In Search of The

In Search of The is a set of thirteen albums by Buckethead, released on February 21, 2007. Each was initially personally numbered and monogrammed by Buckethead himself. No two sets were the same, as the covers were hand-drawn and unique from one another. It is considered a special release, making it the first of Buckethead's albums to be referred to as such.

In Search of The
Box set by
ReleasedFebruary 21, 2007
GenreJazz fusion, ambient, progressive rock, experimental, funk rock, improvisational, electronic rock, dark ambient
LengthI: 44:19
N: 44:49
S: 43:27
E: 42:30
A: 42:27
R: 45:00
C: 41:13
H: 41:37
O: 42:39
F: 42:31
T: 42:29
H: 49:44
E: 45:01
Total: 9:27:37
LabelTDRS Music
Buckethead chronology
Crime Slunk Scene
In Search of The
Pepper's Ghost

According to Travis Dickerson, Buckethead's longtime producer:[1][2]

The original project started as an even more ambitious project than the one released. Dickerson explained that the project consisted of a series of 13-CD box sets that when completed and stacked would spell out the phrase "In Search of the Disembodied Sounds". However, due to the popular demand of this section of the project, the original idea was scrapped, as it became an exhausting endeavor to cover the demand for this box set.[3] The original box set could be purchased as either a box set or separately.[4] There are a total of 92 songs in the set ranging in length from 0:33 to 19:45, not including "Vol. 13: E" which is one unbroken 45-minute track.

Buckethead drew the covers on each set of In Search of The until he reached the 1000th copy.[3][5] However, mistakes were made in the numbering, and whole stretches of numbers were skipped during the production of the personalized edition of the box set. Dickerson estimates that the actual number of box sets produced might be around 800 copies with the final number written being 1000.[3] All further copies available are no longer hand-made and feature the same artwork from set to set.[6]

Track listing

Vol. 1: I
1."Track 1"0:54
2."Track 2"14:51
3."Track 3"2:58
4."Track 4"2:31
5."Track 5"0:41
6."Track 6"15:02
7."Track 7"1:44
8."Track 8"5:33
Total length:44:19
Vol. 2: N
1."Track 1"1:26
2."Track 2"10:49
3."Track 3"2:58
4."Track 4"2:09
5."Track 5"15:49
6."Track 6"3:18
7."Track 7"6:04
8."Track 8"2:16
Total length:44:49
Vol. 3: S
1."Track 1"14:51
2."Track 2"2:16
3."Track 3"3:48
4."Track 4"7:32
5."Track 5"4:24
6."Track 6"10:31
Total length:43:37
Vol. 4: E
1."Track 1"3:20
2."Track 2"7:07
3."Track 3"9:02
4."Track 4"3:29
5."Track 5"5:21
6."Track 6"3:29
7."Track 7"3:58
8."Track 8"6:39
Total length:42:30
Vol. 5: A
1."Track 1"10:35
2."Track 2"1:14
3."Track 3"4:48
4."Track 4"10:11
5."Track 5"5:00
6."Track 6"1:40
7."Track 7"1:58
8."Track 8"2:54
9."Track 9"4:03
Total length:42:27
Vol. 6: R
1."Track 1"19:45
2."Track 2"3:42
3."Track 3"4:30
4."Track 4"1:11
5."Track 5"15:46
Total length:45:00
Vol. 7: C
1."Track 1"2:58
2."Track 2"16:40
3."Track 3"4:14
4."Track 4"4:20
5."Track 5"1:52
6."Track 6"11:03
Total length:41:13
Vol. 8: H
1."Track 1"10:20
2."Track 2"2:26
3."Track 3"5:27
4."Track 4"9:55
5."Track 5"2:30
6."Track 6"0:33
7."Track 7"3:32
8."Track 8"4:36
9."Track 9"2:14
Total length:41:37
Vol. 9: O
1."Track 1"9:23
2."Track 2"4:23
3."Track 3"5:18
4."Track 4"16:52
5."Track 5"6:37
Total length:42:39
Vol. 10: F
1."Track 1"5:13
2."Track 2"9:35
3."Track 3"6:45
4."Track 4"1:13
5."Track 5"6:45
6."Track 6"3:36
7."Track 7"7:13
8."Track 8"2:07
Total length:42:31
Vol. 11: T
1."Track 1"2:56
2."Track 2"4:21
3."Track 3"1:10
4."Track 4"4:04
5."Track 5"6:10
6."Track 6"3:14
7."Track 7"3:24
8."Track 8"3:50
9."Track 9"4:05
10."Track 10"4:25
11."Track 11"4:46
Total length:42:29
Vol. 12: H
1."Track 1"3:12
2."Track 2"10:48
3."Track 3"2:15
4."Track 4"10:16
5."Track 5"2:57
6."Track 6"3:33
7."Track 7"1:19
8."Track 8"15:19
Total length:49:44
Vol. 13: E
1."Track 1"45:01
Total length:45:01


  • "Vol. 2, Track 1" samples the drumbeat from They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa! by Napoleon XIV.
  • "Vol. 2, Track 8" is identical to "Vol. 3, Track 2".
  • "Vol. 4, Track 4" contains an extended background beatbox session, possibly by Buckethead.
  • "Vol. 6, Track 1" (the second longest song in the boxset) is one impromptu guitar solo played over a continuous drum pattern.
  • "Vol. 7, Track 5" ends in 10 seconds of silence, possibly indicating that "Vol. 7, Track 6" is meant to be a hidden track.
  • "Vol. 10, Track 7" ends at 1:41, followed by an extremely low hum that is only heard when the volume is turned up. This remains until the end of the song.
  • "Vol. 11, Track 4" begins with a 1 minute, 25 second piano looping followed by guitar and drum work.
  • "Vol. 13, Track 1" is a single unbroken track and is Buckethead's single longest song. It has a 0:30 drum intro (laced with a bit of guitar buzzing) followed by a short pause, then the drumbeat from They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa! is sampled and plays for the entire remainder of the track. Atop this are typical Buckethead guitar solos incorporating pinch harmonics, distorted low notes and fast pick movements. At 26:52, with the drum beat still playing, the song changes to a more pleasant and less complex tone, reminiscent of Buckethead's earlier song "I Love My Parents". Then, without warning, the song pulls straight back into frenetic soloing at 28:58.
  • Vols. 4, 10 & 11 are the only albums in the set not to contain a song longer than ten minutes. However, Vols. 4 & 10 both contain tracks between nine and ten minutes. Vol. 11's longest track length is just 6:10. This would also explain the fact that, at eleven tracks, Vol. 11 has more tracks than any of the other albums. It is also the only volume in the set to have a double digit track amount.



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  2. "Guns N' Roses man to release 13 new albums | News". Nme.Com. 2007-02-20. Retrieved 2011-11-11.
  3. "Travis Dickerson on number of limited editions". Retrieved 2014-09-15.
  4. "Ex-GUNS N' ROSES Guitarist BUCKETHEAD To Release 13 New Albums - Feb. 20, 2007". Archived from the original on 2008-06-24. Retrieved 2011-11-11.
  5. "Travis Dickerson on limited editions". Retrieved 2011-11-11.
  6. "In Search Of The". Retrieved 2011-11-11.
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