David Thomas Solo Projex

Solo Recordings

SOS lp THE SOUND OF THE SAND & OTHER SONGS OF THE PEDESTRIAN (1981)
David Thomas & The Pedestrians

Release History:
Rough Trade Records
   Rough 30 (UK) Oct 1981 lp.
   Rough US 18 (US) Nov 1981 lp.
Currently available only via Monster.
Produced by Adam Kidron.

Musicians:
Ralph Carney, Chris Cutler, Anton Fier, John Greaves, Alan Greenblatt, Paul Hamann, Scott Krauss, Philip Moxham, Allen Ravenstine, Tan Tan, Mayo Thompson & Richard Thompson.
Songs:
The Birds Are a Good Idea (1:58), Yiki Tiki (2:16), Crickets In The Flats (4:58), Sound of The Sand (3:27), The New Atom Mine (5:14), Big Dreams (2:21), Happy To See You (3:32), Crush This Horn, Part Two (1:49), Confuse Did (2:32), Sloop John B (5:09), and Man's Best Friend (4:28).
Notes:
Produced by Adam Kidron. Recorded by Phil Bodger at Regent's Park Studios (London), May to June 1981; except Happy To See You recorded by Paul Hamann at Suma, January 1981. Overdubs recorded by Paul Hamann at Suma and in London. Mixed at Suma. Album mastered by Adam Kidron at Nimbus, Monmouth, Wales, and cut at 45 rpm. Digitally transferred and eq'ed by David Thomas and Paul Hamann at Suma, October 1996. Cover artwork executed by Martyn Lambert from a photo by Mik Mellen.


Vocal Perf lp Vocal Performances (1981)
David Thomas

Release History:
Rough Trade Records US
   Trade 5/12 1981 12-inch vinyl.
Currently unavailable.

Musicians:
Ralph Carney.
Songs:
Petrified and Sloop John B.
Notes:
Produced by David Thomas. Petrified recorded live at Bushflow Studio, Akron. Sloop John B recorded on a cassette in a hotel in London. Edited and mixed at Suma, engiineered by Paul Hamann and Mike Bishop. Artwork by Mary Thomas.


VOAT lp VARIATIONS ON A THEME (1983)
David Thomas and the Pedestrians
Produced by David Thomas.

David Thomas - vocals, tapes
Richard Thompson - guitar, backing vocals
Jim Jones - guitar, synthesizer, backing vocals, loops
Lindsay Cooper - bassoon, sopranino
Paul Hamann - bass
Jack Monck - bass
Anton Fier - drums, marimba, piano, percussion
Chris Cutler - drums, percussion

Original release: June 1983.
Currently available only as an audio download from hearpen.com.
Songs: Pedestrian Walk, Bird Town, A Day At The Botanical Gardens, The Egg and I, Who Is It?, Song of The Hoe, Hurry Back, The Rain, and Semaphore.


wch lp WINTER COMES HOME (1983)
David Thomas & His Legs

Release History:
Recommended Records dtlp (UK) lp.
Available as download only.

Musicians:
Chris Cutler & Lindsay Cooper.
Songs:
A Day Such As This, Winter Comes Home, West Side Story, Sunset, Stormy Weather, Poetic License, Rhapsody In Pink, Dinosaurs Like Me, Petrified, Bones In Action, and Contrasted Views of The Archaeopteryx.
Notes:
Recorded live at The Hirschwirt, Erding, West Germany, 12/11/82. Mastering by Jon Jacobs at Nimbus. Art by Mary Thomas.


MPF lp MORE PLACES FOREVER (1985)
David Thomas and the Pedestrians
Produced by David Thomas.

David Thomas - vocals
Lindsay Cooper - bassoon, sopranino, tuba, oboe, alto sax, piano, organ
Tony Maimone - bass, piano
Chris Cutler - drums, percussion

Original release: May 1985.
Currently available only as an audio download from hearpen.com.
Songs: Through The Magnifying Glass, Enthusiastic, Whale Head King, Song of The Bailing Man, Big Breezy Day, The Farmer's Wife, New Broom, and About True Friends.


