The Muffins - Baker's Dozen 12 x CD + 1 x DVD box set (due to weight, this price for the USA only)

SKU Rune 500-512
The Muffins were a Washington, D.C. area band who existed from 1974-81 and then again with their best-known line-up still intact from 1993-2015. They released three albums during their original lifetime and six albums during their second life.
They were called, "...the finest progressive band that America produced...even at it's most complicated, (they) sounded effortless & convincing” by Fred Frith. They also acted as Fred’s backing band on his first post-Henry Cow solo album, Gravity.
During their two lifetimes, the band performed at now legendary festival events, including the ZU Festival (NYC), the Rock In Opposition Festival (France), the Villa Celimontana Jazz Festival (Rome), Sonic Circuits (D.C.) and NEARFest (Bethlehem, PA), among many others.
The band were a hugely creative force during both lifetimes, combing intense, rehearsal intensive compositions with spirited free play, and moving effortlessly between musical boundaries and genres. They were one of the great American contemporary music ensembles of our time.

Baker’s Dozen is a 13 disc box set of all previously unreleased live and studio recordings from 1975 - 2010! It includes 12 CDs, a DVD, and a huge, informative booklet. The entire box is a treasure trove of never seen and never heard material.






We put together a five song sampler that covers most of the timeline covered by the box!






Disc 1
1. Prelude (Wiser, Newhouse)
2. Phase 1 – Portable Hollow (The Muffins)
3. Interlude 1 (Wiser, Newhouse)
4. Phase 2 – Buzz Aldrin (The Muffins)
5. Interlude 2 (Wiser, Newhouse)
6. Phase 3 – What a Place for a Wart (The Muffins)
7. Brix
8. Three Days That Won’t Soon Fade
9. English (Bass, Prokofiev)
10. Bartok Stockpot (Bass, Bartok)
11. The Return of Uncle Don (The Muffins)
12. Blind Cave Tetra

Mike Bass – drums, xylophone, acoustic piano
Dave Newhouse – Fender Rhodes, woodwinds, toy horn, voice
Tom Scott – saxes, clarinets, flutes, maracas, xylophone, whistling, bell tree, voice
Billy Swann – Gibson EB0 electric bass, voice
Michael Zentner – guitar, violin, voice

Robert Wiser – classical guitar (1, 3, 5)

1, 3, 5 recorded 1975 at the band house, Gaithersburg, MD.
2, 4, 6, 7, 8 recorded July 25, 1975 at The Music Carry-Out, Washington, DC.
9–12 recorded July 1975 at Sounds Reasonable Studios, Washington, DC for live radio broadcast.

1–6 are the tape album Three Improvisations Live at The Music Carry-Out.

Disc 2
1. English (Bass, Prokofiev)
2. Teddy Roosevelt (The Muffins)
3. Egress Gnome Odd (Scott, Princiotto, Zentner)/Impromptu Factory
4. Wombat (Newhouse)
5. 1916/Why Pursue It/Captain Tugg Tocatta/Swashbuckler With a Brainblock (Swann, Newhouse)
6. Courtesy of Your Focal Interest Span/Please Do Not Open Dr. Fisher
7. The Manilla Robots/Joe Crop on a Toxic Planet/The Bush
8. Chronometers
9. Crezner Okay

Stuart Abramowitz – drums
Dave Newhouse – Rhodes, Yamaha organ, woodwinds, toy xylophone, tambourine, voice
Tom Scott – saxes, clarinets, flutes, oboe, melodica, xylophone, soprano recorder, bell tree, voice
Billy Swann – bass, voice
Michael Zentner – guitar, violin, Rhodes, voice

1–4 recorded November 1975 at Paragon Studios, Silver Spring, MD by Brian Rapp.
5 recorded November 14, 1975 at W.A.F.U. Coffee House, Washington, DC by Colleen Scott.
6–8 recorded July 9, 1976 at the University of Maryland – College Park by Collen Scott.
9 recorded as a demo for Michael spring/summer 1976.

