer always incorporated his interest in disparate musical styles into his work. 20 years down the road, he's achieved enough distance from the Clash to express himself fully and freely, so GLOBAL A GO-GO is Strummer's most stylistically diverse offering to date. The album opens with the American folk motifs of "Johnny Appleseed" before moving on to the churning, funky "Cool 'N' Out." The title tune combines hypnotic trip-hop keyboards, reggae guitar, and percolating percussion to celebrate the joys of international communication. "Bhindi Bhagee" successfully combines electronica beats with Eastern tonalities.
  • "Gamma Ray" is a surreal Cuban-style slow-burner that recalls the Latin Playboys. "Mondo Bongo" and "Shaktar Donetsk" sound like excerpts from a film noir soundtrack set somewhere in Morocco. The album closes with the epic 17-minutes-plus "Minstrel Boy," a folkish selection filled with atmospheric fiddle and acoustic guitar, nearly all instrumental. It continues the soundtrack-like feeling achieved by the earlier cuts, and leaves the listener flouting on a cloud of hazy Celtic mist. Throughout the album, Strummer evinces his trademark socio-political awareness in the lyrics, but he sounds much less angry than in punk's glory days. Sometimes maturity can work for you.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (9/27/01, p.69) - 3.5 stars out of 5 - "...Strummer is a magnet for local color as he slithers around exotic playgrounds and tense urban trouble spots..."

Q (Summer/01, p.105) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...An internationalist concept album....its muso-y eclecticism offset by a groovy modern abandon reminiscent of...Black Grape..."

Uncut (8/01, p.112) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...It's liberating to hear Strummer and his Mescaleros relaxing, nay reveling in unhindered melodic freedom..."

Alternative Press (10/01, pp.100,102) - 7 out of 10 - "...Full of the same totalizing ambition that made the Clash great..."

CMJ (8/27/01, p.4) - "...Retains a concise musical vision that's as challenging as anything you'd expect from this longtime innovator..."

Mojo (Publisher) (1/02, p.69) - Ranked #11 in Mojo's "Best [40] Albums of 2001".
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