The Muffins ‎– Chronometers

Cuneiform Records ‎– 55007
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All music was recorded at Paragon Studios, Silver Spring, MD, 11/75, directly to 1/2 track stereo tape,
except Chronometers, which was recorded at the Muffin house, Gaithersburg, MD, on a Teac 2340, May/June 1976.

Digital Transfers, eq. and mixdown of the 4 track tapes were performed at Linden Studios, Linden, VA. in 1991 and 1992.
Additional tape restoration and CD premastering by SAE, Phoenix, AZ.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 0 4577-55007-2 0
  • Barcode (Scanned): 045775500720
  • Matrix / Runout: WMAS55007 10/92 1DA2

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December 4, 2016

THE MUFFINS - CHRONOMETERS (Cuneiform 55007) CD 73m
The Muffins were one of the most innovative fusion bands to emerge from the USA during the late-70's, and whilst resembling Henry Cow in many ways, and also with notable Zappa/Mothers Of Invention influence, their complex style also drew them close to the Canterbury sound.
The recordings on this disc date from the very early days of The Muffins, circa 1975-76 and offer insight into the origins of a most talented and inventive band. The 23 minute suite, Chronometers itself, was only previously available in a very edited form on the RECOMMENDED RECORDS SAMPLER, and it's now really quite a revelation to hear it complete, notably the bizarre "Wizard Of Oz" collage and a music that nimbly cuts and jumps around, sounding like a mixture of Soft Machine (circa VOL. 2 and THIRD), Matching Mole and Hatfield & The North. The other twenty, considerably shorter, tracks date from 1975, and would seem to be early demo recordings exploring a wide range of structures and styles. Mostly, these tracks present some of The Muffins most accessible music, rarely breaking out into the more crazed experimental realms of later works. Many of these tracks are arranged to flow in such a way as to seem like much longer suites, and thus (even though there are some very short pauses) tracks two to eight actually flow as if one 20 minute complex and cleverly conceived suite. Some of the tracks do stand on their own, like Peacocks, Leopards & Glass, a track previously heard many years ago on the RANDOM RADAR RECORDS SAMPLER.
As an LP release, this would have been a double album, and thus CHRONOMETERS is an all round winner in terms of value for money, excellent music and as a curious insight into the origins of a most inventive band. A Recommended album indeed!
review by Alan Freeman in Audion magazine #25 (June 1993)