22 March, 2011

Henry Cow - Western Culture (1978) (eac-log-over)

Henry Cow - Western Culture (1978)
rock, avantgarde | 1cd | eac-flac-cue-log-cover | 310MB
The group's fourth and final studio LP, Western Culture remained for a long time Henry Cow's hidden treasure. Two factors were instrumental to its occultation (and one more than the other): first, it was not released by Virgin like the other ones; second, it did not have the "sock" artwork common to its brothers. East Side Digital reissued it in the 1990s, giving the fans wider access to it, but they had to wait until January 2002 for a definitive CD reissue on ReR Megacorp, complete with extensive liner notes and three bonus tracks. Obscurity aside, Western Culture remains one of the group's strongest efforts in the lines of composition, especially since the unit was literally torn apart at the time. Side one of the original LP consists of a suite in three parts, "History & Prospects," written by Tim Hodgkinson. The opener, "Industry," stands as one of Henry Cow's finest achievements, the angular melody played on a cheap electric organ hitting you in the face so hard it makes an imprint in your brains. Side two features another suite, this one in four parts and by Lindsay Cooper. While Hodgkinson's music leans toward rock, energy, and deconstruction, her writing embraced more contemporary classical idioms. Filled with contrasting textures and delicate complicated melodies, these pieces showcased another aspect of the group's sound while foretelling her later works. Swiss pianist Irène Schweizer performed a cadenza of sorts in "Gretel's Tale." The ReR reissue adds "Viva Pa Ubu," the only vocal track, a rock song closer to the material found on In Praise of Learning, plus an alternate version of "Look Back" and the one-minute "Slice."


-01. "Industry" (Hodgkinson) a
-02. "The Decay of Cities" (Hodgkinson) a
-03. "On the Raft" (Hodgkinson) a
-04. "Falling Away" (Cooper) a
-05. "Gretels Tale" (Cooper) a
-06. "Look Back" (Cooper) a
-07. "½ the Sky" (Cooper, Hodgkinson) b
Bonus tracks on 2001 and 2002 CD re-issues
-08. "Untitled" (silence only) – 1:29
-09. "Viva Pa Ubu" (Hodgkinson) – 4:28 b
-10. "Look Back (alt)" (Cooper) – 1:21 a
-11. "Slice" (Cooper) – 0:36 a
a Recorded at Sunrise Studio, Kirchberg, Switzerland, 26 July to 8 August 1978
b Recorded at Sunrise Studio, Kirchberg, Switzerland, 15–29 January 1978

* Tim Hodgkinson – organ, clarinet, alto saxophone, Hawaiian guitar, piano, vocals ("Viva Pa Ubu")
* Lindsay Cooper – bassoon, oboe, soprano saxophone, sopranino recorders, vocals ("Viva Pa Ubu")
* Fred Frith – electric & acoustic guitars, bass guitar, soprano saxophone (background "On the Raft"), vocals ("Viva Pa Ubu")
* Chris Cutler – drums, electric drums, noise, piano, trumpet (background "On the Raft"), vocals ("Viva Pa Ubu")
* Annemarie Roelofs (July–August 1978 sessions only) – trombone, violin
* Irène Schweizer – piano ("Gretels Tale")
* Georgie Born – bass guitar ("½ the Sky", "Viva Pa Ubu"), vocals ("Viva Pa Ubu")
* Dagmar Krause – vocals ("Viva Pa Ubu")


durmoll said...

p: lworld

André Luiz said...

Great post,And the more junk increível is that despite years of album (1975) he continues to speak of scenes of everyday life.


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