Infobox Album
Name = Freq
Type = Album
Artist = Robert Calvert

Released = January 1985
Recorded = August 1984, Computer Music Studio, London
Genre = Electronic music, Minimalist music
Length =
Label = Flicknife Records
Producer =
Reviews = * Allmusic Rating|3|5 [ link]
Last album = "Hype"
This album = "Freq"
Next album = "Test Tube Conceived"

"Freq" is a 1985 album by English singer and musician Robert Calvert.

It was recorded during the time of the UK miners' strike (1984-1985) and in between the songs it features snippets of field recordings by Calvert with miners on a picket line, with Calvert displaying his sympathy for their cause.

The lyrics cover various themes, only "All the Machines are Quiet" and "Picket Line" being explicitly concerned with the miners' strike. "Ned Ludd" is a reworking of a track which was originally part of his stage play "The Kid from Silicon Gulch"; [] taking its name from Ned Ludd who inspired the luddite movement in 1811, it deals with Calvert's ambivalent attitude to the impact of new technologies on peoples lives.

The music saw a movement away from his previous work as a frontman of a rock group towards a minimalist electronic sound.

The tracks "Lord of the Hornets" and "The Greenfly and the Rose" were recorded as demos in preparation for Calvert's "Hype" album, but they were issued as a single by Flicknife Records (FLS204) in 1980. The band used for this session is a unique combination of former Hawkwind members, except for Gary Cooper who was Calvert's literary agent at the time.

Track listing

All titles written by Robert Calvert

ide 1

#"Ned Ludd" – 4:57
#(talk) – 1:31
#"Acid Rain" – 5:06
#(talk) – 2:37
#"All The Machines Are Quiet" – 5:33

ide 2

#(talk) – 1:12
#"Picket Line" – 3:27
#(talk) – 1:06
#"The Cool Courage Of The Bomb Squad Officers" – 5:21
#(talk) – 1:06
#"Work Song" – 3:54

Bonus Tracks

#"Lord of the Hornets" – 3:52
#"The Greenfly and the Rose" – 3:39


Original album

*Robert Calvert – Guitar, Harmonica, Percussion, Keyboards, Vocals, Producer
*Jill Riches – Keyboards, vocals
*PG Martin – Guitars
*Ray Davis – Programming

Bonus tracks

*Robert Calvert – Vocals
*Huw Lloyd-Langton – Guitar
*Steve Swindells – Keyboards
*Gary Cooper – Bass on "The Greenfly And The Rose"
*Lemmy – Bass on "Lord Of The Hornets"
*Simon King – Drums


*Recorded: August 1984, Computer Music Studio, London
*Matt Green: Remix on Cleopatra version.

Release History

*January 1985: UK, Flicknife Records (SHARP 021), vinyl
*June 1992: UK, Anagram Records (CDMGRAM55), CD with bonus tracks
*June 1994: US, Cleopatra Records (CLEO 9467-2), CD with bonus tracks

External links

* [] – lyrics

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