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Miniatures One & Two

Various Artists Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (3 Feb 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Cherry Red
  • ASIN: B0018RWDJ0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,020 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Bum Love - Halsall, Ollie & John Halsey - Bum Love
2. We're A Happy Family/Bali Ha'i - Residents - We're A Happy Family + Bali Ha'i
3. Wreck Of The Hesperus - McGough, Roger - The Wreck Of The Hesperus
4. Green And Pleasant - Fisher, Morgan - Green And Pleasant
5. Mine Tonight - Otway, John - Mine Tonight
6. My Way - Challis, Pete & Phil Diplock - My Way
7. Rangers In The Night - Wyatt, Robert - Rangers In The Nights
8. Opus - Stinky Winkles - Opus
9. Body Language - Longford, Mary - Body Language
10. Andy The Dentist - Newman, Andy 'Thunderclap' - Andy The Dentist
See all 53 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Jump Time - Houston, Jean - Jump Time
2. It's Coming (A Fanfare For The Millenium) - Jones, John Paul - It's Coming (A Fanfare For The Millennium)
3. Beacon Of Hope - Wali, Peeni & Linton Kwesi Johnson - Beacon Of Hope
4. Chakras - MacKenzie, Talitha - Chakras
5. 2000 Lights - Cornwell, Hugh - 2000 Lights
6. Minute Quartet - Milesi, Pierro - Minute Quartet
7. Atoms And Stars - Jones, Howard (1) - Atoms And Stars
8. One Minute Blackout - Miyazawa, Kazufumi - One Minute Blackout
9. Jodler - Trabitsch, Klaus - Jodler
10. Newgrange Aeon Fragment - Cole, M.J. - Newgrange
See all 60 tracks on this disc

Product Description

Featuring artists as diverse as The Residents, Robert Fripp, XTC’s Andy Partridge, Pete Seeger, Robert Wyatt and The Pretenders’ Martin Chambers, as well as cover artwork contributed by Ralph Steadman, Morgan Fisher’s 1980 release “Miniatures” truly was a first.
Overwhelmed with concepts for potential releases, Fisher decided to see how many of these ideas he might be able to squeeze onto just one album. Rather than performing everything himself, he invited 50 musicians he admired to send in tracks of up to one minute in length. They responded with unanimous enthusiasm, and “Miniatures” was born out of Morgan’s precise editing and sequencing of these tracks, providing a unique snapshot of the cutting-edge music of the period and achieving legendary status amongst those who cherish such creativity and individuality in the process. Fast forward 15 years, several projects and the development of new realms of communication and data transfer afforded by the internet, and Morgan decided the time was right for a sequel. Little did he know that this project would take six years to complete and involve an international cast of players (taking in 18 countries across five continents), but it proved truly worth both the effort and the wait...

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Full track listing, from the producer 31 July 2012
Format:Audio CD
As the producer of Miniatures, I wish to say that the track listing here (as of August 1, 2012) is completely inaccurate - Disk 1 does not have 12 tracks, it has 53 tracks (in 12 groups); Disk 2 does not have 98 tracks, it has 60 tracks. I have informed Amazon. Here is the correct listing:

