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Mustt Mustt

Mustt Mustt

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

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Credits

Real World Records
30 April 1991

Recorded and mixed at Real World Studios, England
Produced by Michael Brook, Engineered by David Bottrill, Assistant Engineer: Richard Blair
Mixed by Michael Brook and David Bottrill
Michael Brook appears courtesy of Opal Ltd.

Design and Art Direction by Malcolm Garrett @ Assorted Images
Series identity by Garry Mouat
Front cover: Detail from "Chant" by Russell Mills, 1990
Front cover photography: David Buckland
Back cover and inside photography: Sue Belk

All artwork copyright the respective creators. Used here without permission.

Tracks

  1. Mustt Mustt (Lost in His Work) (Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan) 5'15
    • Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan: vocals
      Robert Ahwai: guitar
      David Bottrill: djembe
      Michael Brook: guitar
      Darryl Johnson: bass
      Farrukh Fateh Ali Khan: harmonium, vocals
      James Pinker: djembe
  2. Nothing Without You (Tery Bina) (Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan) 5'04
    • Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan: vocals
      Robert Ahwai: guitar
      Michael Brook: guitar, bass
      Dildar Hussain: tablas
      Farrukh Fateh Ali Khan: harmonium, vocals
      James Pinker: hairy drum
  3. Tracery (Michael Brook) 4'48
    • Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan: vocals
      Robert Ahwai: guitar
      Michael Brook: guitar
      Guo Yue: flute
      Dildar Hussain: tablas
      Darryl Johnson: synthesizer
      Farrukh Fateh Ali Khan: harmonium, vocals
      James Pinker: gong bass
  4. The Game (Robert Ahwai, Michael Brook, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Darryl Johnson, James Pinker) 4'59
    • Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan: vocals
      Robert Ahwai: guitar
      Michael Brook: djembe, infinite guitar
      Peter Gabriel: drum program
      Darryl Johnson: Moog bass pedals, piano
      Farrukh Fateh Ali Khan: harmonium, vocals
      James Pinker: gong bass
  5. Taa Deem (Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan) 4'47
    • Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan: vocals
      Michael Brook: infinite guitar, surdu
      Darryl Johnson: Moog bass pedals, dejmbe
      Farrukh Ali Khan: harmonium, vocals
      James Pinker: djembe
  6. Sea of Vapours (Michael Brook) 3'55
    • Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan: vocals
      David Bottrill: synthesizer
      Michael Brook: infinite guitar, synthesizer
      Darryl Johnson: buzz bass
      Farrukh Ali Khan: harmonium, vocals
  7. Fault Lines (Michael Brook) 4'13
    • Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan: vocals
      Michael Brook: guitar
      Peter Gabriel: drum program
      Dildar Hussain: tablas
      Darryl Johnson: Moog bass pedals
      Farrukh Fateh Ali Khan: harmonium, vocals
      James Pinker: percussion
  8. Tana Dery Na (Michael Brook, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan) 4'23
    • Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan: vocals
      David Bottrill: surdu, Michael Brook: guitar, percussion, synthesizer
      Dildar Hussain: tablas
      Farrukh Fateh Ali Khan: harmonium, vocals
  9. Shadow (Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan) 3'04
    • Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan: vocals
      David Bottrill: digital edit on the Real World tablet
      Farrukh Fateh Ali Khan: harmonium, vocals
  10. Avenue (Michael Brook) 4'51
    • Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan: vocals
      Robert Ahwai: guitar
      Michael Brook: infinite guitar
      Dildar Hussain: tablas
      Darryl Johnson: clay drums
      Farrukh Fateh Ali Khan: harmonium, vocals
      James Pinker: djembe
  11. Mustt Mustt (Massive Attack remix) (Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan) 4'24
    • Massive Attack: remix

Notes

Read the liner notes by Helen M. Jerome.

A review by Colin Glassey
(reprinted with permission from Colin Glassey's Home Page)

This record is credited to Nustrat, though in looking carefully at the song credits you can tell the music here owes more to Michael Brook than it does to Nusrat. That said, I like this record a great deal. It is quite interesting, an experiment in cross-musical fertilization that worked.

For those who don't know, Nusrat Fatah Ali Khan was one of the world's greatest vocalists, coming from the Pakistani-Sufi-Moslem tradition of sacred, devotional signing. Until Peter Gabrial discovered Nusrat in the early 80's, I had no idea this music and tradition even existed. Even though I am not a Moslem, I don't understand the lyrics, and I find the music repetitive, there is a real, undeniable power in Nusrat's signing. It is said that some listeners become so entraced by the Nusrat's signing that they throw money at the stage. I can easily understand becoming hooked into the music, my great regret is that I never saw Nusrat in concert.

This record marries Nusrat's singing, as a abstract sound, and Michael Brook adds his own shimmering, 1990's electric guitar to mix. Adding cool melody and subtle texture to the very different feeling sounds created by Nusrat's voice.

Track notes

• Remixes of "Taa Deem," "Shadow," "Tracery," and "Nothing Without You / Tery Bina" appear on Star Rise.

Images

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