Fred Frith & Henry Kaiser ‎– With Enemies Like These, Who Needs Friends?

SST Records ‎– SST-CD-147
CD, Album


1 The Trace 2:52
2 Three Languages 9:27
3 Love In Hell 5:34
4 Twisted Memories Give Way To The Angry Pleasant 3:46
5 One Of Nature's Mistakes 2:07
6 Roy Rogers 5:01
7 It Sings 5:39
8 Drowsy Maggie 4:33
9 The Kirghiz Light 4:55
10 The Golden Eighties 5:46
11 Objects Everyday 3:06
12 The Changing Of Names 5:44
13 It Moves... 2:01
14 One-Eyed Theater 4:35
15 Dog Puppet Born Out Of A Sock 2:07
16 Hard Time Killin' Floor Blues 3:33


  • Artwork By [Cover Art & Layout] – David Greenberger
  • Artwork By [Drawings] – Ed Rogers (Courtesy Of The Duplex Planet)
  • Artwork By [Typography] – Michelle Phillips
  • EngineerOliver DiCicco
  • Mastered ByPhil Brown
  • Music ByNehemiah "Skip" James* (tracks: 16)
  • Music By, Producer, Guitar, Bass, Keyboards, Drums [Linn]Henry Kaiser
  • Music By, Producer, Guitar, Bass, Violin, Keyboards, Drums [Linn], Voice, MarimbaFred Frith
  • Photography – Michael Conen


This maximum-length CD-only release consists of selections from an unreleased live album by Frith and Kaiser (1984) combined with "greatest hits" from their two out-of-print duo albums: "With Friends Like These" (1979) and "Who Needs Enemies?" (1983).
Most all of this music was improvised by one method or another. Tracks 3,4,5,7,8,12,14,15,16 were recorded without overdubbing.
Frith and Kaiser give very special thanks to our engineer, Oliver DiCicco who recorded this music with us in an especially collaborative and creative way. Thanks also to Larry Ochs and Metalanguage Records who originally issued the previously released materials on this CD. Thanks to Greg, Rich and Ray at SST for making this CD possible.
Track 14 is called "Fifteeen Blues" on Fred Frith & Henry Kaiser - Friends & Enemies

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 018861014722