MINIATURES 1:
1. Ollie Halsall & John Halsey - Bum Love
2. The Residents - We're A Happy Family + Bali Ha'i
3. Roger Mcgough - The Wreck Of The Hesperus
4. Morgan Fisher - Green And Pleasant
5. John Otway - Mine Tonight
6. Pete Challis & Phil Diplock - My Way
7. Robert Wyatt - Rangers In The Nights
8. Stinky Winkles - Opus
9. Mary Longford - Body Language
10. Andy 'Thunderclap' Newman - Andy The Dentist
11. David Bedford - Wagner's Ring In One Minute
12. Fred Frith - The Entire Works Of Henry Cow
13. Maggie Nicols - Look Beneath The Surface
14. Joseph Racaille - Week-End
15. The Work - With Wings Pressed Back
16. Neil Innes & Son - Cum On Feel The Noize
17. Herbert Distel - Toscany In Blue (Last Minute)
18. Lol Coxhill - An End To The Matter
19. Ken Ellis - One Minute In The Life Of Ivan Denisovich
20. Steve Miller - Alice
21. Norman Lovett - John Peel Sings The Blues Badly
22. Patrick Portella - Serrons Nous Les Coudes
23. George Melly - Sounds That Saved My Life
24. Robert Fripp - Miniature
25. Andy Partridge (XTC) - The History Of Rock'n'Roll
26. Phantom Captain - Breather
27. Ron Geesin - Enterbrain Exit
28. Alejandro Viñao - An Imaginary Orchestrina
29. Quentin Crisp - Stop The Music For A Minute
30. Simon Desorgher - Tetrad
31. Ralph Steadman - Sweetest Love (Lament After A Broken Sashcord On A Theme Of John Donne)
32. R.D.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars two is too much 24 Nov 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I had this on vinyl in 1980 and loved it: - 51 mostly witty tracks, each 60 seconds or less in length, by 51 different artists, some professional musicians, some amateurs (e.g. r d laing the psychiatrist).
Now it's only of curiosity value, and volume two is completely pointless. Without it, I'd have given it five stars for its humorous evocation of a more innocent and experimental musical era.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Three things you need to know 3 Nov 2013
Format:Audio CD
1. The original album is great - my vinyl copy, bought over thirty years ago, is one of very few LPs I have kept. There are at least ten magnificent pieces on it... and what's so interesting is that we will probably disagree about which those are. The list varies each time I listen to it, in fact, even if some remain each time.

2. The second album isn't nearly as good (sorry Morgan!)

3. If you decide you don't want to pay the current price and are happy with an MP3 version, the link takes you to a download of just the original album - the second one is elsewhere and there's no option to have both for the price of one. You may decide that's OK (see #2) but it's still misleading.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Full Track Listing, by the producer. 28 Nov 2010
By Morgan Fisher - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
As the producer of Miniatures, I appreciated the great comment from Mr. 50! Your review was regarding a download version, but of course this listing is for the current double-CD version, which includes all the original sleeve notes and more.

The track listing here (as of August 1, 2012) is completely inaccurate - Disk 1 does not have 12 tracks, it has 53 tracks (in 12 groups); Disk 2 does not have 98 tracks, it has 60 tracks. I have informed Amazon. Here is the correct listing:

MINIATURES 1:
1. Ollie Halsall & John Halsey - Bum Love
2. The Residents - We're A Happy Family + Bali Ha'i
3. Roger Mcgough - The Wreck Of The Hesperus
4. Morgan Fisher - Green And Pleasant
5. John Otway - Mine Tonight
6. Pete Challis & Phil Diplock - My Way
7. Robert Wyatt - Rangers In The Nights
8. Stinky Winkles - Opus
9. Mary Longford - Body Language
10. Andy 'Thunderclap' Newman - Andy The Dentist
11. David Bedford - Wagner's Ring In One Minute
12. Fred Frith - The Entire Works Of Henry Cow
13. Maggie Nicols - Look Beneath The Surface
14. Joseph Racaille - Week-End
15. The Work - With Wings Pressed Back
16. Neil Innes & Son - Cum On Feel The Noize
17. Herbert Distel - Toscany In Blue (Last Minute)
18. Lol Coxhill - An End To The Matter
19. Ken Ellis - One Minute In The Life Of Ivan Denisovich
20. Steve Miller - Alice
21. Norman Lovett - John Peel Sings The Blues Badly
22. Patrick Portella - Serrons Nous Les Coudes
23. George Melly - Sounds That Saved My Life
24. Robert Fripp - Miniature
25. Andy Partridge (XTC) - The History Of Rock'n'Roll
26. Phantom Captain - Breather
27. Ron Geesin - Enterbrain Exit
28. Alejandro Viñao - An Imaginary Orchestrina
29. Quentin Crisp - Stop The Music For A Minute
30. Simon Desorgher - Tetrad
31. Ralph Steadman - Sweetest Love (Lament After A Broken Sashcord On A Theme Of John Donne)
32. R.D.Laing & Son - Tipperary
33. Trevor Wishart - Beach Double
34. John White - Scene De Ballet
35. Ivor Cutler - Brooch Boat
36. Hector Zazou - Do Tell Us
37. Michael Bass & Ellen Tenenbaum - A Miniaturization Of Bartok's Sonata For Two Pianos & Percussion (3rd Movement)
38. Martin Chambers (The Pretenders) - A Swift One
39. Bob Cobbing & Henri Chopin - Refreshment Break
40. Dave Vanian (The Damned) - Night Touch
41. Metabolist - Racing Poodles
42. Gavin Bryars - After Mendelssohn (137 Years)
43. 1/2 Japanese - Paint It Black
44. Simon Jeffes (Penguin Cafe Orchestra) - Arthur's Treat
45. Mark Perry - Talking World War Iii Blues
46. Michael Nyman - 89-90-91-92
47. David Cunningham (The Flying Lizards) - Index Of Ends
48. Kevin Coyne - James, Mark & Me (In The Manner Of Tom Waits)
49. Etron Fou Leloublan - Hep!
50. Neil Oram & Ken Campbell & The Science Fiction Theatre Of Liverpool - The Minute Warp
51. Pete Seeger - Chorale From Beethoven's 9th Symphony
52. No Artists - One Minutes Silence
53. All Artists - The Miniatures Miniature

