Live, Love, Larf & Loaf

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Live, Love, Larf & Loaf
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Studio album by
Released1987 (1987)
RecordedMarch 1987
StudioMobius Music, San Francisco
Length54:08 (CD releases)
LabelRhino (US)
ProducerHenry Kaiser
French Frith Kaiser Thompson chronology
Live, Love, Larf & Loaf
Invisible Means

Live, Love, Larf & Loaf is a studio album by the United States/English experimental rock quartet French Frith Kaiser Thompson. It was the group's first album and was recorded at Mobius Music in San Francisco in March 1987; the album was released in 1987 in the United States by Rhino Records on LP, CD and cassette. The CD release contained two extra tracks; the album was reissued in 2008 by Fledg'ling Records with five extra tracks recorded live at the Ashkenaz in Berkeley, California.[1]

Live, Love, Larf & Loaf was released in Borneo and Sumatra with the title Dead Man's Gloom.[1][2]


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[3]
Robert ChristgauA−[4]

Music critic Robert Christgau called the album "an ad hoc collaboration that sounds as good as it reads".[4] Mark Deming at AllMusic described it as "[an] oddball delight from four truly gifted musicians", adding that while Kaiser, Frith and French's "avant-leaning art rock" is toned down by the presence of Thompson's folk-rock guitar, it does not detract from the album's appeal.[3]

In a review in the Santa Ana Orange County Register, Jim Washburn wrote that the album is "a fresh surprise even after repeated listenings", and called it "one of the year's best",[5] he said "the four [musicians] take some amazing turns", from a "lunatic" cover of The Beach Boys' Surfin' U.S.A. to the "apocalyptic" "Drowned Dog Black Night".[5]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Wings à la Mode" (Adams, French) – 2:38
  2. "Killerman Gold Posse" (Thompson) – 1:42
  3. "Where's the Money?" (Frith) – 3:48
  4. "Hai Sai Oji-San" (Shoukichi Kina) – 2:37
  5. "Drowned Dog Black Night" (Thompson) – 6:45
  6. "Surfin' U.S.A." (Wilson/Berry) – 2:18
  7. "DrumBo Ogie" (French) – 5:02 *
  8. "A Blind Step Away" (Thompson) – 5:38
  9. "The Second Time" (French, Frith) – 2:58
  10. "Tir-Nan-Darag" (Kaiser, Thompson) – 5:17
  11. "Disposable Thoughts" (French) – 2:55
  12. "Bird in God's Garden" (Archuletta) / "Lost and Found" (Frith) – 5:40
  13. "The Same Thing" (Dixon) – 6:50 *
  14. "Night Comes In" (Thompson) – 7:40 **
  15. "Invisible Means" (French) – 5:02 **
  16. "Quick Sign" (Frith) / "Suzanne" (French) – 5:13 **
  17. "Madness of Love" (Thompson) – 6:50 **

* Only available on the CD pressings.
** Live recordings only available on the 2008 reissue.



  1. ^ a b Ramond, Michel; Roussel, Patrice; Vuilleumier, Stephane. "Discography of Fred Frith". New York Downtown Scene and Other Miscellaneous Discographies. Retrieved September 8, 2017.
  2. ^ Live, Love, Larf & Loaf (vinyl). French Frith Kaiser Thompson. Rhino Records. 1987.CS1 maint: others (link)
  3. ^ a b Deming, Mark. "Live, Love, Larf & Loaf". AllMusic. Retrieved November 6, 2015.
  4. ^ a b Christgau, Robert. "French Frith Kaiser Thompson". Robert Christgau. Retrieved November 6, 2015.
  5. ^ a b Washburn, Jim (July 17, 1987). "Rocking into new frontiers with a far-ranging foursome". Santa Ana Orange County Register. Santa Ana, California. p. 341. Free to read

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