On October 30, 1981.

On October 30, 1981, “Rough Trade” label released “The Sound of the Sand and Other Songs of the Pedestrian”, the debut David Thomas studio album. It was recorded May – June 1981, at “Regent’s Park” in London, and was produced by Adam Kidron and Peter Walmsley.

Personnel:

The Pedestrians:

  • David Thomas – lead vocals, design
  • Allen Ravenstine – synthesizer
  • Mayo Thompson – accordion
  • Richard Thompson – guitar, dulcimer
  • Eddie “Tan Tan” Thornton – trumpet
  • John Greaves – bass guitar 
  • Philip Moxham – bass guitar
  • Anton Fier – drums, percussion

The Golden Palominos:

  • Richard Thompson – guitar, dulcimer
  • Eddie “Tan Tan” Thornton – trumpet
  • John Greaves – bass guitar, piano
  • Anton Fier – drums, percussion

The Trees:

  • Allen Ravenstine – synthesizer
  • Alan Greenblatt – guitar
  • Ralph Carney – saxophone, oboe
  • Paul Hamann – bass guitar
  • Scott Krauss – drums

The Eggs

  • Eddie “Tan Tan” Thornton – trumpet
  • Chris Cutler – drums
  • Paul Hamann – engineering
  • Phil Bodger – assistant engineer
  • Adam Kidron – engineering, mixing, mastering
  • Anne Clarke – assistant producer
  • Sue Johnson – assistant producer
  • Martyn Lambert – design
  • Peter Walmsley – design
  • Mik Mellen – photography
  • Shirley O’Loughlin – assistant producer
  • Geoff Travis – executive producer

Track listing:

All lyrics by David Thomas, all music as noted.

  1. The Birds Are a Good Idea – Philip Moxham, David Thomas, Mayo Thompson
  2.  Yiki Tiki – Anton Fier, Mayo Thompson, David Thomas
  3.  The Crickets in the Flats – Anton Fier
  4. Sound of the Sand – Philip Moxham, David Thomas
  5. The New Atom Mine – Anton Fier
  6. Big Dreams – Philip Moxham, David Thomas
  7. Happy to See You – David Thomas
  8. Crush This Horn Part 2 – Anton Fier, David Thomas
  9. Confuse Did – Anton Fier, David Thomas
  10. Sloop John B – traditional
  11. Man’s Best Friend – Anton Fier, David Thomas, Mayo Thompson, Eddie Thornton

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