MINIATURES 2:
1. Jean Houston - Jump Time
2. John Paul Jones - It's Coming (A Fanfare For The Millennium)
3. Linton Kwesi Johnson - Beacon Of Hope
4. Talitha Mackenzie - Chakras
5. Hugh Cornwell - 2000 Lights
6. Piero Milesi - Minute Quartet
7. Howard Jones - Atoms And Stars
8. Kazufumi Miyazawa - One Minute Blackout
9. Klaus Trabitsch - Jodler
10. BJ Cole - Newgrange Aeon Fragment
11. Terry Riley - A Dog Barks At Midnight
12. Michael Nyman - Here's To The Next One
13. Meredith Monk - Panda Chant II
14. Sainkho Namtchylak - Last Christmas
15. Jill Purce - The Healing Voice
16. Dagmar Andrtová - Little Orchestra Of Disaster And Hope
17. Wolfgang Mitterer - Solo No.3
18. Phillip k. Bimstein - Garland Hirschi's Cows
19. Piano Circus - Red
20. Robert Fripp & Trey Gunn - Blast
21. Isao Osada & Takuro A - Un
22. David Cunningham - Oxalis
23. Penguin Cafe Orchestra - A Pythagorean Roll
24. Sizzle Ohtaka - One Cell
25. Hermeto Pascoal - Feira De Asakusa (Asakusa Market)
26. Chris Hughes - Shaka Shaka Shaka
27. Dissidenten - Light Of Love
28. Christos Hatzis - Hunter's Dream
29. Baka Beyond -Timeless
30. Ottmar Liebert - Freedom (Universal Mix)
31. Mamadou Doumbia - Qui Sait?
32. Tananas - Ashtanga
33. Koto Vortex - Sae
34. Michael Shrieve & Jeff Greinke - Invisible Guides
35. Gavin Bryars - Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet (Miniature)
36. Jane Siberry - The Narrow Bridge
37. Laurie Spiegel - Soundtrack For Sandin
38. Chéng Gongliang - Ghu Zu Jun
39. John Fiddler - Another 21st Century Day
40. Nastya - Islands
41. Geoffrey Richardson - The Lighthouse
42. Thomas De Hartmann - Gurdjieff/De Hartmann Music
43. Peadar Óriada - Seascad Siocand I Dtreo Millennium (Sixty Seconds Towards A Millennium)
44. Daniel Figgis - Fail Better
45. The Deep Season - Theme For The Peaceful Revolution
46. Heat Wave - Takeda No Komori Uta
47. Woof Woof - Passion Sauce
48. The Minus 5 - Came Saw Stayed
49. Morgan Fisher - Flowers Of Silence
50. Komitas Vardapet - Gutan Yerg
51. David Darling - Introspection
52. Lol Coxhill - Six To Four
53. Trans Global Underground - Dead Dog Of Kairouan
54. The Levellers - Hope Street (Rain Chant Remix)
55. Chris Butler - Have A Nice Century!
56. Moondog (Louis Hardin) - Cosmicode
57. Ashik Peter Lynch - Snow
58. Tokiko Kato - Toorina
59. Jane Campion - Passionless Moments
60. Milladoiro - Alal Ádas Mariñas

I am writing a blog on this album, where you will be able to hear full-length tracks and read the full sleeve notes and copious extra comments, news, links, etc. It's here:

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Enjoy!

Morgan Fisher
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