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Muffins, The: Bandwidth

Two words-simply amazing! This new recording from classic progressive rock and fusion masters The Muffins after a twenty year hiatus is a breathtaking example of just how much fire is left in the genre. Bandwidth combines melodic jazz sensibilities with complex prog song structures and the searing nature of classic fusion, for a ride that was well worth the wait.

On many tracks here I am reminded of some of the classic bands of the late 70's who also made an impact with this same style, such as Henry Cow, Magma, National Health, Frank Zappa, Gilgamesh, and Hatfield and the North. Listening to Billy Swann's thunderous bass grooves on "World Maps" just sent shivers up my spine, much like Jannick Top's playing from the early Magma days, while the laid back melodicism of "Dear Mona", with its lovely sax lines courtesy of Thomas Frasier Scott, is simply marvelous. There are grooves aplenty throughout this amazingly complex CD, and every song, whether it be a six minute romp or a quick minute teaser, is extremely memorable. "Essay R" has some neat dueling sax work, while Swann's gymnastic bass lines supply the glue that holds the funky rhythm together. Drummer Paul Sears throws in some distorted noise guitar on this track as well. He even adds some ominous power chords to the rampaging epic "Out of the Boot", one of the darker pieces on the CD that flirts with almost King Crimson territory circa "In the Wake of Poseidon."

As with many Cuneiform releases, there is plenty of varied instrumentation here that adds a unique touch. You will find sax, trombone, guitars, organ, piano, flute, violin, cello, bass, and drums interspersed throughout the CD's twelve great tracks. The Muffins have returned with a vengeance-look out world!

Added: May 9th 2002
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
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Related Link: Cuneiform Records
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Language: english

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Muffins, The: Bandwidth
Posted by Anonymous on 2002-07-26 23:18:46
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YOU CAN SEE THE MUFFINS IN CHAPEL HILL NC LABOR DAY WEEKEND, LOOK OUT THEY ARE GOING TO BE THE BEST BAND THERE... YOU CAN COUNT YOU MUFFINS

THE MUFFINS WILL BE IN BALTIMORE,MARYLAND SEPT 14TH
I HEARD THROUGH THE GRAPE LINE, CHECK OUT THEIR WEB SITE TO FIND OUT WHERE!
THE MUFFINS.ORG/ OR CUNEIFORM RECORDS

I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO SEE YOU GUYS IN CHAPEL HILL!
MUFF MUFFETTE

Muffins, The: Bandwidth
Posted by Anonymous on 2002-06-22 20:38:08
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I love this CD. I saw The Muffins in New York at a Prog Festival. They were amazing and the new CD is sooooooooooooo cool.

Muffins, The: Bandwidth
Posted by Anonymous on 2002-06-02 21:46:40
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Well that's it, this is the CD I thought I would never hear. All new Muffin Matterial. No rehashed old songs. What a sonic treat.

Muffins, The: Bandwidth
Posted by Anonymous on 2002-05-27 14:50:54
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I love this CD. The Muffins should be a feature band at NEARFEST. Why must I have to travel so far to see them perform?

Muffins, The: Bandwidth
Posted by Anonymous on 2002-05-16 15:20:54
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MY FAVORITE RECORD FOR THIS YEAR!

Muffins, The: Bandwidth
Posted by Anonymous on 2002-05-15 00:57:43
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You can Find The Muffins at Prog Fest Chapelhill NC the last weekend in August. Muffette

Muffins, The: Bandwidth
Posted by Anonymous on 2002-05-15 00:41:32
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I grew up with the Muffins,They still have it, They are as young and fresh as they ever were! Muffette OUI OIU

Muffins, The: Bandwidth
Posted by Anonymous on 2002-05-13 13:44:43
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When are The Muffins going to get the recognition they deserve. This is a land mark CD!

Muffins, The: Bandwidth
Posted by Anonymous on 2002-05-12 08:40:44
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Just purchased Bandwidth and I think if Progrock had a Grammy catagory this CD would take it hands down!!!!!!

Muffins, The: Bandwidth
Posted by Anonymous on 2002-05-12 08:08:08
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I can beleive it! These guys are amazing! I thought the great prog bands of the past were gone. When will they be touring?




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