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Friends & Enemies

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In 1979, guitarists Fred Frith and Henry Kaiser made an album titled With Friends Like These... on the Metalanguage label. It was one of the defining documents of the downtown avant-garde scene, a collection of improvised duets on which both players essentially redefined the sound of the guitar, Frith with his physically altered (and sometimes beaten) instruments, and Kaiser with his virtuosic and harmonically adventurous technique. Four years later they reunited to make Who Needs Enemies?, again on Metalanguage, and on this second album they expanded their arsenal to include the Linn drum and sequencer. Metalanguage went belly up not too long after, and until now the only in-print remnant from those two albums was a condensed single-disc package on SST. The Cuneiform reissue improves on the SST item enormously, first of all by including the entirety of both albums, secondly by adding another full album's worth of previously unreleased live material, and thirdly by adding on top of that another half hour of new studio performances. In short, this set offers everything Frith and Kaiser have recorded together, and at mid-price. Absolutely a must for noise fans, skronk hounds, and adventurous guitarheads. ~ Rick Anderson
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 It Moves... Fred Frith & Henry Kaiser 2:3
  3. 2 The Changing of Names Fred Frith & Henry Kaiser 5:47
  4. 3 It Sings Fred Frith & Henry Kaiser 5:42
  5. 4 Believing What We Read Fred Frith & Henry Kaiser 3:1
  6. 5 But Does It Swing? Fred Frith & Henry Kaiser 3:31
  7. 6 Hard Time Killing Floor Blues Fred Frith & Henry Kaiser 3:30
  8. 7 The Golden Eighties Fred Frith & Henry Kaiser 5:44
  9. 8 Everyday Objects Fred Frith & Henry Kaiser 2:48
  10. 9 The Kirghiz Light Fred Frith & Henry Kaiser 4:55
  11. 10 Special Rider Blues Fred Frith & Henry Kaiser 4:30
  12. 11 Drowsy Maggie Fred Frith & Henry Kaiser 4:6
  13. 12 An HK Guitar Solo Henry Kaiser 3:32
  14. 13 Strandloper Fred Frith & Henry Kaiser 1:17
  15. 14 Major Nichols Fred Frith & Henry Kaiser 3:53
  16. 15 The Live Trace Fred Frith & Henry Kaiser 4:36
  17. 16 See Over Fred Frith & Henry Kaiser 9:2
  18. 17 Fourth Rail Fred Frith & Henry Kaiser 5:10
  19. 18 Squirrely Fred Frith & Henry Kaiser 5:36
  20. 1 Twisted Memories Give Way to the Angry Present Fred Frith & Henry Kaiser 3:51
  21. 2 Black Glass Fred Frith & Henry Kaiser 5:27
  22. 3 Third Rail Fred Frith & Henry Kaiser 3:27
  23. 4 Three Languages Fred Frith & Henry Kaiser 9:28
  24. 5 One of Nature's Mistakes Fred Frith & Henry Kaiser 2:7
  25. 6 Roy Rogers Fred Frith & Henry Kaiser 4:59
  26. 7 The Confession Fred Frith & Henry Kaiser 3:56
  27. 8 Objects Everyday Fred Frith & Henry Kaiser 2:49
  28. 9 Wool and Water Fred Frith & Henry Kaiser 4:11
  29. 10 The Trace Fred Frith & Henry Kaiser 2:50
  30. 11 Life in Hell Fred Frith & Henry Kaiser 5:36
  31. 12 The Incarceration Fred Frith & Henry Kaiser 5:37
  32. 13 An FF Bass Solo Fred Frith & Henry Kaiser 2:38
  33. 14 John S. French Fred Frith & Henry Kaiser 3:32
  34. 15 Fifteen Blues Fred Frith & Henry Kaiser 4:34
  35. 16 Dog Puppet Born Out of a Sock Fred Frith & Henry Kaiser 2:6
  36. 17 Reading Glasses Fred Frith & Henry Kaiser 1:59
  37. 18 A Portrait of the Artists As Two Old Men Fred Frith & Henry Kaiser 9:30

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