David Thomas, Monster
OUT OF PRINT
Ann Powers, New York Times, 12/14/97
Anyone who appreciates the passion and perversion of experimental rock should buy this set.
CD1: The Sound of the Sand
CD2: Variations on a Theme
CD3: More Places Forever & Monster Walks The Winter Lake
CD4: Blame the Messenger
Links and Background:
Sound Of The Sand lyrics • Variations On A Theme lyrics • More Places Forever lyrics • Monster Walks The Winter Lake lyrics • Blame The Messenger lyrics
monster n. & a. ... 2. imaginary animal compounded of incongruous elements. --The Concise Oxford Dictionary, 1985.
Between 1981 and 1987 Pere Ubu's David Thomas recorded five studio albums with the likes of Richard Thompson, Chris Cutler, Lindsay Cooper, Anton Fier, Philip Moxham, Garo Yellin, Allen Ravenstine, Daved Hild, Jim Jones & Tony Maimone. The last of these, Blame The Messenger (1987), led directly to the reactivation of the Pere Ubu projex and is generally considered to be part of the Ubu canon.
Sound of The Sand (1981) and Variations On A Theme (1983) hang on the guitar playing of Richard Thompson. The latter was remixed by David Thomas in 1989 and 1990 with vocal revisions and additional instrumental & vocal overdubs from Jim Jones. Unless indicated the mixes in this box set are from those remix sessions.
More Places Forever (1985) represents Mr Thomas's Pedestrians trio & quartet projex, and for the box is doubled up with Monster Walks The Winter Lake (1986), the album most often considered his masterpiece, as well as being his most personal recording. (More Places Forever has been radically remixed for this box.)
MONSTER is a 4-cd box set packaged in a multi-way jewel case with a slip cover and a 12 page full-color booklet. The package design is by John Thompson.
Digitally transferred & eq'ed by David Thomas and Paul Hamann at Suma, January 1997, except the Variations On A Theme disk which was digitally mastered at Suma in July and August 2004.