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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
If it never serves any other purpose, this two-disc collection of National Health's complete official output will at least always work as an effective refutation of the belief that all 1970s British prog-rock was overblown, self-indulgent, Mahlerian twaddle. Of course, most British prog-rock was just that, so it would be easy to understand anyone's reluctance to spend much time with it. Also, National Health has to be the least inviting band name in the history of British rock. But if you make the effort, you'll be richly rewarded. Yes, the compositions are long and they have titles like "Borogoves" and "Tales of a Damson Knight." Yes, there are lots and lots of solos. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
If it never serves any other purpose, this two-disc collection of National Health's complete official output will at least always work as an effective refutation of the belief that all 1970s British prog-rock was overblown, self-indulgent, Mahlerian twaddle. Of course, most British prog-rock was just that, so it would be easy to understand anyone's reluctance to spend much time with it. Also, National Health has to be the least inviting band name in the history of British rock. But if you make the effort, you'll be richly rewarded. Yes, the compositions are long and they have titles like "Borogoves" and "Tales of a Damson Knight." Yes, there are lots and lots of solos. But there's also lots of structure and self-discipline undergirding those compositions and guiding those solos, and the band never seems to lose sight of the fact that they're playing for people other than themselves. That means there are melodies sometimes even jazzy ones and rhythmic hooks sometimes even funky ones...okay, very slightly funky as well as interesting textures and impressive fretwork. Highly recommended. This isn't actually a "complete" collection of National Health's recorded output -- see Missing Pieces, also on East Side Digital, for a good compilation of outtakes.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/20/1990
  • Label: East Side Digital
  • UPC: 021561804029
  • Catalog Number: 80402

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Paracelsus (1:41)
  2. 2 Tenemos Roads (14:32)
  3. 3 Brujo (10:13)
  4. 4 Borogoves (4:12)
  5. 5 Elephants (14:32)
  6. 6 The Bryden Two-Step (For Amphibians), Pt. 1 (8:52)
  7. 7 The Collapso (6:16)
  8. 8 Squarer for Maud (11:30)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Dreams Wide Awake (8:48)
  2. 2 Binoculars (11:43)
  3. 3 Phlakaton (0:08)
  4. 4 The Bryden Two-Step (For Amphibians), Pt. 2 (5:31)
  5. 5 The Apocalypso (6:32)
  6. 6 Portrait of a Shrinking Man (5:33)
  7. 7 T.N.T.F.X. (3:12)
  8. 8 Black Hat (4:51)
  9. 9 I Feel a Night Coming On (6:35)
  10. 10 Arriving Twice (2:17)
  11. 11 Shining Water (8:50)
  12. 12 Tales of a Damson Knight (1:53)
  13. 13 Flanagan's People (5:20)
  14. 14 Toad of Toad Hall (7:25)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
National Health Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Bill Bruford Drums
Steve Hillage Guitar
Phil Miller Guitar
Phil Minton Trumpet
Alan Gowen Electric Piano
John Greaves Bass
Selwyn Baptiste Drums
Georgie Born Cello
Jimmy Hastings Clarinet, Flute
Neil Murray Bass
Amanda Parsons Vocals
Pip Pyle Drums, Gong, Tambourine, cowbell
Keith Thompson Oboe
Dave Stewart Organ, Electric Piano
John Mitchell Percussion
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