Breakfast in the Field

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Breakfast in the Field
Breakfast In The Field.jpg
Studio album by Michael Hedges
Released 1981
Recorded The Music Annex, Menlo Park, CA
Genre New-age, world[citation needed]
Length 33:43
Label Windham Hill
Producer Will Ackerman
Michael Hedges chronology
Breakfast in the Field
Aerial Boundaries

Breakfast in the Field is the debut recording by guitarist Michael Hedges released on the Windham Hill label in 1981. It was recorded live to 2-track, with no overdubs.

Hedges recorded "Eleven Small Roaches", "Baby Toes" and "Two Days Old" on a six-string guitar built in 1978 by Ken DuBourg of Arbutus, Maryland. The remaining tracks were recorded using a guitar made by Ervin Somogyi.[1]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [2]

Music critic Jason Anderson, writing for Allmusic, wrote of the album "Hedges' compositional abilities alone would have been enough to mesmerize musicians and audiophiles, but his added improvisational skills put this recording way over the top both technically and artistically... While Hedges' follow-up, Aerial Boundaries, is often described as the guitarist's masterpiece, Breakfast in the Field has an early career spark and meditative yet passionate conviction that can't be surpassed.."[2]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Michael Hedges.

  1. "Layover" – 2:32
  2. "The Happy Couple" – 3:23
  3. "Eleven Small Roaches" – 3:01
  4. "The Funky Avocado" – 2:05
  5. "Baby Toes" – 2:12
  6. "Breakfast in the Field" – 2:23
  7. "Two Days Old" – 4:44
  8. "Peg Leg Speed King" – 3:20
  9. "The Unexpected Visitor" – 2:49
  10. "Silent Anticipations" – 3:19
  11. "Lenono" – 3:55


Production notes[edit]

  • Produced by Will Ackerman
  • Engineered by Russell bond
  • Design by Anne Robinson


  1. ^ Album notes; Acoustic Guitar Magazine: July 2005, No. 151
  2. ^ a b Anderson, Jason. "Breakfast in the Field > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved January 14, 2017.