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Pressed on 180-gram vinyl; includes 23" x 23" foldout poster. Originally issued in 1981, Miniatures is a concept compilation album that is certain to delight the listener on a multitude of fronts simultaneously. Conceived in 1980 by Morgan Fisher (erstwhile keyboardist for Mott the Hoople) as a means of addressing the scope of music and musicians that he loved but lacked time enough to release, Miniatures draws from an array of artists whose submissions exist within the strict framework of a 60-second maximum track length. The pieces wriggle excitedly in their rapid and unrelenting succession, sequenced with insight sufficient to create an infinitely curious netherworld. Contributors provide their chosen 60 seconds of indulgence -- be it Andy Partridge offering "The History of Rock'n'Roll," noted author/psychoanalyst R. D. Laing giving us a father/son duet of "Tipperary," or Roger McGough reciting "The Wreck of the Hesperus" in it's entirety -- and, while each track offers a distinct and separate thrill, the whole of Miniatures is both a monument to the creativity of it's time and a living reminder of humanity in it's preposterous glory. With no room for filler of any kind, Miniatures is a consistently refreshing revelation. Filled with abrupt, often beautiful, utterances from a bewildering diversity of artists (what other album contains both Pete Seeger and The Residents?), Miniatures is imbued throughout with self-awareness that, beneath an umbrella of shared and voluntary absurdity, scuppers any veneer of remoteness. In it's place lies the intersection of naked curiosity with love of music. Includes tracks by Ollie Halsall & John Halsey, The Residents, Roger McGough, Morgan Fisher, John Otway, Pete Challis & Phil Diplock, Robert Wyatt, Stinky Winkles, Mary Longford, Andy 'Thunderclap' Newman, David Bedford, Fred Frith, Maggie Nicols, Joseph Racaille, The Work, Neil Innes & Son, Herbert Distel, Lol Coxhill, Ken Ellis, Steve Miller, Norman Lovett, Patrick Portella, George Melly, Robert Fripp, Andy Partridge (XTC), Phantom Captain, Ron Geesin, Alejandro Viñao, Quentin Crisp, Simon Desorgher, Ralph Steadman, R.D.Laing & Son, Trevor Wishart, John White, Ivor Cutler, Hector Zazou, Michael Bass & Ellen Tenenbaum, Martin Chambers (The Pretenders), Bob Cobbing & Henri Chopin, Dave Vanian (The Damned), Metabolist, Gavin Bryars, 1/2 Japanese, Simon Jeffes, Mark Perry, Michael Nyman, David Cunningham (The Flying Lizards), Kevin Coyne, Etron Fou Leloublan, Neil Oram & Ken Campbell & The Science Fiction Theatre of Liverpool, and Pete Seeger.

Track List
[Disc 1]
  1. Ollie Halsall & John Halsey Bum Love
  2. Residents, The We're A Happy Family / Balt Ha'i
  3. Roger McGough The Wreck Of The Hesperus
  4. Morgan-Fisher* Green And Pleasant
  5. John Otway Mine Tonight
  6. Pete Challis & Phil Diplock My Way Band-2
  7. Robert Wyatt Rangers In The Night
  8. Stinky Winkles Opus 5
  9. Mary Longford Body Language
  10. Andy 'Thunderclap' Newman* Andy The Dentist
  11. David Bedford Wagner's Ring In One Minute
  12. Fred Frith the Entire Works of Henry Cow Band-3
  13. Maggie Nicols Look Beneath The Surface
  14. Joseph Racaille Week-End
  15. Work, The With Wings Pressed Back
  16. Neil Innes & Son* Cum On Feel The Noize
  17. Herbert Distel Toscany in Blue (Last Minute) Band-4
  18. Lol Coxhill An End To The Matter
  19. Ken Ellis One Minute In The Life Of Ivan Denisovich
  20. Steve Miller (3) Alice
  21. Norman Lovett John Peel Sings the Blues Badly Band-5
  22. Patrick Portella Serrons Nous Les Coudes
  23. George Melly Sounds That Saved My Life (Homage To K.S.)
  24. Robert Fripp Miniature
  25. Andy Partridge (XTC)* The History Of Rock'N'Roll
  26. Phantom Captain Breather
[Disc 2]
  1. Ron Geesin Enterbrain Exit Band-1
  2. Alejandro Viñao An Imaginary Orchestrina
  3. Quentin Crisp Stop The Music For A Minute
  4. Simon Desorgher Tetrad
  5. Ralph Steadman Sweetest Love (Lament After A Broken Sashcord On A Theme Of John Donne)
  6. R.D. Laing & Son* Tipperary
  7. Trevor Wishart Beach Double Band-2
  8. John White Scene De Ballet
  9. Ivor Cutler Brooch Boat
  10. Zazou* Do Tell Us
  11. Michael Bass & Ellen Tenenbaum A Miniaturisation Of Bartok's Sonata For 2 Pianos & Percussion (3rd Movement)
  12. Martin Chambers (Pretenders)* a Swift One Band-3
  13. Bob Cobbing & Henri Chopin Refreshment Break
  14. Dave Vanian (The Damned)* Night Touch
  15. Metabolist Racing Poodles
  16. Gavin Bryars After Mendelsohn (137 Years) Band-4
  17. 1/2 Japanese Paint It Black
  18. Simon Jeffes Arthur's Treat
  19. Mark Perry Talking World War III Blues
  20. Michael Nyman 89-90-91-92
  21. David Cunningham (Flying Lizards)* Index of Ends Band-5
  22. Kevin Coyne James, Mark & Me (In The Manner Of Tom Waits)
  23. Etron Fou Leloublan Hep!
  24. Neil Oram & Ken Campbell (5) & Science Fiction Theatre Of Liverpool* The Minute Warp
  25. Pete Seeger Chorale From Beethoven's 9th Symphony

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