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All Music Guide - Richard Foss
Of all the strange and wonderful groups that Roger Miller has been associated with, this is the most delightful. The Exquisite Corpse showed a previously unsuspected side to Miller, the one that wondered what would happen if you took medieval instruments and modern sensibilities and tossed them together. A tune with a counterpoint between pedal steel guitar and renaissance shawm? Why didn't somebody think of this before, you'll wonder after you hear "Dance in the Poet's Eye." The ideas here are dazzling, with Miller's fine ear for the possibilities of creative dissonance used as never before. On "Owl," a choppy guitar riff is overlaid by an Arabic-sounding electric violin ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richard Foss
Of all the strange and wonderful groups that Roger Miller has been associated with, this is the most delightful. The Exquisite Corpse showed a previously unsuspected side to Miller, the one that wondered what would happen if you took medieval instruments and modern sensibilities and tossed them together. A tune with a counterpoint between pedal steel guitar and renaissance shawm? Why didn't somebody think of this before, you'll wonder after you hear "Dance in the Poet's Eye." The ideas here are dazzling, with Miller's fine ear for the possibilities of creative dissonance used as never before. On "Owl," a choppy guitar riff is overlaid by an Arabic-sounding electric violin and a faux-medieval trombone line, making a dazzling cultural mix that sounds like nothing else. Along with the original tunes, Miller adds a few surprising covers, such as a delightfully noir version of Duke Ellington's "The Mooche" and the famous end theme for the Looney Tunes cartoons penned by Carl Stalling. The moods on this album range from soothing to furious, and, except for the brief and pointless "Game" improvisations, there's not a wasted note. Unfold may have been a dead end -- Miller hasn't recorded anything quite like it again -- but it is a daring and fascinating work that repays repeated listens.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/16/1995
  • Label: Sst Records
  • UPC: 018861030746
  • Catalog Number: 307

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Entry (Mud) (0:32)
  2. 2 Dance in the Poet's Eye (2:33)
  3. 3 Djinn (4:32)
  4. 4 Mentabolism (3:44)
  5. 5 Looney Tunes (1:18)
  6. 6 The Mooche (3:31)
  7. 7 Nothing What (4:44)
  8. 8 Game #2 (1:22)
  9. 9 Gargoyle (1:50)
  10. 10 Owl (3:06)
  11. 11 Mach├ęte Hacker's Boogie-Woogie (3:14)
  12. 12 Game #3 (1:25)
  13. 13 The Cheese and the Worms (2:58)
  14. 14 Prelude to the Demolition of the Teal Building (4:10)
  15. 15 Dream Interpretation No. 1 (4:03)
  16. 16 Exit (Bach) (0:17)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Roger Miller Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Vocals, Sampling
Rich Gilbert Steel Guitar
Ken Winokur Percussion, Drums, Voices
Dan Stillman Trombone, Voices, Shawm
Judith Cohen Stanton Violin
Technical Credits
Jeff Whitehead Producer
Roger Miller Producer
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