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This supergroup made of by Fairport Convention founder and all-around guitar genius Richard Thompson, avant-garde guitar visionary Henry Kaiser, Henry Cow founder and avant/progressive noise advocate Fred Frith, and former Captain Beefheart percussionist John French released two albums “Live, Love, Larf & Loaf” and “Invisible Means”.

The first album was recorded in March 1987 in San Francisco. This acclaimed record includes not only originals by each of the members, but also covers of songs by Willie Dixon, Chuck Berry, and Kina Shoukichi.

Their second meeting is longer, calmer, and a bit easier to digest than their first collaboration, Live, Love, Larf & Loaf, but it lacks a bit of the playful wit and high spirits that made the previous set so much fun. Still Invisible Means is worth a spin just to hear these supremely gifted musicians bring out the best in each other.


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  • Drazba

    only just now picked up invisible means-quite a bit more "out there" than the first album-really good but i still like the first(im sure invisilble will grow on me like live did and ill change my tune in the future-stay tuned)

    5 Dec 2011 Reply
  • raskassdaughter

    only 700 listeners? these guys need to get a life

    18 May 2010 Reply
  • gwalla

    Personally I think [i]Invisible Means[/i] is the superior album. The first album sounds like a group of friends farting around in the studio, but the second one sounds like an actual album. Also, lacks playful wit? With tracks like March of the Cosmetic Surgeons and Now That I Am Dead? What? Crazy talk.

    12 Jul 2009 Reply
  • Drazba

    love everthing on the first album(live,love...etc) except for the french drum solo and blues number at the end-not on my original issue. Richard Thompson shines and Frith, Kaiser, and French are amazingly accesseable. Drowned Dog has killer R.T. guitar.

    9 Mar 2009 Reply
  • Maakotz

    These dudes are absolutely incredible

    27 Apr 2007 Reply

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