Disc 3
1. Intro
2. Solemn Music (Frith)
3. President Nixon’s Retirement (The Muffins)
4. 3 Ways Till Sunday
5. Carbons (The Muffins With Over the Edge) (The Muffins, Over The Edge)
6. Expected Freedom (Newhouse, The Muffins)
7. Prince Albert in the Can (The Muffins)
8. Monkey With the Golden Eyes
9. Amelia Earhart (Newhouse, Sears)

Dave Newhouse – Rhodes, organ, acoustic piano, woodwinds, pennywhistle, percussion
Tom Scott – saxes, clarinets, flutes, oboe, kalimba, double soprano recorders, bell tree
Paul Sears – drums, xylophone, steel drum, percussion
Billy Swann – fretless Fender Precision bass, Rhodes, organ, acoustic piano, penny whistle, drums, percussion

1, 3, 4, 5 recorded August 13, 1976 at W.A.F.U. Coffee House (Washington Area Free University), Washington, DC by Colleen Scott.
2, 6, 7 recorded October 2, 1976 at American University, Washington, DC by Colleen Scott.
8 recorded at the band house in Autumn 1976, Gaithersburg, MD.
9 recorded at the band house in December 1976, Gaithersburg, MD.

Disc 4
1. Intro
2. Expected Freedom (Newhouse, The Muffins)
3. Band of Brothers (The Muffins)
4. Expected Freedom (Newhouse, The Muffins)
5. Not Alone solo
6. Amelia Earhart solo (Swann)
7. Imprimatur (The Muffins)
8. Not Alone
9. Closing Hours (The Muffins)

Dave Newhouse – Rhodes, organ, woodwinds, harmonica, tenor recorder, percussion
Tom Scott – saxes, clarinets, flutes, oboe, penny whistle, bell tree
Paul Sears – drums and percussion
Billy Swann – bass, guitar, plastic tube, tenor sax, percussion

1, 2, 5, 6 recorded June 4, 1977 at a backyard summer concert, Gaithersburg, MD.
3 recorded on unknown date in 1977 (most likely) in Washington, DC.
7, 8 recorded on unknown date (circa 1977) at an unknown location.
4, 9 recorded April 1, 1977 at Pipeline Coffee House at the National Cathedral, Washington, DC.
All were probably recorded by Colleen Scott.

Disc 5
1. Monkey in the Middle (The Muffins)
2. Lady in a Brown Paper Bag
3. Amelia Earhart (Newhouse, Sears)
4. Monkey With the Golden Eyes/Hobart Got Burned
5. The Adventures of Captain Boomerang


Dave Newhouse – Rhodes, organ, woodwinds, penny whistle, bicycle horn, tenor recorder, percussion, voice
Tom Scott – saxes, clarinets, flutes, oboe, soprano recorder, bell tree, voice
Paul Sears – drums and percussion, xylophone, gong, voice
Billy Swann – bass, guitar, Rhodes, alto recorder, percussion, whistle, voice


1–5 recorded October 21, 1977 at W.A.F.U. Coffee House, Washington, DC by Colleen Scott.

Disc 6
1. Not Alone solo
2. Whistling While We Work (The Muffins)
3. To-ing and Fro-ing (The Muffins)
4. Children and Art (The Muffins)
5. Not Alone
6. Under Dali’s Wing
7. Horsebones (Scott)
8. The Grammy Snap

Dave Newhouse – Rhodes, organ, woodwinds, acoustic piano, percussion
Tom Scott – saxes, clarinets, flutes, oboe, xylophone, bell tree
Paul Sears – drums and percussion, soprano sax
Billy Swann – bass, guitar, percussion, whistles
Scott Raffell – alto sax, bass clarinet, kalimba (3, 4)
Greg Yaskovich – trumpet (3)
Fred Frith – guitar (8)

1, 2, 7, 8 recorded December 15, 1978 at the Trinity Theatre, Washington, DC by Colleen Scott.
3, 4 recorded December 31, 1977 at DC Space, Washington, DC.
5 recorded October 21, 1977 at W.A.F.U. Coffeehouse, Washington, DC by Colleen Scott.
6 recorded October 8, 1978 at the Zu Manifestival, New York, NY.