MWWL lp MONSTER WALKS THE WINTER LAKE (1986)
David Thomas & The Wooden Birds

Release History:
Rough Trade Records Rough 90 (UK) Mar 1986 lp.
Twin Tone Records
   TTR8667 (US) 1986 lp.
   TTRCD8667 (US) 1986 cd.
Currently available only via Monster.
Produced by David Thomas

Musicians:
Daved Hild, Tony Maimone, Allen Ravenstine & Garo Yellin.
Songs:
My Theory of Spontaneous Simultude / Red Tin Bus (3:06), What Happened To Me (2:45), Monster Walks The Winter Lake (11:13), Bicycle (4:17), Coffee Train (2:24), My Town (3:19), Monster Magee, King of The Seas (2:14), Monster Thinks About The Good Days (3:37), and What Happened To Me (2:41).
Notes:
Produced by David Thomas. Recorded live in the studio by Paul Hamann at Suma on November 18, 20 and 21, 1985, using the Sumex custom digital processor and a Sony F1 betamax video recorder. There were no overdubs. Fostex X-15 and Tascam 144 multitrack cassette recordings were used as real time accompaniments for Coffee Train, My Town, Monster Magee and Monster Thinks About The Good Days. Digitally edited by Paul Hamann at Telarc. Digitally transferred ands eq'ed by David Thomas and Paul Hamann at Suma, October 1996. Front cover photo by Mik Mellen. Back cover photo by Ellen Zoslov. Design by John Thompson.


BTM lp BLAME THE MESSENGER (1987)
David Thomas and The Wooden Birds

Release History:
Rough Trade Records Rough 120 (UK) Jan 15 1987 lp.
Twin Tone Records TTR87105 (US) Apr 1987 lp.
Currently available only via Monster.
Produced by Chris Cutler

Musicians:
Chris Cutler, Jim Jones, Tony Maimone & Allen Ravenstine.
Songs:
My Town (3:07), A Fact About Trains (4:24), King Knüt (5:27), When Love Is Uneven (3:27), The Storm Breaks (3:34), The Long Rain (4:11), Havin Time (4:53), Friends of Stone (3:18), and The Velikovsky 2-Step (6:50).
Notes:
Produced by Chris Cutler. Recorded by Paul Hamann at Suma on September 23 and 24, 1986. Original release edited by Paul Hamann and Roz Ilett at Telarc, Cleveland OH, mastered at Suma by Mike Bishop and cut by Denis Blackham at Tape One, London. Digitally transferred and eq'ed by David Thomas and Paul Hamann at Suma, October 1996. Photos by Mik Mellen. Design by John Thompson.


ERE lp EREWHON (1996)
David Thomas and two pale boys

Release History:
Cooking Vinyl Records COOK CD105 (ROW) Sep 1996 cd.
Tim/Kerr Records TK96CD145 (US) Oct 1996 cd.
Bomba Records BOM22001 (Japan) cd.
Produced by David Thomas.

Musicians:
Keith Moliné & Andy Diagram.
Songs:
Obsession, Planet of Fools, Nowheresville, Fire, Lantern, Morbid Sky, Weird Cornfields, Highway 61 Revisited & Kathleen


Box art David Thomas, Monster (1997)
David Thomas

Release History:
Cooking Vinyl Records HR110 (ROW) June 1997.
Tim/Kerr Records 97CD161 (US) July 1997.
5 cd box set of these albums:
   The Sound of The Sand,
   Variations On A Theme,
   More Places Forever,
   Monster Walks The Winter Lake,
   Blame The Messenger
   Meadville (bonus live disk by David Thomas and two pale boys)


The 1997 release was a 5-cd box set with a 16 page full-color booklet. The package design was by John Thompson. Digitally transferred & eq'ed by David Thomas and Paul Hamann at Suma, January 1997.

