Live Love Larf & Loaf Import, Original recording remastered
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The album veers all over the place, a mixture of (mostly) obscure covers and original songs. There's some jerky, rhythmically complex progressive rock songs, there's a post-punk type song, there's a very silly cover of surfin' usa, there are some very nice instrumental tracks, there's a japanese folk song, there are some great Thompson-style songs, it finishes out with a pretty standard blues track. Thompson does most of the singing, although I think French sings some of the songs. Eclectic and quirky.
However, don't buy it if you're hoping to hear Kaiser and Frith play completely freaky oddball stuff. Although the playing is twisted and unusual, it doesn't veer too far from standard rock-and-roll styles. It's more about them just having fun and relaxing.
The entire album is entertaining and showcases each artist's talents. Highlights include "Where's the Money," a powerful rant written by Fred Frith, who uses the song to carry not only his wit but also his oddly timbred, thumping, and complex bass stylings. Perhaps my favorite song is the traditional Okinawan folk song, "Hai Sai Oji-San." It has a melody that is fun, unforgettable, and infectious. It may be the greatest drinking song ever composed (sorry, Mr. Waits).
Perhaps the only reason why the fifth star is missing is because the album is not so much an album as it is a loose collection of remarkable songs. Let not the absence of one star dissuade you; I highly recommend it, especially to fans of any of the band members. It's an album where sounds can be deceiving; there's so much wonderful oddness slightly camoflaged under each pop song facade.
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A must for the adventurous music fan, the debut release by uber-guitarists Fred Frith (HENRY COW), Henry Kaiser and Richard Thompson (FAIRPORT CONVENTION) along with... Read morePublished on August 10, 2010 by John H. McCarthy
The only supergroup worth a darn outside of The Traveling Wilburys and Blind Faith (no others need apply), French, Firth, Kasier and Thompson's first album "Live, Love, Larf &... Read morePublished on January 23, 2009 by Wayne Klein
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