Sunday, May 16, 2010

THE MUFFINS-SECRET SIGNALS 1, TAPE, 1989 (RECORDED: 1974-1978), USA




This unpromisingly monikered but wonderfully innovative unit existed on a parallel course to most everything else prog or fusion related occurring within the U.S. at the time of their existence and shone all the brighter for it. Initially a direct descendent of the Canterbury jazz rock strains cultured by the likes of Soft Machine, Hatfield And The North, National Health and Gilgamesh, this crew's sound would latterly morph into something much more angular, hectic and R.I.O. indebted on their Fred Frith-produced 80's albums "185" and "Open City". Spanning the period between the archival material heard on their Chronometers CD and their vinyl debut in '78 with Manna/Mirage (and with tracks from each appearing in modified versions), the sound on this obscure odds and ends compendium is firmly in a nimble and finespun Canterbury mode, though with rather more of the wacky pants improv bits that cropped up sporadically on their albums tacked on here.

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8 comments:

litlgrey said...

Man, this band had some exalted, magnificent animals in it!

Peter said...

Such a freaky and great record!

Tristan Stefan said...

Fantastic share, those guys were amazingly creative. It seems they couldn't put out a bad album even if they had tried.

autumnleaf said...

thanks for sharing and creating yet another avenue of exploration...will do my best to return the favor in the future..meanwhile, please accept my gratitude in this Muffins recording and your other postings...

stuckinthe70s said...

thanks - steve.

Sean said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oY25uD5B1Ps

you guys think you could upload some UPO? hard to find post-grunge project started by Chris Weber who co-wrote music and lyrics with Guns N' Roses. thanks - Sean Lotte

Anonymous said...

Good Morning!

I like Canterbury music. I've got Khan, John G. Perry & early Caravan so far. I'm gonna buy more Canterbury records.

Never heard The Muffins. Nice Music!

Thanks...
Behnam
Iran

pedda said...

file not found :(