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The Country of Blinds

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Released  1986 (1986)
Label  Rift (US)
Length  39:25
Producer  Tim Hodgkinson
Recorded  December 1985 to January 1986 Kirchberg, Switzerland
Genre  Avant-rock experimental

The Country of Blinds is a studio album by United States experimental rock and jazz band Skeleton Crew, recorded at Sunrise Studio, Kirchberg, Switzerland, December 1985 and January 1986. It was their second and final album and was released in 1986.


Skeleton Crew had become the trio of Fred Frith, Tom Cora and Zeena Parkins when this album was made. The music here is richer, more rhythmical and the songs more developed than on their first album, and this ultimately led to the band's break-up. Frith explained that "we actually started to sound like a normal rock and roll band so it seemed kind of pointless to go on at that point."

Track notes

  • "Money Crack", "Hot Field" and the last section of "You May Find a Bed" were recorded live in Reykjavík, Iceland, November 4, 1985.
  • Personnel

  • Tom Cora – cello, bass, accordion, drums, contraptions, singing
  • Fred Frith – guitar, 6-string bass, violin, home-mades, drums, singing
  • Zeena Parkins – organ, electric harp, accordion, drums, singing
  • Sound and art work

  • Tim Hodgkinson – engineer, producer
  • Katrina Brändli – assistant engineer
  • Fred Frith – cover art work
  • CD reissues

    In 1990 RecRec Music re-issued The Country of Blinds together with Skeleton Crew's previous album Learn to Talk on a single compilation CD, Learn to Talk / Country of Blinds, omitting "Money Crack" from The Country of Blinds, and "Los Colitos" and "Life At The Top" from Learn to Talk.

    In 2005 Fred Records re-issued Learn to Talk / Country of Blinds on a double compilation CD, omitting only "Money Crack" from The Country of Blinds, and adding ten extra tracks.


    The Country of Blinds Wikipedia

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