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 its entirety -- and, while each track offers a distinct and separate thrill, the whole of Miniatures is both a monument to the creativity of its time and a living reminder of humanity in its 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 its 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.

01/1. Ollie Halsall & John Halsey - Bum Love
01/2. The Residents - We're a Happy Family + Bali Ha'i
01/3. Roger McGough - The Wreck of the Hesperus
01/4. Morgan Fisher - Green and Pleasant
01/5. John Otway - Mine Tonight
02/1. Pete Challis & Phil Diplock - My Way
02/2. Robert Wyatt - Rangers in the Night
02/3. Stinky Winkles - Opus
02/4. Mary Longford - Body Language
02/5. Andy 'Thunderclap' Newman - Andy the Dentist
02/6. David Bedford - Wagner's Ring in One Minute
03/1. Fred Frith - The Entire Works of Henry Cow
03/2. Maggie Nicols - Look Beneath the Surface
03/3. Joseph Racaille - Week-End
03/4. The Work - With Wings Pressed Back
03/5. Neil Innes & Son - Cum On Feel the Noize
04/1. Herbert Distel - Toscany in Blue (Last Minute)
04/2. Lol Coxhill - An End to the Matter
04/3. Ken Ellis - One Minute in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
04/3. Steve Miller - Alice
05/1. Norman Lovett - John Peel Sings the Blues Badly
05/2. Patrick Portella - Serrons Nous Les Coudes
05/3. George Melly - Sounds That Saved My Life
05/4. Robert Fripp - Miniature
05/5. Andy Partridge (XTC) - The History of Rock'n'Roll
05/6. Phantom Captain - Breather
06/1. Ron Geesin - Enterbrain Exit
06/2. Alejandro Viñao - An Imaginary Orchestrina
06/3. Quentin Crisp - Stop the Music for a Minute
06/4. Simon Desorgher - Tetrad
06/5. Ralph Steadman - Sweetest Love (Lament After a Broken Sashcord On a Theme of John Donne)
06/6. R.D.Laing & Son - Tipperary
07/1. Trevor Wishart - Beach Double
07/2. John White - Scene De Ballet
07/3. Ivor Cutler - Brooch Boat
07/4. Hector Zazou - Do Tell Us
07/5. Michael Bass & Ellen Tenenbaum - A Miniaturization of Bartok's Sonata for Two Pianos & Percussion (3rd Movement)
08/1. Martin Chambers (The Pretenders) - A Swift One
08/2. Bob Cobbing & Henri Chopin - Refreshment Break
08/3. Dave Vanian (The Damned) - Night Touch
08/4. Metabolist - Racing Poodles
09/1. Gavin Bryars - After Mendelssohn (137 Years)
09/2. 1/2 Japanese - Paint It Black
09/3. Simon Jeffes - Arthur's Treat
09/4. Mark Perry - Talking World War III Blues
09/5. Michael Nyman - 89-90-91-92
10/1. David Cunningham (The Flying Lizards) - Index of Ends
10/2. Kevin Coyne - James, Mark & Me (In the Manner of Tom Waits)
10/3. Etron Fou Leloublan - Hep!
10/4. Neil Oram & Ken Campbell & The Science Fiction Theatre of Liverpool - The Minute Warp
10/5. Pete Seeger - Chorale from Beethoven's 9th Symphony

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