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FRONT OF THE ALBUM The Sound Of The Sand and Other Songs Of The Pedestrian
David Thomas and the pedestrians

Produced by Adam Kidron.

Released 1981.

Available as a high quality audio download from the Ubutique / Hearpen Music Audio Downloads Page or the Hearpen Music eJunkie Shop. Lyrics are embedded.
Songs:
  1. 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 Two (1:49)
  9. Confuse Did (2:32)
  10. Sloop John B (5:09)
  11. Man's Best Friend (4:28)

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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, & cut at 45 rpm.
Digitally transferred & eq'ed by David Thomas and Paul Hamann at Suma, October 1996.

Cover artwork executed by Martyn Lambert from a photo by Mik Mellen.


Birds Are A Good Idea
David Thomas vocals
Richard Thompson guitar
Philip Moxham bass
Anton Fier drums & percussion
Tan-Tan trumpet (overdub)
Allen Ravenstine EML synthesizer (overdub)

Yiki Tiki
David Thomas vocals
Richard Thompson guitar
Philip Moxham bass
Anton Fier drums & percussion
Tan-Tan trumpet (overdub)
Allen Ravenstine EML synthesizer & baby horn (overdub)

Crickets In The Flats
Anton Fier drums & percussion
Richard Thompson dulcimer
John Greaves bass

Sound Of The Sand
David Thomas vocals
Richard Thompson guitar
Philip Moxham bass
Anton Fier drums & percussion
Tan-Tan trumpet (overdub)
Allen Ravenstine EML synthesizer (overdub)

The New Atom Mine
David Thomas vocals
Richard Thompson guitar & dulcimer
John Greaves bass
Anton Fier drums & percussion
Tan-Tan trumpet (overdub)
Allen Ravenstine EML synthesizer (overdub)

Big Dreams
David Thomas vocals & whistle
Richard Thompson guitar
Philip Moxham bass
Anton Fier drums
Tan-Tan trumpet (overdub)
Allen Ravenstine EML synthesizer (overdub)

Happy To See You
David Thomas vocals & keys
Alan Greenblatt guitar
Paul Hamann bass
Scott Krauss drums
Ralph Carney sax & musette
Allen Ravenstine EML synthesizer

Crush This Horn, Part Two
David Thomas vocals
Richard Thompson guitar
John Greaves bass & piano
Anton Fier drums
Allen Ravenstine EML synthesizer (overdub)

Confuse Did
David Thomas vocals
Richard Thompson guitar
Philip Moxham bass
Anton Fier drums & percussion
Tan-Tan trumpet (overdub)
John Greaves effects bass

Sloop John B
David Thomas vocals
Chris Cutler drums
Tan-Tan trumpet
Adam Kidron steps

Man's Best Friend
David Thomas vocals
Richard Thompson guitar
Philip Moxham bass
Anton Fier drums
Tan-Tan trumpet
Mayo Thompson accordion
Allen Ravenstine EML synthesizer (overdub)

Birds Are a Good Idea, Sound of The Sand written by Thomas - Moxham - Thompson) ©1981 Hearpen Music /Rough Trade Music/Island Music. Yiki Tiki written by Thomas - Thompson - Fier ©1981 Hearpen Music/Rough Trade Music/Island Music. Crickets In The Flats written by Fier ©1981 Rough Trade Music. The New Atom Mine written by Thomas - Thompson - Fier - Greaves ©1981 Hearpen Music/Rough Trade Music/Albion Music/Island Music. Big Dreams written by Thomas - Moxham) ©1981 Hearpen Music/Rough Trade Music. Happy To See You written by Thomas ©1981 Hearpen Music. Crush This Horn, Part Two and Confuse Did written by Thomas - Fier ©1981 Hearpen Music/Rough Trade Music. Sloop John B (trad, arranged by Thomas) ©1981 Hearpen Music. Man's Best Friend written by Thomas - Thornton - Thompson - Fier) ©1981 Hearpen Music/Rough Trade Music/Island Music.

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