Improvised Music from Japan / Discography
Steve Beresford

The Bath of Surprise

(Valve/AMOEBiC, AMO-VA-03) (Japan) (CD)

  1. Puctuation (1:27)
  2. Lieutenant Dub (4:05)
  3. Cat Picture (1:37)
  4. What Is a Thing (0:37)
  5. The Bath of Surprise (2:33)
  6. Concealed Entrance (2:10)
  7. My Old Piano (1:28)
  8. Burning Problems (1:30)
  9. Schlussakkord (3:25)
  10. Those Oldies But Goodies Remind Me of You (1:17)
  11. A Cup of Tea and a Bun (7:13)
  12. Mr & Mrs. Wu (4:07)
  13. Spring Clips (9:50)
  14. A Continuous Supply of History (0:37)

Steve Beresford:

  1. acoustic guitar with microphone and battery amplifier, assorted percussion
  2. piano, toy synthesizer, melodica, euphonium, whirled bee, whirled tube, clarinet mouthpiece
  3. trumpet
  4. toy piano, drum
  5. bath water, nailbrush, body, whistles, tubes, reeds, balloons
  6. bass guitar, piano, footclickers, blechtrommel, giggle stick, trumpet, toy synthesizer, musicbox
  7. toy piano, cymbal, drum, ukelele
  8. cowbox, toy piano, musical toothbrush, trumpet with reed, mini amp. and mic., cassette of previous performance (using taped phone conversation and trumpet in bucket of water), duck call, cymbal
  9. piano, electronic bird, squeaky chops, chicken box, toy record player, plastic horn
  10. voices, piano
  11. piano with toy piano inside
  12. bass guitar, euphonium, talking telephone, percussion, Astro-phaser, flugelhorn
  13. piano with toy piano inside
  14. flugelhorn

Recorded by David Cunningham:
on stereo Uher reel to reel, at Acme, London, 1977 (1)
on JVC cassette recorder with Sennheiser microphones, at Notre Dame, London, 1980 (2)
on Uher (4)
on Uher, at Steve Beresford's old flat, London, 1977 (5, 7)
on JVC cassette recorder (6, 9)
on Uher at Action Space, London, 1977 (8)
on Uher in London, 1977 (10)
on Revox at J. Marshall's previous residence, 1979 (11, 13)
on 8-track tape recorder in his room, London, 1980 (12)
on faulty cassette recorder at Steve Beresford's place, 1980 (14)

except for track 3, recorded by Steve Beresford on automatic recording level Aiwa cassette recorder, at his home, London, 1980

All composed by Steve Beresford, except track 10, written by Nick Curinga and Paul Politi
Original cover photography and layout by Hot Pink Heart Graphics
Originally produced by David Cunningham

For CD reissue:
Re-mastered by Kazunao Nagata at Transonic Studio, Tokyo, September 1999
Design by Himitsu Hakase
Produced by Sachiko M and Otomo Yoshihide
Includes liner notes in Japanese by Pinaco

Released in December 1999
Originally released in 1980 as an LP (PIANO 003)