|1. Elephant Talk|
|2. Frame by Frame|
|3. Matte Kudasai|
|5. Thela Hun Gingeet|
|6. The Sheltering Sky|
|8. Alt. mixes of The Sheltering Sky &|
|9. Thela Hun Gingeet - by Steven Wilson|
|2. Album new mix|
|3. Album original mix|
|4. Album rough mixes of complete album in original running order|
|5. Old Grey Whistle Test videos|
Although containing elements of the avant-funk of Talking Heads, the ethnic grooves of Peter Gabriel and the constantly shifting Minimalist rhythms of Steve Reich, this frequently thrilling and complex album ultimately bears the unique imprint of the four highly individual and talented musicians at the heart of this 'Rock Gamelan' creation.
A clean and uncluttered production allows the band's power and articulate spikiness to shine through unfettered, while Fripp and Belew's guitar playing is undeniably dazzling, yet never remotely exhibitionist.
The gloriously unexpected lyricism of 'The Sheltering Sky' provides a hypnotic and mellow contrast to the rest of the album's inspired austerity, and alongside the relentless New Wave Prog Minimalist assault of 'Frame by Frame' provides my favourite moments on this extremely consistent, almost flawless, album.
A new sound then and still an influential one.
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