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Boxset/Compilation, released in 1995

Songs / Tracks Listing

DISC 1
1.The True Wheelbase / Coco Boudakian - Forever Einstein (Original versions are on Birdsongs of Mesozoic - Faultline) (1:35)
2. Hobart Got Burned - Kit Watkins/Coco Roussel (Original version are on The Muffins - Manna Mirage) (4:04)
3. Onde Crepusculaire - Doctor Zero (Originally composed by Guy Segers for Univers Zero but never recorded) (6:34)
4.Ubik - Peter Frohmader (Original version on Richard Pinhas - D.W.W) (4:59)
5. Enfield In Summer - Piero Milesi (Original version on David Borden - Place, Times & People) (9:41)
6. Transsiberien - Philarmonie (Original version on Miriodor - 3rd Warning) (5:51)
7. Unna - Hugh Hopper (original version on Doctor Nerve - Armed Observation / Out to Bomb Fresh Kings) (2:41)
8. A Moral Dilemma For Our Times - Birdsongs of the Mesozoic (Original version on Forever Einstein - Artificial Horizon) (4:04)
9. Promenade Sous Zero - Miriodor (Medley of Promenade au fond d'un Canal by Present; Combat and Heatwave by Univers Zero) (7:04)
10. Meccano Pelorus - Phil Miller (Original version on Hugh Hopper Band - Meccano Pelorus) (4:47)
11. The March (Or Ornette Went To Cecil's House But Left After About 10 Minutes) - Henry Kaiser & Friends (Original version on Curlew - Bee) (9:22)

DISC 2
1.Bulgarian Flying Spirit Dances - Happy Family (Original version on Daniel Denis - Les Eaux Troubles) (6:16)
2. Dedicated To K.C. - Djam Karet (Original version on Univers Zero - 1313) (8:40)
3. Pain Waits Till 5pm - Present C.O.D. Performance (original version on Doctro Nerve - Beta 14) (6:11)
4. They Walk Among Us - Richard Pinhas/John Livengood (Original version on Birdsongs of the Mesozoic - Faultline) (2:39)
5.Miniluv - David Borden (original versión on Hugo HOpper Band - Meccano Pelorus) (5:35)
6. Three Curiously Insubstantial Duets, No. III - Volapuk (Original version on Doctor Nerve - Armed Observation / Out to Bomb Fresh Kings) (2:39)
7. Summer Walk - Rattlemouth (Original version on Virgil Moorefield - Distractions on the Way to the King's Party) (3:56)
8. Piege - PFS (Original version on Miriodor - Miriodor) (3:45)
9. Complainte - George Cartwright (Original version on Univers Zero - 1313) (4:12)
10. Carousel, Dedicated to Hugh - U Totem (Original version on Hugh Hopper Band - Carousel) (2:31)
11. Get Moose and Squirrel - Virgil Moorefield (Original version on Henry Kaiser - Lemon Fish Tweezer) (2:47)
12. She Wears Her Dead Mother's Hat - The Muffins (Original version on FOrver Einstein - Opportunity Crosses the Bridge) (3:46)
13. Scene Of The Madmen - Forrest Fang (Original version on Piero Milesi - The Nuclear Observatory of Mr. Nanof) (6:55)
14. Dyed - C.W. Vrtacek (Specially composed for this album) (3:15)

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Line-up / Musicians

The Musicians
Birdsongs of the Mesozoic:
- Michael Bierylo / guitar, percussions
- Ken Field / saxophone, percussions
- Erik Lindgren / piano, drum machine
- Rick Scott / synthesizer, percussion

David Borden:
- David Borden / keyboards, synthesizers
- Gabriel Borden / guitar

George Cartwright:
- George Cartwright / tenor saxophone
- Jim Duckworth / guitar
- Bruce Golden / drums
- Al Gamble / organ
- Jim Spake / baritone saxophone

Djam Karet:
- Chuck Oken Jr. / drums
- Henry Osborne / guitar, bass
- Gayle Ellett / guitar, organ, synthesizer, sampler

