Beat of the Mesozoic

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Beat of the Mesozoic
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EP by Birdsongs of the Mesozoic
Released 1985
Recorded March – August 1985
Studio Le Studio
(Montreal, CA)
Genre Rock in Opposition
Length 21:51
Label Ace of Hearts
Producer Richard W. Harte
Birdsongs of the Mesozoic chronology
Magnetic Flip
(1984)Magnetic Flip1984
Beat of the Mesozoic
Sonic Geology
(1988)Sonic Geology1988

Beat of the Mesozoic is the second EP by the American Avant-rock band Birdsongs of the Mesozoic, released in 1985 by Ace of Hearts Records.[1]

Release and reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[2]

Brian Olewnick of Allmusic gave the album two out of five stars, saying that parts of the record "come across as affected and bland" and sometimes "a bit overwrought." However, he gave good mention to the track "The Beat of the Mesozoic, part I", concluding that at their best the band is "able to generate an infectious power and percussive drive that makes one wish for further explorations along that particular road."[2]

Never being individually issued on Compact Disc, only some of Beat of the Mesozoic had been included on compilations such as Sonic Geology and The Fossil Record. Finally, the entire release was issued by Cuneiform Records on Dawn of the Cycads, a two-disc anthology including most of the band's early work.[3]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Lost in the B-Zone" Erik Lindgren 4:27
2. "Waterwheel" Roger Miller 3:53
3. "Excavation No. 32" Roger Miller 3:05
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The Beat of the Mesozoic, part I" Roger Miller 5:27
2. "Scenes from a..." Erik Lindgren 4:59


Adapted from the Beat of the Mesozoic liner notes.[4]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog
United States 1985 Ace of Hearts LP AHS 10018


  1. ^ Phillip, Elizabeth; Robbins, Ira (2007). "Birdsongs of the Mesozoic". Trouser Press. Retrieved September 15, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Olewnick, Brian. "Birdsongs of the Mesozoic: Beat of the Mesozoic > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved July 26, 2012. 
  3. ^ "BIRDSONGS OF THE MESOZOIC: DAWN OF THE CYCADS". Retrieved July 26, 2012. 
  4. ^ Beat of the Mesozoic (sleeve). Birdsongs of the Mesozoic. Boston, Massachusetts: Ace of Hearts Records. 1985. 

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