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Studio Album, released in 2006

Songs / Tracks Listing

Disc 1 - The Public Execution Of Mister Personality (45:58)
1. Race Against Time (2:11)
2. 162 (4:37)
3. We Unearth the Lost Book of Mr. Personality, and Its Consequences (2:30)
4. Reddy 4 Luv (1:44)
5. The Quasi Day Room Ceremonial Quadrille (2:46)
6. Love Theme from All Clymtemnestra on the Western front (1:51)
7. Oye Comatose (6:55)
8. Litost (4:26)
9. Le Sacre D'Merde (2:59)
10. The Quasi Day Room Ceremonial Tango (1:29)
11. The Fairytale in Reverse (4:28)
12. Phoenix (4:25)
13. It Was Only a Dream (2:52)
Total Time 45:58

Disc 2 - Quasi Day Room: Live At The Moore Theatre (56:25)
1. Bean Dance (4:47)
2. The Cat Song (3:05)
3. Bur Di Lie Down So (6:27)
4. Jeanne-Marie (3:35)
5. Bug 2: The History of the United States of America (4:12)
6. Vermilion Hue Over Lake Lausanne (6:17)
7. Tick Fever (2:41)
8. Vang Vang (5:04)
9. Home (3:56)
10. The 5 (2:49)
11. Hamster Dance (4:23)
12. The Bug Show (4:29)
13. Cat 2: Siege on Hamburger City (4:41)

Total Time: 102:23

Line-up / Musicians

- Dave Willey / accordions, keyboards, guitar, bass, drums
- Jon Stubbs / trombone, bass (disc 1), keyboards, triangle
- Mark Harris / saxophones, clarinets, flutes, percussion, vocals
- Mike Johnson / guitars, mandolin, banjo, percussion
- Raoul Rossiter / drums, percussion, marimba
- Matt Spencer / bass (disc 1)
- Brian McDougall / bass (disc 2)
- Emily Bowman / viola (disc 1)

Releases information

Two discs - one Live, one Studio

Artwork: Raoul Rossiter

2xCD Cuneiform Records ‎- rune 226/227 (2006, US) Bonus disc recorded Live at the Moore Theatre, Progman Cometh Festival, August 2002, Seattle

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HAMSTER THEATRE The Public Execution Of Mr. Personality / Quasi Day Room ratings distribution

(22 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(27%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(45%)
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Review by Sean Trane
1 stars I'm glad they named the person they will publicly execute, because if not, I might have done them. Given that I hate hamsters (stupid rodents who exercise in their creaky wheels at night), the fact that this unit compose extremely obtuse ethnic Eastern- European circus-jazz, with unnecessary complex (and constant) time sig changes, these guys actually do absolutely nothing new, but they do it extremely well. But that is simply not enough for this writer as there are dozens of such albums coming out every year, nowadays.

Comprised of two different "albums", this release present a studio and a live disc, it is most likely impossible to play both disc consecutively unless being a circus junkie. And since I am not an accordion fan, HT is not likely to get much sympathy from me. The live and studio sound like a cross of "bal musette" music (something I simply abhor, and one of the most horrendous side of French culture) and more Eastern (Hungarian) Tzigan/gypsy jazz. While I have some respect for the guys from Thinking Plague, this HT music is nothing like their RIO, miles away. HT is not about jazz-rock, not about RIO (although there are some instants of related traces scattered here and there, but best classified in Avant-prog, where we (PA) fit that kind of group, but usually an important percentage of more meaningful ones.

Often sounding like early acoustic UZ (but second-rate, IMHO), with that irritating accordion (162), and sometimes without (Lost Book), the studio disc is more inspired than the horrendously dull and repetitititititititve live disc. The live disc's highlight is the wild Lake Lausane, but overall, while exemplarily executed, this type of music played live over two hours can only overdose you. And those Hamsters have irritated after a half-hour of it.

This type of album is not likely to increase Cuneiform's fortunes if you ask me, unless there are many fans for awkward, goofy, grotesque, obtuse and humourless music. Best avoided, but I think I am in a minority on this one.

Latest members reviews

4 stars the Public execution If I would've been asked to describe HT music with a culinarian example, as we reviewers used to do just few years ago, I would say that the most suitable food for that would be an Israeli salad (or Arabian/middle east one, choose your preferred option). I don't mean a Eu ... (read more)

Report this review (#1288413) | Posted by ShW1 | Monday, October 6, 2014 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Reddy For Luv - A Recipe 1. Hire a band from Cirque du Soliel 2. Fire them 3. Keep their instruments 4. Break half their instruments 5. Hire some much better musicians 6. Give them a lot of drinks 7. Put a really hard piece of music in front of them. 8. Record ... this is Hamster Theatr ... (read more)

Report this review (#83790) | Posted by WSGarside | Saturday, July 15, 2006 | Review Permanlink

5 stars IN PRAISE OF ROTTERS Intricate, restless, and on occasion quite funny, this combination of studio and live work ( from the severely under-attended 2002 Progman event in Seattle -- and yes, I was there ) presents some expert excursions in non-stop musical transformations. Moving from the excee ... (read more)

Report this review (#82569) | Posted by K. Leimer | Monday, July 3, 2006 | Review Permanlink

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