Fred FrithCheap At Half The Price

Label:Ralph Records – FF 8356
Vinyl, LP, Album
Genre:Electronic, Rock
Style:Art Rock, Experimental


A1Some Clouds Don't
A2Cap The Knife
A4Too Much, Too Little
BassTina Curran
Written-ByFrith*, Curran*
A5The Welcome
A6Same Old Me
BassBill Laswell
A7Some Clouds Do
B1Instant Party
B2Walking Song
B3Flying In The Face Of Facts
B4Heart Bares
B5Absent Friends
Handclaps [Clapping]Aksak Maboul
Written-ByFrith*, Trad. Swedish*
B6The Great Healer

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  • Guitar, 6-String Bass, Keyboards [Casio 101], Violin, Xylophone, Voice, Instruments [Home-mades]Fred Frith
  • Lacquer Cut ByLKIKS*
  • Photography By [Cover Photos]Tina Curran
  • Recorded ByFred Frith
  • Typography [Type]Eugene Nowacki
  • Written-ByFred Frith (tracks: A1 to A3, A5 to B4, B6)


"All songs recorded at home on a 4-track.
Drums recorded at various times and places.
Thanks to Frank Wuyts, Fred Maher, Paul Sears and especially Hans Bruniusson who let me make a tape of generic drum examples 4 years ago without having any idea what I would do with them."

Manufactured by Ralph
Published by Arcades Music (PRS) - UK
© 1983, The Cryptic Corporation
℗ 1983, The Cryptic Corp.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Rights Society: PRS
  • Matrix / Runout (A-side label): FF 8356 A
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side label): FF 8356 B
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, etched): S-11191- FF 8356 A R LKIKS [⊏◯⊐ stamp]
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, etched): S-11192- FF 8356-B R LKIKS [⊏◯⊐ stamp]

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Cheap At Half The Price (CD, Album, Reissue)RecRec MusicReCDec 903Switzerland1991
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Cheap At Half The Price (CD, Album, Reissue)East Side DigitalESD 80572US1991
Cheap At Half The Price (Cassette, Album, Reissue)RecRec MusicRecRec 903Switzerland1991
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Cheap At Half The Price (CD, Album, Reissue)ReR Megacorp, Fred RecordsReR/FRO06UK2004
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Cheap At Half The Price (CD, Album, Reissue, Remastered, Paper Sleeve, SHM-CD)Belle AntiqueBELLE 152442Japan2015



  • recrecshop's avatar
    ...still one of my favourite albums by charismatic musician fred frith who
    made a long way since his debut in 1973 with henry cow. beneath some tracks
    with skeleton crew this is the only album where he developed his own vocal
    style, mixed with lovely east european influences on violin & guitar. you
    will recognise three tracks used in the soundtrack for "step across the
    • mortal90125's avatar
      I love this!!! I just gave it a first listen and think it's a perfect addition to my collection of outsider music. It's original, and that's a rare thing to my 50 year old ears. It sounds like happy video game music before this kind of sound could actually be programed into a game because of technology limitations. I hope to explore more of his music. Suggestions of what to listen to by him next are welcome.
      • cfarley137's avatar
        For my money, this is the best Fred Frith album. The combination of the accessible (but totally weird) pop-ish songs and ambient soundscapes reminds me of Another Green World. I've always hoped he would return to this kind of quirky song-based material, but his subsequent stuff is very improvisational and free.


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