Jazz Latin New Age. Aggressive Bittersweet Druggy. Oslo V Oslo VI Oslo VII Oslo VIII Off the Map Cafe Royal Udine Tags experimental Cambridge. Bandcamp Album of the Day Jan 14, go to album. On Bandcamp Radio. Featuring guests guitarist Jeff Parker and glitch innovator Oval. Off The Map 8. Cafe Royal 9. Udine Total Time: Track 1 is now split into 5 tracks, track 2 is split into 2 tracks also, whilst track 6 "Oslo" is split up into 8 tracks.
Side 1 of the vinyl original was taken up with a 23 minute medley originally recorded in for legendary DJ John Peel's show. It was winning Peel's 'Rockertunity Knocks' contest that helped Henry Cow secure a record deal in the first place, so it's fitting that this session was included.
Rather than simply rattle through a few tracks off their latest album, they arranged a continuous medley with new bridging passages. They start with 'Beautiful As The Moon This leads into a new, different version of 'Nirvana For Mice', the opening track from their first LP. The substitution of Lindsay Cooper's bassoon for Geoff Leigh's sax gives the piece a rather different, less overtly jazzy feel. This again was a fitting choice, as Matching Mole were the only other UK prog act of the time to make explicit political statements.
Dagmar's interpretation of the lyrics is clearer than Wyatt's, and the arrangement almost makes it into a new song altogether. Clear and concentrated, this was Henry Cow at their most accessible. Side 2 was tracks 2 and 3, recorded on stage with Robert Wyatt. Following this is a live version of 'Ruins', probably the most complex of their composed pieces.
This version is nothing short of amazing, but the real revelation comes in the closing section of the piece where Dagmar sings Fred Frith's violin part from the studio original. If disc 1 gives a good overview of Henry Cow's skills as composers, disc 2 plunges into the altogether more challenging waters of their group improvisations. The CD also alters the running order of the vinyl original.
The interplay is often stunning on these tracks. On all the concert recordings Frith's guitar is superb, and he also manages to work in some manic xylophone passages. The remaining tracks on disc 2 were earlier recordings from 'Live At Dingwall's Dance Hall', and they sound like a set of studio improvisations recorded between te departure of Geoff Leigh and Lindsay Cooper joining. Leigh is credited on the sleeve, but any contributions he made are inaudible and his name is also absent from the composer credits.
These are not as advanced as the studio improvs on Unrest and In Praise Of Learning, but they are a welcome addition to this reissue. Concerts was excellent value on vinyl, and is even better as a CD reissue.
It functions as a good introduction to the many faceted beast that was Henry Cow, and gives tasters of their previous albums without spoiling them. This track was reputed for HC getting a recording contract even though I find that Krause's presence on this track quite strange, given the date and listening to it, it is no wonder it did! The next two tracks come out as my favorite from this album even toping the first medley and starts with some usually strange Krause vocals, but duetted by bassist John greaves over a Frith ragtime piano piece, but halfway through changing to a great improve of Little red Riding Hood, where Wyatt's scats works wonders, but Greaves' bass soars over the organ work.
Explore music. Corduroy Institute. Jaakko Peltonen. Andrew Dalio. Dex Anderson. Bob Burnett. John Madsen. Jim Millar. Thoralf Lange. Subscribers Edition only also receives an extra numbered edition subscription CD of more newly recovered, discovered and previously unreleased recordings.
PLUS everything in the regular edition, which is All re-mastered by Bob Drake. Plus a definitive page book in 3 volumes of recollections, commentaries, documentation, unpublished photographs and substantial notes written by members of the band.
Purchasable with gift card. For those who already have the original 3 box sets, not to force you to buy the whole set just to get the extra booklet and bonus CD, you can buy just these two items separately.
This is not a usual retail item, but should fit nicely into the original "HENRY COW "The Studio" box although you may have to remove any bonus item you may have received with yours, such as the collectible coasters with the album covers. CD1:Legend - Nirvana for Mice CD1:Legend - Amygdala CD1:Legend - Teenbeat Introduction CD1:Legend - Teenbeat CD1:Legend - Teenbeat Reprise CD2:Unrest - Half Asleep CD2:Unrest - Ruins CD2:Unrest - Solemn Music CD2:Unrest - Linguaphonie CD2:Unrest - Arcades CD2:Unrest - Deluge CD5:Western Culture - Industry CD6:Concerts 1 - Nirvana for Mice CD6:Concerts 1 - Gloria GloomThe long-time out-of-print collection of live recordings that form a snapshot of HENRY COW as it was in '75, including some of the concerts with Robert Wyatt, plus a couple of earlier recordings and the whole of the rather remarkable HENRY COW side of the long deleted "Greasy Truckers" album.