Music to Eat

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Music to Eat
Hampton Grease Band album cover Music to Eat.jpg
Studio album by
GenreBlues Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Proto-punk
ProducerHampton Grease Band, Tom McNamee, David Baker
Bruce Hampton chronology
Music to Eat
One Ruined Life of a Bronze Tourist
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars [1]

Music to Eat is the only album ever produced by avant garde rock band Hampton Grease Band. It was released in 1971.

The album is a double album, which is apocryphally said to have been the second-lowest selling album in Columbia's history, second only to a yoga instructional record. Despite this, Music to Eat has since garnered enough of an interest to warrant Columbia to officially re-issue the album on vinyl in 2018. Music to Eat compares with the likes of Captain Beefheart, Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention, and Pere Ubu in establishing a quirky, experimental version of rock and roll. Critic Richie Unterberger wrote that while the Hampton Grease Band could not quite match the levels of instrumental virtuosity in Zappa or Beefheart's bands, they were even closer to the "lunatic fringe" than those performers.[2]

Track listing[edit]

1."Halifax"Glenn Phillips, Bruce Hampton19:42
3."Six"Harold Kelling, Hampton19:32
4."Evans: a) Egyptian Beaver b) Evans"Kelling, Hampton, Phillips, Jerry Fields, Mike Holbrook,12:28
5."Lawton"Phillips, Fields7:48
6."Hey Old Lady and Bert's Song"Charlie Phillips, Kelling, Hampton3:22
7."Hendon: a) Spray Paint b) Major Bones c) Sewell Park d) Improvisation"Kelling, Hampton, Phillips, Fields, Holbrook,20:10
Total length:1:28:38


  1. ^ Unterberger, Richie. "Music to Eat". AllMusic. Retrieved October 14, 2017.
  2. ^ "Music to Eat - Hampton Grease Band | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic.