The fourth Savage Republic studio album - VOTED ROLLING STONE TOP 100 ALBUMS OF 1990!!
Jamahiriya LP, plus instrumental bonus tracks. Includes "Spice Fields" and "Tabula Rasa". Limited Edition (second re-printing 2005). Packaged in a new fold over CD cover designed by Bruce Licher and hand letter-pressed at Independent Project Press with additional graphical inserts.
Since Savage Republic dissolved in the late '80s, most of its members went onto other projects, with Bruce Licher and Robert Loveless forming Scenic, Ethan Port working with Scot Jenerik in F-Space, and Thom Fuhrmann founding the amazing but short-lived Autumn Fair. "Jamahiriya Democratique" is Savage Republic's fourth album, exhibiting many of the traits that would later be so pronounced in these various post-breakup projects (especially Scenic). There is much less emphasis upon Savage Republic's trademarked junkyard / punk-as-fuck percussion, but they continue in their post-punk translations of Greek / Arabic motifs, with more of a production polish (which runs close to the dreamy sound of Bill Laswell's neo-prog professionalism). Vocals, absent on "Ceremonial", make a few returns, but aren't terribly annoying and are also offset by a couple of instrumental versions (i.e. "Viva La Rock 'n' Roll" which may be Savage Republic's best song, does much better as an instrumental track). Certainly, those of you who love Scenic's big sky expansiveness and Godspeed You Black Emperor!-esque guitar crescendos should check out the "Jamahiriya Democratique."