Skeleton Crew - Learn To Talk / Country of Blinds (expanded / remastered) 2 x CDs (Mega Blowout Sale)

SKU FRED FR 9008-9009
In the early 1980's, after disbanding the great trio Massacre, Fred Frith formed Skeleton Crew as a sort of a three person 1-man band, with Tom Cora (Curlew) and Dave Newhouse (The Muffins). Dave left pretty soon after, and for the next few years, the two man Skeleton Crew toured all over everywhere, bringing their unique blend of high musicianship (Fred on violin, guitar, half a drumset, vocals and Tom on cello, guitar, bass, the other half of the drumset and vocals) and low-tech protest song and cobbled-together electronic device mayhem to many fans all over the world.
As a duo they made the extraordinarily great album Learn To Talk. After a while Zeena Parkins (harp, keyboards, vocals, etc) joined and right before they split, they recorded Country Of Blinds.
This is the first time that these two albums have been reissued on CD in full (the previously single-CD version left critical material off, because there wasn't room). Additionally, there are 10 bonus tracks which have never been heard.
Skeleton Crew were one of the essential new music bands of the early/mid 80's and it is a thrill to have their two albums presented as they deserve to be! Hugely recommended.

"A reissue of two timeless classics. On the first CD it's just Fred Frith and Tom Cora, the legendary two man crew who somehow - in real time, not with endless overdubs - managed to play all their own instruments (cello, bass, electric guitar, violin) and sing - as well as, between them, constructing the drum parts - dislocated into elements, with each of them having bits of the kit. This made for some fantastic, and normally unplayable, parts - most drummers having only one brain. No one sounded like Skeleton Crew, ever. Devious, complicated, brutally simple, always unexpected, turning on a dime, this was not just a pop band then, but a tocsin, a call to arms - and a catalogue of invention that is remains breathtaking today. On the second album, the inspired addition of Zeena Parkins (keyboards, accordion, more drums, more vocals) led to some of the best music of the decade. The recording was rawer, more urgent, the songs stand out in sharp relief; every part essential. And yet it's a puzzle almost impossible to unravel: how on earth did they ever evolve those dislocated parts and still make them fit so brilliantly together? Did I mention the texts? So to the point, so good. So where are the Skeleton Crews today when we really need them? Both CDs are here, in full, re-mastered by Fred and with 10 extra tracks - each as good as anything on the official albums."-Chris Cutler
  • LabelFred
  • UPC752725901420
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