FRED FRITH — Cheap At Half The Price

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Album · 1983

Tracklist

A1 Some Clouds Don't
A2 Cap The Knife
A3 Evolution
A4 Too Much, Too Little
A5 The Welcome
A6 Same Old Me
A7 Some Clouds Do
B1 Instant Party
B2 Walking Song
B3 Flying In The Face Of Facts
B4 Heart Bares
B5 Absent Friends
B6 The Great Healer

Total Time 40:27

Line-up/Musicians

Guitar, Bass [6-string], Keyboards [Casio 101], Violin, Xylophone, Voice, Instruments [Home-mades] – Fred Frith
Bass – Tina Curran (track A4),Bill Laswell (track A6)
Handclaps [Clapping] – Aksak Maboul (track B5)

About this release

Ralph Records ‎– FF 8356 (US)

All songs recorded at home on a 4-track.
Drums recorded at various times and places.
Thanks to Frank Wuyts, Fred Maher, Paul Sears and especially Hans Bruniusson who let me make a tape of generic drum examples 4 years ago without having any idea what I would do with them.

Thanks to kazuhiro for the addition and snobb for the updates

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'Cheap at Half the Price' is the third album by Fred Frith as a band leader, it is preceded by the brilliant world music influenced first album 'Gravity', and the more avant-garde sophomore effort 'Speechless'. 'Cheap', just like 'Gravity', turns to Eastern Europe and the Middle East for musical inspiration, but unfortunately 'Cheap' is not nearly as successful as 'Gravity'. The difference between the two albums is that 'Gravity' is mostly instrumental, but 'Cheap' is made up of odd world/avant-garde/pop songs that often feature Frith's 'quirky' vocals, and that is a problem. Fred Frith cannot sing. I think he knows this but assumes that since this is avant-garde rock his clever socio-political insights will be good enough to pull things off. The truth is Frith's music sounds so much better when he stays instrumental, which is proven on this album by the several instrumental songs on side two. The other problem with 'Cheap' is that a lot of the songs were built from pre-recorded drum tracks that repeat the same pattern (some of these drum patterns also show up on other Frith albums). Once again 'Gravity' was much better because the songs were performed by live musicians playing creative arrangements that included a lot of rhythmic variations.

This album is OK, but Frith is capable of much better.

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