Giant Robot (Buckethead Album)
Giant Robot is the second studio album by avant-garde guitarist Buckethead (not to be confused with the 1996 Giant Robot, also featuring Buckethead) and loosely following the same "abusement park" concept as his previous album (Bucketheadland). It has some re-hashed songs from Buckethead's band Deli Creeps, as well his earlier demo tape Bucketheadland Blueprints. One could describe this album as a more "rock" or "musical" album. Re-hashed songs have lost their "basement" or "video game" sounding beats and guitar licks compared to his debut album. Again, the album was originally a Japanese only release.
Unlike later Buckethead solo albums the Bill Laswell produced Giant Robot contains many vocal bits from illustrious guests such as Iggy Pop, Bill Moseley, Throatrake and Julian Schnabel's kids Stella and Vito.
The album also features many high profile instrumentalists such as Sly Dunbar, Bootsy Collins and Karl Berger.
The reason "Binge and Grab" is noted as being an "instrumental version" is because it was originally a Deli Creeps song with lyrics by Maximum Bob. There is no known studio recording of the Deli Creeps version but there are many bootleg copies from live shows which can be found among collectors.
The track "Pure Imagination" features an introduction message that sounds like Mudbone, Richard Pryor's most famous character.
Overall, the music has been described as "an equally unique sound from P-Funkadelic grooves, shoddy sci-fi dialogue samples and the wickedest six-string shredding this side of Steve Vai."
The cover art features a shadow of a giant robot and sets the tone for the music on the album. The original release contains a comic inside the booklet.
The album was re-issued in 2000 through CyberOctave, making it more widely available.
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