Disc 7
1. Under Dali’s Wing (false start)
2. Under Dali’s Wing
3. Horsebones (Scott)
4. Horsebones (Scott)
5. Zoom Resume
6. Boxed and Crossed (Newhouse, Swann)
7. Zoom Resume
8. Bit Hand (The Muffins)
9. Wonder World (The Muffins)
10. Not Alone solo
11. silence
12. Chrestomathy (The Muffins)
13. Through Shawn’s Lens (The Muffins)
14. Father Tongue (The Muffins)
15. Dirty Trousers (Scott)

Dave Newhouse – Rhodes, organ, woodwinds, percussion
Tom Scott – saxes, clarinets, flutes, bell tree
Paul Sears – drums and percussion, soprano sax
Billy Swann – bass, guitar, percussion, tenor sax, radio, vocals
Steve Feigenbaum – guitar (8)
Scott Raffell – alto sax (12–15)

1–8 recorded January 1979 during rehearsal at the band house, Rockville, MD.
9–10 recorded April 14, 1979 at American University, Washington, DC by Colleen Scott.
12–15 recorded May 16, 1980 at W.A.F.U. Coffeehouse, Washington, DC.

Disc 8
1. Horsebones (Scott)
2. Under Dali’s Wing
3. Squeaker's Dream (The Muffins)
4. Boxed and Crossed (Newhouse, Swann)
5. Zoom Resume
6. Queenside
7. Angle Dance
8. Antidote to Drydock
9. World Maps
10. Bob the Bat

Dave Newhouse – Rhodes, Yamaha organ, woodwinds, acoustic piano
Tom Scott – saxes, clarinets, flutes, oboe, bell tree
Paul Sears – drums and percussion, soprano sax, xylophone, vocals
Billy Swann – bass, guitar, tenor sax, vocals
Doug Elliott – trombone (10)
Scott Raffell – alto sax (10)

1–2 recorded September 1980 at Track Recorders, Silver Spring, MD by Bill McCullough and are outtakes from <185>.
3–5 recorded March 3, 1979 at The Psyche Delly, Bethesda MD by Colleen Scott.
6 recorded December 1979 at The Washington Ethical Society, Washington, DC.
7, 8, 10 recorded January 29, 1981 at The Washington Ethical Society.
9 is a composite of January 29, 1981 at The Washington Ethical Society recordings, and circa-1981 bandhouse recordings.

Disc 9
1. In the Black Room (The Muffins)
2. Ups and Downs (The Muffins)
3. Poetry Drive (The Muffins)
4. North of Muffin Head (The Muffins)
5. She Wears Her Dead Mother’s Hat (C.W. Vrtacek)
6. Talking With the Planets (The Muffins)
7. Down From the Sun Tower/Impossible John
8. Dancing in the Street (Gaye, Hunter, Stevenson)
9. Horny Toads (The Muffins)
10. There Not There (The Muffins)
11. Vocabulario (The Muffins)
12. Hobart Got Burned
13. silence
14. The Highlands (Scott)
15. The Two Georges
16. Breaking The X (The Muffins)

Dave Newhouse – Roland RU-20 and Yamaha keyboards, woodwinds
Tom Scott – saxes, clarinets, flutes, Casio keyboards, percussion
Paul Sears – drums
Billy Swann – bass, guitar
Mark Gilbert – tenor sax (9)
Scott Forrey – trumpet (9)

1–5 recorded 1993/1994 in the Black Room, Washington, DC.
6–7 recorded July 15–16, 1998 at the Merklehaus, Washington, DC.
8–9 recorded July 17, 1999 at Phantasmagoria, Wheaton, MD by Carl Merson.
10,16 recorded summer 2002 in rehearsal, Madison, VA.
11 recorded September 1, 2002 at ProgDay, Chapel Hill, NC by Carl Merson.
12 recorded September 1, 2001 at ProgDay, Chapel Hill, NC by Carl Merson.
14–15 recorded September 14, 2002 at Orion Studios, Baltimore, MD by Mike Potter.

