Invisible Means [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
The second meeting from this left-of-the-dial supergroup -- Fairport Convention founder and all-around guitar genius Richard Thompson, avant-garde guitar visionary Henry Kaiser, Henry Cow founder and avant/progressive noise advocate Fred Frith, and former Captain Beefheart percussionist John French -- is longer, calmer, and a bit easier to digest than their first collaboration, Live, Love, Larf & Loaf, but it lacks a bit of the playful wit and high spirits that made the previous set so much fun. While there are a handful of obvious jokes on board -- most notably Thompson's mock operatic "March of the Cosmetic Surgeons" and French's "Now That I Am Dead" (in which a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
The second meeting from this left-of-the-dial supergroup -- Fairport Convention founder and all-around guitar genius Richard Thompson, avant-garde guitar visionary Henry Kaiser, Henry Cow founder and avant/progressive noise advocate Fred Frith, and former Captain Beefheart percussionist John French -- is longer, calmer, and a bit easier to digest than their first collaboration, Live, Love, Larf & Loaf, but it lacks a bit of the playful wit and high spirits that made the previous set so much fun. While there are a handful of obvious jokes on board -- most notably Thompson's mock operatic "March of the Cosmetic Surgeons" and French's "Now That I Am Dead" (in which a deceased musician discovers death has been a boon for his career) -- there are also a surprising number of John French's intelligent but unexpectedly conventional-sounding pop tunes (most notably "To the Rain" and "The Evening News"), and the contributions from Kaiser and Frith stand out more dramatically as their own work on this album, rather than melding into a collective whole (if Live, Love, Larf & Loaf didn't always achieve a stylistic unity, it was a good bit more cohesive than this session). But Thompson does contribute a stunning tune to close out the set, the chilling "Killing Jar," and the ensemble playing is never less than inspired; even in its lesser moments, Invisible Means is worth a spin just to hear these supremely gifted musicians bring out the best in each other. By the way, despite the fact this album was originally released by Windam Hill, there is nothing remotely new age about Invisible Means.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/14/2008
  • Label: Fledg'ling Uk
  • EAN: 5020393307222
  • Catalog Number: 3072
  • Sales rank: 100,288

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Peppermint Rock (3:43)
  2. 2 To the Rain (4:52)
  3. 3 Lizard's Tail (4:23)
  4. 4 March of the Cosmetic Surgeons (5:17)
  5. 5 Suzanne (3:00)
  6. 6 Quick Sign (3:44)
  7. 7 Begging Bowl (3:24)
  8. 8 Kalo Takariva (1:23)
  9. 9 Invisible Means (5:04)
  10. 10 Loch Lomond (4:48)
  11. 11 Play with Fire (9:43)
  12. 12 The Book of Lost Dreams (1:52)
  13. 13 Days of Our Lives (5:19)
  14. 14 The Evening News (3:43)
  15. 15 The Nearsighted Heron (3:30)
  16. 16 Now That I Am Dead (3:32)
  17. 17 Hunting Sunsets (4:18)
  18. 18 Killing Jar (7:44)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
French Frith Kaiser Thompson Primary Artist
Henry Kaiser Guitar
Richard Thompson Guitar, Vocals
Fred Frith Bass
John French Drums, Vocals
Catherine Keen Vocals, Mezzo-Soprano (Vocal)
Technical Credits
Henry Kaiser Composer, Producer, Remastering, Audio Production
Richard Thompson Composer
Oliver di Cicco Engineer
Fred Frith Composer
John French Composer
David Suff Cover Illustration
Traditional Composer
Bob Adams Composer
Nanker Phelge Composer
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  • Posted November 19, 2010

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    Less Weird Than The First Album

    This second (and sadly, last) offering from FFKT is much calmer than their rookie offering. The guitar playing is more melodic and melody is emphasized. Two of the tracks could appear on a Richard Thompson anthology and would rank with his best work. His nine minute live rendition of Play With Fire is as menacing as the Stones' version and the guitar jam sounds like Neil Young & Crazy Horse. The final track, Killing Jar, would have made a great centerpiece for any of his solo albums. It's too bad that these four artists never re-formed for another project. Kudos to Fledgling UK for re-releasing both French Frith Kaiser Thompson CDs and packing them to the brim with bonus tracks.

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