Also, I'm not sure why, but Dagmar Kraus' vocals usually annoy me. Her Lotte Lenya impersonation just doesn't strike a chord with me. Despite all that, Henry Cow created some of the most interesting music of it's time. The compositions, if you can call them that can be eerie and disturbing, sounding like total disarray, but somehow in control.
The best parts here are when the band actually sets up some sort of rhythm for Frith and company to create solos and other noises over. This is a good album, but I'd recommend getting the studio albums over this one.
The album consists of twenty two tracks on two LPs. After his unfortunate accident, Wyatt was unable to play drums, devoting fully to perfecting his signature vocals. Next, "Ruins", is a minute jam over Henry Cow's piece from Unrest. Side A of the second disc is fully occupied by an atonal, free-form piece "Oslo" with half-an-hour of disturbing, dissonant noodlings with Dagmar Krause moaning somewhere in the distant background. One might be tricked into regarding this in the same way as other pieces.
However, these kinds of melody-less, single-layered, improvised pieces far beyond being just aimless noodlings. Time and its subjective meaning plays a crucial role in "Oslo". The four tracks are also fully improvised, but are far more entertaining than the aimless "Oslo". In fact, at moments I feel like they would, but are highly likely more accessible than "Oslo". At moments, they might remind of Pink Floyd's Ummagumma.
Similarly to thier studio releases, the instrumental skill of all the Henry Cow members is superb. It appears that they actually do not need studio equipment and possibilities it brings to sound good.
Fred Frith's unique guitar style is as always spot-on and the multi-instrumentalist abilities of Tim Hodgkinson are really highlighted here. Lindsay Cooper's bassoon, oboe, and flute give the band a unique, chamber-like feel, which often provides a much-needed rest from tiring free-jazz work-outs.
John Greaves' bass is a very pleasant suprise. Sides one and two of the LP record consist of composed material while sides three and four contain improvised pieces.
The composed material with the exception of "Ottawa Song" originally appeared on the following albums:. Kingston, Polytechnic Maidstone College of Arts. North London Poly London School of Economics. Second quartet tour, this time with Tim, Fred, Lindsay and Chris. Dagmar is ill. V-Dala, Uppsala Musikforum, Sundsvall Studentersamfundet, Trondheim Georgie Born joins. There were riots and it was cancelled ].
TV recording, Vevey. Udine concert cancelled because of earthquake ]. Goldsmiths College, New Cross, London? Mulhouse France-Musique Studio , Paris MJC, Longlaville F Centre St. Salle Rencontres, Nancy F Grenoble with Zao? Salles des Fetes, St. Maison pour Tous, Sainte-Quentin-en-Yvelines?
Lady Mitchell Hall, Cambridge 3. Leeds, University 4. Victoria Leisure, Centre Nottingham 5. The Workroom, Warwick University, Coventry Wandsworth Town Hall, London Pavia Genova Parma Teatro Lirico, Milan Siena Pisa Bergamo Florence Cremona 3. Brescia 4. Roundhouse, London Moving Left Revue. First Orkhestra performance. Clermont Ferrand. De Nobelaer Etten-Leur. De Toverbal, Maassluis. De Muze, Antwerp. De Bottehommel, Bergen op Zoom. Mariahisse, Stockholm.
Huset, Aarhus. Festsalen, Ludvika. Stockhom Radio concert. Tarastia Club, Helsinki Renstromska Museet, Gothenburg.
Folkestius, Oslo. Musikforum, Uppsala Halles de Schaerbeek, Bruxelles. De Piek, Vlissingen. Solent Suite, Southampton, with Red Balune Plymouth, with Red Balune 2.
George's Hall, Exeter, with Red Balune. Cardiff, Temple of Peace, with Red Balune 8. Hull, University with Lol Coxhill 9. Piscina Communale, Arzignano Zona Festival. Cremona Livorno Teatro Uomo, Milan, with The Orkhestra Casa Del Popolo, Firenze. Teatro Palladium, Lecco Como Festival. Rome with Etron Fou Leloublan. Our contract with Virgin is terminated. Nottingham University. Leeds, University 5. Manchester, Polytechnic with Frankie Armstrong 8. Salle Beaurepaire Angers.
Lambert, with Univers Zero. With National Health. Dagmar Krause leaves ] Limoges Bilbao Zaragoza University 30 Barcelona. Auditorium Maximum, Freiburg University. Kunstmuseum, Luzern. Aston University Birmingh a m 4. Hurfield Campus, Sheffield 5. Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester 6. Christ's College , Liverpool 7. Town Hall, Huddersfiel d 8. Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol.
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It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. The Ottawa Song Legend Unrest Western Culture. Legend Unrest Western Culture. Teatro Lirico, LP Fred Frith's unique guitar style is as always spot-on and the multi-instrumentalist abilities of Tim Hodgkinson are really highlighted here. In they were the support act on a European tour by Peel's hero Captain Beefheart and also toured with Faust. And we are LP of it.
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