MM art Mirror Man (1999)
The Pale Orchestra conducted by David Thomas

Release History:
Cooking Vinyl COOK CD175 (UK) 3/22/99 cd.
Bomba Records BOM22097 (Japan) 4/25/99 cd.
Thirsty Ear thi 57068.2 (US) 6/22/99 cd.
Musidisc Records (France) 6/4/99 cd.
Produced by David Thomas.

Musicians:
Bob Holman, Linda Thompson, Robert Kidney, Jackie Leven, Daved Hild, Jane Bom-Bane, Keith Moliné, Andy Diagram, Peter Hammill, Jack Kidney & Chris Cutler.
Songs:
Lost Nation Road, Ballad of Florida, Montana, Morbid Sky, Nowheresville, Memphis, Over The Moon, Bus Called Happiness & Weird Cornfields.


BC art Bay City (2000)
David Thomas and foreigners

Release History:
Hearpen Records HR111 (Europe) 4/17/00 cd.
Thirsty Ear THI 57085.2 (US) 4/18/00 cd.
Hearpen / Ninth World Music HR111 (UK & Scandinavia) 5/2/00 cd.
Bomba Records BOM 22115(Japan) 4/23/00 cd.
Produced by David Thomas & P.O. Jørgens.

Musicians:
P. O. Jørgens, Jørgen Teller & Per Buhl Acs.
Songs:
Clouds of You, White Room, Black Coffee Dawn, Salt, Nobody Lives On The Moon, Charlotte, The Doorbell, 15 Seconds, The Radio Talks To Me, Shaky Hands, Black Rain, Turpentine & White Room #4


SUP art Surf's Up! (2001)
David Thomas and two pale boys

Release History:
Glitterhouse Records GRCD 519 (UK & Europe) 3/5/1 cd.
Thirsty Ear (US) 2/20/1 cd.
Bomba Records (Japan) cd.
Produced by David Thomas.

Musicians:
Keith Moliné & Andy Diagram.
Songs:
Runaway, Man in the Dark, Night Driving, Surf's Up, River, Ghosts, Spider in my Stew & Come Home * Green River


SUP art 18 Monkeys On A Dead Man's Chest (2004)
David Thomas and two pale boys

Release History:
Bomba BOM 24004 (Japan) 3/20/04 cd.
Glitterhouse GRCD 596 (UK & EU) 3/29/04 cd.
Smog Veil SV51CD (US) 10/19/04 cd.
Produced by David Thomas.

Musicians:
Keith Moliné & Andy Diagram.
Songs:
New Orleans Fuzz (3:44), Numbers Man (4:36), Little Sister (3:09), Habeas Corpus (4:27), Brunswick Parking Lot (5:51), Nebraska Alcohol Abuse (6:17), Sad Eyed Lowlands (5:19), Golden Surf (4:30), and Prepare for The End (7:08)


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Guest Appearances

2009
Funland by The Unknown Instructors. Smog Veil SV68, March 2009, cd.

2007
"This Black Hat Is Rage," "Tar Baby And The Rising Sun," & "Doghouse Riley"
Master's Voice by The Unknown Instructors. Smog Veil SV66, March 2007, cd.
"Red Apple Boy"
Traineater by The Book Of Knots, Anti 86853-2, June 2007, cd.

2006
"Fishing Blues" and "Way Down The Old Plank Road"
The Harry Smith Project, Anthology of American Folk Music Revisited. Shout! Factory, 2-cd/2-dvd.
"Dan Dan" and "The Drunken Sailor"
Hal Willner's Rogue's Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs & Shanteys. Anti/Epitaph (Anti 6817-2), August 2006, 2-cd.

2000
Duet with Jackie Leven on "You've Lost That Lovin Feeling" and "Paris Blues." Melodeon on "Morbid Sky."
Defending Ancient Springs by Jackie Leven. Cooking Vinyl COOKCD 191, cd.

