Monster Cover David Thomas, Monster

OUT OF PRINT
Ubutique still has stock:
Ubutique stocks the 4-cd box set: $25.
Ann Powers, New York Times, 12/14/97
Anyone who appreciates the passion and perversion of experimental rock should buy this set.
Songs:
CD1: The Sound of the Sand
  1. The Birds Are A Good Idea (1:58)
  2. Yiki Tiki (2:16)
  3. Crickets In The Flats (4:58)
  4. Sound Of The Sand (3:27)
  5. The New Atom Mine (5:14)
  6. Big Dreams (2:21)
  7. Happy to See You (3:32)
  8. Crush This Horn, Part 2 (1:49)
  9. Confuse Did (2:32)
  10. Sloop John B (5:09)
  11. Man's Best Friend (4:28)


CD2: Variations on a Theme
  1. A Day At The Botanical Gardens (1983 mix) (3:44)
  2. Bird Town (2:44)
  3. Pedestrian Walk (1983 mix) (4:17)
  4. The Egg & I (2:55)
  5. Who Is It? (3:40)
  6. Song of The Hoe (6:03)
  7. Hurry Back (4:20)
  8. The Rain (1983 mix) (3:48)
  9. Semaphore (5:11)
  10. A Day At The Botanical Gardens(3:21)*
  11. Pedestrian Walk (4:31)*
  12. Hurry Back (1983 mix) (3:57)*
  13. The Rain (5:18)*
* - extras

CD3: More Places Forever & Monster Walks The Winter Lake
  1. Through The Magnifying Glass (2:58)
  2. Enthusiastic (4:46)
  3. Whale Head King (5:50)
  4. Song Of The Bailing Man (4:42)
  5. Big Breezy Day (3:23)
  6. The Farmer's Wife (4:32)
  7. New Broom (4:21)
  8. About True Friends (4:35)
  9. My Theory Of Spontaneous Simultude / Red Tin Bus (3:06)
  10. What Happened To Me (2:45)
  11. Monster Walks The Winter Lake (11:13)
  12. Bicycle (4:17)
  13. Coffee Train (2:24)
  14. My Town (3:19)
  15. Monster Magee, King Of The Seas (2:14)
  16. Monster Thinks About The Good Days (3:37)
  17. What Happened To Me (2:41)


CD4: Blame the Messenger
  1. My Town (3:07)
  2. A Fact About Trains (4:24)
  3. King Knut (5:27)
  4. When Love Is Uneven (3:27)
  5. The Storm Breaks (3:34)
  6. The Long Rain (4:11)
  7. Havin' Time (4:53)
  8. Friends Of Stone (3:18)
  9. The Velikovsky 2-Step (6:50)
Links and Background:
Sound Of The Sand lyricsVariations On A Theme lyricsMore Places Forever lyricsMonster Walks The Winter Lake lyricsBlame The Messenger lyrics

monster n. & a. ... 2. imaginary animal compounded of incongruous elements. --The Concise Oxford Dictionary, 1985.

Between 1981 and 1987 Pere Ubu's David Thomas recorded five studio albums with the likes of Richard Thompson, Chris Cutler, Lindsay Cooper, Anton Fier, Philip Moxham, Garo Yellin, Allen Ravenstine, Daved Hild, Jim Jones & Tony Maimone. The last of these, Blame The Messenger (1987), led directly to the reactivation of the Pere Ubu projex and is generally considered to be part of the Ubu canon.

Sound of The Sand (1981) and Variations On A Theme (1983) hang on the guitar playing of Richard Thompson. The latter was remixed by David Thomas in 1989 and 1990 with vocal revisions and additional instrumental & vocal overdubs from Jim Jones. Unless indicated the mixes in this box set are from those remix sessions.

More Places Forever (1985) represents Mr Thomas's Pedestrians trio & quartet projex, and for the box is doubled up with Monster Walks The Winter Lake (1986), the album most often considered his masterpiece, as well as being his most personal recording. (More Places Forever has been radically remixed for this box.)

MONSTER is a 4-cd box set packaged in a multi-way jewel case with a slip cover and a 12 page full-color booklet. The package design is by John Thompson.

Digitally transferred & eq'ed by David Thomas and Paul Hamann at Suma, January 1997, except the Variations On A Theme disk which was digitally mastered at Suma in July and August 2004.

Release History:
Cooking Vinyl
  HR110, (UK) 6/23/97 5-cd box
  COOKCD320 (UK) 11/1/04 4-cd box.
  CKVCD4720 (US) 11/9/04 4-cd box.
Tim/Kerr Records 97CD161, (US) 7/1/97 5-cd box
Bomba Records BOM6601, (Japan) 7/20/97 5-cd box
RTI Records CKV 9000 2, (Italy) 5-cd box
spinART Records HR110, (US) 11/5/02 5-cd box

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