The first release by Britain's most enigmatic and unclassifiable band. Formed in 1968 by two Cambridge students, Fred Frith and Tim Hodgkinson, Henry Cow's original influences included the likes of Soft Machine and Frank Zappa. The band was staunchly anti-commercial, never compromising their sound to please anyone but themselves, and it is precisely because of this that they have gone on to influence so many musicians on the outer fringes of rock & roll on both sides of the Atlantic, particularly the NY experimental music scene.
A1 Nirvana For Mice A2 Amygdala A3 Teenbeat Introduction A4 Teenbeat
B1 Extract From 'With The Yellow Half-Moon And Blue Star' B2 Teenbeat Reprise B3 The Tenth Chaffinch B4 Nine Funerals Of The Citizen King
Dating from 1974, and following on from the re-release of Legend, this is the second in our series of vinyl reissues of the original Virgin albums. Geoff Leigh had left the group and Lindsay Cooper joined on Bassoon, Oboe, Flute, Soprano Sax. The mix was more 'live' than Legend, with the drums much more up front. The first half is highly composed material, with some of the Cow's best loved tunes, like Half Asleep Half Awake and Bittern Storm Over Ulm. For the second half the material was all written in the studio, using loops, varispeed tapes and electronics, and superimposing live improvisation and composed passages.
A1 Bittern Storm Over Ulm A2 Half Asleep; Half Awake A3 Ruins
B1 Solemn Music B2 Linguaphonie B3 Upon Entering The Hotel Adlon B4 Arcades B5 Deluge
In Praise Of Learning
A landmark in the history of European experimental rock, the third "Cow" work, originally released on Virgin in 1975, represents the second act of joined forces between Henry Cow and Slapp Happy, and the first fully integrated appearance of Dagmar Krause. In Praise Of Learning is a unique piece of art, showing perfect unity of political content, with rock complexity, extended song form and free noise explorations. An impressive array of new compositions, including Tim Hodgkinson's masterwork "Living In The Heart Of The Beast" and Fred Frith's "Beautiful As The Moon-Terrible As An Army With Banners". An extraordinary set of music, performed by an amazingly rich line up: Dagmar Krause, Lindsay Cooper, Fred Frith, Tim Hodgkinson, John Greaves, Chris Cutler, Peter Blegvad, Anthony Moore, and guests: the great Mongezi Feza, Geoff Leigh and Phil Becque. A timeless classic. 180 gram vinyl.
A1 War A2 Living In The Heart Of The Beast
B1 Beginning: The Long March B2 Beautiful As The Moon, Terrible As An Army With Banners B3 Morning Star