Birdsongs Of The Mesozoic ‎– Magnetic Flip

Ace Of Hearts Records ‎– AHS 10018
Vinyl, LP, Album


A1 Shiny Golden Snakes 3:00
A2 Ptoccata 3:15
A3 (Excerpts From) The Rite Of Spring 6:42
A4 International Tours 2:50
A5 Terry Riley's House 3:57
B1 Theme From Rocky And Bullwinkle 1:26
B2 The Tyger 3:17
B3 The Fundamental 2:45
B4 Bridge Underwater 5:20
B5 Chên / The Arousing 2:08
B6 Final Motif 3:58

Companies, etc.



Recorded October 1983 to January 1984 at Downtown Recorders, Boston. Mixed at Soundtrack Studios, Boston.

Printed inner sleeve.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, etched): A-1 AHS 10018 A
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, etched): A-1 AHS 10018 B
  • Matrix / Runout (Stamped on both sides): STERLING



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December 13, 2013
Birdsongs Of The Mesozoic may have been ex Mission Of Burma, but don't let that put you off. Or, contrarily, there's no real reason why a Mission Of Burma fan will like Birdsongs Of The Mesozoic! It's as much as a difference between Wire and Dome, for instance.
Although they now have a long history behind them, with a good few great releases, it's the early version of the band with Roger Miller and his patent Stravinsky inspired percussive piano that I rate highest. And top of the early batch is this hell of an awesome record.
"Magnetic Flip" would seem to imply a primeval music with druggy connotations, and it could well be - except that this is not psychedelic rock, not prog per-se, not anything specific. BOTM took influences and ideas from all over the place, one part the Rock In Opposition of bands like Art Zoyd and Univers Zero, a touch of Canterbury flavour, adding tribal music, a punchy new-wave edge (largely given by good use of rhythm machine) and tons of other things, and the icing on the cake: the most rip-roaring condensed version of Igor Stravinsky's "The Rite Of Spring" on the planet!