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Manna & Mirage [Import]

Muffins Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (29 Mar 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Cuneiform
  • ASIN: B000008T0L
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 227,160 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Muffins 1st lp 2 May 2003
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
For those of you who haven't heard of the Muffins and are fans of the more experimental side of prog and Canterbury bands like Hatfield & The North and Henry Cow, this, the first album proper, is a good place to start. On this disk the band perform 4 excellent pieces from the systems music opener into an improvised landscape followed by 2 extended compositions. The Muffins 70's recordings are more keyboard led with saxes and occasional violin backed by a truly innovative rhythm section of bass and drums. Their later sound owes a lot more to the improvisational side of Henry Cow following on from their involvement with Fred Frith on the lp "185". Personally I really like both sides of this band but admit that the earlier keyboard (mainly fender rhodes) led material is easier going - you can hear traces of their later style on this one though. So if you like H&TN/National Health you will like this band.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Piece of Cake 1 Jun 2001
By domenico - Published on
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One of the too many progressive american band who finally gets out from the oblivion were they spend the last two decades. It is a shame as far as the first piece of music on this disc is absolute splendor : introduced on Fender Rhodes, then accompanied with flute, the quiet, gentle and subtle melody floats in the air just as it runs its course to a break wich lead us upon a neverending scale coupled with vibraphone, reminiscent of the most beautiful passages of the introspective Robert Wyatt. As it ends, the second title begins with a bang of a great horn ensemble running through sparse improvisation until the whole band joins for an impressive jam full of fury and optimistic tension. The following two titles just explores more of the same approach, but with more generosity as they are two sidelong tracks of about twelve minutes each.
By far, their most accessible and rewarding album. A classic wich must stands between your own Soft Machine and Frank Zappa's albums.
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5.0 out of 5 stars For an American Band... 29 July 2003
By Carl Johnson - Published on
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The/Manna/Mirage is one of the better progressive canterbury style type of American progressive rock albums. Amelia Ehart is really a fantastic piece of music. Tom Scott (from New Jersey) is fantastic, performing great band line work with a tight bass and drummer. The keyboards shine simply from the art of profientcy. When I bought this on vynil,I was drawn to the odvious parallel to The Soft Machine, Caravan or The Hatfield and the North but the recording is uniquely The Muffins' own style and musical signature. Excellent spin!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A beast 11 Mar 2012
By L. Hooper - Published on
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Annoying C-prog references aside, this is an absolute gem. The first two tracks are the stars of the show, but the rest of the album flows nicely. The Muffins are a special group. Thank god this was an instrumental album because it is so genuine in its execution. They have a very idiosyncratic sound: a mix of gentle woodwind instrumentation that manages to avoid prog cliché's while at the same time harnessing a unique aggression. Aggression is the key word here, and its executed with restraint instead of theatricality. There's really nobody else like the Muffins. The clown who said that this album was overrated must be trolling for more athletic and virtuosic "prog" instrumentation common to lesser, more uninspired, less tasteful groups. Highly recommended.
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