Rough 30 (UK) Oct 1981 lp. Rough US 18 (US) Nov 1981 lp.
Musicians: Ralph Carney, Chris Cutler, Anton Fier, John Greaves, Alan Greenblatt, Paul Hamann, Scott Krauss, Philip Moxham, Allen Ravenstine, Tan Tan, Mayo Thompson & Richard Thompson.
Songs: The Birds Are a Good Idea (1:58), Yiki Tiki (2:16), Crickets In The Flats (4:58), Sound of The Sand (3:27), The New Atom Mine (5:14), Big Dreams (2:21), Happy To See You (3:32), Crush This Horn, Part Two (1:49), Confuse Did (2:32), Sloop John B (5:09), and Man's Best Friend (4:28).
Notes: Produced by Adam Kidron. Recorded by Phil Bodger at Regent's Park Studios (London), May to June 1981; except Happy To See You recorded by Paul Hamann at Suma, January 1981. Overdubs recorded by Paul Hamann at Suma and in London. Mixed at Suma. Album mastered by Adam Kidron at Nimbus, Monmouth, Wales, and cut at 45 rpm. Digitally transferred and eq'ed by David Thomas and Paul Hamann at Suma, October 1996. Cover artwork executed by Martyn Lambert from a photo by Mik Mellen.
Vocal Performances (1981)
Currently unavailable. Release History:
Rough Trade Records US Trade 5/12 1981 12-inch vinyl.
Musicians: Ralph Carney.
Songs: Petrified and Sloop John B.
Notes: Produced by David Thomas. Petrified recorded live at Bushflow Studio, Akron. Sloop John B recorded on a cassette in a hotel in London. Edited and mixed at Suma, engiineered by Paul Hamann and Mike Bishop. Artwork by Mary Thomas.
Musicians: David Thomas (vocals, tapes), Richard Thompson (guitar, backing vocals), Jim Jones (guitar, synthesizer, backing vocals, loops), Lindsay Cooper (bassoon, sopranino), Paul Hamann (bass), Jack Monck (bass), Anton Fier (drums, marimba, piano, percussion), and Chris Cutler (drums, percussion).
Songs: Pedestrian Walk, Bird Town, A Day At The Botanical Gardens, The Egg and I, Who Is It?, Song of The Hoe, Hurry Back, The Rain, and Semaphore.
Winter Comes Home (1983)
David Thomas and his legs
Recommended Records dtlp (UK) lp.
Musicians: Chris Cutler and Lindsay Cooper.
Songs: A Day Such As This, Winter Comes Home, West Side Story, Sunset, Stormy Weather, Poetic License, Rhapsody In Pink, Dinosaurs Like Me, Petrified, Bones In Action, and Contrasted Views of The Archaeopteryx.
Notes: Recorded live at The Hirschwirt, Erding, West Germany, 12/11/82. Mastering by Jon Jacobs at Nimbus. Art by Mary Thomas.
Twin Tone Records TTR8667 (US) 1986 lp. TTRCD8667 (US) 1986 cd.
Musicians: Daved Hild, Tony Maimone, Allen Ravenstine and Garo Yellin.
Songs: My Theory of Spontaneous Simultude / Red Tin Bus (3:06), What Happened To Me (2:45), Monster Walks The Winter Lake (11:13), Bicycle (4:17), Coffee Train (2:24), My Town (3:19), Monster Magee, King of The Seas (2:14), Monster Thinks About The Good Days (3:37), and What Happened To Me (2:41).
Notes: Produced by David Thomas. Recorded live in the studio by Paul Hamann at Suma on November 18, 20 and 21, 1985, using the Sumex custom digital processor and a Sony F1 betamax video recorder. There were no overdubs. Fostex X-15 and Tascam 144 multitrack cassette recordings were used as real time accompaniments for Coffee Train, My Town, Monster Magee and Monster Thinks About The Good Days. Digitally edited by Paul Hamann at Telarc. Digitally transferred ands eq'ed by David Thomas and Paul Hamann at Suma, October 1996. Front cover photo by Mik Mellen. Back cover photo by Ellen Zoslov. Design by John Thompson.
Rough Trade Records Rough 120 (UK) Jan 15 1987 lp.
Twin Tone Records TTR87105 (US) Apr 1987 lp.
Musicians: Chris Cutler, Jim Jones, Tony Maimone & Allen Ravenstine.
Songs: My Town (3:07), A Fact About Trains (4:24), King Knüt (5:27), When Love Is Uneven (3:27), The Storm Breaks (3:34), The Long Rain (4:11), Havin Time (4:53), Friends of Stone (3:18), and The Velikovsky 2-Step (6:50).
Notes: Produced by Chris Cutler. Recorded by Paul Hamann at Suma on September 23 and 24, 1986. Original release edited by Paul Hamann and Roz Ilett at Telarc, Cleveland OH, mastered at Suma by Mike Bishop and cut by Denis Blackham at Tape One, London. Digitally transferred and eq'ed by David Thomas and Paul Hamann at Suma, October 1996. Photos by Mik Mellen. Design by John Thompson.
Cooking Vinyl Records HR110 (ROW) June 1997. Tim/Kerr Records 97CD161 (US) July 1997.
5 cd box set of these albums: The Sound of The Sand, Variations On A Theme, More Places Forever, Monster Walks The Winter Lake, Blame The Messenger Meadville (bonus live disk by David Thomas and two pale boys)
The 1997 release was a 5-cd box set with a 16 page full-color booklet. The package design was by John Thompson. Digitally transferred and eq'ed by David Thomas and Paul Hamann at Suma, January 1997.