Learn to Talk / Country of Blinds

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Learn to Talk / Country of Blinds
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Compilation album by Skeleton Crew
Released 1990 (1990)
Recorded Studio tracks: Switzerland, December 1983 – January 1984; December 1985 – January 1986
Genre
Length 75:11
Label RecRec Music (Switzerland)
Producer Skeleton Crew
Robert Vogel
Tim Hodgkinson
Skeleton Crew chronology
The Country of Blinds
(1986)
Learn to Talk / Country of Blinds
(1990)
Etymology
(1997)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Dusted favourable[1]

Learn to Talk / Country of Blinds is a CD compilation album by United States experimental rock and jazz band Skeleton Crew. It was released by RecRec Music in 1990 and comprises the band's two studio albums, Learn to Talk and The Country of Blinds, with two tracks omitted from the former album, and one track omitted from the latter.

In 2005 Fred Records reissued the compilation on a double CD, omitting only one track from The Country of Blinds, and adding ten live tracks taken from the band's North American and European tours, nine of which were previously unreleased. This reissue was dedicated by Fred Frith to Tom Cora, who died in 1998: "Dedicated to the memory of Tom Cora – dear friend, master musician and enthusiastic co-conspirator."

Track listing[edit]

RecRec Music single-CD (1990)[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Que Viva" Cora, Frith 3:40
2. "Onwards and Upwards" Cora, Frith 3:39
3. "The Way Things Fall (Back Apart)" Cora, Frith, Rebby Sharp 2:35
4. "Not My Shoes" Cora, Frith 2:14
5. "The Washington Post" Sousa, arr. Skeleton Crew 1:28
6. "We're Still Free" Cora, Frith 4:16
7. "Victoryville" Cora, Frith 2:43
8. "Learn to Talk" Cora, Frith 3:40
9. "Factory Song" Cora, Frith 5:13
10. "It's Fine" Cora, Frith 4:22
11. "Zach's Flag" Cora 3:10
12. "The Country of Blinds" Skeleton Crew, Cora 4:10
13. "The Border" Skeleton Crew, Anne Hemenway 3:28
14. "The Hand that Bites" Skeleton Crew, Frith 5:32
15. "Dead Sheep" Skeleton Crew, Cora, Frith 3:22
16. "Bingo" Skeleton Crew, Frith 3:34
17. "Man or Monkey" Skeleton Crew, Cutler 2:37
18. "Foot in Hole" Skeleton Crew 3:08
19. "Hot Field" Skeleton Crew 2:36
20. "The Birds of Japan" Skeleton Crew, Frith 4:00
21. "You May Find a Bed" Skeleton Crew, Frith, Sharp 6:10

Fred Records double-CD (2005)[edit]

Disc 1: Learn to Talk
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Que Viva" Cora, Frith 3:40
2. "Onwards and Upwards" Cora, Frith 3:39
3. "The Way Things Fall (Back Apart)" Cora, Frith, Rebby Sharp 2:35
4. "Not My Shoes" Cora, Frith 2:14
5. "The Washington Post" Sousa, arr. Skeleton Crew 1:28
6. "We're Still Free" Cora, Frith 4:16
7. "Victoryville" Cora, Frith 2:43
8. "Los Colitos" trad. Ecuador, Cora, Frith 2.53
9. "Life at the Top" Frith 1:44
10. "Learn to Talk" Cora, Frith 3:40
11. "Factory Song" Cora, Frith 5:13
12. "It's Fine" Cora, Frith 4:22
13. "Zach's Flag" Cora 3:10
14. "Sick as a Parrot" Cora, Frith 2:57
15. "Automatic Pilot" Cora, Frith 1:28
16. "Hook" Frith 2:14
17. "Killing Time" Frith/Lasswell/Maher 2:27
  • Tracks 1–13 are from the original Learn to Talk album
  • Track 17 was previously released on Passed Normal Vol. 4 (1991) by various artists
Disc 2: The Country of Blinds
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The Country of Blinds" Skeleton Crew, Cora 4:10
2. "The Border" Skeleton Crew, Anne Hemenway 3:28
3. "The Hand that Bites" Skeleton Crew, Frith 5:32
4. "Dead Sheep" Skeleton Crew, Cora, Frith 3:22
5. "Bingo" Skeleton Crew, Frith 3:34
6. "Man or Monkey" Skeleton Crew, Cutler 2:37
7. "Foot in Hole" Skeleton Crew 3:08
8. "Hot Field" Skeleton Crew 2:36
9. "The Birds of Japan" Skeleton Crew, Frith 4:00
10. "You May Find a Bed" Skeleton Crew, Frith, Rebby Sharp 6:10
11. "Sparrow Song" Frith 1:29
12. "Safety in Numbers" Skeleton Crew 3:18
13. "Howdywhoola Too" Cora 2:47
14. "Second Rate" Skeleton Crew 5:32
15. "New Orleans Stomp" Morton, arr. Skeleton Crew 3:14
16. "Hasta la Victoria" Skeleton Crew 3:24
  • Tracks 1–10 are from the original The Country of Blinds album
  • Track 12 was previously released on A Classic Guide to No Man's Land (1988) by various artists

Track notes[edit]

Personnel[edit]

  • Tom Cora – Cello, bass guitar, Casio, accordion, drums, contraptions, singing
  • Fred Frith – Guitar, 6-string bass guitar, violin, Casio, home-mades, drums, singing
  • Zeena Parkins – Organ, electric harp, accordion, drums, singing
  • Dave Newhouse – alto saxophone and percussion on "Hook"

Guests[edit]

  • Röbl, Lu and Katrin – voices on "Los Colitos"

Sound and production[edit]

Learn to Talk

The Country of Blinds

Additional live tracks on Fred Records release

  • Archival transfers from cassette to CD by Vance Galloway and Jon Leidecker, September 2000
  • Compiled and mastered by Fred Frith and Myles Boisen, January and May 2005

References[edit]

  1. ^ Medwin, Marc (12 March 2006). "Learn to Talk / Country of Blinds". Dusted Magazine. Retrieved 2009-10-07. 
  2. ^ "1st Festival international de musique actuelle de Victoriaville". International Festival Musique Actuelle Victoriaville. Retrieved 2012-03-09. 

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