The Country of Blinds
|The Country of Blinds|
|Studio album by Skeleton Crew|
|Recorded||December 1985 to January 1986
|Skeleton Crew chronology|
The Country of Blinds is a studio album by United States experimental rock and jazz band Skeleton Crew, recorded at Sunrise Studio, Kirchberg, Switzerland, December 1985 and January 1986. It was their second and final album and was released in 1986.
Skeleton Crew had become the trio of Fred Frith, Tom Cora and Zeena Parkins when this album was made. The music here is richer, more rhythmical and the songs more developed than on their first album, and this ultimately led to the band's break-up. Frith explained that "we actually started to sound like a normal rock and roll band so it seemed kind of pointless to go on at that point."
- "The Country of Blinds" (Cora) – 4:10
- "Money Crack" (Skeleton Crew) – 0:58
- "The Border" (Hemenway) – 3:28
- "The Hand that Bites" (Frith) – 5:32
- "Dead Sheep" (Cora/Frith) – 3:22
- "Bingo" (Frith) – 3:34
- "Man or Monkey" (Cutler) – 2:27
- "Foot in Hole" (Skeleton Crew) – 3:08
- "Hot Field" (Skeleton Crew) – 2:36
- "The Birds of Japan" (Frith) – 4:00
- "You May Find a Bed" (Frith/Sharp) – 6:10
- "Money Crack", "Hot Field" and the last section of "You May Find a Bed" were recorded live in Reykjavík, Iceland, 4 November 1985.
- Tom Cora – Cello, bass, accordion, drums, contraptions, singing
- Fred Frith – Guitar, 6-string bass, violin, home-mades, drums, singing
- Zeena Parkins – Organ, electric harp, accordion, drums, singing
Sound and art work
- Tim Hodgkinson – Engineer, Producer
- Katrina Brändli – Assistant Engineer
- Fred Frith – Cover art work
In 1990 RecRec Music re-issued The Country of Blinds together with Skeleton Crew's previous album Learn to Talk on a single compilation CD, Learn to Talk / The Country of Blinds, omitting "Money Crack" from The Country of Blinds, and "Los Colitos" and "Life At The Top" from Learn to Talk.
In 2005 Fred Records re-issued Learn to Talk and The Country of Blinds on a double compilation CD, Learn to Talk / The Country of Blinds, omitting "Money Crack" from The Country of Blinds, plus ten extra tracks.
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