Matching Mole's Little Red Record

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Matching Mole's Little Red Record
Studio album by Matching Mole
Released November 1972
Recorded July–August 1972 at CBS Studios, London
Genre Progressive rock
(Canterbury Scene)
Length 42:56
Label CBS
Producer Robert Fripp
Matching Mole chronology
Matching Mole
(1972)
Matching Mole's Little Red Record
(1972)
BBC Radio 1 Live in Concert
(1975)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars [1]

Matching Mole's Little Red Record (1972) is the second album of the English Canterbury Scene band Matching Mole. The band was formed in 1971 by Robert Wyatt after he left Soft Machine. Compared to their first album, Little Red Record was more of a team effort, with Wyatt taking a less involved role. It was produced by Robert Fripp of King Crimson, and features Brian Eno as a guest musician.

The album title refers to Chairman Mao's Little Red Book (1964). This reference is also carried over to the faux-Chinese style of the album cover, which is reminiscent of posters created during the Chinese Cultural Revolution.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Starting in the Middle of the Day We Can Drink Our Politics away" (MacRae/Wyatt) – 2:31
  2. "Marchides" (MacRae) – 8:25
  3. "Nan True's Hole" (Miller) – 3:37
  4. "Righteous Rhumba" (aka "Lything and Gracing") (Miller) – 2:50
  5. "Brandy as in Benji" (MacRae) – 4:24
  6. "Gloria Gloom" (MacCormick/Wyatt) – 8:05
  7. "God Song" (Miller/Wyatt) – 2:59
  8. "Flora Fidgit" (MacCormick) – 3:27
  9. "Smoke Signal" (MacRae) – 6:38

For the BGO (Beat Goes On Records) CD edition Robert Wyatt asked that the album be rearranged so that Side 2 (of the vinyl album) came first as he thought in retrospect that this created a better flow to the album so it became:

  1. "Gloria Gloom" (MacCormick/Wyatt) – 8:05
  2. "God Song" (Miller/Wyatt) – 2:59
  3. "Flora Fidgit" (MacCormick) – 3:27
  4. "Smoke Signal" (MacRae) – 6:38
  5. "Starting in the Middle of the Day We Can Drink Our Politics away" (MacRae/Wyatt) – 2:31
  6. "Marchides" (MacRae) – 8:25
  7. "Nan True's Hole" (Miller) – 3:37
  8. "Righteous Rhumba" (aka "Lything and Gracing") (Miller) – 2:50
  9. "Brandy as in Benji" (MacRae) - 4:24

The 2013 Sony Music (Japan) Blu-spec CD reissue follows the original LP's running order, and includes the following bonus tracks:
10. Starting in the Middle of the Day We Can Drink Our Politics away (take 1)
11. Flora Fidgit (take 8)
12. Smoke Signal (take 4)
13. Mutter (MacCormick)

Esoteric Issue 2012 ECLEC 22312[edit]

Disc 1[edit]

  1. "Starting in the Middle of the Day We Can Drink Our Politics away" (MacRae/Wyatt) – 2:31
  2. "Marchides" (MacRae) – 8:25
  3. "Nan True's Hole" (Miller) – 3:37
  4. "Righteous Rhumba" (aka "Lything and Gracing") (Miller) – 2:50
  5. "Brandy as in Benji" (MacRae) – 4:24
  6. "Gloria Gloom" (MacCormick/Wyatt) – 8:05
  7. "God Song" (Miller/Wyatt) – 2:59
  8. "Flora Fidgit" (MacCormick) – 3:27
  9. "Smoke Signal" (MacRae) – 6:38

Disc 2[edit]

  1. "Instant Pussy/Lithing and Gracing" (Wyatt/Miller) – 7:56 BBC Radio One 'In Concert
  2. "Marchides" (MacRae) – 10:30 BBC Radio One 'In Concert
  3. "Part of the Dance/Brandy as in Benji" (Miller/MacRae) – 4:24 BBC Radio One 'In Concert
  4. "Starting in the Middle of the Day We Can Drink Our Politics away (take 1)" (MacRae/Wyatt) – 2:35
  5. "Smoke Signal (take 4)" (MacRae) – 6:44
  6. "Flora Fidgit (take 8)" (MacCormick) – 6:38
  7. "Mutter" (MacRae) – 3:23
  • Tracks 1-1 to 1-9, 2-4 to 2-7 recorded at CBS Studios, London in the Summer of 1972
  • Tracks 2-1 to 2-3 recorded at the Paris Theatre, London on 27 July 1972 (BBC Radio One 'In Concert)[2]

Personnel[edit]

Guests:

  • Brian Eno – synthesizer (on "Gloria Gloom")
  • Ruby Crystal (pseudonym for Julie Christie) – additional vocals (on "Nan's True Hole")

References[edit]

  1. ^ Unterberger, Richie. "Little Red Record - Matching Mole : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 28 March 2013. 
  2. ^ cite web |url=http://www.discogs.com/Matching-Mole-Matching-Moles-Little-Red-Record/release/3489595%7Ctitle=Matching Mole - Little Red Record : Esoteric Recordings – ECLEC 22312 : Discogs.com