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The Muffins Loveletter #2 - The Ra Sessions album cover
2.35 | 7 ratings | 1 reviews | 43% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2005

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. In This World (4:40)
2. Happy Now? (6:38)
3. Monsta (2:41)
4. Chickenhead (11:14)
5. Dog Park (5:06)
6. Smooth Joe (2:54)
7. Dr. Mid-Nite (5:34)

Total Time: 38:06

Line-up / Musicians

- Dave Newhouse / organ, grand piano, soprano, baritone & tenor saxes, bass clarinet, percussion
- Tom Scott / flute, soprano & alto saxophones, clarinet, percussion, co-producer
- Billy Swan / bass, guitar, percussion
- Paul Sears / drums, guitar, trombone, percussion

- Knoel Scott / alto saxophone
- Marshall Allen / alto saxophone

Releases information

Improvisations with two of The Sun Ra Arkestra members during "Double Negative" sessions

Artwork: Chester Hawkins

CD Hobart Films & Records ‎- HOB002 (2005, US)

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THE MUFFINS Loveletter #2 - The Ra Sessions ratings distribution

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(43%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(14%)
Good, but non-essential (0%)
Collectors/fans only (14%)
Poor. Only for completionists (29%)

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Review by Slartibartfast
COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator / In Memoriam
2 stars Loveletter #2 is supposed to be a companion disk for Double Negative according to the liner notes. More of a companion disk to the 1980's release <185>. Frith's involvement with the Muffins in 1980 was what drew me to check out these guys. That musical intersection produced some of the more dissonant material that I've heard from both artists.

This isn't straight up Muffins but a session with Marshall Allen and Knoel Scott, from the Sun Ra Arkestra, doing improvisation.

The Muffins catalog so far is brief and I don't find this to be one of their more shining moments. Let's face it, this is difficult listening music. Not actually bad, but not likely to have broad appeal for the average progressive music fan. I'll have to recommend to try before you buy, if you can. But, if you trust the artists involved and want to try something a little weird and off the beaten path, a little improv can be fun. Just brace yourself for having a lot of horn blowing at you.

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