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Gravity

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the boy beats the rams
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spring any day now
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don't cry for me
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hands of the juggler
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norrgarden nyvla
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year of the monkey
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what a dilemma
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crack in the concrete
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come accross
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dancing in the street/my enemy is a bad man
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slap dance
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a career in real estate
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dancing in rockville,maryland
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Album Information
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Total Tracks: 13   Total Length: 47:05

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dancin' in the streets!

dgcirkus

Talk about commercial appeal...everybody was dancin' in the streets! This was one of my favorite 45's of 81'! Any one else? Thank Gawd for music in all its splendid forms, and Fred covers them all with a smear and a clothes pin!

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A Must Have

eyesbleedTX

This is an essential album. I bought this LP 20+yrs ago & it still sounds just as fresh & ahead of it's time now as it did then. Now that isn't an easy thing to do. I personally prefer the more experimental "Speechless", but Gravity is an important addition that you will not regret checking out. Fred's the man!

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get more frith

suomynona

I discovered this album some years ago. And it is a nice one. But, I like the earlier frith albums more than the latest ones. You should also look for the movie "step across the border"; the sound track is also very good. And there is a project with FF and Tom Cora: "Skeleton Crew". Try to get one of these, it really is fun to hear these border crossing sounds.

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If you don't like this you suck

stiggywigget

No, I'm kidding. Kind of. I'm betting that the expanded version of this disc is even more mindblowing as the reviewer above seems to suggest. But settle for this if you have to. Get the word "experimental" out of your head, this music is just plain fun.

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This disc is essential

EMUSIC-0101010

I have owned this disc for about 12 years (pre Emusic, of course) and cannot imagine life without it. It is absolutely well crafted and cohesive for what some would consider non-musical. Some of the tracks remain more experimental than melodic, but there are enough gems on the disc that warrant having the whole thing. In particular, tracks 1 through 5. Although these are individual songs, the full impact of the music cannot be realized without listening to all the songs in order. There is a gradual progression from the basic beats/ambient sounds of track 1, through the catchy quirkiness of “Spring Any Day,” all the way to culmination in “Norrgarden Nyvla.” The only real downside of this offering is the lack of the ‘other’ tracks (tracks 14 through 19). Especially track 19, which is an introduction to Frith’s “Guitar Solo’s.”

They Say All Music Guide

This one of the most important guitar-based, experimental guitar titles from the avant-guitarist and founding Henry Cow member Fred Frith. Gravity is the most lighthearted of Frith’s solo output, actually. It is Frith’s celebration of dance from all cultures. Perhaps it is the streak of dance-music appreciation that caused him to collaborate on the musical score to Sally Potter’s The Tango Lesson. Percussion is light and largely marked with handclaps. The guitars sound twangy and bring folk instrumentation to mind. Violins and horns add a jubilant feel to the music. Many musicians help vary the sound of each track and some of these guests are from Samla Mammas Manna, the Muffins, and Henry Cow. Gravity is an entertaining and multicultural pocket folk festival. – Tom Schulte

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