Doctor Zero (Doctro Nerve + Universe Zero):
- Jean-Pierre Cathoul / violin
- Don Davis / tenor saxophone
- Nick Didkovsky / guitar
- Yves Duboin / flute
- Paulette Duhaut / voice
- Steve Gore / drums
- Andy Kirk / noises and influences
- Jan Kuijken / cello
- Guy Segers / bass, voice
- Marc Wagnon / piano

- Forrest Fang / sampler, mandolins, synthesizer

Forever Einstein:
- C.W. Vrtacek / guitar
- Marc Sichel / bass
- John Roulat / drums

- Peter Frohmader / synthesizer, samplers, guitar

Happy Family:
- Kenichi Morimoto / keyboards
- Shigeru Makino / guitar
- Tatsuya Miyano / bass
- Keiichi Nagarse / drums, percussions

- Hugh Hopper / Cubase

Henry Kaiser and Friendo:
- Henry Kaiser / guitar
- Greg Goodman / piano
- John Oswald / alto saxophone
- Jim O`Rourke / guitar
- Bobby Vega / bass
- John Hanes / drums

- Piero Milesi / keyboards, bells, accordion

- Phil Miller / guitar, computing, sequencing

Miriodor:
- Bernard Falaise / guitar
- Pascal Globernsky / keyboards
- Sabin Hudon / saxophone, accordion
- Remi Leclerc / percussion

Virgil Moorefield:
- Pam Fleming / trumpet
- George Hoyt / trombone
- Barbara Cifelli / alto saxophone
- Tim Otto / tenor saxophone
- Evans Wohlforth / guitar
- Steven Antonelli / guitar
- Ellen Watkins / guitar
- Joel Shelton / bass
- Virgil Moorefield / drums

The Muffins:
- David Newhouse / keyboards, flute
- Tom Scott / alto saxophone, flute, clarinet
- Billy Swann / bass
- Paul Sears / drums

PFS:
- Scott Brazieal / piano
- Herbert Diamant / saxophone
- Gary Parra / drums

Philarmonie:
- Frédéric L'Epée / guitar
- Laurent Chalef / guitar
- Bernard Ros / guitar

- Richard Pinhas / synthesizers, guitars
- John LIvengood / synthesizers, processing

Present C.O.D. Performance:
- Roger Trigaux / guitar, voice, percussion
- Reginald Trigaux / guitar, voice, percussion

Rattlemouth:
- Danny Finney / saxophone
- Rebby Sharp / guitar
- Tom Brickman / bass
- Robbie Kinter / drums

U Totem:
- Sanjay Kumar / keyboards
- David Kerman / percussion
- Eric Johnson-Tamai / bassoon
- Emily Hay / flute, voice
- James Grigsby / bass, guitar

Volapuk:
- Michael Mandel / bass clarinet
- Guillaume Saurel / cello
- Guigou Chenevier / machines, percussion

- Kit Watkins / guitar, keyboards
- Coco Roussel / drums, percussions

Releases information

Following an original idea proposed by Charlie W. Vrtacek to the producer Steven Feigenbaum, Cuneiform Records put together 25 artists who cover the compositions of other Cuneiform bands. Essential for any Canterbury RIO fans and an excellent overview of what this band are doing. Most of the tracks are unreleased elsewhere, except Volapuk's rendition of Nick Didkovsky's "Three Curiously Insubstantial Duets No. 3" would later appear on their CD "Slang!", along with No. 1 and 2.
"Unsettled Scores" is not a compilation album or a label sampler but almost every song were released before. The value of this 2 set CD is that every band plays the songs of another band which also appear on the CD. Ex-Soft Machine Hugh Hopper, Richard Pinhas, Doctor Nerve, and Univers Zero all get tribute to the important place they hold in Cuneiform's catalogue.

