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ZYGOTE

Zygote


In one sense, it is fair to ask why John Popper needed to make a solo album while Blues Traveler was still active, and still one of the more popular touring bands in America. The answer is Zygote itself. Popper is undeniably a strong presence in Blues Traveler, contributing not only the lead vocals, but co-writing songs and often putting his considerable harmonica prowess at center stage. Still, Blues Traveler is a genuine band, with each member providing specific individual contributions to the overall sound. Popper's debut album, Zygote, is clearly a solo album, emphasizing everything that he contributes to the band -- his supple singing, elongated phrasing, affection for blues-rock, and astounding harmonica playing. That said, it also has the excesses of a solo record -- studio chatter, instrumental indulgences, songs that sound a little too similar to each other -- but it has a different character than a Blues Traveler record: it's laid-back and song-oriented, and it often seems introspective. Popper's lyrics wind around themselves so much it's hard to tell if they're actually introspective, but in this case, the appearance counts for more than the reality, since the feeling is more important than the details. And that feeling on Zygote is warm and mellow, helping distinguish it as a Popper album, not a Traveler side-project. True, it's unlikely to win fans outside of the group's hardcore following -- there are catchy songs here, but few outright pop songs on the level of "Run Around" -- but it does make a case that Popper is a worthwhile solo artist in his own right. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

  • Condition: Used - Good
    HPB condition ratings
    • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
    • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
    • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
    • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
    • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
    • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
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  • Format: Compact Disc
  • Sold by: HPB Flagship
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  • Label: A&M (USA)
  • UPC: 606949040826


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Track listings

  • 1. Miserable Bastard
  • 2. Once You Wake Up
  • 3. Growing In Dirt
  • 4. Tip The Domino
  • 5. His Own Ideas
  • 6. Home
  • 7. Love For Free
  • 8. How About Now
  • 9. Evil In My Chair
  • 10. Lunatic
  • 11. Open Letter
  • 12. Fledgling
 
HPB condition ratings
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  • Very Good (VG): Shows some signs of wear and is no longer fresh. Attractive. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Good (G): Average used book with all pages present. Possible loose bindings, highlighting, cocked spine or torn dust jackets. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Fair (FR): Obviously well-worn, but no text pages missing. May be without endpapers or title page. Markings do not interfere with readability. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Poor (P): All text is legible but may be soiled and have binding defects. Reading copies and binding copies fall into this category. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
  • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
  • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
  • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
  • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: This movie is unopened and brand new.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): Near new. No defects, little sign of use. Plays perfectly. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. No skipping; no fuzzy or snowy frames in VHS.
  • Very Good (VG): Attractive and well cared for but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, but will play almost perfectly. For VHS: barely detectable distortion or very few fuzzy or snowy frames.
  • Good (G): This item is in okay condition and basically works well. There may be some minor distortion on VHS tape; slight scratching or wear on DVD.
  • Fair (FR): Basically plays, but may be obviously well-worn with some scratching or tape distortion.
  • Poor (P): Disc or tape is intact, but may be scratched or stretched. There may be skips or distortion or product defects.
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