MINIATURES (A Sequence of Fifty-One Tiny Masterpieces Edited by Morgan Fisher)

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Originally issued in 1981, "MINIATURES" is a concept compilation album that is certain to delight the listener on a multitude of fronts simultaneously. Its 2014 reissue on MEGAPHONE/KNOCK 'EM DEAD is truly an occasion to celebrate.

Conceived in 1980 by MORGAN FISHER (erstwhile keyboardist for MOTT THE HOOPLE) as a means of addressing the scope of music and musicians that he loved but lacked time enough to release, "MINIATURES" draws from an array of artists whose submissions exist within the strict framework of a 60-second maximum track length. The pieces wriggle excitedly in their rapid and unrelenting succession, sequenced
with insight sufficient to create an infinitely curious netherworld.

Contributors provide their chosen 60 seconds of indulgence—be it ANDY PARTRIDGE offering "A Brief History of Rock 'n Roll," noted author/psychoanalyst R.D. LAING giving us a father/son duet of "Tipperary," or ROGER MCGOUGH reciting “Wreck of the Hesperus” in its entirety—and, while each track offers a distinct and separate thrill, the whole of "MINIATURES" is both a monument to the creativity of its time and a living reminder of humanity in its preposterous glory.

With no room for filler of any kind, “MINIATURES” is a consistently refreshing revelation. Filled with abrupt, often beautiful, utterances from a bewildering diversity of artists (what other album contains both PETE SEEGER and THE RESIDENTS?), “MINIATURES” is imbued throughout with self-awareness that, beneath an umbrella of shared and voluntary absurdity, scuppers any veneer of remoteness. In its place lies the intersection of naked curiosity with love of music.

ONLY available from our site and The True Vine record store in Baltimore, MD -- a 180 gram RED VINYL version with a 23" x 23" fold-out poster, limited to 200 copies.

Tracks and Sample List

Side A

1/1. ollie halsall & john halsey / bum love
1/2. the residents / we're a happy family + bali ha'i
1/3. roger mcgough / the wreck of the hesperus
1/4. morgan fisher / green and pleasant
​1/5. john otway / mine tonight

2/1. pete challis & phil diplock / my way
​2/2. robert wyatt / rangers in the nightst
2/3. stinky winkles / opus
2/4. mary longford / body language
​2/5. andy 'thunderclap' newman / andy the dentist
​2/6. david bedford / wagner's ring in one minute
3/1. fred frith / the entire works of henry cow
3/2. maggie nicols / look beneath the surface
3/3. joseph racaille / week-end
3/4. the work / with wings pressed back
3/5. neil innes & son / cum on feel the noize

4/1. herbert distel / toscany in blue (last minute)
4/2. lol coxhill / an end to the matter
4/3. ken ellis / one minute in the life of ivan denisovich
4/3. steve miller / alice

5/1. norman lovett / john peel sings the blues badly
5/2. patrick portella / serrons nous les coudes
5/3. george melly / sounds that saved my life
5/4. robert fripp / miniature
5/5. andy partridge (xtc) / the history of rock'n'roll
5/6. phantom captain / breather

Side B

6/1. ron geesin / enterbrain exit
6/2. alejandro viñao / an imaginary orchestrina
6/3. quentin crisp / stop the music for a minute
6/4. simon desorgher / tetrad
6/5. ralph steadman / sweetest love (lament after a broken sashcord on a theme of john donne)
6/6. r.d.laing & son / tipperary

7/1. trevor wishart / beach double
7/2. john white / scene de ballet
7/3. ivor cutler / brooch boat
7/4. hector zazou / do tell us
7/5. michael bass & ellen tenenbaum / a miniaturization of bartok's sonata for two pianos & percussion (3rd movement)

8/1. martin chambers (the pretenders) / a swift one
8/2. bob cobbing & henri chopin / refreshment break
8/3. dave vanian (the damned) / night touch
8/4. metabolist / racing poodles

9/1. gavin bryars / after mendelssohn (137 years)
9/2. 1/2 japanese / paint it black
9/3. simon jeffes / arthur's treat
9/4. mark perry / talking world war iii blues
9/5. michael nyman / 89-90-91-92

10/1. david cunningham (the flying lizards) / index of ends
10/2. kevin coyne / james, mark & me (in the manner of tom waits)
10/3. etron fou leloublan / hep!
10/4. neil oram & ken campbell & the science fiction theatre of liverpool / the minute warp
10/5. pete seeger / chorale from beethoven's 9th symphony

Release Details

Format: Vinyl, LP, Limited Edition, RED VINYL
Released: 2014
Genre: Electronic, Rock, Non-Music, Pop, Classical
Style: Spoken Word, Abstract, Poetry, Experimental, Comedy, Minimal

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