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FRONT OF THE ALBUM Variations on a Theme
Produced by David Thomas.

Released June 1983.

Available as an audio download from hearpen.com in the iTunes Plus format (best quality AAC) for $10.
Lyrics are embedded.

Included in the Monster box set which is out-of-print though Ubutique may have some copies in stock.
The second David Thomas solo album with Richard Thompson on guitar.
Songs:
  1. A Day At The Botanical Gardens (3:21)
  2. Bird Town (2:43)
  3. Pedestrian Walk (4:35)
  4. The Egg and I (2:54)
  5. Who Is It? (3:40)
  6. Song of Hoe (6:03)
  7. Hurry Back (4:20)
  8. The Rain (5:18)
  9. Semaphore (5:10)

Links and Background:
Print quality album artLyrics

Production Notes:
Produced by David Thomas.
Recorded and mixed at Suma in March 1983, engineered by Paul and Ken Hamann.
Portions were recorded at Cold Storage (London), Sunrise Studios (Kirchberg, Switzerland) and Surrey Sound (London) by engineers Chris Gray, Robert Vogel and Steve. Remixed with additional overdubs and revisions by David Thomas with Paul Hamann and Jim Jones at Suma in October 1989 and January 1990. Digitally transferred and eq'ed by David Thomas and Paul Hamann at Suma, October 1996.
Cover art 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
Chris Cutler - drums, percussion

'A Day at the Botanical Gardens' and 'Song of Hoe' were written by Thomas and published by Hearpen Music, administered by Bug Music. 'Bird Town' was written by Thomas - Thompson and published by Hearpen Music, administered by Bug Music / Island. 'Pedestrian Walk' was written by Thomas - Thornton and published by Hearpen Music, administered by Bug Music Ltd. / Complete Music. 'The Egg & I' was written by Fier - Thomas and published by Hearpen Music, administered by Bug Music Ltd. / Complete Music. 'Who is It?' was written by Cooper - Cutler - Thomas and published by Hearpen Music, administered by Bug Music Ltd. / Arcades Music. 'Hurry Back' was written by Jones - Thomas and published by Hearpen Music, administered by Bug Music. 'The Rain' was written by Cutler - Fier - Thomas and published by Hearpen Music, administered by Bug Music Ltd. / Complete Music / Arcades Music. 'Semaphore' was written by Cooper - Cutler - Monck - Thomas and published by Hearpen Music, administered by Bug Music Ltd. / Arcades Music.

Pedestrian Walk
(Thomas-Thornton)
David Thomas vocals
Richard Thompson guitar
Paul Hamann bass
Anton Fier drums & percussion
Jim Jones loop & backing vocals (1989 od)

Bird Town
(Thomas-Thompson)
David Thomas vocals & tape
Richard Thompson guitar & vocals
Jim Jones rhythm guitar & backing vocals
Paul Hamann bass
Anton Fier drums & percussion

A Day At The Botanical Gardens
(Thomas)
David Thomas vocals
Richard Thompson guitar
Paul Hamann bass
Anton Fier drums & percussion
Jim Jones acoustic guitar & backing vocals (1989 od)

The Egg & I
(Thomas-Fier)
David Thomas vocals
Richard Thompson guitar
Paul Hamann bass
Anton Fier drums, marimba & percussion
Jim Jones backing vocals (1989 od)

Who Is It?
(Thomas-Cooper-Cutler)
Original recording: November 1982 at Sunrise Studios, Kirchberg, Switzerland, and engineered by Robert Vogel, and December 1982 at Surrey Sound, Leatherhead, England, and engineered by Adam Kidron. Overdubs: March 1983 & October 1989 at Suma and engineered by Paul Hamann.
David Thomas vocals
Richard Thompson guitar
Lindsay Cooper bassoon
Anton Fier piano
Paul Hamann bass
Chris Cutler drums
Jim Jones slide guitar, backing vocals & synthesizer (1989 od)
{Jack Monck played bass on original recording but replaced by PH}

Song Of The Hoe
(Thomas)
David Thomas vocals
Richard Thompson guitar
Paul Hamann bass
Anton Fier drums & percussion
Jim Jones backing vocals (1989 od)

Hurry Back
(Thomas-Jones)
David Thomas vocals
Richard Thompson guitar
Paul Hamann bass
Anton Fier drums
Jim Jones synthesizer & backing vocals (1989 od)

The Rain
(Thomas-Cutler-Fier)
Original recording: December 1982 at Cold Storage, London, England, and engineered by Chris Gray. Overdubs: March 1983 & October 1989 at Suma and engineered by Paul Hamann.
David Thomas vocals & tape
Richard Thompson guitar (overdub)
Lindsay Cooper bassoon & sopranino
Chris Cutler drums
Anton Fier drums & marimba
Jim Jones synthesizer (1989 od)

Semaphore
(Thomas-Cutler-Cooper-Monck)
Original recording: November 1982 at Sunrise Studios, Kirchberg, Switzerland, and engineered by Robert Vogel, and December 1982 at Surrey Sound, Leatherhead, England, and engineered by Adam Kidron. Overdubs: March 1983 & October 1989 at Suma and engineered by Paul Hamann.
David Thomas vocals
Richard Thompson guitar (overdub)
Linday Cooper bassoon & sopranino
Jack Monck bass
Chris Cutler drums
Jim Jones tape loop & backing vocals (1989 od)

Previous releases:
Rough Trade Rough 60 (UK) June 1983 lp.
Plurex PL3301 (Benelux) June 1983 lp.
Sixth Int'l Silo2 (US) Aug 1983 lp.
Rough Trade Deutschland RTD 9 (D) June 1983 lp.
Base Records ? (Italy) ? lp.

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