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Mike & RichExpert Knob Twiddlers

Label:Rephlex – cat 027cd
CD, Album
Genre:Electronic, Jazz
Style:Downtempo, IDM, Experimental, Ambient


1Mr Frosty6:51
2Jelly Fish6:30
3Eggy Toast4:07
6Winner Takes All5:44
7Giant Deflating Football6:22
8Upright Kangaroo3:31
9The Sound Of Beady Eyes7:46
10Bu Bu Bu Ba6:51

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The cover is a parody of the box cover of "Downfall", a board game by Milton Bradley.

Fans of the album, record stores, and Planet Mu's official site state that the title of this release is "Expert Knob Twiddlers". The Planet Mu site says : "… Mike & Rich’s 'Expert Knob Twiddlers' was made back in 1994. Richard edited the tracks into shape later in 1996 with his new Apple Mac computer and it was released later that year on Rephlex …". This text is not an instance of retrofitting; 'Expert Knob Twiddlers' was the title upon the original release in 1996. The cover of the Japanese CD version and the catalogue summaries included inside Caustic Window "Compilation" and The Braindance Coincidence list this release by the artist name only.

℗&© 1996 rephlex.
Made in England.

Cat# appears as "cat 027cd" on spine, back, in fold out insert and on disk (big text).
Cat# appears as "cat 027lp" on disk (small text).

Issued in a jewel case with clear tray and an 8 page fold-out insert.
EFA distribution code on sticker (rear).

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 5 027238 002724
  • Matrix / Runout: CAT027CD 10420191 01 % MADE IN U.K. BY PDO
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L132
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI 0485
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI 0466

Other Versions (5 of 20)View All

Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Expert Knob Twiddlers (2×LP, Album)Rephlex, Rephlexcat 027 lp, cat 027lpUK1996
Mike & Rich (Cassette, Album)RephlexCAT 027 MCUK1996
Expert Knob Twiddlers (2×LP, Album, Promo, White Label)RephlexCAT 027 LPUK1996
Expert Knob Twiddlers (CD, Album)Rephlexcat 027cdUK1996
Expert Knob Twiddlers (CD, Album)Rephlexcat 027cdEurope1996
mike_p's profile picture
Expert Knob Twiddlers was not the title upon release. It was simply Mike & Rich by Mike & Rich. We decided to call it Expert Knob Twiddlers for the reissue because everyone called it that.
TekstaMembrain's profile picture
Mr Frosty makes you more addicted to it the more you play it.
electronikad's profile picture
I didn't like this. I bought it off a beach vendor on Brighton seafront for a tenner in the early 00's, I kind of felt bad because he clearly didn't know it was going for 3 times as much on ebay back then. However as I didn't like it I actually went into Rounder Records in Brighton and asked them if they'd swap it for the copy of The Advent - Elements of Life which they had going for £30 and had been there for at least a year, they did a quick ebay search and agreed! So yeah I didn't like this one :)
Chalybs's profile picture
Edited 6 years ago
A album that was underwhelming to some at the time but is now a Rephlex classic. A+ on the artwork, also.
Mike Paradinas and Richard D. James.
this is a great production.
one of my favorites.
agreim's profile picture
This album definitely is named *Expert knob twiddlers*.
robcypher's profile picture
It's okay for the time it was made, but it's definitely less than what you would expect from two major IDM producers.
Stormchild's profile picture
Not the best work either of these guys have done, but I think we can all agree that this is the greatest album cover ever.
haemingw's profile picture
Edited 11 years ago
For all who expected something "more sophisticated" because Mike & Rich are stand-out musicians in this field, keep in mind, that the record was made in 3 days on drugs in 1993 (as Mike once mentioned it took three years for the release). On that framework the record is still brilliant and one of the funniest electronic music records ever. I can hardly have such a laugh with any other record.
steveffisher's profile picture
Another track, 'Brivert and Muons', never made the finished album. Runs to 6:23 and is a clashy, noisy little number that probably never made it because it's not on par with the rest of the LP.