Hallucinating the Vampire Class Away (Fourth Dimensional Prison Warders)



The list of persons Bill Laswell has collaborated with is impressive.  On Hallucination Engine (1994), he works with some old friends (Bootsy, Sly) and new.  Some of the songs are a big indulgent, but the strong cuts on the record overwhelm them.  The exotic groove of “Mantra” is enchanting.  William Burroughs drops some hilarity on “Word of Advice.”  Busting into jazz-funk on “Cucumber Slumber (Fluxus Mix),” Material covers the Weather Report.  John Coltrane is covered on the latter half of “The Hidden Garden / Naima.”

Track List:

A1             Black Light (7:33)
Written-By – B. Laswell* , W. Shorter*
A2           Mantra (8:44)
Written-By – B. Laswell* , Caroline (2) , Shankar
A3           Ruins (8:54)
Written-By – B. Laswell*
A4           Eternal Drift (7:35)
Written-By – B. Laswell* , N. Skopelitis*
B1           Words Of Advice (3:58)
Written-By – B. Laswell* , W. Burroughs*
B2           Cucumber Slumber (Fluxus Mix) (7:30)
Written-By – A. Johnson* , J. Zawinul*
B3           The Hidden Garden / Naima (13:00)
Written-By – B. Laswell* , N. Skopelitis* , S. Shaheen*
B4           Shadows Of Paradise (9:45)
Written-By – B. Laswell* , N. Skopelitis* , Shankar


Arranged By – Bill Laswell
Bass – Bill Laswell , Bootsy Collins , Jonas Hellborg
Congas, Percussion, Percussion [Chatan] – Aiyb Dieng
Drums – Sly Dunbar
Electric Piano, Organ [Hammond B-3] – Bernie Worrell
Engineer – Martin Bisi , Oz Fritz , Robert Musso
Ghatam – Vikku Vinayakram
Guitar, Sitar, Baglama – Nicky Skopelitis
Mastered By – Howie Weinberg
Ney – Jihad Racy
Oud – Simon Shaheen
Producer – Bill Laswell
Sampler, Programmed By [Beats, Loops] – Bill Laswell
Saxophone [Tenor, Soprano] – Wayne Shorter
Synthesizer – Jeff Bova , Nicky Skopelitis
Tabla – Trilok Gurtu , Zakir Hussain
Tambourine, Tambourine [Daff ] – Michael Baklouk
Violin – Simon Shaheen
Violin [Electric] – Shankar
Voice – Fahiem Dandan , Liu Sola , William S. Burroughs
Zither [Qanoun] – George Basil


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