The Monkey Puzzle (The Saints album)

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The Monkey Puzzle
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Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 1981
Recorded1980
StudioEMI Studio 301, Sydney, Australia; "Always" at Polydor Studios, London; "Dizzy Miss Lizzy" at Studio Du Chesnay, Versailles
Genre
LabelLost EMI Music Australia (Australian 2004 Reissue)
ProducerChris Bailey
The Saints chronology
Paralytic Tonight, Dublin Tomorrow (EP)
(1980)
The Monkey Puzzle
(1981)
Casablanca
(1982)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars link

The Monkey Puzzle is the fourth album by the Australian music group The Saints released in January 1981. It was the first album to be released after Ed Kuepper left the band.

Reception[edit]

Roadrunner said, "As an LP, The Monkey Puzzle would have made a fantastic EP. The glory of the four standout tracks is matched only by the mediocrity of everything else on the album. Playing standard and sound quality are so inconsistent that the record as a whole is vaguely annoying."[1]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks C.J. Bailey copyright Lost Music\Mushroom Music except "Dizzy Miss Lizzy" by Larry Williams

  1. "Miss Wonderful" - 3:33
  2. "Always, Always" - 3:50
  3. "Paradise" - 3:44
  4. "Let's Pretend" - 3:27
  5. "Somebody" - 3:55
  6. "Monkeys" - 4:38
  7. "Mystery Dream" - 3:51
  8. "In the Mirror" - 3:48
  9. "Simple Love" - 4:20
  10. "The Ballad" - 4:25
  11. "Dizzy Miss Lizzy" - 3:29

Charts[edit]

Chart (1981) Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[2] 85

Personnel[edit]

Musicians[edit]

  • Chris Bailey - vocals
  • Barrington Francis - guitar
  • Janine Hall - bass
  • Mark Birmingham - drums

with:

  • Ivor Hay - keyboards
  • Patrick Mathé - harmonica
  • The Pig and Monkey Choir - backing vocals

Production[edit]

  • Gerry Nixon - engineer, mix engineer, producer
  • Chris Bailey - producer

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mark Cornwall (April 1981). "Albums". Roadrunner. p. 26.
  2. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 263. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.