Safety in Numbers

Safety in Numbers

by Umphrey's McGee


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When "jam bands" began to infiltrate the music scene in the '90s, it seemed like fans were content to hear bands jamming away for hours on end -- à la a Grateful Dead show. But later in the decade, these Dead offspring began to branch out into other musical styles -- even going so far as to streamline their compositions to start resembling actual songs. A good example of this is the third studio album overall by Umphrey's McGee, Safety in Numbers. With more than half of the album's compositions not exceeding the five-minute mark (something that was virtually unheard of "back in the good old days" of jam bands), Safety in Numbers covers an impressive amount of musical ground. And you've got to love a band that invites Huey Lewis to lend his harmonica skills to the tracks "End of the Road" and "Women, Wine and Song" (the latter of which sees Lewis lend a hand in the vocal department, as well). Additional standouts abound -- including the speedy album opener "Believe the Lie" and the tough riff rocker "Nemo." There is a new dawn for jam bands in the early 21st century, and Umphrey's McGee is definitely helping to usher it in.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/04/2006
Label: Sci Fidelity Records
UPC: 0662102103227
catalogNumber: 1032

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Umphrey's McGee   Primary Artist
Joshua Redman   Saxophone
Huey Lewis   Harmonica,Vocals
Brendan Bayliss   Group Member
Joel Cummins   Group Member
Ryan Stasik   Group Member
Andy Farag   Group Member
Jake Cinninger   Group Member
Kris Myers   Group Member
Chris Hoffman   Cello
Chris Hoffman   Cello

Technical Credits

Joel Jaffe   Engineer
Jon Altschiller   Engineer
Peter Curzon   Graphic Design
Darrell Lance Abbott   Illustrations
Umphrey's McGee   Audio Production
Christopher Hoffman   Engineer
Kevin Browning   Producer,Engineer,Live Sound

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Safety in Numbers 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
umphreys mcgee still manages to give out that original/individual chill out jam band vibe. But when safety in numbers comes along they go from hard mixy rockers to a little more mellow slow sound. But at the same time with still the same interesting complexity that gives them that unique interesting style