1995
"Birdless" and "The Pigeons, Mr McKenzie"
Differently Desperate by The Hat Shoes. Recrec Music, RecRec 41, lp, and reCDec 41, cd.

1992
"Fish Shack"
Collaborations, LO Recordings VOL 2 by MLO. LO Recordings LCD 02, cd.


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Outline of David Thomas 'Solo' Projex

  • The Duo
    • The Carney Duo, (1982-1984) Improvised stories and songs backed by tapes and Ralph Carney, ex-Tin Huey, (saxes and clarinet)
    • The Cooper Duo, (1982-1984) Improvised stories and songs backed by tapes by Lindsay Cooper, ex-Henry Cow, (electric bassoon and saxes).
  • The Pedestrians
    • The Trio, 1982-86: Improvised musical shows with Chris Cutler (drums) & Lindsay Cooper (electric bassoon & saxes). Also billed as David Thomas & His Legs.
    • The Quartet v1.01, 1983: Lindsay Cooper (electric bassoon & saxes), Chris Cutler (drums) & Phil Moxham (bass).
    • The Quartet v1.5, 1984: Lindsay Cooper (electric bassoon & saxes), Chris Cutler (drums) & Jack Monck (bass).
    • The Quartet v2.0, 1984-85: Lindsay Cooper (electric bassoon & saxes), Chris Cutler (drums) & Tony Maimone (bass).
    • The Quartet v2.5, 1984: Lindsay Cooper (electric bassoon & saxes), Chris Cutler (drums) & GB(?) (bass).
  • The Wooden Birds
    • v1.0, 1984-85: Daved Hild (melodeon & voice) & Ralph Carney (saxes & clarinet).
    • v2.0, 1985: Daved Hild (melodeon & percussion), Garo Yellin (cello), Allen Ravenstine (synthesizers) & Tony Maimone (bass).
    • v3.0, 1986: Daved Hild (melodeon & percussion), Ralph Carney (saxes & clarinet), Allen Ravenstine (synthesizers) & Tony Maimone (bass).
    • v3.1, 1986: Daved Hild (melodeon & percussion), George Cartwright (saxes), Allen Ravenstine (synthesizers) & Tony Maimone (bass).
    • v4.0, 1986-87: Jim Jones (guitar), Allen Ravenstine (synthesizers), Tony Maimone (bass) & Chris Cutler (drums).
  • The Accordion Club
    • v1.0, 1985: John Kirkpatrick (melodeon) and Chris Cutler (drums).
    • v1.1, 1985-86: Alan Dunn (accordion) & Chris Cutler (drums).
    • v1.2, 1987: John Kirkpatrick (melodeon) & Steve Goulding (drums).
    • v2.0, 1986-87: Stefan Agaton (guitar), Thomas Agaton (bass) & Chris Cutler (drums).
    • v3.0, 1987: Lynne Thomas (accordion).
    • v4.0, 1992-94: Ira Kaplan (guitar) & Garo Yellin (cello).
    • v5.0, 1993: Brian Godding (guitar) and Mark Davies (cello).
  • The Murky Weasels
    • v1.0, 1988: Don Was (bass) & Dave Was (misc instruments).
    • v1.5, 1989: Don Was (bass) & Dave Was (misc instruments), Karl Wallinger (keyboards, guitar), Chris Cutler (drums) with Loudon Wainwright & Guy Chambers (keyboards).
  • The two pale boys
    • v.05, 1994: Keith Moliné (guitar)
    • v1.0, 1994-1995: Keith Moliné (guitar) & Chris Brierley (violin).
    • v2.0, 1995-??: Keith Moliné (guitar) & Andy Diagram (trumpet).
    • v2.5 David Thomas and the pale gagarins, 2006: Keith Moliné (guitar) & Dids (electronica).
  • Gefion Calls / Greenland / Foreigners
    • 1996-??: Series of Danish performance and recording projex in collaboration with Danish improvisers P.O. Jørgens, Jørgen Teller and Per Buhl Acs.
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