The MuffinsChronometers

Label:Cuneiform Records – 55007
CD, Album
Genre:Jazz, Rock
Style:Jazz-Rock, Avantgarde, Prog Rock


Recorded ByDave Newhouse
2Come What Molten Cloud2:52
4Courtesy Of Your Focal Interest Span0:44
5Please Do Not Open Dr. Fischer2:23
6The Manilla Robots2:21
7Joe Crop On A Toxic Planet5:09
8The Bush2:41
9Mammoth Hide1:34
10Creature Comforts1:29
11Like A Machine That Only Works When It's Working Right1:59
12Look At The Size Of That Sponge1:45
13Early American Ears1:15
14Three Days That Won't Soon Fade2:53
15You Eat Them Pears5:05
16Peacocks, Leopards, And Glass
Composed By [Group Improvisation]The Muffins
17Crezner OK3:40
18Blind Cave Tetra2:46
19Evening Hataiya1:37
20Six Thick Thistle Sticks0:31

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  • Clarinet [B Flat Clarinet], Alto Clarinet, Flute, Soprano Saxophone [Soprano Sax], Alto Saxophone [Alto Sax], Oboe, Bell Tree, Xylophone, Melodica, VoiceTom Scott (2)
  • Composed By [Compositions Written By]Dave Newhouse (tracks: 1 to 15, 17 to 21)
  • Coordinator [Project Coordination], Executive-ProducerSteve Feigenbaum*
  • Design [Interior & Tray Card Design By]H.T. Forbes
  • Drums, VoiceStuart Abramowitz
  • Electric Bass [Electric Zoom Bass], Organ [Backwards Organ], Percussion, VoiceBilly Swann
  • Electric Piano, Organ, Percussion, Xylophone [Toy Xylophone], VoiceDave Newhouse
  • Guitar, Violin, Harmonica, VoiceMike Zentner*
  • Illustration [Front & Back Cover Illustration By]Matt Howarth
  • LayoutPaula Millet
  • Photography By [Photos By]Steve Abramowitz
  • Recorded ByBrian Rapp (2) (tracks: 2 to 21)
  • Restoration [Additional Tape Restoration], Mastered By [CD Premastering By]SAE Mastering
  • Transferred By [Digital Transfers], Technician [Eq], Mixed By [Mixdown]Kit Watkins, Steven Feigenbaum


Packaged in a standard jewel case with an illustrated 4-page booklet that includes release information.

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.

© 1993 The Muffins
℗ 1993 Cuneiform Records

Made in USA

Barcode and Other Identifiers

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

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  • ultimathulerecords's avatar
    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)


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