Live, Love, Larf & Loaf

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Live, Love, Larf & Loaf
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Studio album by French Frith Kaiser Thompson
Released 1987 (1987)
Recorded March 1987
Genre
Length 54:08 (CD releases)
Label Rhino (US)
Producer Henry Kaiser
French Frith Kaiser Thompson chronology
Live, Love, Larf & Loaf
(1987)
Invisible Means
(1990)

Live, Love, Larf & Loaf is a studio album by the United States experimental rock quartet French Frith Kaiser Thompson. It was the group's first album and was recorded at Mobius Music in San Francisco in March 1987. The album was released in 1987 in the United States by Rhino Records on LP, CD and cassette. The CD release contained two extra tracks.

This album was released in Borneo and Sumatra with the title Dead Man's Gloom.[1]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau A−[3]

Music critic Robert Christgau called the album "an ad hoc collaboration that sounds as good as it reads".[3] Mark Deming at AllMusic described it as "[an] oddball delight from four truly gifted musicians", adding that while Kaiser, Frith and French's "avant-leaning art rock" is toned down by the presence of Thompson's folk-rock guitar, it does not detract from the album's appeal.[2]

In a review in the Santa Ana Orange County Register, Jim Washburn wrote that the album is "a fresh surprise even after repeated listenings", and called it "one of the year's best".[4] He said "the four [musicians] take some amazing turns", from a "lunatic" cover of The Beach Boys' Surfin' U.S.A. to the "apocalyptic" "Drowned Dog Black Night".[4]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Wings à la Mode" (Adams, French) – 2:38
  2. "Killerman Gold Posse" (Thompson) – 1:42
  3. "Where's the Money?" (Frith) – 3:48
  4. "Hai Sai Oji-San" (Shoukichi Kina) – 2:37
  5. "Drowned Dog Black Night" (Thompson) – 6:45
  6. "Surfin' U.S.A." (Wilson/Berry) – 2:18
  7. "DrumBo Ogie" (French) – 5:02 *
  8. "A Blind Step Away" (Thompson) – 5:38
  9. "The Second Time" (French, Frith) – 2:58
  10. "Tir-Nan-Darag" (Kaiser, Thompson) – 5:17
  11. "Disposable Thoughts" (French) – 2:55
  12. "Bird in God's Garden" (Archuletta) / "Lost and Found" (Frith) – 5:40
  13. "The Same Thing" (Dixon) – 6:50 *

* Only available on the CD pressings.

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Live, Love, Larf & Loaf (vinyl). French Frith Kaiser Thompson. Rhino Records. 1987. 
  2. ^ a b Deming, Mark. "Live, Love, Larf & Loaf". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-11-06. 
  3. ^ a b Christgau, Robert. "French Frith Kaiser Thompson". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2015-11-06. 
  4. ^ a b Washburn, Jim (July 17, 1987). "Rocking into new frontiers with a far-ranging foursome". Santa Ana Orange County Register. Santa Ana, California. p. 341.  free to read

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