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Desire of the Rhino King

Adrian Belew

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Album Review

Desire of the Rhino King is a compilation of songs from Belew's three albums, Lone Rhino, Twang Bar King, and Desire Caught By the Tail. This generous, 20-track album epitomizes Adrian Belew in all his avant garde glory, complete with information about all three albums written by Belew himself. A good feel for his experimental guitar playing, his work with feedback, and his use of tape loops all converge on this album, creating an excellent overview of this talented artist. Belew's guitar work is at its best on "Big Electric Cat" and "Hot Sun." He shows that he can be compassionate on "The Man in the Moon," a song about the death of his father. The first eight tracks from Lone Rhino include abrupt sax playing from Bill Janssen and numerous other effects, adding to the brightness. Tracks nine to 16 are from Twang Bar King and are the leanest part of the album, since Belew seems to go off on a rip-roaring tangent and the looseness causes the tunes to slightly unravel. The last five tracks are taken from Desire Caught By the Tail, and this is where Belew glistens. Inspired by Pablo Picasso, he paints his music on an invisible canvas creating some unique and imaginative sounds. A great cross section of Adrian Belew is experienced on this album, and is digitally remastered as well.

Customer Reviews

Not for everyone - - just for those who listen to it

From AB's liner notes: "'Desire' is not for everyone..." If you are a fan of Belew's guitar genius then you won't need a review to make you want to listen. Otherwise, you may find the first listen difficult at best, but these songs really are gems that become more valuable with each listen. Listen to "The Rail Song" and you will find yourself gripped with the urge to hop on a freight train. Most of these songs will have a similar power. Keep in mind that this is a compilation of three solo albums in one. It's an essential album.

belew at his best

Was so excited this was on I tunes. Had the Lone Rhino album in the 80's until it walked away. This is great because it includes other tracks as well. It's really difficult to find belew's or King Crimson's music because it is so "obscure." Not to those of us who listened to alternative and musically aestheic music instead of pop. Now on to search for Lori Anderson and some good Kate Bush.


Great but I want King Crimson.


Born: December 23, 1949 in Covington, KY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Although Adrian Belew has played with some of rock's biggest names over the years (Frank Zappa, David Bowie, the Talking Heads, King Crimson, etc.), he remains one of the most underrated and woefully overlooked guitarists of recent times. Like all great guitarists, Belew has his own recognizable style/sound (one that admittedly tends to be quirky and off-the-wall at times), and is an incredibly versatile player, as he's always found a way to make his signature style fit into a wide variety of musical...
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