Highball with the Devil

Highball with the Devil is a studio album by Les Claypool and the Holy Mackerel, released in 1996. "Les Claypool and the Holy Mackerel" is Claypool's first solo effort. In addition to his usual bass guitar and vocals, he also plays most of the drums and some guitar. He also self produced and engineered the album at his own studio, "Rancho Relaxo". Credited musicians include Charlie Hunter on guitar for "Me and Chuck;" Marc "Mirv" Haggard on guitar on songs such as "El Sobrante Fortnight" and "Hendershot," as well as on the saw for "Precipitation"; Adam "Bob Cock" Gates on vocal; Jay Lane on drums; and Henry Rollins narrating "Delicate Tendrils."[2]

Highball with the Devil
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Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 27, 1996
Recorded1996 at Rancho Relaxo
Length47:05
LabelInterscope, Prawn Song
ProducerLes Claypool
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic2.5/5 stars[1]

The touring band for the album were Claypool, Marc "Mirv" Haggard, Adam Gates, and Bryan "Brain" Mantia. "Brain" Mantia was then a new member of Primus.

Track listingEdit

All songs by Les Claypool unless otherwise noted.

  1. "Running the Gauntlet" - 1:35
  2. "Holy Mackerel" - 3:48
  3. "Highball with the Devil" - 3:58
  4. "Hendershot" - 2:22
  5. "Calling Kyle" - 3:54
  6. "Rancor" - 1:16 (Les Claypool, Andrew Herod)
  7. "Cohibas Esplenditos" - 3:10
  8. "Delicate Tendrils" - 4:59
  9. "The Awakening" (The Reddings cover) - 3:32
  10. "Precipitation" - 3:53
  11. "George E. Porge" - 2:29
  12. "El Sobrante Fortnight" - 3:35
  13. "Granny's Little Yard Gnome" - 3:00
  14. "Me and Chuck" - 2:59
  15. "Carolina Rig" - 3:00

Chart performanceEdit

Chart Provider(s) Peak
position
Certification Sales/
shipments
Billboard 200 (U.S.)[3] Billboard 182 Not certified N/A

CreditsEdit

  • Les Claypool - guitar (1, 3, 7, 8, 13), bass (all), drums (1, 3-6, 8, 10-13, 15), vocals (1-7, 10-13), string bass (arco) (5, 10, 15), rhythm guitar (11), producer, engineer, cover art
  • Joe Gore - guitar (2, 11)
  • Mark "Mirv" Haggard - guitar solo (2), guitars (4, 6, 12), electric-bowed backsaw (7)
  • Jay Lane - drums (2, 7, 9, 14)
  • Adam Gates - additional vocals (3), vocals (10)
  • Henry Rollins - narration (8)
  • Charlie Hunter - guitar (14)
  • Tim Soya - assistant engineer
  • Matt Murman - mastering
  • Jill Rose - project coordinator

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