Astronauts & Heretics

Astronauts & Heretics

by Thomas Dolby


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A greatly matured Thomas Dolby highlights his melodic tendencies on Astronauts & Heretics. Containing more personal moments enhanced by his love for technology, such tracks as "Cruel," which features a stunning Eddi Reader, and "Eastern Bloc (the sequel)" help listeners connect with bits of the past forwarded into the future. "Eastern Bloc (the sequel)" even takes its rhythmic sense from the old Johnny Otis tune, "Willie and the Hand Jive," before it comes into its own. "Silk Pajamas" has a unique pastiche of sound to it and also a very memorable tune to go along. While nothing here appeared to catch fire with the public at the time, Astronauts & Heretics is still a fine testament to Dolby's continuing maturity. Time sometimes must catch up to foresighted performers. Astronauts & Heretics is just such a case.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/26/2006
Label: Collectables
UPC: 0090431676226
catalogNumber: 6762
Rank: 153438

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Thomas Dolby   Primary Artist,Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Rhythm Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Michael Doucet   Fiddle,Background Vocals,Cajun Fiddle
Wayne Toups   Background Vocals,Cajun Accordion
Ofra Haza   Vocals
Jerry Garcia   Guitar
Bob Weir   Rhythm Guitar
Jimmy Z.   Saxophone
Loz Netto   Background Vocals
Jimmy Breaux   Accordion,Cajun Accordion
Eddi Reader   Vocals,Track Performer
Jill Colucci   Background Vocals
Laura Creamer   Background Vocals
Terry Jackson   Bass
Mike Kapitan   Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Jon Klein   Guitar
John E. Love   Guitar
Pits   Background Vocals
David Owens   Drums
Rafael Padilla   Percussion
Tommy Gutman Sanchez   Guitar
Matthew Seligman   Bass,Fretless Bass Guitar
Tharp   Banjo,Background Vocals
Larry Treadwell   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Slide Guitar
Eddie Van Halen   Guitar
Mark Wallis   Background Vocals
Teresita Alsander   Background Vocals
Suzanne Malline   Background Vocals
Cynthia Moliere   Background Vocals
Jon E. Love   Guitar
Leland Sklar   Bass
Budgie   Drums

Technical Credits

Michael Doucet   Contributor
Thomas Dolby   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Elaine Anderson   Engineer
Jay Baumgardner   Engineer
Mary Coller   Producer,Executive Producer
John Cutler   Engineer
Chuck Fedko   Engineer
Paul Gommersall   Engineer
Steve Himelfarb   Engineer
Mike Kapitan   Programming
Greg Marchant   Engineer
Doug Michael   Engineer
Pits   Contributor
Charles Paakkari   Engineer
Robert Read   Engineer
Phil Reynolds   Engineer
Squeak Stone   Engineer
Tharp   Contributor
Larry Vigon   Art Direction
Paul Gomarsall   Engineer

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