by The Muffins


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Manna/Mirage was the Muffins' first album and remained their best work. It is a fantastic blend of Canterbury prog and Henry Cow-ish intricacy, with a soupçon of improvisation. Completely instrumental, the music can also be linked to Happy the Man for its melodic side. "Monkey With the Golden Eyes" is a nice introductory track seguing into the fantastic "Hobart Got Burned," which starts with a calm atonal improvisation and builds up to a bombastic main theme. Then comes "Amelia Earhart" (16 minutes), a track superior to anything that came out of Canterbury. You must hear it to believe it. Canterbury-type prog never got that good. Finally, "The Adventures of Captain Boomerang" (23 minutes) is a long complex suite, with a humorous touch not unlike some of National Health's material. Manna/Mirage would have become a classic prog album, if only it had come out of Canterbury instead of late-'70s U.S.A. Since Cuneiform Records reissued it on CD in 1991, the album has enjoyed quite a bit of fame in progressive rock circles.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/29/1995
Label: Cuneiform
UPC: 0045775500423
catalogNumber: 755004

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Muffins   Primary Artist
Tom Scott   Flute,Percussion,Soprano,Alto Flute,Oboe,Piccolo,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Alto Clarinet
Billy Swan   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Piano
Dave Newhouse   Organ,Flute,Percussion,Piano,Bass Clarinet,Piccolo,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Multiple Reeds
Paul Sears   Percussion,Drums,Gong,Xylophone,Penny Whistle,Pans,Pots
John Schmidt   Tuba,Baritone Horn
Steve Feigenbaum   Guitar
Doug Elliot   Trombone

Technical Credits

Tom Scott   Engineer
Dave Newhouse   Composer
Paul Sears   Vibe Master
Ellen Vincent   Cover Art
Diane Falcone   Back Cover
Colleen Scott   Engineer

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