Disc 10
1. Walking the Duck
2. These Castle Children
3. World Maps (Newhouse, Scott)/Down From the Suntower/Impossible John/Military Road
4. Under Dali’s Wing
5. Horsebones (Scott)
6. Dear Mona
7. People in the Snow
8. Out of the Boot/Nan True’s Hole (Miller)
9. East of Diamond/The Adventures of Captain Boomerang
10. silence
11. Writing Blind
12. Combo (The Muffins)

Dave Newhouse – keyboards, woodwinds, harmonica
Tom Scott – saxes, clarinets, flutes, keyboards, programming, percussion
Paul Sears – drums
Billy Swann – bass, guitar

1–9 recorded July 27, 2001 at The Knitting Factory, New York, NY by Carl Merson.
11 recorded October 2, 2004 at Orion Studios, Baltimore, MD by Mike Potter.
12 recorded in 2002 at Tom’s mom’s house, Madison, VA.

Disc 11
1. Intro
2. These Castle Children
3. The Adventures of Captain Boomerang
4. The Ugly Buttling (Scott)
5. Walking the Duck
6. Dear Mona/Impossible John/People in the Snow
7. East of Diamond
8. The Man in the Skin-Painted Suit
9. Childhood’s End (Scott)
10. Stethorus Punctum (Scott)

Dave Newhouse – Roland RU-20, Nord Electro 2 and Yamaha keyboards, woodwinds, harmonica
Tom Scott – saxes, clarinets, flutes, keyboards, programming, percussion
Paul Sears – drums
Billy Swann – bass, keyboards
with
Ena Scott – alto sax
Nathan Berry – trumpet
Sam Newhouse – alto sax

All tracks recorded July 10, 2005 at NEARFest, Bethlehem, PA.
Digital multitrack recording: Brett Kull of MM3, West Point, PA

Disc 12
1. Intro
2. Exquisite Corpse/Out of the Boot/Sam’s Room
3. Smaller but More Heads (The Muffins)
4. Maya (Scott)
5. Aquatone (The Muffins)
6. Angel From Lebanon
7. Queenside/Antidote to Drydock/Angle Dance
8. Choombachang
9. Amelia Earhart (Newhouse, Sears)
10. Beat 10 (The Muffins)/In the Ghost Light (The Muffins)
11. KGB

Dave Newhouse – keyboards, woodwinds
Tom Scott – saxes, clarinets, flutes, keyboards, programming, percussion
Paul Sears – drums
Billy Swann – bass, guitar

1–6 recorded October 2, 2004 at Orion Studios, Baltimore, MD by Mike Potter.
7–11 recorded September 5, 2010 at ProgDay, Chapel Hill, NC by Mike Potter.

Disc 13 [NTSC/all-region DVD]
1. Intro
2. These Castle Children
3. The Adventures of Captain Boomerang
4. The Ugly Buttling (Scott)
5. Walking the Duck
6. Dear Mona/Impossible John/People in the Snow
7. East of Diamond
8. The Man in the Skin-Painted Suit
9. Childhood’s End (Scott)
10. Stethorus Punctum (Scott)

Dave Newhouse – Roland RU-20, Nord Electro 2 and Yamaha keyboards, woodwinds, harmonica
Tom Scott – saxes, clarinets, flutes, keyboards, programming, percussion
Paul Sears – drums
Billy Swann – bass, keyboards
with
Ena Scott – alto sax
Nathan Berry – trumpet
Sam Newhouse – alto sax

All tracks recorded July 10, 2005 at NEARFest, Bethlehem, PA.

Digital multitrack recording: Brett Kull of MM3, West Point, PA
Sound and lights: Designatronix, Bohemia, NY
Camera operators: Gordon Bosler, Barry Crell, Joe del Tufo, Matt Greenberg, Matt Urban, Jon Yarger
Video editing and DVD authoring by Doug Moon at Inner-Pixels Studio, Sacramento, California.

Audio only bonus: The Muffins Palindrome.

All songs composed by Dave Newhouse except where indicated.
  • Format TypeNTSC
  • Region CodingAll Region
  • LabelCuneiform
  • UPC045775050027
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