01. The Ballad of Peter
02. My Bird Performs (3'51)
03. Dear Madam Barnum (2'53)
04. Humble Daisy (3'36)
05. The Smartest Monkeys (4'18)
06. The Disappointed (3'23)
07. Holly Up On Poppy (3'04)
08. Crocodile (3'56)
09. Rook (3'45)
10. Omnibus (3'20)
11. That Wave (3'34)
12. Then She Appeared (3'52)
13. War Dance (3'23)
14. Wrapped In Grey (3'46)
15. The Ugly Underneath (3'54)
16. Bungalow (2'49)
17. Books Are Burning (4'51)
Andy Partridge: lead & backing vocals, electric guitar (solo on
"Books Are Burning"), acoustic guitar, harmonica, tambourine, percussion,
shaker, keyboard programming, and bell tree
Colin Moulding: lead & backing
vocals, bass guitar, and electric & acoustic guitars
Dave Gregory: electric guitar (solo on "Crocodile", "That Wave", and "Books Are Burning"),
electric 12-string guitar, acoustic guitar, piano, synthesisers, Hammond
organ, backing vocals, and church bell
Dave Mattacks: drums, tambourine,
amphibious, drum & sitar samples, shaker, and percussion
Gus Dudgeon: tambourine on "Rook", percussion on "That Wave", and chorus on "Books Are
Guy Barker: flugelhorns on "The Disappointed" and "Rook" and
trumpet on "My Bird Performs" (solo), "Rook", and "Omnibus".
Lovegrove: viola on "The Smartest Monkeys", "The Disappointed", and
"Wrapped in Grey" .
Rose Hull: cello on "The Disappointed", "Rook", and
"Wrapped in Grey".
Stuart Gordon: violin on "Wrapped in Grey".
Gina Griffin: violin on "Wrapped in Grey".
Neville Farmer: "ringmaster" on "Dear Madam
Barnum" and chorus on "Books Are Burning".
Produced by Gus Dudgeon. Engineered by Barry Hammond. Mixed by Nick Davis,
assisted by Simon 'Lord Brewer' Dawson. Recorded at Chipping Norton Studios, Oxfordshire, England, July-October 1991. Mixed at
Rockfield, Monmouth, Wales, November-December 1991. Mastered by Bob Ludwig
at Masterdisk, New York. Sleeve with
Dave Dragon at Design Clinic.
All tracks written by Andy
Partridge, except 2, 5, 13, 16 by Colin Moulding.
String and brass arrangements by Dave Gregory, except "Rook" and "Omnibus"
by Andy Partridge and "War Dance" by Colin Moulding. Strings on "The
Disappointed" arranged by Andy Partridge and Dave Gregory.
Questo è l'ultimo album per la
Virgin, in seguito avra' inizio un digiuno musicale durato ben
sette anni a causa di problemi contrattuali con la
casa discografica stessa. Dave Mattacks è il batterista-ospite di
Dopo Nonsuch e per sette anni,
vedranno la luce solo delle raccolte. Andy, Colin e Dave saranno
'fedeli alla linea' mettendo in atto un vero e proprio sciopero
nei confronti della Virgin. Nel frattempo non si ferma la vena
compositiva di Partridge che, dopo problemi con il divorzio e vari
malanni fisici come la perforazione di un timpano e disturbi alla
prostata, sostiene di aver composto circa 80 pezzi.