Freeze Frame (Godley & Creme album)

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Freeze Frame
Studio album by Godley & Creme
Released 1979
Genre Rock
Label Polydor
Producer Kevin Godley, Lol Creme, except "Random Brainwave" and "Clues" produced by Godley, Creme and Phil Manzanera
Godley & Creme chronology
L
(1978)
Freeze Frame
(1979)
Ismism
(1981)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]

Freeze Frame is a 1979 album by Godley & Creme. The album was recorded at Nigel Gray's Surrey Sound Studios, Leatherhead, Surrey and featured cover art designed by Hipgnosis.

This album featured a couple of technical innovations which gave it a unique sound. "I Pity Inanimate Objects" featured a distinctive vocal treatment in which the notes are seemingly obtained by altering the pitch of pre-recorded voices. It has been suggested they recorded the vocal melody several times in different keys and tempos into a sampler, then used the keyboard to transpose each one back independently to the original key, then pasted it, or spliced tape together, syllable by syllable.[2] Another possibility is that they used the model H910 Eventide Harmonizer, a time delay audio processor with pitch-shifting ability.

Some tracks also featured the gizmo, which was a mechanical device invented by Godley, Creme, and John McConnell (professor of physics at the University of Manchester) to give a guitar a bowed effect like a violin. The device used keys which, when pressed, allowed rotating wheels to touch the guitar strings.[3]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Kevin Godley and Lol Creme

  1. "An Englishman in New York" – 5:37
  2. "Random Brainwave" – 2:38
  3. "I Pity Inanimate Objects" – 5:24
  4. "Freeze Frame" – 4:47
  5. "Clues" – 5:24
  6. "Brazilia (Wish You Were Here)" – 6:11
  7. "Mugshots" – 3:55
  8. "Get Well Soon" – 4:38

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ KVR Audio website forum.
  3. ^ Mr. Blint's Attic: the Gizmo