Cuneiform Records, Rune 75/76

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4 stars Chuck Vrtacek from FOREVER EINSTEIN half kiddingly told Steve F of Cuneiform records that he should put out an album of Cuneiform artists covering other Cuneiform artist's songs. Steve thought that it sounded like a fun idea and since Chuck came up with the idea his band did the first cover in August of 1991. Well four years and two hours of material later Steve had himself a recording. Besides the music on here being excellent and for the most part very adventerous this is a great way to check out some bands you may not have heard yet.There were many bands on this double album that I wasn't familiar with.There are some killer tracks on here, especially on the second disc.

FOREVER EINSTEIN does a short cover of two BIRDSONGS OF THE MESOZOIC. A heavy bass driven medley. Next up is Kit Watkins and Coco Roussel who both were part of HAPPY THE MAN's "Better Late..." album. Coco has also drummed for HELDON while Kit was in CAMEL for a while. Anyway they cover one of THE MUFFIN's tunes and it's one of the highlights of disc one. DOCTOR ZERO is my second favourite from disc one. It was written by Guy Segers for UNIVERS ZERO but never recorded. UNIVERS ZERO recorded it for this project then DOCTOR NERVE finished it off, hence the band name of DOCTOR ZERO.This is dark with violin playing over top. Love the drumming after a minute. Piano to the fore after 2 minutes. A change after 4 minutes where the boys from America do their part.This is intense then we get a dark calm late.

Peter Frohmader does a Richard Pinhas cover.This is about electronics and it sounds cool. Piero Milesi is next with a David Borden cover and it's the longest track at 9 1/2 minutes. It's spacey with samples early with these mediteranean sounds along with bells and accordion. Good track. PHILARMONIE does a MIRIODOR cover and they do it with intricate guitars in that Fripp style. Pleasant.

Hugh Hopper does a DOCTOR NERVE cover, in fact it was through this cover that they got together and eventually put this project together called BONE. Hugh uses his computer to generate sounds for this one. BIRDSONG OF THE MESOZOIC does a FOREVER EINSTEIN cover with heavy drums, piano and guitar standing out early. Sax stands out late. MIRIODOR does my favourite cover of disc one doing a medly of UNIVERS ZERO and PRESENT.This is dark with piano and eerie sounds. It kicks in around 2 minutes with horns and drums.Intense after 4 minutes and a great sound before 5 minutes.

Next up is Phil Miller who like Hugh uses his computer here although he does add guitar as he covers a Hopper tune. Henry Kaiser & Friends is the most out there track with tons of dissonance.

Disc two begins with the HAPPY FAMILY and they put on a show with their heavy bass / drum sound on this Daniel Denis cover. DJAM KARET does a Richard Pinhas track in their usual professional manner. PRESENT covers a DOCTOR NERVE tune in an intense way.This is nasty including the vocal expressions. Some angular guitar late. Great track !

Richard Pinhas / John Livengood lay down a heavy rhythm as the guitar rips it up in this BIRDSONG OF THE MESOZOIC cover. David Borden does a Hugh Hopper track live. I like this a lot. VOLAPUK sounds like themselves with the intricate songs coming and going. Another DOCTOR NERVE cover. RATTLEMOUTH does a Virgil Moorefild tune. PFS sounds great doing MIRIODOR. Some dissonant horns late.

George Cartwright does one of my favourites, especially the second half of this UNIVERS ZERO tune from "1313". U TOTEM with Emily Hay does a Hugh Hopper number. Virgil Moorefeld does a Henry Kaiser song with aggressive outbursts that come and go. THE MUFFINS are amazing as usual as they do FOREVER EINSTEIN.

FORREST FANG surprised me with their sound doing a Piero Milesi tune.The atmosphere and spacey sounds are excellent. C.W. Vrtachek from FOREVER EINSTEIN does a George Cartwright song beautifully. Acoustic guitar, keys and atmosphere. Love the sound here.The sounds of birds and water ends it.

This was simply a pleasure to listen to and i've got some new bands to check out because of it. A solid 4 stars.

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4 stars Ok, another compilation but this one have some really great stuff. Chuck Vrtacek has the idea to make a compilation with the most important artists/bands who works in Cuneiform Records (you know, almost pure RIO, Canterbury, weird fusion and avant garde). A producer took the idea and made it ... (read more)

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