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Invisible Means Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (1 Sept. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Fledg'ling
  • ASIN: B001E1GX50
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 208,207 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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13. Days Of Our Lives - Frith
14. The Evening News - Frith
15. The Nearsighted Heron - Frith
16. Now That I Am Dead - The French
17. Hunting Sunsets - The French
18. Killing Jar - Frith

Product Description

John French - original drummer with Captain Beefheart's Magic Band, Fred Frith - founder of the art-rock ensemble Henry Cow, Henry Kaiser - innovative experimental guitarist and composer, and Richard Thompson - founding member of Fairport Convention. This second oddball masterpiece from four of the world's finest experimental master musicians was originally released in 1990. Together French, Frith, Kaiser and Thompson conjure up a heady mix, covering a bewildering variety of genres, from folk and R&B to avant-garde and comic opera. Underpinning the whole album is the extraordinary level of their musicianship. Amongst the highlights are John French's hilarious "Now That I Am Dead" (in which a deceased musician discovers death is the career boost he's being waiting for) and Richard Thompson's remarkable "Begging Bowl" and the simply stunning "Killing Jar". Re-mastered by Henry Kaiser from the original master tapes. Digipac packaging using all elements of the original artwork. Plus a previously unreleased live cover of the Stones' "Play With Fire".

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Jan. 2001
Format: Audio CD
Invisible Means is the second, and sadly the last, product of a remarkable group of musicians who came together to record two albums in 1987 and 1990. French, Frith, Kaiser and Thompson are John French, the drummer from Captain Beefheart's Magic Band; Fred Frith, a British bass player of high renown and innovation; Henry Kaiser an experimental guitarist and collaborator in many projects; and Richard Thompson, the legendary folk-rocker, songwriter and guitarist. These four innovative, high quality musicians combine together to make a most fascinating, amusing and highly accomplished 'supergroup'.
Following on from the earlier album, Live, Love, Larf and Loaf, Invisible Means mines a rich, deep and varied seam of musical heritage and individual virtuosity. Each band member contributes several songs to the album thereby guaranteeing an interesting and varied set.
John French's contributions include the excellent "To the Rain", the lively "Evening News", the strangely discordant "Suzanne", and the rocking blues number and title track "Invisible Means". One of several musical jokes on the album is French's "Now that I am Dead", a very funny and scathing commentary on the sudden popularity of the deceased rock musician whose value to his agent and lawyer increases dramatically after death! Another odd track is Richard Thompson's "March of the Cosmetic Surgeons", a weird comic opera type of song that sadly loses some of its appeal after the first few plays. However, Thompson's other offerings on this album are much better and includes the rocking, swinging rework of the traditional Scottish ballad "Loch Lomond". The stark and mesmeric "Begging Bowl" is written very much in the British folk tradition that provides much of Thompson's inspiration.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Hugh Crawford on 28 Aug. 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
As ever this is a lovely reissue from Fledg'ling although it would have been even better with the lyrics included. The original album is an excellent "avant-garde" work, and this is now supplemented with the inclusion of a wonderful live bonus track. This is "Play with Fire" no less, with the magnificent Richard Thomson on lead vocals!!! and it's over 9 minutes long!!! Apart from this the album is simply essential since it includes one of the afore-mentioned Thompson's masterpieces in "Killing Jar"
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Second time's the charm 13 Oct. 2006
By Wayne Klein - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The second album from the cult "Supergroup" of John French (Captain Beefheart), Fred Frith, Henry Kaiser and Richard Thompson is nearly as catchy and consistent as its predecessor. Opening with Thompson's "Peppermint Rock" which features a stumbling drum beat and the chiming guitars of John French's "To The Rain" "Invisible Means" is a mixture of genres. "Now That I Am Dead" by John French and Donna Blair French continues the humorous vein that began with the band's bizarre cover of "Surfin' U.S.A." It's a highlight and was later adopted by Thompson for performance in some of his shows.

Thompson's mini-rock opera "March of the Cosmetic Surgeons" out does Pete Townshend for humor and clocking in at less than six minutes doesn't wear out its welcome. The traditional "Loch Lomond" gets a nice rocking interpretation while the album closes with Richard Thompson's disturbing and powerful "Killing Jar".

I keep hoping that this quartet might get together and release a third album. You never know quite what to expect from these talented musicians.
"Live Love Larf & Loaf " is rough and enjoyable This ... 12 Aug. 2014
By SHIGERU ISHIBASHI - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
"Live Love Larf & Loaf " is rough and enjoyable
This album is precise and esoteric
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