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The Muffins

Canterbury Scene

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3.53 | 13 ratings | 3 reviews | 0% 5 stars

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Boxset/Compilation, released in 1985

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Queenside (5:19)
2. Hobart Got Burned (2:40)
3. Horsebones (2:40)
4. Antidote to Drydock (5:06)
5. Zoom Resume (1:28)
6. Boxed & Crossed (5:38)
7. Under Dali's Wing (3:17)
8. Vanity, Vanity (2:47)
9. Dancing in Sunrise, Switzerland (3:11)
10. Blind Arch (8:51)
11. Expected Freedom (2:21)
12. In the Red (5:08)
13. Not Alone (13:38)
14. Open City (0:52)

Total Time: 62:56


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Line-up / Musicians

- Dave Newhouse / piano, organ, baritone, alto & soprano sax, bass clarinet, percussion
- Tom Scott / Alto & soprano sax, Bb & alto clarinet, oboe, flutes, percussion
- Billy Swann / electric bass, guitar, percussion, vocals
- Paul Sears / drums, percussion

Guest Musicians:
- Fred Frith / guitar, piano
- Mark Hollander / Alto sax

Releases information

Cuneiform Records #55010

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THE MUFFINS Open City ratings distribution

(13 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(0%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(54%)
Good, but non-essential (31%)
Collectors/fans only (8%)
Poor. Only for completionists (8%)

THE MUFFINS Open City reviews

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Review by Greger
4 stars This album is a real goodie! It contains previously unreleased material from The MUFFINS; recorded 1977-1980, including outtakes from "Manna/Mirage" and Fred Frith's "Gravity" LP, live performances and demos. Although the album contains live performances and demos, the sound quality is really good. The MUFFINS music is a blend of GONG, HATFIELD AND THE NORTH, HENRY COW, MAGMA and SOFT MACHINE. The main part of the material is complex and all- instrumental. Often the songs are closer to Jazz then Rock. Some sort of avant-garde free form jazz that is really amazing. This album is interesting both as a supplement for the collector and as an introduction for newcomers to the band.
Review by Sean Trane
3 stars This "other" compilation (the better other being Chronometers) was released in 94, but contains for the most part of a home session in 80, two tracks from a solo Fred Frith album where The Muffins played back-up band, and four tracks dating from different sources in 77, previous to the recording of their debut album Mirage.

Of the seven tracks that form the home sessions, there is one (Hobart, the better one, too) that comes from their Mirage album, and overall, the session is not well recorded and lacks much interest. The sound is harsher and more uncompromising and avant-garde than on their Mirage album. The Firth album tracks are (as you'd guess) even more versed in the RIO than normal Muffin tracks. With the Switzerland track being quite interesting. Of the 77-track batch, Blind Arch is a lengthy (9-minutes) live improv, not bringing much else than boredom, with the possible expression of In The Red (Nucleus anyone?) and the excellent (and lengthy) Not Alone.

This second early "unreleased works" compilation lacks the pure brilliance of Chronometers and is a far cry from the debut album Manna/Mirage. Try out the full-blown prog studio albums, and then maybe come back to this one.

Latest members reviews

4 stars This CD present backwards tracks recorded from their beginnnigs to the end of the bands first life. The last tracks being the less interesting to the Canterbury music lover, the CD present still plenty of very good tracks. Almost as good as their first LP. ... (read more)

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